Hello! I'm moving to SF for school and I've been trying to find a room to rent that isn't too expensive but I haven't found any. Do you know any places near SFSU? Or do you know where I can look for rooms besides Craigslist? Thank you!
If you want a cheaper apartment, you might want to look at Westlake Village Apartments in Daly City. The rent is generally much lower there compared to apartments in San Francisco, and it’s only ten minutes away from campus.
Otherwise, you could try looking for some sort of SFSU housing/apartment-hunting page on Facebook.
My family is coming up next week! What's the weather been like? We've been before and done the big stuff like Lombard, golden gate, But what would you suggest that most people don't do but should?
Hello! The weather’s been around 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit during the day (probably no lower than 55 degrees at night) and hasn’t really been raining.
For some not-so-touristy things to do:
Eat a lot! There’s so much good food in the city. Some random places I love are: Ebisu (Japanese), Nopalito (Mexican), Sunflower (Vietnamese), Ike’s (sandwiches), Lefty O’Doul’s (restaurant/sports bar), and Great Eastern Restaurant (dim sum).
Walk around and enjoy the sights/sounds/smells of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market (only open on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings).
Marvel at the Palace of Fine Arts.
Take a stroll in Golden Gate Park and explore the Japanese Tea Garden.
Have a picnic at Alamo Square.
Watch a SF Giants ballgame at AT&T Park (night games are more fun, in my opinion).
Have a picnic at Baker Beach (not in the nudist part, though… unless you’re into that sort of thing).
Enjoy the view at Twin Peaks (I don’t think it’s a “basic tourist” thing to do).
me and my mom are going into San Francisco for a day and I was wondering if you had any suggestions for hole in the wall clothing/thrift/music shops? Any suggestions are helpful thanks a ton!
Hi! I don’t know if these fit your idea of “hole-in-the-wall” (and I’m sorry if they don’t), but…
Clothing: Cary Lane (Mission), Paragraph (Inner Sunset), Painted Bird (Mission) Music: Recycled Records (Haight), Thrillhouse Records (Mission), Amoeba (I know it doesn’t really count) Thrift: Out of the Closet (SoMa), 31 Rax (Mission), Wasteland (Haight)
Q from Steve (maxw2): Do you know on what street this photo of the two Victorian homes was taken?
A: I would love to try to help you, but I’m not sure which photo you’re referring to. If you’re talking about the painted ladies (aka the Full House houses), they’re on Steiner St. You could also try exploring the Alamo Square neighborhood, since there’s a lot of Victorian architecture in that area. =)
Hello, What is there to do in San Francisco on 4th of July? Thanks!
A: Well, there are TONS of things to do…
enjoy the fireworks along the waterfront (Marina Green, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Crissy Field are great places to watch them from… but there are giant crowds every year, so you’ll have to head over early)
Pier 39 is hosting a large 4th of July celebration with live music and activities
free concert at Stern Grove
annual Fillmore Street Festival
local ferries offer “Blue & Gold Fireworks cruises” or “Red and White Fleet cruises” or “Hornblower’s Buffet Dinner cruise”, but you’ll have to book your tickets asap
or you can just hang out in the city and enjoy the sights and sounds and tastes!
Hey just wanted to tell you how much I love your blog! I've never been in San Francisco but I already love the city and your blog makes me love it even more so I really can't wait to go there next year :) greetings from Germany!! Xo
Thank you! That’s so kind of you to say. I hope you have a great time while you’re here next year! =)
Have you ever seen Colin kaepernick or someone else of the 49ers in the city ?:)
Unfortunately, I’ve never seen anyone from the Niners. I have seen Jeremy Affeldt (SF Giants reliever) at the mall and Brian Wilson (former SF Giants closer, current Dodgers closer [boo]) walking around the Marina.
Actually, I have seen Kaepernick… on the field at Candlestick. ;)
I currently live in Alabama and I really want to move there. But I've noticed the price of living is really high. Also, I'll have to immediately start looking for a job as soon as I get there. Any tips on how I should go about this?
Hi! Before I start, I apologize if I sound like a broken record (read: repetitive).
I strongly suggest you search for and apply to jobs even before you get there, since the job market is kind of rough. You can always interview on the phone or via Skype - just let your interviewer/possible employer know that you’re currently living out of state, but looking to move to the Bay Area. There are tons of stores downtown (or in malls - Westfield/SF Shopping Centre or Stonestown) and restaurants are everywhere in/around the city. If you’re a college grad, try finding/contacting a staffing agency in the Bay Area (if online job postings aren’t working for you).
This is a pretty nifty webpage to visit if you’re trying to figure out where in the city you should live (the comments might prove to be helpful, too). If you find city rent to be too high, there’s always Oakland, Daly City, or South San Francisco (or other nearby, BART-accessible areas). Remember that you can also live with a roommate or two, so that you won’t be living paycheck to paycheck.
Hi! I'm moving to San Francisco after two weeks. Do you have any advice on which areas are good for looking for a job and for apartment hunt? Maybe I should avoid renting a place in some neighbourhoods? :)
Hello there! I’m sure you’re already doing this, but I suggest you apply to jobs starting this very moment! If you’re looking for a retail or restaurant gig, there are TONS of stores downtown (or in malls - Westfield/SF Shopping Centre or Stonestown) and restaurants are EVERYWHERE. If you’re a college grad, try finding/contacting a staffing agency in the Bay Area (if you’re having trouble applying to postings online).
This is a pretty nifty webpage to visit if you’re trying to figure out where in the city you should live (the comments might prove to be helpful, too). If you find city rent to be too high, there’s always Oakland, Daly City, or South San Francisco (or other nearby, BART-accessible areas).
Hi! I'm from Holland and I'll be in SF from Wednesday till Sunday. What should I definitely take with me? I'm not sure if it's really sunny or a bit cold? Help?! (:
Hi! It’s been pretty sunny and pleasant outside (65-70 degrees Fahrenheit). Shorts and dresses are fine, but it’s a bit breezy at times. I suggest bringing sunglasses, t-shirts, a comfortable pair of shoes, and a sweater/jacket (for the evenings).
I hope the view of the Tenderloin as a bad or scary place dies off soon. This may just be me because I grew up and lived in the TL all my life, but it's not at all a bad neighborhood once you walk through a couple times. And by saying that the TL is a bad area, it insults and gives a bad name to the extremely friendly and hard-working residents. No hate though, just wanted to voice an opinion. "Don't judge a book by its cover" or in this case, by word of mouth. Experience the TL first hand!! (:
I’ve been in the Tenderloin plenty of times, actually. But! I hear you loud and clear, and I’d love for every part of the city to be enjoyed. Thanks for your post. =)
I just moved to SF tuesday. Any advice/suggestions?
I hope you don’t mind that I’m practically copying and pasting from a previous answer I gave.
Depending on where you’re moving from, try not to be shocked by the cost of living. This might sound obvious, but just keep it in mind.
Get used to public transportation - MUNI and BART. There are a bunch of MUNI underground routes, but each of them only go in two (opposite) directions. BART works in a similar way, but you’d really only use it to get around outside SF. Also: take some time to know the differences between single rides/transfers.
Cable cars are wonderful, but they’re mostly for tourists. Be nice to tourists. Represent the city well.
Your wardrobe should consist of clothes for weather around 50-70 degrees Fahrenheit (and rain).
Don’t walk around the Tenderloin alone at night - it’s known to be a crime-ridden part of the city.
Learn about the neighborhoods. It’s just a good thing to know. Also, there are tons of great restaurants and hang-out spots outside of downtown.
I personally love taking walks along the Embarcadero. It’s pretty scenic. A lot of people jog along there, too.
Don’t be offended by SF street personalities (for instance, people holding up “No Sex” or “Jesus Christ Loves You” signs). Just ignore them and keep walking.
There are a great deal of homeless people in every part of San Francisco. I suggest that (if you want to give them something) you give them food, not money.
Be open to trying different food (including ones from food trucks). Living in the city, you have so many options!
There is no shame in visiting tourist destinations/landmarks, even if you’ve lived here for years. It’s your city; enjoy it!
Bonus tip: If you’re out and about during commuting times (in the morning and early evening) - for the love of God, please walk at a decently brisk pace.
Best of luck! I hope you love it here as much as I do. =)