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Skip Tourists Traps and Head to San Francisco’s Favorite Attractions For Solo Travelers Recommended By Locals

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Other travelers are already getting immersed in San Francisco at local recommended spots from Virgil.

Get to know San Francisco like a local by visiting some of their favorite and unique places. Here are just a few that we think you might be love:


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.



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!


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.


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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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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For the no frills traveler. You are meticulous in your planning and know what you want to do and when you want to do it but also love maximizing your vacations. Ideal for short term or solo travelers on a time crunch & budget.

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For the flexible traveler. You love being organized but also enjoy some level of “winging it”.  Ideal for travelers on weekend break or week long vacation.



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