In all of San Francisco, SOMA is definitely where I've spent most of my time, considering I'm there 40+ hours a week for work. SOMA is the hub of all the tech companies in San Francisco, so there's a lot of spots that have popped up in the last 5-10 years to make it a happening place, mostly during the weekdays (it's a bit more quiet on the weekends!) Below is my list of the top 10 things to do in San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood - hope you enjoy!
1. Visit SPiN
A ping pong bar filled with hipsters and developers that has a DJ most nights -- the perfect spot to grab a drink after work or go for your next team outing! It's worthwhile to note that you get buckets of ping pong balls refilled and they use these mop-like gadgets to sweep everything up and refill your bucket, meaning you don't have to shag your own balls!!! The tables aren't cheap and you should reserve them in advance, but it's well worth the experience. Nothing else says Silicon Valley quite like this bar.
Photo by SPiN SAN FRANCISCO
2. Catch a Giants game at AT&T park
Home of the 8 time world series champs, AT&T park is not only fun because of the baseball, but it also has some of the best food in the city (my favorites include a slice of Tony's pizza, the crab sando & Gilroy garlic fries!) and a pretty awesome view of the bay! Just make sure to watch out for the AT&T Park seagulls around the 8th inning.
3. Stay at Hotel VIA
You'll absolutely love this chic boutique hotel. It's minimalist style had me drooling - and did I mention 2 rooftop bars/patios with a skyline view?! PS: use code TUI15 for 15% off your stay!
Photo by Hotel VIA
Marlowe is one of the cutest dinner spots in San Francisco with a farm-to-table menu that won't disappoint you. Zero Zero is another one of my favorites - a delicious Italian spot with some amazing pizza and even better ricotta beignets for dessert! Prospect, a bit more upscale than the first two, is a sister restaurant to the well known Boulevard, and has a solid menu with contemporary American food.
5. Take a walk through South Park
This cute little park is pretty empty on the weekends, but BUSTLING during weekday lunches as all the techies come here to escape the office. Don't miss the story of how Twitter among other tech companies were founded in South Park! There's a ton of cute restaurants along this park as well.
6. Go wine tasting at Bluxome Street Winery
One of the cutest spaces in SF with their string lights and wine barrels adorning the inside, Bluxome Street Winery is the perfect spot to snag a flight of wine and play some corn hole!
7. Sweat it out at Ritual Hot Yoga
A hot yoga experience like nowhere else... it's an upbeat (loud) hot yoga class that gives you a spa like experience - candlelit with cold eucalyptus towels, head massages, and often times hip hop beats while you namaste your way though class. Read more on my Ritual Hot Yoga post!
Photo by: Garrett Roth
I can't decide which spot I'm loyal to (most SF coffee snobs are very opinionated about this decision!) Either way, both coffee shops will have you tweaking with the amount of strength that's in their highly caffeinated drinks!
Both hipster bars with cool interiors and amazing craft cocktails - always bustling on weeknights after work. Sometimes, Natoma Cabana even has silent discos on the weekends!
10. Take a walk along the Embarcadero and have a beer or hamburger at Red's Java House
Red's is one of the cheapest spots to grab beer in the city, and super divey but right on the water looking up to the Bay Bridge. It's the perfect spot to swing by before a baseball game or go for lunch to soak in SOMA's sunshine.
Hope you enjoy your SOMA explorations!
Next, check out my top things to do in Hayes Valley.