Alamo Square

No filter needed in picturesque Alamo Square. Thanks to the “Painted Ladies,” Alamo Square Park always packs a “Full House”. (See what we did there?) Picnics, pooches, and people snagging social media-ready snaps with selfies. Life in Alamo Square centers around its namesake park, and that park – with its playgrounds, tennis courts and spectacular views of the city – offers a haven for locals looking to sprawl out somewhere and while away a sunny afternoon (and for their dogs, who seem happy as can be in the leash-free zone). But it’s also home to four beautiful Victorian homes, the ‘painted ladies,’ made famous due to their appearance in the credits of Full House, and thus it’s a very popular spot for visitors seeking out that perfect, iconic SF shot (don’t worry, though – it’s perfectly acceptable for locals to get in on the fun, too!) Sunsets here are spectacular, thanks to the park’s location up on a hill.

Well-maintained Alamo Square, which is officially part of Western Addition, offers a wide variety of SF flavor in a small area. Check out Alamo Square Café for sandwiches, salads and caffeinated beverages in funky, laid-back digs; if swank is more your style, the Mill, with its sleek design, high-quality artisan bread, and fanatical following offers a haven, albeit one where the lines never seem to dwindle. Little Star slings deep dish Chicago-style pizza in a cozy space; then there’s Bar Crudo, where you can snack on raw seafood concoctions over happy hour; and Eddie’s Café’s, whose hearty breakfasts will turn your worst hangover on its head. Brenda’s Meat & Three’s arrival means you no won’t have to make the trip to NOLA to get your Cajun food fix – banana chocolate chip bourbon bread pudding brunch is just down the block.

Should you feel the need to wander, you’re right next to vibrant Haight-Ashbury and charming Hayes Valley. And with plenty of MUNI stops here (and much of the city in easy walking or biking distance), you’re truly in the center of it all.