A Picture Perfect Day of Living Local in San Francisco

This is the first in a new, ongoing series of articles highlighting local businesses across the country. Its purpose is to not only champion successful small businesses in diverse communities, but also provide residents with helpful guides for shopping — and truly living — locally. We’re starting close to home, in San Francisco, with guest writer Carolyn Alburger, an associate editor at San Francisco Magazine. With that, please enjoy Intuit’s inaugural edition of the Guide to Living Local.

8 a.m.The Mill’s (736 Divisadero St.) light-filled, white-walled, lofty interior provides an uplifting setting for sipping a Four Barrel cafe au lait. Grab a slab of indie baker Josie Baker’s toast smeared with almond butter and flaky sea salt.

9 a.m. — Need a new ’do? Walk to Edo (601 Haight St.) for an affordable cut and color. The staff here considers your hair type, personality, and profession to find your coif mate. Our personal fave is stylist Kristina Welzein, who is easy-going yet serious about her craft.

Noon — Bike or bus it over to the El Gallo Giro taco truck (parked at 23rd and Treat streets) for a quick, cheap, and authentic Mexican lunch. Order the lengua (beef tongue), chicken, or al pastor (seasoned pork). At $1.50 per taco, you can try all three! Load up on fresh, cool radishes to counteract the spiciness.

1 p.m. — Walk to BellJar (3187 16th St.) for a feast of home décor, jewelry, and clothing, spanning from super girly to edgier garb. Owner Sasha Wingate sources for a range of budgets: You can walk out with a $10 vintage cocktail glass, a $150 ombre-dyed dress, and everything in between.

2 to 4:30 p.m. — Keep the shopping momentum on Haight Street! At Wasteland (1660 Haight St.), you pay a bit more, but the reward is a thoughtfully edited selection of vintage apparel and accessories.

5 p.m.Bar Crudo’s (655 Divisadero St.) happy hour runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m. daily. Enjoy specials like $1 oysters, $3 artisanal beers, and a $5 bowl of the best seafood chowder in town.

8 p.m. — Stroll to Fraiche (1910 Fillmore St.) for dessert: organic frozen yogurt with premium toppings like cinnamon-spiced fruit compote, ground flax, and homemade brownie chunks.

9 p.m. — Settle into one of the 21-and-older movie theaters at the Sundance Kabuki (1881 Post St.) and indulge in a glass of wine or beer as you take in the latest blockbuster or indie flick. To reserve a spot, buy tickets (and choose your seats) in advance at Sundancecinemas.com.

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203 comments
Michael Buskett
Michael Buskett

Would like to have this picture on my wall. Refreshing to the soul.

David Hall
David Hall

Intuit Works, should embrace it and/or control of your finances. Yes, support your local small business.

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Luis Gil
Luis Gil

Una obra de arte. De la ingeniería .

Julia Vickers Styer
Julia Vickers Styer

Though California as a state has some issues, San Francisco does have some great small businesses. If you aren't already aware there's a great jazz bar there called Les Joulins' check it out. Great food, great jazz, and a friendly staff! You won't be disappointed.

Elaine Weixler Brown
Elaine Weixler Brown

Taylor Stitch is a San Franciso local menswear company on Valencia. Great clothing. Go by for a look.

Paul Sweeney
Paul Sweeney

What's even better is watch all the assholes jumping off it

Russ Nash
Russ Nash

Sorry for you babe ill say a prayer for ya. Hope you feel better

Janet Mattoon-tabares
Janet Mattoon-tabares

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Luke Schuyler
Luke Schuyler

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