Taking a three-day visit to San Francisco in mid-February. I’ve already bookmarked some of the excellent previous AskMe answers, but I’ve got some specific questions…
Getting around: we’re not renting a car, and we will probably get a multi-day transit pass. Are there any specific areas you would recommend not
going via public transit, for safety or convenience reasons?
Location: we’re staying at the Triton
, near Chinatown. Any can't miss places for food, shopping, or culture nearby? Places to avoid?
Food: Mr. Arkham is a pescatarian, I'm an omnivore. The two things on the "must have" list are raw oysters and dim sum. Recommended places?
Tourist stuff: not too interested in anything super-touristy, but is there something that everyone
does that’s actually worth seeing? Note, I am 100% not going on an Alcatraz tour, or anything involving getting on a boat.
Museums: We’re planning on going to Nightlife
at the California Academy of Sciences. Has anyone ever been to one? What is the general dress/vibe like?
We’re also planning on going to MOMA, unless there is a lesser-known place we should be spending our limited time visiting. We are somewhat spoiled with good (free!) museums here in DC so seeing a Warhol or two is not as high a priority as seeing something really unusual.
Photography: I’m interested in historic cemeteries and classic architecture. Where should I go to take photos?
Live music: I’ve been looking for a list of small live music venues, but I’m mostly finding DJ nights and places with larger mainstream acts. Our tastes run to garage, punk, rockabilly, alt-country. Neo-surf music would be spectacular.
Thank you for reading all of this, and I look forward to your insight!