If you’ve lived in San Francisco for more than a minute, you know
it’s a small town. Not just geographically, but also psychologically:
We see the same people, go to the same stores, and drive the same
routes over and over. But this intimacy is also a blessing. It means
that you can get to know the city in more detail than you could some
huge megalopolis — with much less driving. Get lost in L.A. and
you’re screwed; get lost in S.F. and you stumble on a friendly
neighborhood you never noticed before, a tiny park big enough for
only two people, a cheeky art gallery, a low-key place to play darts,
a new hot dog stand, an old favorite ice cream shop, a members-only
club, maybe a store selling something you never knew you needed, like
cheesecake lollipops or frogs. Another way to find your way around
the city is to read this, our 11th annual Best of San Francisco®
issue, which is filled with every one of those discoveries — and
hundreds more. Here you’ll find the best places to play, shop, eat,
and drink, along with descriptions of some of the people and services
that make San Francisco different from any other spot in the world.
Consider the paper you hold in your hands a roadmap to hidden S.F.
Come on, let’s get lost.