Where San Francisco - - Contents - Bill Sut­ton

BEST TIP Spend time walk­ing, eat­ing and shop­ping in the di­verse neigh­bor­hoods that make vis­it­ing San Francisco like vis­it­ing dozens of dif­fer­ent cities in one.

Q: Any tips for ex­plor­ing San Francisco’s water­front?

A: While most peo­ple ex­plore the water­front be­tween the Ferry Build­ing and Fish­er­man’s Wharf, I like to wan­der south to­wards AT&T Park. You’ll find lo­cal restau­rants with great views and even bet­ter food, and there’s pub­lic art to ad­mire along with views of the Bay Bridge and Yerba Buena Is­land. And just south of the bridge you’ll find a San Francisco in­sti­tu­tion, Red’s Java House. Fans of drive-ins, din­ers and dives will feel right at home, and who doesn’t like a cheese­burger served on sour­dough bread?

Q: What’s an un­der­rated gem that you point out to trav­el­ers?

A: Lig­uria Bak­ery is a fam­ily-owned busi­ness. The space is not ter­ri­bly invit­ing; the menu is lim­ited to fo­cac­cia bread; they only ac­cept cash; and the peo­ple be­hind the counter are surly. Why go? Be­cause of the tra­di­tional Lig­urian fo­cac­cia of course! They open at 8 am and close when they run out of bread, usu­ally about noon or so. If you de­cide to stop here for a slice, I guar­an­tee that the next time you come to San Francisco this will be the one place you’ll be sure to re-visit. Some tra­di­tions are worth keep­ing.

Q: What are you look­ing for­ward to in the Bay Area this month?

A: The Union Street Easter Pa­rade & Spring Cel­e­bra­tion is a fam­i­lyfriendly event high­light­ing the cre­ative, wacky and de­li­cious side of the sea­son. Be­sides the food ven­dors, chil­dren’s games and tasteful wares from the lo­cal mer­chants, the Easter Bon­net Con­test is one of my fa­vorite events of the year. And yes, last year there was a hat made with real live bun­nies!

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