To celebrate our annual America issue (on newsstands now!) we’re putting together the ultimate guides to our favorite US cities. And who better to contribute to them than you, our readers?! We had an open call for submissions and here are the big winners for San Francisco, from the most delicious bakery to the best place to make eyes on the Golden Gate Bridge. (We’ll wait while you plan that trip to San Francisco, and if you want to stay in the loop about events going on while you’re in SF, sign up for our NYLON Daily newsletter--it’s totally free but filled with awesome parties, shows, sales, and more.)
Best Cafe: Ritual Cafe (1026 Valencia St)
Delicious coffee plus a chill environment makes Ritual Cafe a must-see cafe.
Best Bakery: Tartine Bakery (600 Guerrero St)
An endless menu of sweets and sandwiches is just the start of why you should visit Tartine.
Best Food Truck: The Creme Brulee Cart
But really, what’s better than mobile creme brulee?
Best Restaurant: Fat Angel (1740 O’Farrell St)
Head to Fat Angel for amazing cocktails and fresh, yummy foods.
bAny place with a neon sign and a jukebox is a place we want to be.
Best Party Spot: Hifi Lounge (2125 Lombard St)
DJs, beers, dancing... it’s got it all!
Best Place to See Bands: The Fillmore (1805 Geary Blvd)
If a band is going to play in San Francisco, they’re going to play at The Fillmore.
Best Destination for an Arty-Afternoon: The De Young Museum (50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr)
With an awesome location and tons of cool exhibits you could spend a whole day hanging out at the De Young Museum.
Best Movie Theater: Castro Theatre (429 Castro St)
It’s a historic theater with that plays the coolest old movies, what more could you want?!
Best Scenic Spot: Twin Peaks Park
It’s not the home of Laura Palmer, but it’ll do.
Best Boutique: Mira Mira (3292 22nd St)
With Chloe Sevigny listed as their girl crush and pics of Chloe Norgaard on their website, this is a boutique we can get behind.
Best Vintage Shop: La Rosa Vintage (1711 Haight St)
Period clothing and ’60s vintage are among the cool stuff to find at this boutique.
Best Record Store: Amoeba (1855 Haight St)
Housed in a converted bowling alley, this record store is the home of all things awesome.
Best Book Store: City Lights (261 Columbus Avenue)
Part independent publisher, part book store, City Lights, founded by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, is the place to find a great read and fan out over the fact that this store first published Howl.
Best Store To Fill Your Apartment: The Apartment (3469 18th St)
It’s definitely fancy, but the great sleection of vintage goods is worth the splurge.
Best Spot No One Knows About (Yet): Bottom of the Hill (1233 17th St)
Half bar, half music venue, Bottom of the Hill is about to blow up, so make sure you get there first to get a table.
If You Can Only Go To One Place In My City, Visit: Valencia Street
San Franciscians agree that a stroll on Valencia followed by a picnic in the park is the best way to spend a day on the Left Coast.