Live Like A Local
Live Like A Local
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Our staff knows just where to go!

Getting off the beaten path and discovering hidden gems is one of the wonders of travel. But how do you find those special places? Ask a local. Sir Francis Drake Hotel helps you make the most of your San Francisco stay by sharing our staff's favorite picks and insider tips.

We asked our intrepid staff: If you had only two days in San Francisco, what would you do? Take a peek, have some fun and Live Like a Local.


  • The Blue Plate uses products from organic and responsible farms whenever possible, stop by for a bite.
  • This sushi bar ENO Sushi seats about 10 at its wood counter and the same number at a row of little tables. They specialize in classic nigiri made from impeccably fresh fish.


  • The seductive Hayes Street hideaway, Sugar Lounge attracts a sophisticated crowd with down tempo DJ beats and an alluring menu of sugar-rimmed cocktails.
  • Alembic has cocktails that will tell you stories, well-prepared cuisine to satiate your palette, and friendly faces that weave the night together.


  • A state of the art trampoline park, House of Air offers open jump time by the hour, aerial training for sports, and indoor dodge ball on trampolines.
  • Planet Granite Climbing Yoga Fitness is more than just an indoor climbing gym; it is a family of climbers, athletes and yogis pursuing their passions.


  • Flax Art is where you can find all of the DIY arts possible. Once you step inside, you'll suddenly feel like you need everything in sight. It's known as the candy store for the creative.
  • With 4,500 square feet of retail space in Hayes Valley, there's much to be found. Most of the stores displays furniture from local designers.


  • The world's longest running musical revue is Beach Blanket Babylon and it's a must see!! Hilarious pop and political spoofs and one show-stopping number after another.
  • Walk the 16th Ave. Stairs, its 163 beautifully tiled mosaic stairs - a place to get exercise and enjoy the landscape the city has to offer.


  • If there's any area of San Francisco that evokes images of the long-gone '60s hippie culture, the Haight is it.
  • Pack a picnic and enjoy the people watching. It's a great walk from the Palace of Fine Arts to Crissy Fields, or you can take a walk around the lake and check out the turtles & swans.

For more information about any of these suggestions and additional favorites, contact Sir Francis Drake's concierge at 1-415-392-7755.

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