A San Francisco Summer

We’re almost two weeks into August, and the City still has so many summer activities to offer! Make sure you experience a true San Francisco summer and check off these must-do activities from your vacation bucket list.

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  1. Grab Dinner at Off the Grid 
    The food truck craze has swept the Nation, and San Francisco’s Off the Grid street food vendors throw their events with style. From Senor Sisig’s Filipino food to Johnny Doughnuts, you can always find something yummy that will make your tummy happy. The most popular location is at Fort Mason, but the different Bay Area markets are open every other day of the week. Grab some friends, and get ready for some good local eats!

  2. Picnic in Crissy Fields 
    We haven’t seen Karl the Fog (San Francisco’s Fog - follow him on instagram @karlthefog) too much recently, so enjoy the sun and head over to Crissy Fields for a beautiful picnic. Crissy Fields is a grassy recreational space which is a five minute drive from Chestnut Street, a trendy city location with great restaurants and coffee shops. If you want to eat a burger from Super Duper with a breathtaking view of the Golden Gate Bridge, Crissy Fields is where you should be.

  3. Spend A Night Out at Church of 8 Wheels 
    Abandoned in 2003, the old Sacred Heart church now serves as a funky roller disco on Fell and Fillmore. Be prepared for a night filled with bumping tunes and party lights! The church welcomes both rollerskating novices and experts, and whether you dress in 70’s garb or an everyday outfit, you’re bound to have a good time. Church of 8 Wheels only accepts cash, so bring $15 and grab your boogie shoes!

  4. Have Breakfast at Mr. Holmes Bakehouse 
    As one of the most instagramable breakfast spots in the City, Mr. Holmes Bakehouse not only looks good but tastes good too. This delicious pastry shop is known for their cruffin, or croissant muffin, and their “I Got Baked in San Francisco” sign. You won’t get your hands on (or pictures of) any of Mr. Holmes’ baked goodies if you don’t get in line before 9am. Don’t worry - Mr. Holmes has coffee for you early birds in addition to savory pastries, cream-filled doughnuts, and chocolate chip cookies. Check out their instagram for the weekly flavors of their cruffins and doughnuts, and get ready for breakfast heaven.

  5. Visit Battery Spencer 
    The Golden Gate Bridge is San Francisco’s biggest tourist attraction, but not many tourists know about the viewing spot at Battery Spencer. After a short ride across the bridge, you can make your way up to the Marin Headlands where Battery Spencer is located. This 19th-century concrete battery is the closest place where you can view the Bridge, but the parking is a bit tough, so taking an Uber, Lyft, or bus to the location is a good idea. Bring a jacket and a brush to fix your hair because it gets windy!

  6. Eat Burritos in Mission Dolores Park 
    Want to eat the best burrito in town? Head to La Taqueria, an authentic Mexican restaurant in the Mission. Order to-go so that you can enjoy their rice-less burritos in Mission Dolores Park (trust in their no-rice rule). On any sunny day, the park will be packed with people having lunch and walking their dogs, and if you’re still not full after your burrito, cross the street to Bi-Rite Creamery, another famous SF locale that is known for their funky ice cream flavors. The salted caramel is a fan favorite!

  7. Attend a Giants Game at AT&T Park 
    Join Lou Seal at AT&T Park to cheer on your home team! With tickets for home games starting at $5, attending a Giants’ game is a no brainer. Enjoy some garlic fries or a Ghiradelli sundae as you wait in line for the Coca Cola slide, and cheer on your favorite players at either a day or night game. Make sure to dress in orange and black because the entire stadium is covered in its home colors, and grab a souvenir after the Giants secure another W!

  8. Warm Up With A Bread Bowl at Pier 39 
    If you live in the Bay Area, you know that you can’t go to the City without wearing a few layers, and sometimes, even that can’t keep you cozy! What’s better than a bread bowl from Boudin’s to help warm you up? Fun fact: the foggy and cool climate of San Francisco gives Boudin’s bread its unique taste and texture, so stop by the location at Pier 39 with cold hands and an empty stomach.

  9. Thrift Shop in The Haight 
    Channel your inner Macklemore, and catch a ride to Haight & Ashbury for some thrift shop finds. Popular stores include Crossroads Trading Co., Buffalo Exchange, and Wastelands, but pop into shops such as X Generation to discover bohemian and dressy pieces too. Remember to be patient, and enjoy the process of thrifting: looking for deals on cool pieces is half of the fun!

  10. Rock Out at Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park 
    The epitome of a San Francisco summer is attending Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park. OL is not like any other music festival: you can find an equal number of 20 year-olds and families enjoying the scene. The laid-back music and expansive event space provide concert-goers with a relaxing environment and a shared sense of community. After being surrounded by local art and spaces such as Chocolate and Wine Lands, no one leaves Outside Lands disappointed!

The ROOM8 team members are still savoring our summer, and we hope that you will too!

Melissa Heller