• Little Saigon

    Little Saigon and Tendernob

    Little Saigon and the Tendernob are two Tenderloin neighborhoods that are home to large immigrant populations and some of the best food in the city. Join us as we take you on the only food tour of this district and explore the flavors of Asia, the Middle East, and beyond!
  • The Mission

    The Mission District

    San Francisco's 1st neighborhood, The Mission District is still the heart & soul of this vibrant city. This area is so rich in culture, that we have 3 Mission food tours & 2 neighborhood walks.
  • North Beach

    North Beach

    North Beach is that rare thing -- a neighborhood that manages to be a perennial hit with tourists, and also to remain beloved by San Franciscans. It's San Francisco's Little Italy and the home of the beatniks.
  • Scenic Running

    Scenic Running

    Just a short run from the urban landscape of San Francisco's busy city streets you will find numerous trails and parks offering phenomenal views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the City Skyline and other gems.
  • Chinatown


    Established in the 1840s, San Francisco's Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest Chinese community outside Asia. Our food and walking tours are 2nd to none.
  • Parrots!


    Wild Parrots in San Francisco? Yes there are officially at least two flocks of wild Parrots here. These Parrots have evolved into a brand new species of parrot indigenous to San Francisco.

Explore San Francisco Blog

Explore SF Blog: Hidden Gems Of San Francisco

Neighborhood Holes in the Wall

Although it seems to be changing, one of the more prominent features in any just about any San Francisco neighborhood, was the human scale of the neighborhood itself.  Buildings were rarely taller than 5 stories, usually 3, so the sky was where it should be, right above. The buildings would have main floor retail, usually one business, and a few residential flats above. One would walk to do their shopping, and might catch transit to run errands out of the neighborhood. Not only would you know your neighbors, but you’d know them well, thin walls  have made their lives easy to be a part of.

But even in this type of neighborhood, every now and then you pass a small business that you have never noticed before. A small hole-in-the-wall, something so unique, and special that once you’ve found it, the neighborhood just seems that much more special from then on. And you think to your self, God I love San Francisco. Here is a list of a few holes in the wall to help you better appreciate our wonderful city.

Please submit your own favorites and I will post them in a couple weeks!

Colorbox Salon

J & M Sandwiches

Cordon Bleau

Le Mediteranean

Golden Natural Foods
Golden Natural  Produce

These two stores are not really holes in the wall, unless you compare them to Safeway and now Whole Foods. Both of these corporate behemoths seem poised to suck the life out of neighborhood businesses and deliver the bodies to Scott Weiner’s front door.

These 2 fantastic stores are family owned and have been here for decades. They have the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices. And for the love of God, Whole Food just opened  so if you  value independent businesses, good food, neighborhood businesses, or all things San Francisco, SHOP HERE NOW  BEFORE YOU CAN’T

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TOMORROW- TUESDAY JUNE 2ND, 1:00- 5:00PM or later…






Last time they feared us. Maybe this time they will do as we say.


Tuesday June 2nd 2015


1:00 pm :: Come early to guarantee a seat in the Chambers
1:30 pm ::  Rally on Steps of City Hall
3:00 pm ::  Hearing begins on moratorium at Board of Supervisors, Room 250 at top of grand staircase.

Hearing may last until 6pm or much later. Join whenever you can!

FOR UPDATES on day of hearing: 

Text to 415-710-8908

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- Seniors and parents with children will be granted priority in speaking at hearing and do not have to wait in line.

- Children welcome!

- Food provided!

- RSVP and stay tuned on the event page.

:: SUPPORT the LUXURY MORATORIUM for the Mission! ::

This temporary moratorium would allow time for a community-based plan for truly affordable housing. It would temporarily stop all market rate projects within the covered areas in the Mission, including the Monster at 16th and Mission.

Luxury housing accounts for 93% of the housing being built in the Mission. The SF Planning department has determined that only 13 sites remain in the Mission for the development of affordable housing. The very limited property left in the Mission must be prioritized for affordable housing, not luxury condos unaffordable to the majority of San Franciscans.





MARTES 2 de Junio en la Alcaldía de SF
1:30 PM MITIN en las gradas de la Alcaldía
3:00 PM LEVANTE SU VOZ en la mesa de los supervisores

La audiencia durara hasta las 6:00pm o más tarde. Alcancenos cuando puedas. Evnvie un mensaje al 415-710-8908 para manternerlo informado o signalos en twitter @PlazaSixteen. Niños y familias son bienvenidos.


Este alto temporal nos dara tiempo para crear un plan comunitario que ofresco viviendas de bajos ingresos.

Los espacios limitados en la Mission deben de ser una prioridad para vivendas de bajos ingresos y no para condominios de lujo.




:: ALERT!  ::  Breaking News! ::

Save our Cultural Spaces and family-run legacy businesses!

We have just learned that a huge, 274-unit development of mostly luxury housing, proposed for the 2000 Block of Bryant Street, will be coming before the Planning Commission on Thursday, June 18th. We will need a very big community turnout at this meeting! This Wednesday, June 3rd we will have an organizing meeting to begin the fight against the Monster on Bryant Street.

This project would allow for the demolition of:

  • three (3) rent-control dwelling units 
  • Tortilla Flats, a Legacy, family-run Business
  • Businesses employing Union and blue collar workers at the A.C.T. prop, a music studio, and an auto repair shop
  • Inner Mission (formerly Cell Space) artist space, a Mission cultural institution 


Wednesday, June 3 at 6PM
Inner Mission (fomerly Cell Space)
2050 Bryant St. between 18th and 19th

Please join us for this meeting to get the ball rolling on fighting the Monster on Bryant Street! It’s a perfect “next step” after the Mission Takes City Hall Part 2.



:: We Need You! ::

Thursday, June 18th at 12 noon
City Hall Room 400

We will need a very big community turnout for this hearing. Please join us and please help spread the word to anyone who cares about the affordable housing of the Mission and the preservation of our city’s priceless cultural institutions and legacy businesses.


More info on the website: Plaza16.org.

Join and endorse the Plaza 16 Coalition.

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Castro Courier

It’s Our Right and Duty To Petition

Doug Comstock

From the Castro Courier/ Westside Observer

As Californians we all have the power to make law. The initiative process gives us that power. It was adopted at the turn of the last century and it served to break the railroads’ monopoly at a time when elected politicians were firmly in the railroads’ pockets. Recent “citizen initiatives” — petitions by regular folks who have hit the streets to get signatures for various causes including saving our cable cars, raising the minimum wage, protecting neighborhood firehouses, limiting campaign contributions, bringing Sunshine to the backrooms of City Hall and stopping the growing height limits on the waterfront.

Now Supervisor Scott Wiener, another politician firmly placed among the powers that swing the purse, has taken it upon himself to “improve” the citizen initiative process. We’re not sure if he’s sore that his pet projects, like 8 Washington went down to ignominious defeat or that height limits on the waterfront were adopted — both via citizen initiative. Whatever it is, Supervisor Wiener wants to water down the process and make the signature gathering so difficult that only his wealthy special interests can participate, and ordinary citizens will have to go before the Board of Supervisors, hat in hand, to beg for the right to exercise their civic duty.

The City is changing fast, and monied interests are at the front of the line. The sway that highly capitalized campaigns have to persuade voters was very apparent in the last several elections. With local politicians dancing to the tunes that high-priced lobbyists and contributors play, it has never been more valuable to have the citizen initiative process available to solve the problems that elected officials refuse to confront.

As Quentin Kopp put it in last month’s Westside Observer column: “Wiener will undoubtedly persuade power-loving colleagues to present his anti-democratic measure to November 2015 voters; I invite all readers to join efforts to stop the silencing of voters by voting ‘No’ on Wiener’s sly scheme this November.” This is important.

Doug Comstock is the editor of Westside Observer in the city.

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The what’s and why’s of San Francisco’s most famous weather phenomenon.


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