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San Francisco Top Attractions Only Locals Would Know

Skip the crowds and head straight for well loved and recommended hot spots, that only traveling like a local will uncover. Sign up today for a free mini guide in your inbox. 

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Planning your trip just got a lot easier. Rather than spending hours digging through websites and reviews, to then run into crowds and expensive tourist traps. Get the inside scoop on the best and most loved experiences by city locals themselves.


Virgil uses real locals to recommend and curate only the best travel experiences. With the cities you visit always changing, consider our locals the perfect experts to provide you with the most up to date information.


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View Some Hot Spots that Only Locals Would Know.

We’re sure you’ve heard of the Golden Gate Bridge...but do you know where the best uncrowded and cultural museums, art galleries and restaurants are in San Francisco? Our Locals do… here are just some of their many secret recommendations


Patrick's Pick

Ace Wasabi

Neighborhood - Marina

Price - $$

By far the best bang for you buck sushi in San Francisco. Sit at the sushi bar if you can and buy the chefs a round. They'll thank you with some fantastic sushi!



Neighborhood - Mission

Price - $

One of the best dive bars in San Francisco and is often filled with people grabbing a beer and fantastic fries. Anthony Bourdain came here so how can you not go!


Coit Tower

Neighborhood - Telegraph Hill

Price - Free

Seen in films like Vertigo, Clint Eastwood in The Enforcer, and The Rock this is a San Francisco classic. Hike up to the top for an unbelievable view.

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El Farolito

Neighborhood - Mission

Price - $

How can you look at that picture and not think it's the best burrito in San Francisco? You'll see La Taqueria as a favorite but this is where the locals go for their burrito.

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After grinding it at work during COVID all I wanted was some good live music, cocktails, and fantastic food while avoiding the tourist traps. That's exactly what I got when I worked through Virgil!

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I always spent hours trying to figure out where I wanted to go and what I'd feel comfortable with while traveling alone. Patrick and Virgil helped me plan my perfect solo travel and met fantastic people! Definitely will be back!

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It can be a challenge to find what events are going on in a city while I'm traveling. Patrick sent me some fantastic small concerts and vintage fairs to check out. If you haven't used Virgil I highly recommend it!

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