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Looking for interesting neighborhoods to go walking around, tasting food, and have interesting markets, shops etc.
Will be staying in the Marina, have no car, but don't mind taking a bus, or cab to get there. Have been in SF so many times, don't want tourist places, tend to stay away from them. Looking for local places where you go. Just want to wander around. I was thinking of the Castro, or Mission districts, but need recommendations for food. Also, what other neighborhoods would be interesting to check out. TIA

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    1. The Mission is definitely up there. From the Marina you could take a short cab ride to Clement St., which is one of my favorite streets in the city for wandering.

      1. Second the Mission.
        Range
        Delfina
        Delfina Pizza
        Bar Tartine
        Limon**
        Limon Rotisserie
        Maverick
        Bar Bambino
        Commonwealth*
        Mission Cheese
        Mission Chinese Food*
        Nombe
        Poc Chuc
        Grub**
        Flour & Water *
        Dosa
        Foreign Cinema
        Spork
        Arizmendi
        Tartine Bakery
        Hog & Rocks*
        Local Mission Eatery**
        Pal's Takeaway**
        Puerto Alegre
        Yamo
        Velvet Cantina
        Dozens of taquerias - all up and down 24th, Valencia and Mission Streets.
        * = i don't particularly like but they come recommended by a lot of others here.
        ** = i haven't been yet but they come recommended by a lot of others here.

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        Tartine Bakery
        600 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        Delfina Restaurant
        3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        Bar Bambino
        2931 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

        Velvet Cantina
        3349 23rd St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        Spork
        1058 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

        Foreign Cinema
        2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

        Bar Tartine
        561 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

        Yamo
        3406 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        Limon Restaurant
        524 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        Puerto Alegre Restaurant
        546 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        Limon Rotisserie
        1001 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110

        Local Mission Eatery
        3111 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        Arizmendi
        1268 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        Mission Cheese
        736 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        6 Replies
        1. re: mariacarmen

          i don't recall good reports about grub....

          1. re: vulber

            If neither of you has actually been to Grub, might be better to leave it off the list.

            1. re: Windy

              I've been to Grub and I wouldn't go back. Food was overpriced and not good at all, and service left a lot to be desired. Too many better places in the 'hood - mariacarmen's list is great.

            2. re: vulber

              you're right. i misspoke. Ok paprkutr, avoid Grub!

              1. re: mariacarmen

                Avoiding a place is different from not listing it.

                1. re: Windy

                  i don't know what you want me to do. i can't edit at this point, can i?

          2. Ninth and Irving or Divisadero and Fulton....

            1. Definitely the Mission. Local Mission Eatery and Pals Takeaway are both great.

              I love Clement St. Halu on 8th and Schuberts Bakery are my favorites. Shop at Green Apple books and Kamei restaurant supply.

              Hayes Valley is really nice. For food alone, Absinthe, Arlequin Cafe, Bar Jules, Suppenkuche, Smitten Ice Cream, Miette, La Boulange. There are great shoe shops here.

              Noe Valley is awesome on a Saturday when the farmers market is there. Toast for breakfast or lunch, La Boulange or Noe Valley Bakery for something sweet and gorgeous, Ambiance and Just For Fun for shopping.

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              Suppenkuche
              525 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94102

              Bar Jules
              609 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

              Halu
              312 8th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

              Local Mission Eatery
              3111 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

              Smitten Ice Cream
              Octavia Blvd Linden St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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              1. re: mlutsky

                And don't miss True Sake in Hayes Valley. Worth a stop even if you're not a huge sake fan.

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                True Sake
                560 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102