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Anil Merchant By Anil Merchant • September 19, 2017

Things to do in San Francisco (part 2): Hidden Gems

It can be overwhelming to find a list of things to do in a city like San Francisco, so we have come up with a curated list of hidden gems that are beyond the tourist attractions. If you have not read part 1 of this series, do go back and check that out. Here are a few more cool spots you can check out during your next visit to the golden city:

 1% Art Project: San Francisco has a one-of-its-kind “1% Art Project” that requires all projects involving a new building in the Downtown and nearby neighborhoods, provide public art equal to at least 1% of the total construction cost. Which means you can enjoy (and discover) beautiful art pieces by famous sculptors and artists not just inside a museum or gallery, but also scattered around pubic spaces. You can find a list of all 39 art pieces are are currently part of the project here

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 16th Avenue Tiled Steps: The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps project has been a neighborhood effort to create a beautiful mosaic running up the risers of the 163 steps located at 16th and Moraga in San Francisco. Inspired by the famous stairs in Rio De Janero, these steps were meticulously created over a summer to build a beautiful walkway for the whole city to enjoy. According to the website over 220 neighbors sponsored handmade animal, bird and fish name tiles embedded within the mosaic and over 300 people helped to put them in. Do not miss this hidden gem for a dash of color while you enjoy majestic views of the city.

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French Quarter: Belden Place is a narrow alley in the Financial District of San Francisco, California that serves as the hub of the city's small French American community. The first French immigrants, about 3000 of them sponsored by the French Government, settled in 1851 in the area along & around Bush street from roughly Grant Avenue to Kearny Street. At night, it's magical with sparkling lights and great food. The most exciting night of the year for the French Quarter is on Bastille Day (Friday, 7/14/17) when all the French restaurants are open and Belden Place is decked out. 

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Watch this space as we add more cool, unexplored places to check out and things to do in San Francisco. And while you are planning that wonderful trip, make sure to check out SocialDrv for a comfortable, personalized and incredible travel experience from SFO to your destination. Happy travels!