San Francisco is quite a city. It has a bit of everything: the Golden Gate bridge, a diverse urban culture, and countless hills. Year after year SF is voted among the best cities to live or visit in the US. But where to start exploring? Interested in food, culture or outdoors activities? Our three Startuplifers Veeti, Marre, and Vilma share their best tips on what to do and where to go in the San Francisco Area.

Foodies, Urban Explorers, and Outdoors Adventurers, this one’s for you.


1. FOOD makes us happy

Tips from Startuplifer Veeti, Software Engineer at Webflow


Kitava offers delicious (mostly) plant-based bowls with diverse ingredients. This is the place where you’ll find plantain or caraway marinated beans. The restaurant is located in the vivid Mission District. Combine your lunch or dinner with the walk or a yoga training in the nearby Yoga to the People studio.

Deli Board

In case Kitava was too hippie for you, try Deli Board. In this little place in the SoMa neighborhood, you can build the sandwich of your dreams (including a load of meat). Deli Board also makes small batches of their custom chili sauces, which are definitely worth trying out! The service is also awesome.


The Mission District.


2. CULTURE nourishes the soul

Tips from Startuplifer Marre, Product Designer at PlateIQ

Oakland First Fridays

Every month’s first Friday there is a block party on Telegraph Avenue, Oakland. Restaurants open their food trucks, artists exhibit their art and there are dance and music performances. Go with friends to stroll around, feel the vibes and jam with the DJ’s playing on the street.

San Francisco Sunday Sessions

Many clubs (check out Audio and Great Northern) organize block parties and Sunday sessions outside. The events resemble mini-festivals! Gorgeous performances and creatively dressed-up people create an exciting atmosphere. Good vibes events, no exception.


San Francisco also offers amazing street art.


3. Life is better OUTDOORS

Tips from Startuplifer Vilma, Business and Operations Manager at Meru Health

Point Reyes National Seashore

For the ocean lovers: Point Reyes area is amazing and located only an hour north from the San Francisco city! The views are breathtaking. Hike the short but gorgeous Chimney Rock Trail. Visit the Lighthouse hill and you’ll have a beautiful view over the Point Reyes Beach. Best timing for the visit is spring or early summer when nature is still fresh and green.

Big Basin Redwood State Park

Treehuggers, this one’s for you. Big Basin Redwood State Park is located 100 km south of San Francisco. It is a magical forest full of waterfalls, animals and gorgeous views. Visit the park with a friend and enjoy a hike through the forest. The hiking routes are clearly marked.

These pictures would level up your Instagram game, wouldn’t they?

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The Startuplifers team wishes you a relaxing summer! <3