Visiting San Francisco in May

over 6 years ago from , Designer at Pocket Casts (Shifty Jelly)

Hi DN,

I'm a designer based in Adelaide, Australia. I'm going to be visiting SF for a week in late May (23rd - 30th). I have a few days free so thought I'd ask for some recommendations.

I'm staying near Union Square. Any tips for good coffee and food? Anything design / art related would be cool, galleries, shows, meetups etc.

I'll be travelling by myself so if anyone wants to meet up for coffee, get in touch! Would be great to meet some other designers and hear about what you're working on.


twitter: @chris_mrtn


  • Pablo StanleyPablo Stanley, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

    Hey Chris,

    I'm Pablo Stanley, Product Designer at Udemy. I would love to chat and get a cup of coffee... or you can come have and lunch at our office. I'll introduce you to our design team. We're in SoMA (close to Union Square).

    Email me at pablo@udemy.com :)

    13 points
  • Spencer HoltawaySpencer Holtaway, over 6 years ago

    Walk walk walk! It's a great city with really varied neighborhoods.

    Shameless plug that illustrates this: my photoblog from my walks to and from work every day along just four of many parallel streets!


    4 points
  • Johnnie Gomez AlzagaJohnnie Gomez Alzaga, over 6 years ago

    Nice seeing the community getting along. :) I'll grab a coffee with you guys when I move in to San Francisco. Eventually.

    4 points
  • Mark ListerMark Lister, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

    Me and the GF went a couple of years back, so my itinerary was more tourist based. But I can recommend:

    Hops & Hominy: http://hopsandhominy.com

    Super Duper Burger: http://www.superdupersf.com

    de Young Museum: https://deyoung.famsf.org

    Cable Car Museum: http://www.cablecarmuseum.org

    Japanese Tea Gardens: http://japaneseteagardensf.com

    Also worth going to see is obviously Alcatraz, which may or may not appeal to you. But it was a very interesting place.

    Ride the Cable cars and Trams everywhere and don't be afraid to get off and just have a wander around.

    3 points
  • Siyan RenSiyan Ren, over 6 years ago

    Go check out our Autodesk One Market Street Gallery. Or if you sign up before, you can tour our workshop at Pier 9, where there will be lots of gigantic machines!!!

    2 points
  • Malte NuhnMalte Nuhn, over 6 years ago

    From an artistic / design / weird perspective, my shortlist would be... - Coit Tower (the depression-era murals are an amazing piece of art history) - the Exploratorium (inner child, meet your dreams...) - the Presidio (if the weather is great, it's one of the most inspiring views in the city - sums up a big part of San Francisco beyond tech for me) - City Lights bookstore / the Beat Museum if you're feeling HOWLy - the Jewish Art Museum - SOMA (near & around the Caltrain station) has a wide set of commercial galleries. Nothing like London or New York, but still... - and then there's the one-of-a-kind Red Victorian BnB to stay in. Sadly no longer the same after Sami Sunchild, the founder/owner passed away in 2013, but still pretty weird :)

    2 points
  • andrew hoandrew ho, over 6 years ago

    I would suggest getting a city pass. It'll include tickets to either a cruise or alcatraz and transit passes for the muni and the cable car.

    1 point
  • Mike BrandMike Brand, over 6 years ago

    There's a great list of things to do on the San Francisco Design Week site, http://sfdesignweek.org/visit/ and Designer fund has some ideas, http://designerfund.com/bridge/what-places-should-designers-visit-in-san-francisco/

    I'm a former Aussie who lives in SF now (And works near union square), so I'd be happy to grab a coffee. twitter: @mikeybrand email: mbrand@appnexus.com

    1 point
  • Ian LeightonIan Leighton, over 6 years ago

    Highly recommend any Exploratorium nightlife stuff — less kids running around, + booze. De Young and Legion of Honor (lots of Rodin, some visiting fashion stuff) are some other good museums if you're into capital A Art.

    There's a long list of good coffee places to go to in SF, but nearby you you'll have Blue Bottle at the Mint, and Sightglass in Soma. Also see Four Barrel, Ritual, etc etc etc.

    Great food is to be had pretty much everywhere — Foursquare won't do you wrong. Near Union Square, there's a ton of great Vietnamese restaurants in the Tenderloin (not the nicest neighborhood fyi), also other classics like Brenda's French Soul Food. Also be sure to do a weekend SF brunch at a hyped up brunch place just for the experience of waiting absurdly long in line (or go "early" & skip the line).

    1 point
  • Chantal JandardChantal Jandard, over 6 years ago

    Hey! I'll also be in SF at that time; let's grab coffee!

    I would really recommend the Exploratorium; it's a sensory wonderland.

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  • Emelyn BakerEmelyn Baker, over 6 years ago

    I'd recommend attending a Creative Mornings event, if you can grab a ticket! They tend to happen near the end of every month — and the speakers and the community are absolutely excellent. Every time I attend, I meet kind, talented designers.

    Sign up for their mailing list here! http://creativemornings.com/cities/sf

    0 points
  • Nathan LeeNathan Lee, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

    To add to the coffee recommendations I'd throw in Phil's Coffee in the Mission & Civic Center areas.

    Food is pretty good in San Francisco, and there's a good variety. Try a burrito in the Mission if you're around - almost everyone has their opinion of the best but some of the heralded ones are La Tacqueria, El Farrolito, and I'm a fan of fried fish tacos/burritos from El Metate. We have some delicious Burmese food in the Inner Richmond, which is also a fantastic area to get Chinese food if you have a hankering (Chinatown is a strange mish mash right now and there aren't as many places I'd outright recommend there). Some SF staples to check out: SF eater Map

    Sadly the SFMoMA is closed but there's plenty of museums in the area such as The Cartoon Museum, Jewish Contemporary Museum, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

    Don't forget to check out Oakland as well. Blossoming art scene, delicious food, better Korean food + bbq, and a different tempo from SF.

    SF Arts is a decent resource. Foopee has almost any concert listing you'd ever want.

    I'd offer to meet up/show you around the Union Square/Chinatown area where I'm working, but I'm out of town that weekend. Hope you enjoy our city!

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  • spencer syfrig, over 6 years ago

    Check out the downstairs of Stout Books on Montgomery for the biggest selection of Design books I've ever seen. A hidden gem with so many books that you won't find anywhere else.

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  • Annie RuygtAnnie Ruygt, over 6 years ago

    I recommend seeing a concert at the Rickshaw stop or the Independent (if you like live music). They're both special places and always have pretty great acts.

    I also this the Davies Symphony Hall is superp and have a lot of experimental performances with spoken word, music, and visual arts.

    There's so much good food and coffee, but I like Special Xtra in the Financial District a lot.

    Have fun!

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