SPOT #3: OUTERLANDS
4001 Judah St ☎ (415) 661-6140
Check hours here
Outerlands is located on the cold and foggy western edge of the city, a few blocks away from the Pacific Ocean. The weathered wood walls, chairs, tables, and driftwood arrangements make it an incredibly cozy spot to come into after a chilly beach walk.
The food (simple sandwiches and soups, made with extremely fresh and delicious ingredients) is great. To avoid long brunch wait-times, come a few minutes before the 10:00 opening time.
SPOT #23: THE PRELINGER LIBRARY
301 8th St ☎ (415) 252-8166
Open Wed only, 1PM-8PM. Confirm hours here
This private library's collection covers geology, urban planning, space exploration, outsider political narratives, and more. The library is "appropriation friendly" so if you see something interesting in their collection, you're free to snap a picture or use their scanner to make a copy!
Instead of the Dewey Decimal System, the library is organized to tell a grand story using it's entire collection, with each shelf devoted to a theme that neatly transitions into the next shelf. Check their website for a good overview before your visit.
SPOT #15: Z&Y RESTAURANT
655 Jackson St ☎ (415) 981-8988
M-Th: 11AM-10PM, Fr-Su: 11AM-11PM
San Francisco is a great place for Chinese food, but it's almost all southern-style, with very little in the way of other regional cuisines. This is pretty limiting; it'd be like if the only American food available in China was Cajun barbecue.
Z&Y is an exception—they specialize in Sichuan food, dripping in fresh chili peppers with pungent sauces and strong flavors. Sichuan chefs make liberal use of flower pepper, a spice that causes your entire mouth to go numb and tingly, allowing you to handle levels of spiciness that might otherwise leave you in tears.