San Francisco is rated one of the best vacation spots in the world. From the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to the seals at Fisherman’s Wharf, everyone has a trip to San Francisco on their bucket list. So we’ll ask you this: Are you wanting to skip the lines, avoid the tourists and enjoy a summer weekend in peace? We’ve curated the perfect list for spots in Bayview-Hunter’s Point where you can embrace your local vibes and enjoy the best of San Francisco without the vacationers.
4004 3rd St.
This San Francisco landmark has been part of the Bayview community since 1959, and it’s become an established hang-out for locals. Originally known as Sam Jordan’s Tavern, it was designated as a historical landmark in 2013 and now is run by founder Sam Jordan’s children. The food is good and affordable—try $2 street tacos on Tuesdays and 50-cent wings on Wednesdays, and the bar typically hosts karaoke and DJs weekly.
1429 Mendell St.
This jazz-themed, youth-run supper club is a showcase of local young adults’ talents, whether they are playing music, cooking meals, or managing the dining room. A vocational training ground, Old Skool Café celebrates the success of youth as they develop job skills and serve their community—and the food is pretty great, too. Whether you come for the shrimp and grits or outstanding brownie dessert, you’ll leave inspired by Bayview’s youth.
5176 3rd St.
Known for its chicken and waffles, this local favorite finds its roots in Louisiana-style Southern cooking. Frisco Fried has garnered all sorts of attention inside and outside the Bayview, including a mention in the book 1,000 Places to Eat Before You Die and awards for business development. Insiders know that when you’re hungry for a hearty meal, heading to Frisco Fried for some crispy fried chicken and homemade mac ‘n cheese is the answer.
5128 3rd St.
Bayview locals love Yvonne’s Southern Sweets almost as much as they love Yvonne herself, who has become a fixture at Bayview markets with her delicious desserts. Choose from mini pecan pies, butter cookies, pralines and much more at her bakery, and if you see Yvonne’s sweets table out-and-about, you’ll have a hard time passing it by. You’ll want to pick up a lemon meringue pie along with a brownie, a red velvet cupcake, a pecan pie … you get the picture. This fall, look for Yvonne’s Southern Sweets at the Chase Center, the new home of the Golden State Warriors.
While Native Sons BBQ was only founded five years ago, it’s already developed a cult following for its Texas-style barbecue. Native Sons doesn’t have a storefront, but barbecue enthusiasts will line up long before it opens its occasional pop-up to get a plate of beef brisket. The best way to keep up with Native Sons’ next move is on its Instagram, or if you’re lucky, you may be invited to one of the many Bayview-sponsored events it caters.
1439 Egbert Ave
You’ll always find a neighborhood crowd at Laughing Monk Brewing, which serves up much more than its popular craft brew. You can grab markers and colored pencils (provided by Laughing Monk) any time and decorate a coaster to add to the brewery’s Coaster Wall or play a round of Crimes Against Humanity or Exploding Kittens from Laughing Monk’s large board game collection. It’s never slow at Laughing Monk, whether the brewery is hosting a grilled-cheese pop-up or trivia night.
801 Toland St. (enter on Newcomb)
Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Feeling crafty? There are few better places to find inspiration—and pretty much any item you need—for a new project than SCRAP (Scroungers Center For Reusable Art Parts). Founded in 1976, this “materials depot” that resells arts and crafts items prides itself on giving old items new life and diverting hundreds of tons of waste from the landfill each year. You’ll find everything from old buttons to leather pieces in this treasure trove of craft items. If you’re into the yarn arts, be sure to stop by from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on SaturdayAUG24 for the Special Yarn Sale.
5166 3rd St.
8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, closed on weekends
If you’ve been putting off that home improvement project because you don’t have the right part, that excuse is no longer valid. Mazzei & Son’s Hardware, a family-owned neighborhood business, abides by the idea that “if you need it, we have it.” Along with shelves of every part imaginable, you’ll find friendly, helpful employees who can answer almost any question you have pertaining to hardware. Whether you need a key replacement or some guidance on fixing your toilet, this is the place to go—on weekdays. Mazzei & Son’s is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
For the ultimate staycation, pack your bag… and walk to your holiday accommodations. Bayview-Hunters Point is home to a good selection of Airbnbs that will let you get away—without having to really get away. If you’re looking to enjoy a backyard, a private room, or just a change of scenery for a few days, Airbnb in Bayview has it. Some spaces listed on Airbnb, all in the Bayview, include a cozy, private room and bathroom in a house that where fruit trees that growing in the backyard and a quiet, garage-level room with rock ‘n roll décor, a queen bed, a private entrance. Current prices (before added fees and taxes) for Bayview Airbnbs range from $50 to $129 per night.