HI San Francisco City Center Hostel

685 Ellis Street
San Francisco, California 94109
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7 Non-Touristy Things to Do in San Francisco

Want to experience San Francisco like a local? There’s plenty more to do off the beaten tourist path. Here are seven of our favorite non-touristy things to do in the City by the Bay.
San Francisco's Castro Theatre

6 Underrated Romantic Spots in San Francisco

Discover some underrated romantic gems in San Francisco to go to with your travel companion or on a self-care date, and you’ll find yourself falling in love with the city too.
Dolores Park San Francisco

The Sunniest Neighborhood Spots in San Francisco

San Francisco may be known for its fog, but when the sun does come out to play, the city is a glorious place to be. Here are some of our favorite under-the-radar spots where you can make the most of the warmth and soak in some Vitamin D.

History and Heart in San Francisco’s Tenderloin Neighborhood

Today, the Tenderloin still appears much as it always has: service organizations provide community aid and bottomless goodwill, local pho restaurants and intimate music venues draw in-the-know crowds, and innovative new shops and cafes test the waters with cool storefronts out here where the rent’s still affordable.
a woman riding a bicycle down crooked Lombard Street in San Francisco

7 Great Things about San Francisco in the Spring

Find out why spring is one of the best times to visit San Francisco. From baseball and beaches, to flowers and al fresco dining, there's plenty to do no matter what you're in the mood for.
Traditional San Francisco Cioppino

4 San Francisco Foods to Warm You Up this Winter

Warm up this winter with hearty, local San Francisco foods like traditional Cioppino in North Beach and pho in Little Saigon.
Girl walking and murals

Off the Beaten Path Bucket List

If you’re the type of traveler who likes to go to new places so that you can get a better understanding of the people and the culture that makes the essence of a city, then you’re not likely to turn to oft-visited websites and guide books for suggestions of things to do and see. That’s why we’ve created our own little Bucket List.

Walkabout: Art and Architecture in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District

Underneath the Tenderloin District’s edgy surface, the neighborhood, is full of underrated beauty and not-so-hidden wonders. You’ll find beautiful surprises in the architecture and the larger-than-life murals that turn the city into a public gallery. The area also has some of San Francisco’s best Vietnamese, Indian, and Thai restaurants, dive bars, and quirky retailers perfect for travelers on a budget.

Dragon statue at the entrance of Little Saigon

Explore Little Saigon in San Francisco’s Tenderloin Neighborhood

Little Saigon in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood is perfect for budget travelers looking to try excellent and affordable Vietnamese food near HI SF City Center hostel.


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