San Francisco's Marina Neighborhood // The Local's Guide

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The Local's Guide to San Francisco's Marina NeighborhoodIt's not a secret that sightseeing is our jam, whether it be in a new country or around our city. The hard part is finding shoes to keep up with all of the sights on our list. Enter my new favorites, these Avarca sandals by The Avarca Store. I can't get enough of them. Perfect for those days when you want to look polished for brunch and then visit every spot in one of San Francisco's most dense neighborhoods. Avarca sandals are the traditional footwear in Menorca, a Spanish island in the Mediterranean Sea. We even have a discount code for you at the bottom of this post!

Join us for a packed itinerary around San Francisco's Marina District..

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When it comes to the Marina, there is no shortage of top-notch eateries. However, there might be a shortage of chairs at said eateries, particularly the prime patio chairs on a sunny SF day. When it comes to dining in the Marina, two streets come to mind: Union and Chestnut. Let's take a look at a few highlights to choose from..
 
Over on Union Street..
 
Grab a cup and a photo with that pineapple wallpaper at Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters.
 
Rose's Café for an authentic brunch.
 
For a fun, Caribbean vibe to your afternoon, try the Palm House.
 
 
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And on Chestnut Street..
 
Fuel up with coffee and a croissant at Le Marais Bakery.
 
Brunch at delicious Delarosa.
 
Gourmet salads at Blue Barn.
 
A16 if you're in the mood for the best Italian and don't want to cross the hill to get to North Beach.
 
Or Tacolicious, if you're into that sort of amazing thing.
 
The Tipsy Pig is the perfect combo of comfort food and cocktails. If you couldn't tell by the name.
 
After all of that food?
 
Catch a show at the cozy Presidio movie theater.
 
Get your shop on at Retail Therapy.
 

The Local's Guide to San Francisco's Marina NeighborhoodThe Local's Guide to San Francisco's Marina Neighborhood You'll likely catch an in-progess wedding if you stop by the Palace of Fine Arts on the weekend, for good reason. The place is stunning, a remnant (sort of, ok it was rebuilt at some point) of the San Francisco 1915 Worlds Exposition. When you just need a big field, I mean, a really big open field, Crissy Field comes in. Wide open spaces with dogs running, frisbee catching, and kite flying. It's perfectly cliché, but in a good way.All set in front of the gorgeous Golden Gate Bridge.The Local's Guide to San Francisco's Marina Neighborhood // The Palace of Fine ArtsThe Local's Guide to San Francisco's Marina Neighborhood // The Palace of Fine ArtsThe Local's Guide to San Francisco's Marina Neighborhood // The Palace of Fine ArtsThe Local's Guide to San Francisco's Marina Neighborhood

Stop by Fort Mason for, well, anything. The Fort Mason Center is the venue for a long list of performances, festivals, museums. Off the Grid on Fridays and the Farmers Market on Sundays. Check out the exhibits calendar.
 
This one is a clencher! Dynamo Donuts is this adorable little kiosk at the marina.
 
Take your donut out to the pier and admire the very few boats we have here in the Bay.
 
And last, but not least..
 
The Wave Organ might the coolest, little-known site around. It's a full-on wave activated acoustic orchestra.
 

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