There's detailed food information in the neighborhood sections below, but there's also some specialized information in San Francisco/Food.
Richmond Recreation Center (18th Ave, between Clement and California). 2011 hours:
- Tuesday: 12:30-6:30pm
- Wednesday: 2:45-6pm
- Thursday: 11:30am-3pm; 5:30-8:45pm
- Friday: 2:30-5:30pm
- Saturday: 9-4:30pm
Sundays at 5pm at the Eureka Rec Center. Costs $5.
Other possibilities to explore:
- Sunset Recreation Center. Closed Monday nights.
- Moscone Recreation Center. Pick-up hoops on Wednesday nights. Closed on Mondays. Open until 9pm other weeknights.
- Presidio YMCA
- Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (see Yelp review)
- SFGov: San Francisco Parks and Recreational Facilities
Donaldina Cameron House in Chinatown has an iconic view of SF and was featured in Will Smith's, In Pursuit of Happyness. Not sure if you can play pickup there.
These are the local blogs I follow to keep up with what's going on in the city.
- FunCheapSF. Great guide of things to do.
- The Richmond District of San Francisco. My neighborhood blog.
- Eater SF. Local food news.
- i live here:SF. Great little art project that tells people's stories here.
- Muni Diaries. Another quirky art project celebrating this city's public transportation.
Joey the Cat skeeball and arcade event space
Western Neighborhoods Project. Includes the Richmond, the Sunset, and West Portal.
- /Bernal Heights
- /Cole Valley
- /Duboce Triangle
- /Fillmore District
- /Financial District
- /Fisherman's Wharf
- /Hayes Valley
- /Laurel Heights
- /North Beach
- /Pacific Heights
- /Potrero Hill
- /Richmond District
- /Sunset District
I think I pulled these tips from a Conde Nast website -- can't remember which. This was from one of a series of articles on different cities, offering insider tips on avoiding tourist traps. I pulled the ones I either most agreed with or didn't already know to do.
- Don't...TAKE THE POWELL STREET CABLE CARS. Lines snake around the cable car terminus at Powell and Market streets, the beginning of the two major cable-car lines (Powell-Hyde and Powell-Mason), which carry tourists to Fisherman's Wharf. While you wait -- sometimes as long as an hour -- you're held hostage by D-grade accordion players, panhandlers, and evangelists threatening hellfire. All this hassle for a ride on a toy train?
- Instead...TAKE THE CALIFORNIA STREET LINE. Take the cable car line tourists don't know about: the California Street line. There's rarely a queue for this lightly traveled route because visitors don't know what to do at the end of the line, Van Ness Avenue. But we do: Grab a picnic lunch of succulent Cowgirl Creamery cheese and crusty French bread near the beginning of the route at the Ferry Building Marketplace and hop on the cable car at the foot of California Street. Then, from the terminus at Van Ness Avenue, walk to Lafayette Square, in swanky Pacific Heights, for a hilltop picnic in the shadow of stately townhouses. Afterward, window-shop Upper Fillmore St alongside the city's skirt-and-sweater matrons. (Tip: For a great photo on the cable car, shoot east downhill as you approach Stockton Street; the Bay Bridge tower is briefly framed just right between downtown skyscrapers.)
- Don't...TAKE THE FERRY TO SAUSALITO; instead...TAKE THE FERRY TO TIBURON. Ride the ferry to Tiburon, a village in Marin County with a picturesque main street straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting. You'll get the same amazing shots as you sail past Alcatraz and Angel Island, and once you arrive in port, you'll have room to roam away from the herd. Poke your head into cute boutiques, snag a table for the obligatory dockside lunch at Sam's Grill (beware the seagulls swooping down on your fish and chips), and you've pretty much done Tiburon. But that's part of the charm. For full immersion in the kick-back Marin County lifestyle, snag a bay-view room at the Waters Edge Hotel and sip cocktails as the sun slips into the Pacific beyond the Golden Gate Bridge.
United Liquor Stores sells dry ice and styrofoam containers. There's a UPS store down the block for shipping.
2401 Chestnut Street (@ Divisadero)