San Francisco Bay City Guide

The world wild web is the first media to be considered both print and broadcast so we think it important to tell you that we are organized around the metro center best known globally as the San Francisco Bay Area. As a web guide we make extensive use of locally oriented web resources and we organize around the three metro centers and professional sports namesakes of San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose. The broadcast media of radio and TV does so as well however print media has a narrower agenda which seeks to create conflict by fanning the flames of regional conflict. With no regional government and plenty of State and federal funds to be disbursed their is much at stake. Just as Carnaval unites the world, we support the efforts of the three metro center Mayors to unite the Bay Area. It is a fascinating story you can only find here. || Updates
Northern California contains a bounty of the traveler's world class destinations,  wine country, white water, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, Gold Country, Redwoods, Pacific Ocean and so much more. We got started on our best of the best of the web but expect this section to expand significantly for your benefit over the course of time.
This is our ninth and final Carnaval City of the new millennium and our home town as well. Our home town is defined by the 94110 zip code, it is an artist ethnic neighborhood called the Mission district which any traveler would not want to miss. Your best guide is here. 
There can only be one City of San Francisco and while we are a bit neurotic these days, we promise you a good show while we figure out who we are.
  • "What would you expect of a city named for a religious ecstatic who shed his clothes, talked to birds, and recreated himself on the far side of spiritual bliss?" San Francisco Where Magazine:
  • Over a third (36%) of visitors are International and over half (54%) say they like "People/Diversity" the most SFCVB
 sfgate_blk.gif (1281 bytes) Chronicle || News || Sports || Traffic || Search || Index Bay Area TRAVEL: Visitors' Guide || SF Neighborhoods || Maps || Transportation || Shopping || Entertainment || 
Old money Chronicle doesn't get much respect elsewhere but it has been the SF Bay's paper of record now for several generations. Famous for their Columnists especially the late Herb Caen.
The rube does Sharon Stone

mercury.gif (1715 bytes)San Jose Mercury News || The San Jose Mercury's parent,  Knight-Rider Newspapers relocated here in '98. After all, as San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzalez points out,  Silicon Valley is the engine around which the global info economy spins. The Mercury was one of the first dailies on the web and has many new web initiatives inc. San Jose 
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Independent voice doing an excellent job covering arts, culture, entertainment, food, and city happenings.  We love their logo, featuring the Mt. Sutro Tower-- the forgotten sacred center of the Bay Area and a meditation on threes up close. You will also find this guide organized around the Bay Area trinity of urban centers of SF, SJ and Oakland.
San Francisco Sidewalk by MSN || ?404? Arts & Music? || ?404? Travel & Shopping? || ?404? Silicon Valley? || ?404?
Featuring lots of fresh data and strong well done content amidst rumors of cutbacks as MSM converts to less local model with fewer  resources for the covering the long edge of the local happening scene

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Featuring very cool web animation done using Flash by Macromedia, one of many local high-tech companies. Young smart-ass edge on the prey for any moving targets. Star investigative reporter Peter Byrne anchors their Best City in the Worst Shape focus. Owned by of LA & more
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news ||  Guides || extra || Bars & Clubs'99 || 98 || Best of the Bay'98 || Nude Beaches || masthead || arts & entertainment || searchit
The locally owned Bay Guardian is proud of not abandoning its progressive (more liberal than thou ) hell raising principles. Publisher Bruce Brugman . is solemnly unapologetic about emphasizing advocacy journalism but few believe all they read anymore anyway. Search from 1995!

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Great database of resources and events and partnered w\ ABC-TV7. Expect change as new part of Barry Diller's conglomerate of media properties. San Jose, Sacramento & Las Vegas are currently targeted for expansion for citysearch
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|| News || Sports || Style || Last 7 days || Archives || Search || Weather
The Examiner is half of SFGate under 30+ year old joint operating equipment that splits everything but editorial... Randolph Hearst's grandson Will, tried to resurrect several years back but this website is a better bet than an afternoon paper Best columnists end up at the Chronicle because circulation is 500% more. the woman most admired by Princess Diana Movie Star Sharon Stone is their first lady || 
by Boulevards || Best of the Bay Area || San || Palo Alto || || Santa Cruz publishes 10 local papers and emphasizes 4 of the 12 Metro Area Counties at || SFmetro Silicon Valley (a.k.a. Santa Clara/SJ) Santa Cruz (a hotbed of Carnival culture) and Sonoma

The Rest
Official Information: San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau / || Visitor Stats || Convention Calendar || Conv.Cal.II
201 Third St., Ste. 900, San Francisco, CA 94103 415-391-2000 | Fax: 415-974-1992 Stop by the visitor center (415/974-6900) at Hallidie Plaza, at Powell and Market BART Station for free maps and advise. 
?404?">Visitor's Guide by
from the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.
Rough Guide: San Francisco
A thin  look at San Francisco waiting for up-to-date content.

Foreign Language || Deutsche/Français/Español/Italiano || Japanese
Their on-line directory is matched by their guide in most hotels
San Francisco Chaperon
|| French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese  detailed maps, walks, excursions and practical information.
?404? San Francisco Reiseführer
tourist guide for the city in German only
TraXXX - German Guide to SF
regelmäßig aktualisierte infos über szene und kultur, hotels und restaurants.

Yahoo's list of San Francisco City Guides || SF Bay Area || 
Over 75 for the city, 287 for Bay Area as of March 1999 San Francisco
Richard Petersen's much celebrated web guide. is still waiting for Richard to return our '93 Burning Man video with the place crash

Oakland host one more professional team than San Francisco and San Jose Oakland Raiders , Oakland AthleticsGolden State Warriors
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"It's all about the Bay." KTVU-Fox TV2 Two at Jack London Square in Oakland in association with parent Cox Interactive of Atlanta making a strong play for your eyeballs including buying prominent space on competing guides.
A guide to events, attractions, shopping and restaurants in Oakland. by
Two webguide like us from boulevards
Oakland by
Impressive amount of resources
by yahoo

Silicon Valley/ San Jose/
High Tech Capital of the World
Home to the San Jose Sharks hockey team and the ?404?">San Jose Clash soccer team. Just 45 minutes southeast of San Francisco and filled with casually dressed professionals focused on accelerating the rate of change in the information society.Still looking for a symbol for people to find their way to Northern California's largest city and the apex of the triangle of metro centers which make up the 6.5 million Bay Area population. 
Official Information: Convention & Visitor's Bureau
|| Events || Highlights & Attractions || Transportation
1-888-SAN-JOSE 333 W. San Carlos Suite 1000, San Jose, CA 95110 || Visitor Links
A webguide like us from boulevards/
San Jose by yahoo
Visit Downtown San Jose by

 Where To Stay
80% hotel occupancy makes booking well in advance a wise move.
San Francisco Hotels || San Jose Hotels || Oakland Hotels || Lodging by SFGate
Sort by SF Neighborhoods with reviews, price & phone
?404?">Bed & Breakfast by B&B websites by City & County
Local organizations that help host foreigners's superlist #708
Youth hostels
Find 11 options beginning at US$13/night I.D. required
AYH has 230 beds downtown at $19 per night and friendly advice if they're full up. 312 Mason,SF (415) 788-5604

Camping sites accessible by transit
Find 8 parks with camping in the Bay Area, the state parks use Destinet, for reservations which charges  $6.75 plus the $12-$16 per night cost
San Francisco Hostels by
13 listed 4 w/ web sites (3/99)
Affordable Hotels in San Francisco

Hostels in GG National Park Fort Mason & Fort Barry
Where To Eat
San Francisco can stake a claim to the title of Dining Capital of the World. The birthplace of numerous trends (like California cuisine, fusion cuisine)  and the most restaurants per capita in the USA (over 4,000) you'll often find  open kitchens and chefs who are considered stars. Yet San Francisco greatest dining straight are the many excellent ethnic restaurants who serve delicious food at a fraction of the price you can find elsewhere.
San Francisco's heavy Pacific Rim influence is demonstrated at || Chinese (179)
|| Italian (145) || Japanese (92) || Mexican   (62) || Thai (53) || Vietnamese (34) || 
San Francisco (1624) || (1624) || San Jose (1467) ||  Oakland (886)
which features customer reviews has the Bay Area's most popular customer ranking database and largest # of listings & reviews. Does need more search criteria: 
SF Restaurants by sidewalk || ?404? Jose Restaurants?
East Bay || Marin/Wine Country || ?404? Citysearch?Silicon Valley? || Ethnic Dining
Lots of Insightful reviews combined w/ powerful search and well organized & displayed data || Dining Guide
SF Restaurants by RoughGuides ||
Restaurants by
Not enough restaurants in the database
Restaurant Search by zip2& sjmercury ||  Dining by
Zip2's metro wide search engine is most impressive combined with tasty reviews
shows why they are the web's #1 City guide partner
Delivery for South Bay by reviews

Check other diners opinions, SF & East Bay & now w\ yahoo tie-in
Vegan Restaurants by Aug.'97
Food & Drink
A few of the many brewpubs about.
How to Make Authentic San Francisco Sourdough French Bread

Getting Around There
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|| Map || by county || /  MUNI Passport 415-673-MUNI
Both the taxi and SF MUNI bus system are
much maligned
but visitors are favored by taxis and the extensive transit system is easy to know and navigate using their popular map

Car Reservations in association w\ Travel Now
Car reservations from over 60 different companies. Compare prices and make reservations directly online
Crossing the Bay
Get a handle on your many options

With 17 different Bay Area transit districts it can be complicated using public transit however the web resources are top notch. Check them out for the metro area in Travel Tools and locally for the Mission Neighborhood.
Maps by || Castro/Noe valley || SF Bay Area
Nice City of San Francisco selection in gif & PDF format
?404?">San Francisco Bay Area by mapquest

Clickable zoom map

The map Room by
Downtown Bus by || Regional Transit || Diagram by ||
Downtown Area Map  
Maps at San Francisco Online
Map of BART
Golden Gate Park Map
Maps of Golden Gate National Park

SF Mayor Willie Brown once asked a mid-Peninsula audience 
"What's the difference between San Jose and yogurt?" 
"Yogurt has culture." It's true that there are few spots that ever attain San Francisco's cultural richness, the Bay Area is filled with great places to go and see. If you've already done the standard tourist spots consider some more adventurous trips further afield. The Bay Area and Northern California will not disappoint you. Remember YAHOO (You always Have Other Options) you can easily check the calendar of the other City guides listed above. does San Francisco and the North Bay best 
eGuide Categories - Also located at the bottom of the page.
This Month  in SF for Tourists by
San Francisco Arts Monthly

San Jose/Silicon Valley/South Bay
JustGo/ BayArea On Stage Music Attractions Event Calendars Entertainment News Movies Submit  event

?404?">East Bay Movie Listings || ?404?">Theater || ?404?">In Concert || ?404?">Film || ?404?">Dance || ?404?">Comedy || ?404?">Clubs || ?404?">Classical music || ?404?">Tours || ?404?">Outdoors || ?404?">Historical sites || ?404?">Galleries  || ?404?">Family || ?404?">Events || ?404?">Other Calendars || ?404?">Search the site || In association with Knight-Rider's Just Go Bay Area and the Contra Costa Times

Festivals & Annual events
Bay Area Annual Events
A separate section for us featuring the Month of May & June and an upcoming focus on October November

Movie Best Bets || Movie Search || Movie Listings & Where to See || Theater Listing w/ current Feature || Movie Trailers (Got QuickTime? ) || Box Office Hits this week || Video Releases this week || Top 10 Video Rentals by justgo & the MercuryCenter.
SF Sidewalk Movie Page

Music & Nightlife
San Francisco's nightlife demands far less money and attitude than New York or the increasingly less despised Los Angeles. Unless your part of the thriving rave scene you'll find the less than 24-hour pace casual and contagious. Good food is everywhere when you start your evening and scarce at the end. There is an abundance of live music everywhere in every format for little more than a drink. San Francisco hosts world class symphony, opera and ballet companies at the Civic Center. Theater is thriving although it's best to get advice before you commit to the many options which will include just a few familiar titles. The San Francisco Bay Area is home to the planet's third largest concentration of creative media talents. Among their passions is film and you'll be amazed at the options available or catch one of the many Film Festivals throughout the year. ||
All Current Shows | Past Shows | Rumored Shows || Links
Henry's Live Music Picks

Bass Tickets    510.762.BASS
BASS Ticket Centers including  Tower Records  and The Wherehouse
Controls the big venues in association with Bill Grahm presents . || SFBay || 510.601.TWEB The Online Ticketing Alternative TM based in the Bay Area and serving smaller venues for an affordable cost has dome more to promote the music and the arts globally than virtually any other entity in cyberspace. 
Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, Rite AID, and Ritmo Latino select locations and soon on Citysearch7
Theater tickets can be found at half price at the Tix booth on Union Square in SF
Ticket Swap by
The Fillmore
Box Office is open on Sundays 10-4 for Warfield & Fillmore shows only. No Service Charge.
Venues: Bluegrass Venues || Reggae Venues || Large Venues ||  Rock, Folk and Country ||  Jazz, Latin American and World Music   || ?404?">Jazz & Blues
ClubGuide for Brazilian, Caribbean, Latin and World Music
Featuring lots of links for samba, soca, salsa and swamp live music and dance by
Nicotine Fits by
Restaurants are one thing, but banning smoking in bars? Gimme a break...
SF Clubs by || Entertainment
Amazing how great a job these guys do without a print media partner
SiliconValley Bars & Clubs || Bars & Clubs Index || Metro || SF Club Guide by the Metropolitan More from  Boulevards
Classical music in the Bay Area
San Francisco Symphony || San Francisco Opera Company || Fremont Symphony Orchestra  || Napa Valley Symphony  || Oakland Symphony || Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra  || San Francisco Early Music Society  || San Jose Symphony

Jazz in the Bay Area
?404?"> Happenings
Jazz Net-West  ||  Creative Music in the Bay Area
Dedicated to  improvisational jazz and other forms of creative music

Alternative/Independent Music || Events
Very happening web site club and instructor listings, band profiles and interviews, audio clips, reviews and more.

Cajun/Zydeco Calendar for the San Francisco Bay Area  ||by Nick Sauter. E-mail address: including venues and band listings
Bay Raves || || radio,  TV and netcasts. || SF Events || south bay events || Sacramento events || east bay events || The alt.rave FAQ || is network central with an awesome link list. A collaborative publishing effort by over one hundred volunteers. " Our mission is to give a home to alternative culture, music and expression. Subscribe as well."
Funk-punk-thrash-ska dates
by's || ?404? - The List from Graham || The List from Stepahnos: || Steve Koepke's The List
Funk-punk-thrash-ska LIST of who-where-when
With a South Bay emphasis || concerts || clubs ||
"The guide to all that's dark in the Bay Area."
Karaoke bars in San Francisco
The Mint on Market near Guerrero wins. 7 SF clubs listed
Nice list of Link directory Artists, Radio station, & local labels

Dance & Theatre
Bay Area Dance Directory
by ||
Dance Companies
by (35) ||
Theatre Companies

Activities & Attraction
Points of Interest by
Things to Do by

?404?">Airborne Activities by || ?404?">Car Races by || ?404?">Golf Courses by  || 24-hour bowling alleys by
Find 6 including Japantown bowl at 1790 Post in S.F. (415) 921-6200

Amusement Parks
Paramont's Great America Great America Parkway, Santa Clara (408) 988-1776) Raging Waters - 2333 S. White Road, San Jose (408) 654-5450
Santa Cruz Beach & Boardwalk - 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz (408-423-5590)
Marine World Theme Park - Marine World Parkway, Vallejo (707-643-ORCA) ?404?">Waterworld USA - Waterworld Parkway; Concord, CA (925-609-WAVE
Video arcades in SF & East bay ||

Bargain Hunting w/ Leah Garchik
Rummaging Through Northern California
Bay Area resale, surplus, salvage and second-hand shops.

Museums & Churches
SF Bay AreaMuseum Web Guide by
our sister web site has the best one
Museums with no admission fees by sfbg
Three Churches by backroads Holy Trinity, Congregation Sherith Israel, & the Swedenborgian Church

"You don't have to share their religious beliefs to appreciate the beauty and historical significance of these sanctuaries."

Beaches & Parks
Golden Gate Park || Park Map

Everybody's favorite park
City of San Francisco Parks Map
Cool but incomplete java map
Golden Gate National Park || Maps ||  Home || Alcatraz Island ||  Fort Point ||  Muir Woods ||  Park-Related Links-1 || Park-Related Links-2
The world's largest urban park 3 times the size of San Francisco offering a spectacular blend of natural beauty, history, open space and urban interaction.

San Mateo county Beaches by || Marin County  || San Francisco County || Santa Cruz County  || Monterey County || Ano Nuevo State Reserve for Elephant seals
Public Pools in SF & East Bay
SF & Marin Nude Beaches by
North Baker, Land's End, Golden Gate Bridge , Black Sands, And Muir
San Francisco Recreation and Park Department
Leash-free Park Dog-zones

Walking the St.s by
Experiencing the city on foot is by far the best way

Movies in SF || RealVideo
Over 150 have been made & two classics

Movie Maps for SF Bay Area by
Tourism Dept lets you print 240 posters for free too
Eco-tour Directory by
Thanks to the city's extensive seashore you can still catch fleeting glimpses of the natural ecosystem we've so radically altered

Tour Marketplace
Adventure Bicycle Company
Bicycle rentals and tour packages for SF
City Guides of  San Francisco

Schedule and description of free walking tours of the City.
?404?">Eastshore Lines
Featuring SF city tours; includes information about trolleys,
?404?">Frisco tours
tours and travel tips
Grayline San Francisco
guided tours of the city and surrounding areas.
OUTside Sports
Biking, kayaking and rock climbing trips in the SF Bay Area.
San Francisco Gay Tours
Offers custom, individualized, discreet tours of the city.
San Francisco Tour Guide
Tour guide service in English, Japanese, and Indonesian/Malay.
San Francisco Tours
Reserve SF, MuirWoods, Alcatraz, WineCountry, Monterey & Yosemite

Water Tours Marketplace
Red and White Fleet
Ferry, cruise and tour operator on the SF Bay.

Hornblower Cruises and Events
San Francisco,and Lake Tahoe full range of cruise service

Blue and Gold Fleet 
One of the SF Bay big 3 operators, commuting and tour ferries.
Pacific Marine Yachts
Bay cruise dining, charters, & Sunday brunch on luxury motor yachts.
Bay and Delta Charters
Sausalito - celebrate special occasions on the 70 ft Avalon.
Castaway Yacht Charters
Alameda - cruises for large and small groups and parties on SF Bay.
Rendezvous Charters
Fleet of more than 20 sailing and motor yachts, from 2 - 1000
Riptide Sportfishing & Whale Watching
Half Moon Bay fishing for salmon, rock fish and tuna. Also offering whale watching and burials at sea.

Silicon Valley Tours Marketplace
Spa trips, horse back riding, biking, wineries   and corporate games.

Educational & fun tours for   visitors, investors,  officials & others

Day Trips ||
Bay Trail
Companion to popular TV-Show. See in video or review the text. For example Black History & the namesake of California

Photos & Live Cam
Photography Links of San Francisco by

Nicely done by guide most similar to || Favorite Photos
City & Bay Cam's and links to more
SF eXaminer newsroom Cam
San Jose City Cam by
Picture of downtown San Jose
?404?">Ocean View from Highway1 in Sonoma county by

Forums Talk About It
Using webX like us
SF Chat & Webcasts by Yahoo

Kids & Families
Start here first for an incredible range of options
Kids & families by citysearch7 ||
All Events (105) || All Locations (280) || All Groups (55) || All Features (26) || Arts and Crafts (49) || Educational Programs (121) || Film/Video (6) || Games and Sports (88) || Libraries (28) || Museums (58) || Music (17) || Playgrounds/Parks (79) || Science (33) || Stores (17) || Storytelling/Readings (34) || Theater/Performance Events (31) || Theatres/Performance Spaces (5) || Zoos/Gardens (18) || Grade Schoolers (167) || High School (78) || Junior High (117) || Preschoolers (106) || Free (3) || Numbers approx. as of 3/99

Latin American
?404?">SF Hispanic Chamber
?404?"> || ?404?">City of San Francisco Links || ?404?">Calendar || 

Bay Area Latin Events by

LatinoLink || ?404?">Events || ?404?">Carnaval-SF '95 || ?404?">Mexican Museum
This San Francisco-based site covers news, politics, business, jobs, travel and lifestyles.
The Mexican Museum || DIEGO RIVERA
The museum is planning its expansion to become the most important Mexican Museum outside of Mexico. You can be part of the campaign. The Diego Rivera legacy includes some of San Francisco's greatest murals. Images of his wife Frieda Kalho can be found throughout the Mission District

Latin Quarter Web Guide by boulevards || 
directories || cultures || museums || media || music || literature || stage || food || outdoors || travel || resources || index || 

African American
Begin at the Martin Luther King Waterfall at Yerba Buena Center be sure to add beautiful ?404?">St. Patrick's Church where Mayor Willie Brown was inaugurated Mayor. If you don't have 4 days remember Oakland is just a short BART ride away.
Center for African & African-American Art and Culture
Promoting & delivering African and African American art and culture.

Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement || American Visionaries: Frederick Douglass by
While California doesn't have any Hereabouts we do have 3 of the countries greatest National Parks
an African American alley on the boulevards network ||  directories || news/general interest || history || culture || women || men || lesbian/gay/bisexual || art/literature || music || math/science || businesszines || miscellaneous

Gay & Lesbian
Gay & Lesbian Directories on yahoo
14 listed as of March 1999
  ?404? || ?404? and Bars? || ?404? Links?
Comprehensive well edited guide holding up well


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