Analog San Francisco
Throw o the tethers of the digital world right in the middle of its beating heart, and you might find that the city has more to o er than tech startups and gadgets.
Made for browsers (no, not the www kind), Stu is a collective of more than 60 vintage and antique sellers. Peruse the two-floor warehouse featuring 1970s retro starburst clocks, mid-century modern furniture (pictured) and other items – all from bygone eras when the primary news medium was print.
A flashback to penny arcades, the Musée Mécanique houses a mindblowing collection of vintage mechanical amusements. A quarter lets you start brawls in Wild
West saloons, peep at belly dancers through a vintage Mutoscope, and even learn a cautionary tale about smoking opium. musee mecaniquesf.com
Enticements are hardly necessary to lure the vinylobsessed masses to the West Coast’s most eclectic collection of new and used music, but Amoeba o ers listening stations, free zines with uncannily accurate sta reviews, and a free concert series featuring performers such as the Violent Femmes, Kehlani, Billy Bragg and Mike Doughty.
Golden Gate Park
When San Franciscans refer to “the park,” there’s only one that gets the definite article: Golden Gate Park. Everything San Franciscans hold dear is here: free spirits, free music, redwoods, Frisbee, protests and fine art. Thanks to SF’s mystical microclimates, the park is filled with flora from around the world. It’s also blissfully absent of electrical outlets.
City Lights Books
Self-described as “a kind of library where books are sold,” City Lights Books has been a San Francisco icon since the store’s founder and poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and manager Shigeyoshi Murao won a landmark obscenity case for publishing Allen Ginsberg’s seminal poem Howl. Flip through real paper books or listen to readings from in-the-flesh writers.