Just imagine: It’s your first trip to San Francisco, the sky is blue, the temperature just right, and you have the entire day ahead of you…where will you go? What will you do? In this post we offer you and your family a locallycurated agenda for the perfect day in the city. 

First things first, no day in San Francisco would be complete without a big Bay Area breakfast. So load the kids in the car and head to one of these two unbeatable breakfast or brunch spots, both distinct in their style and menus, and equally excellent in all aspects of the eating experience: Park Tavern or Brenda’s French Soul Food.

Park Tavern passes the local avocado test with their wonderful avocado toast, while Brenda’s ample menu with funky Creole-influenced flavors is sure to be a satisfying experience for your taste buds, with shrimp grits and chocolate soufflés to die for.

Any local will assure you, when it’s one of the 160 days of sun in the city, families flock to the parks and playgrounds. Our first pick is Mission Dolores Park, a place unlike any other in the city. It’s like a big outdoor community center with local families gathering with their friends, the kids running around and playing tag, older kids kicking soccer balls around, and adults sharing a story, a snack, or a drink. Another spot worth a visit is Washington Square Park. It’s a wonderful weekend spot, and you can often find a group of Chinese woman practicing a traditional dance together. It’s not too crowded and there are plenty of places to pick up snacks if need be. (Trader Joes, Victoria Pastry Company, and Tony’s Pizza for lunch!)

Next on the agenda is a walk down Fillmore Street, where you can find the best shopping, galleries, interesting cafés, and most raved about restaurants in the city. Here you can find something to take home as a souvenir, enjoy a tasty lunch or early dinner while taking in the crowds and buzz of the city.

After a stroll down Fillmore, head over to Presidio Park, which is located at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge, this park is also a must-see. There are great photo opps of the bridge from the grassy hilltops and the green area invites the young ones to just run around and feel free in the afternoon sun. If you have time, stop by the Palace of Fine Arts, which is beautiful and breathtaking, the impressive structure looks like it was plucked right out of ancient Rome and dropped intothis modern city.

A perfect end to a perfect day is dinning on a terrace. We recommend Tony’s Pizza Napoletana.(which we wrote about in our Pizzeria post), with award-winning pies, there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing the little ones lick their fingers with a smile as the day ends and evening begins. If you feel like extending the evening activities head over to the Marina, where you can grab a table on the back patio of the Tipsy Pig and enjoy a pleasant hour or so with an original refreshment. 

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Now that the perfect day has been spent, ready for some evening activity? Check out our family travel guide to plan even more activities in the city. Or why not add new ones as you go?