Whether your relationship with San Francisco is brand new or decades old, it’s one that is guaranteed to be fun, sometimes challenging and always evolving. Complete with new discoveries, plenty of parties and lots of food, it’s basically the best relationship we could ask for.
We rounded up ten reasons we love to call the city home, and we invite everyone—visitors, locals and transplants included—to read the list and remember why San Francisco is one of the best places to live in the country. There are a lot of reasons we’re thankful to call San Francisco home, but here are our top 10!
1. There’s always something new to discover.
Whether it’s a new exhibit at SFMOMA, a new shop in the Ferry Building, a new mural in the Mission District, a new event in Golden Gate Park, or a new and still under-the-radar speakeasy, if you’re looking for something new in the city, you’ll find it. If you need a few ideas, check out What to Do in San Francisco if You’ve Already Done Everything.
2. Sometimes that discovery is 100-years-old.
Amidst those new restaurants, speakeasies, exhibits and attractions, San Francisco seamlessly blends the new with the historic. While you’re walking to that new speakeasy, you’ll likely pass a landmark like the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, the oldest Chinatown in the United States, hidden landmarks in Haight-Ashbury, or Coit Tower which just celebrated its 85th birthday. There’s a story on every street in San Francisco if you know where to look.
3. Speaking of walking, you don’t need a car.
You don’t need a car to live in this city. In addition to public transportation like BART and Muni, San Francisco is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the entire country. That means our bike lanes and bike safety outweigh our tremendous hills! To find out which neighborhoods snag the top ranking, check out The 10 Best Bike-friendly Neighborhoods in San Francisco.
At just seven miles by seven miles, it’s not a huge chore to walk, either. According to Walk Score, the city has an overall score of 86 with its top neighborhood earning a score of 100. And the top five neighborhoods all score 99 or above. For more information on these neighborhoods, check out The 5 Most Desirable San Francisco Neighborhoods, Ranked by Their Walk Scores.
4. There’s a neighborhood to suit every personality.
Our hometown is a small city that packs quite a punch into 47 square miles. From the quiet Sunset District along Ocean Beach to the foodie haven that is the Mission District, from luxurious Presidio Heights to family-oriented Noe Valley, and deep into the lively and always entertaining SoMa, every neighborhood has its own distinct character. And oftentimes, it has its own unique story, too! For example, Haight-Ashbury served as the birthplace of the 1960s counterculture movement and the Castro is one of the most prominent symbols of LGBT activism and culture in the world. The trick is deciding which neighborhood you love the most.
5. This big city loves its dogs.
In addition to being one of the most walkable cities in the country, San Francisco is also packed with parks. And many of those parks include off-leash areas and off-leash beaches dedicated to your dog! According to SmartAsset who ranked The Most Dog-Friendly Cities in America in 2018, the city has about 3.7 dog parks per 100,000 residents. To see a map of those parks and learn more about owning a dog in San Francisco, check out The Dog Owner’s Guide to San Francisco.
6. There’s beauty around every corner and atop every hill.
It wouldn’t be an article on loving San Francisco if we didn’t talk about the views, right? From the breathtaking landscapes atop Twin Peaks to the stunning public art you’ll encounter on the street, this city offers beauty from every vantage point.
7. There’s always a reason to celebrate.
From Sunday Streets to Carnaval, from the Castro Street Fair to the How Weird Street Faire, there isn’t a season, a holiday, a month or a week that goes uncelebrated in San Francisco. And whether our community is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, a specific neighborhood, or even a specific wine, there will probably be a parade.
To keep up with these parades, festivals and events, follow along on Discover Your View.
8. It’s one of the best places to work in the country.
It’s no surprise to hear the part of the country that draws the most young, tech-industry professionals every year is a good place to work, but the tech industry isn’t the only thing fueling San Francisco’s economy. Every year, we welcome new start-ups, stores, coffee roasters, artists, nonprofits and restaurants to the city. So we’re not surprised to find San Francisco at the top of the Business.org ranking of The Top 10 US Cities for Entrepreneurs and Start-Ups in 2018.
9. It never takes long to find a new favorite meal (or drink).
San Francisco is the west coast craft headquarters—from craft food to craft beer and everything in between. Whether you stumble upon a hidden spot in North Beach that has been serving for 50 years or you fight for reservations at a new restaurant, it’s will never take long to find a new favorite oyster joint, pub, modern eatery, coffee shop, pizzeria, brewery or wine bar.
We invite you to start your search with The 14 Best Brewpubs in San Francisco, Where to Get the Best Oysters in San Francisco or The 16 Essential Pizza Places in San Francisco.
10. San Francisco is an invitation to explore.
There is no getting tired of San Francisco because one of the best things about our city is that it offers so many opportunities to venture outside of it. Our big city is connected to Marin Headlands and Sausalito, to Oakland and Berkeley, to Half Moon Bay and Pacifica, and to all the attractions in mid-Peninsula and Silicon Valley. Further out, we’re just an hour from California’s stunning wine country and just over an hour from Monterey Bay.
So, if you’ve explored all our city’s neighborhoods, we invite you to explore the entire Bay Area and all the communities it offers. You can learn about all of them here.
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