Five stops to make in the city by the Bay.

San Francisco is the birthplace of more than one famous paradigm-shifter – hippie counterculture, tech giants, slow food, denim – yet there are still so many things to discover about this city beyond the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge. And while those classic spots are absolutely worth the trip, here are five more novel ones that have earned their stripes as local favorites.


San Francisco is home to a few famous independent bookstores, but Browser Books is worth a closer look. A cozy institution on Fillmore Street, this shop has a knowledgeable staff and a wide selection of both new and used volumes ripe for perusing. And because it's situated in a lively part of downtown, you can easily pop next store for a coffee or some food after taking a trip through the stacks.


There is no food more synonymous with San Francisco than sourdough bread, and Goat Hill managed to find a new use for it: pizza crust. Founded in 1975 in the Potrero Hill section of the city, this spot gets its name from an archival photo of goats roaming the neighborhood in the aftermath of San Francisco's infamous 1906 earthquake. Today, Goat Hill maintains its tightly edited menu of pies with a variety of classic toppings as well as some specialty iterations, like its saltimbocca with chicken, bacon, garlic sauce, sage and lemon.


San Francisco has one of the best art scenes in the US, and it is full of galleries championing emerging and established talent. Founded in 2013 by Ken Harman Hashimoto, Hashimoto Contemporary specializes in conceptual painting, sculpture, and photography and participates in a number of top art fairs throughout the country.


If you're looking to try great plant-based food, Wildseed is a solid choice, but the hidden gem is the restaurant's drinks menu. We have it on good authority that the aloe vera gin and tonic is especially delicious, though you can't really go wrong with any choice on this bill of fare.


Looking to take a dip? The Sutro Baths were originally built as a series of seven massive saltwater pools (each one a different temperature) by Adolph Sutro in 1894. The oceanfront complex – which covered three full acres – was maintained for years after Sutro's death in 1898 but became impossible to keep up when public interest in the Baths waned during The Great Depression. Demolition began on the site in 1964 before a fire two years later completed the job. Today, the Sutro Bath ruins provide a grand swimming hole and some of the best ocean views San Francisco has to offer.