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San Francisco Attractions Perfect For Solo Travel Only Locals Would Know

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

Why Virgil?

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 all the best spots for Local Travel that Only Locals Would Know

We’re sure you’ve heard of the Golden Gate Bridge...but do you know where the best secret bars, cultural attractions and delicious San Fran Cuisines are for solo travelers? Our locals do...

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Patrick's Pick

Caffe Trieste

Neighborhood - North Beach

Price - $

There are an unbelievable number of great coffee shops in SF. This cafe is where you hear about politics, poetry, and someone's overrated tech startup.


Mauna Loa

Neighborhood - Marina

Price - $

You know the kind of bar where you somehow make drunken friends every time you go? This is it. Don't understand how it happens it just does without fail.

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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!

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Mission Cliffs

Neighborhood - Mission

Price - $$

The Mission is already the place where pretentiousness dies. Come boulder with a bunch of like minded people [No need for a partner when you boulder!].

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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!

Alan T.

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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!

Nia J.

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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!

Jared P.


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