San Francisco residents in need of diversion should grab an SF guide catering to people who actually live in the city. Sometimes, residents just aren't aware of the hidden gems and deals that are available in their own backyards, but a quick point in the right direction can make all the difference.
For people with foodie sensibilities who find it hard to make the time to actually cook, one of the best things to do in San Francisco is to head down to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and load up on ingredients. There's nothing like grabbing a cup of coffee on a Saturday morning before heading over to the Ferry Building and joining in the gastronomical frenzy. Get there early to mingle with other food-obsessed souls and top chefs as they check out tasty treats such as organic Portobello mushrooms and seasonal vegetables. Exotic chocolates and artisanal cheeses tempt on all sides.
Another key spot in a practical guide to San Francisco must be Hayes Valley. This is the go-to hangout spot for the artsy crowd, and anyone looking to grab a quick latte or shop in one of the area's funky boutiques. Octavia Boulevard is the area's main strip and has recently undergone a major renovation, making it even more of an attraction. Some people think that the area has lost some of its edge now that it's become more popular, but that hasn't stopped the diehards from coming down to check out their favorite shops.
If a beach is what is needed, locals can avoid the crowds at Fisherman's Wharf by heading over to Breezy Baker Beach. This beach has stunning ocean and bridge views. Anyone looking for even more privacy would do well to check out the beautiful and secluded China Beach.