When you’re planning a trip to a new city, our best advice is to ask a local. So for our City Guides, we went to the source — our roasters. We’re turning to the people who know (and love) their cities best for a tour of the unexpected, hidden-gem, must-see stops from the locals who live there.

This week, we’re kicking off our City Guide series with San Francisco. Sure it’s the home of The Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Alcatraz Island, but this Northern California destination is brimming with plenty of undiscovered attractions and under-the-radar hot spots — not to mention incredible coffee.

From a disc golf course to the best duck dish in town, here’s what to do in the San Francisco Bay Area from the eyes of Equator Coffees‘ account manager and trainer Morgan Sullivan.

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The Progress
1525 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, California 94115
Open daily 5:30 pm

The Progress is a must-hit dinner spot. If you are celebrating or out for a special night, reserve a table. While the menu changes often, there is usually a shared duck plate that you can’t miss. For a more low-key time, grab a spot at the bar and order the counter-only Prog-Dog and a Potato Cloud. The hospitality here is top-notch.

PS Check out the bathrooms — they were nominated for “America’s Best Restroom” in 2018!

Fort Point Beer Company
742 Valencia Street
San Francisco, California 94110
Open daily 11:00 am

One Ferry Building #54
San Francisco, California 94111
Open Sunday to Friday 11:00 am; Open Saturday 10:00 am

This bold and bright Valencia Street spot is newly opened and perfect to enjoy an afternoon brew or a snack. For a scenic view of the piers, try the outdoor seating at Fort Point’s Ferry Building kiosk. 

The menu here has a selection of playful yet elevated bar food. Whether you’re there with a group or on your own, there’s plenty of space to settle in. After you’ve refueled, walk over to Dolores Park to people watch and relax. 

Golden Gate Park Disc Gold Course
99 Marx Meadow Drive
San Francisco, California 94121
Open daily 5:00 am

Twenty percent larger than New York City’s Central Park, Golden Gate Park has plenty of hidden gems. Above all, the Disc Golf Course is a favorite group or solo activity to spend a couple of hours outside.

You’ll need discs but no reservations, tee time, or fees to start. Throughout the park, you can also tour buffalo roaming, a carousel for the kids, and free salsa lessons on Sunday afternoons. Grab a bike to explore it all! 

The Zombie Village
441 Jones Street
San Francisco, California 94102
Open Monday to Friday 5:00 pm; Open Saturday 6:00 pm

There is no shortage of tiki bars in San Francisco, but The Zombie Village is among the best. The same owners have a handful of successful bar concepts in the city, and in late 2018 they delighted us again.

Walking in, you’ll feel like you’re strolling a tropical island under the stars. The drink list is equally creative and authentic. Reserve a tiki hut if you’ve got a group or stay at the bar to watch the bartenders in action. Find the Coco Pandan — a cocktail with a popsicle garnish — you won’t be disappointed!

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Urban Putt
1096 South Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, California 94110
Open Tuesday to Friday 4:00 pm; Open Saturday and Sunday 11:00 am

This indoor mini golf course is the perfect activity for a rainy day. Strategically wound into a small Mission space, you’ll hit 14 holes in about an hour.

Feel free to grab a drink to enjoy on the course and when you’re done, grab a bite upstairs. While there may be a line to get started, things typically move quickly and you’ll have plenty to take in while you wait. Pro tip: It’s kid-friendly until 8:00 pm!

Equator Coffees
2 Marina Boulevard
Fort Mason Center Gatehouse
San Francisco, California 94123
Open Monday to Friday 6:30 am; Open Saturday and Sunday 7:00 am

This Marin County-based coffee shop is the perfect place to fuel up in the morning. One of eight Bay Area locations, this is a favorite for travelers and locals alike. Grab a shakerato and sit in the window; you’ll be able to see the Golden Gate Bridge on a clear day.

Mornings aren’t the only time to plan a visit. Stop in for one of the most relaxed happy hours in San Francisco from 4:00 pm to close. Sunday morning Farmer’s Market draws a huge crowd — so go early but don’t miss it. 

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Ruby Wine
1419 18th Street
San Francisco, California 94107
Open daily 12:00 pm

Another favorite spot for remarkable views of San Francisco, Ruby Wine is a hidden gem. Mostly focused on bottle sales, the shelves are lined with a large selection of natural, biodynamic, and unfiltered wines.

Don’t be afraid to talk to the staff! They will walk you through the open bottles they have, so you can enjoy a glass in the shop. Seating is limited and you won’t find a typical bar scene here. Bring a book — or maybe just one friend — and taste something new!

The Center SF
548 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, California 94117
Open daily 11:00 am

If you’re in the mood for quiet and cozy, this is the place for you. The Center is built around community and prioritizes offering a safe, comfortable space for all.

There’s tons to do here. Get a membership or drop in for a pot of tea and a spot on the couch. The menu is vast and entirely organic! Check out their event calendar or sign up for yoga any day of the week.

Church of 8 Wheels
554 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, California 94117
Open Friday 5:00 pm; Open Saturday 3:00 pm; Open Sunday 7:00 pm

I’d argue that the best way to get over any busy week is to throw on some skates, give in to the music, and be a kid again! For under $20 (cash only), you can rent a pair of skates and spend as long as you’d like on the rink.

Each day begins with kids of all ages though they transition into adults-only around 7:00 pm. Make sure you’ve made dinner plans before or after, as you’ll mostly find candy necklaces and Ring Pops at the counter.

— Morgan Sullivan, Account Manager & Trainer at Equator Coffees

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