Exploring San Francisco

San Francisco is a city that is steeped in history dating back to the 1700s and has grown over the years to be as dynamic in character as its residents are diverse. During your down time at the Conference, be sure to explore some of the neighborhoods and unique experiences this city has to offer. Below are some of our favorite places that will give you a glimpse into the true character of the city.


Hayes Valley - A short distance from Civic Center lays the Hayes Valley neighborhood boasting the SF Jazz Center, art galleries, antique shops, trendy restaurants and bookstores. Plaj brings you avant-garde cuisine combining Californian and Scandinavian flavors. Afterwards, head to Absinthe for a delicious dessert and their award winning wines.

Hayes Valley

Plaj Restaurant - 333 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA
(415) 863-8400

Absinthe Brasserie & Bar - 398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA
(415) 551-1590


North Beach - Anchored by Washington Square Park, North Beach is rich in Italian heritage and contains a host of cabarets, family style restaurants and gelato parlors. Stop at The House for a tasty Asian American lunch or take a cable car to the Fisherman's Wharf and try out the local seafood at Fog Harbor.

The House - 1230 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CANorth Beach
(415) 986-8612

Fog Harbor - 39 Pier 39 Concourse, San Francisco, CA
(415) 421-2442



Mission District - Named for Mission Dolores founded in 1776, San Francisco’s oldest neighborhood is known to have some of the best weather in the city with an abundance of fog-free days. While the Mission is home to a plethora of ethnic restaurants like Lolo and night spots, it is also host to the largest concentration of murals in the city.

Lolo - 974 Valencia St, San Francisco, CAMission
(415) 643-5656

Beretta - 1199 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA
(415) 695-1199

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More Restaurants

Nopa - 560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA (415) 864-8643

Waterbar - 399 Embarcadero St, San Francisco, CA (415) 284-9922

BIX - 56 Gold St, San Francisco, CA (415) 433-6300

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The Hidden Vine - 408 Merchant St, San Francisco, CA (415) 674-3567

Press Club - 20 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, CA (0.3 miles away from the Moscone Center) 
(415) 744-5000

Alchemist  - 679 3rd St, San Francisco, CA, (415) 746-9968

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Things To Do and See

SF City Guides - Explore the history, folklore and legends of the city as a SF City Guide volunteer shares the fun of discovering San Francisco and its neighborhoods during a free tour. From the Ferry Building to the Japanese Tea Gardens you are guaranteed to find a tour to pique your interest.

Alcatraz Island - Located 1.25 miles off the Coast of San Francisco, the Alcatraz Island is the home of the Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary which was a maximum high security prison that operated between 1934 and 1963. Today the penitentiary is a museum and one of San Francisco's major tourist attractions. If you want to explore this historic site and enjoy magnificent views of the Bay it is highly recommended that you make a reservation in advance.

Painted Ladies - The famous Painted ladies of San Francisco are a row of Victorian/Edwardian houses painted in three or more colors which enhance their architectural details. Being one of San Francisco's most popular locations they appear very frequently in media and mass-market photographs of the city and have appeared in TV programs ads and, over 70 movies. If you decide to take a photograph of your own, the Painted ladies are located at 710-720 Steiner Street right across from the Alamo Square park.

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