Excelsior in San Francisco - Top 10 things to do?

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chrisw31 Apr 29, 2019
I have recently moved to Excelsior and I am super excited to explore our neighborhood. I have been finding all of these amazing gems. Did you know that we have two staircases with full-on mosaic art? Did you know that John McLaren Park has a monthly hike that meets at University and Mansell? I know! Me either. The Mission Science workshop, X-Space, Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, Coit Tower, Princess Diaries House, Oxbridge Market, Ty Pho, Ramen, Excelsior Library, the list goes on. Here is my list of things so far that I love:

Monthly Hike in John McLaren Park-https://sfrecpark.org/event/healthy-parks-healthy-people-trail-walks-mclaren-park-3-2014-09-20-2015-08-15/2019-02-16/

Mission Science Workshop -Awesome mini-exploratorium that lets you try different experiments. Free drop in every third Saturday from 10-3 and after school. https://www.missionscienceworkshop.org/what_we_do

X-Space -has free monthly events designed for fostering arts for all ages and also a youth arts collaborative. Recently went to a jewelry making event here and it was fantastic. https://www.xspacesf.org/events/

La Grande Tank atop McLaren Park-https://www.sfgate.com/outdoors/article/Discovering-La-Grande-Tank-in-S-F-s-McLaren-Park-6020475.php

Philosopher's Trail in McLaren Park-https://www.sfchronicle.com/outdoors/urbanoutings/article/Philosopher-s-Way-in-McLaren-Park-4580798.php

Gleneagles in McLaren Park-http://www.gleneaglesgolfsf.com/

McLaren Bike Park-https://mclarenbikepark.com/

Jerry (Garcia) Day-http://www.jerryday.org/ Every August. The mission is to raise awareness and pride for the local communities, while we still honor our most famous native son, Jerry Garcia, the leader of the Grateful Dead and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Excelsior Playground-https://sfrecpark.org/destination/excelsior-playground/. On the corner of Russia and Madrid. Also, have a tot gym class and summer camps. If there isn't a class offered that you like, then email the manager [email protected] for advocacy.

Crocker Amazon Park-A really cool sports complex that we spend a ton of time at on the weekends. Their soccer fields are primo and have a whole host of bocce ball courts, baseball fields, tennis and basket ball courts, playgrounds, a tiny tots program, and concession stand. https://sfrecpark.org/destination/crocker-amazon-playground/

Avalon Steps: Beautiful art mosaic and nature exhibit. A nice representation of urban meets greenscape. https://sf.curbed.com/2017/7/3/15913598/athens-avalon-tiled-steps

Kenny Alley- Enter on Misson near Italy. Fantastic urban garden and mosaic steps that has mobilized a whole community. http://www.kennyalleystairs.com/the-project/?fbclid=IwAR1sq70fUXMko0zUMCmSRbTwq75L1HSuOLG7XteZEwMubgnxazLjGp892Q0

New Arts Center at Onodaga: http://guide.artspan.org/2018/articles/onondagaartcenter.html

Excelsior Public Library Calendar (they are such a cool group of librarians) https://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=2000172901&loc=6

US Market-Congdon and Silver (Because they are a great east coast style bodega and they are super nice).

Oxbridge Market-Cambridge and Silver (Those sandwiches and specialty items are amazing)-A bit out of the Excelsior, but a great find nonetheless

Ty Pho-https://www.yelp.com/biz/ty-pho-san-francisco (feels like I am back in the Richmond..get the chicken noodle soup..It is sooooo good.

Central Drug-https://www.yelp.com/biz/central-drug-store-san-francisco (Honestly the best drug store in the city).

Rocks Den-http://www.rocksden.com/ (This place blows me away..their Night at the Rocksberry is amazing).

Dark Horse Inn-https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-dark-horse-inn-san-francisco-(Get the grilled Cezar Salad...soo yummy).

Broken Record-https://www.yelp.com/biz/broken-record-san-francisco-Pulled pork all day long

Excelsior Collaborative-http://www.excelsiorcollaborative.org/membership/ -Really amazing organization. Become a member for free and sign up for their emails. Very cool because you will be dialed into all the cool stuff that is going on in the neighborhood.
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jh6 Jul 18, 2017
McLaren Park and Crocker Amazon ball fields
Jerry Carcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park
Tao Sushi
Sushi Raw
Dark Horse restaurant and pub
Sip Wine Bar
Hwaro Korean Restaurant
El Gran Taco Loco
View from Glen Eagles golf course
Steve's Used/New Bookstore
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Top 10 Things to Do in Excelsior in San Francisco:

1. The Crocker-Amazon Playground--soccer fields (or football as we call it in Brazil), baseball (which we call boring in Brazil) and tennis courts (that Guga made us love).
2. GlenEagles Golf course, just in case the baseball didn't bore you enough.
3. John McLaren Park for walks and hikes
4. The Cow Palace--just to the south
5. Sushi Raw--kind of a redundant name, but good sushi
6. Cafe Bar--for Vietnamese
7. tiny Los Planos for Latin American food
8. Pissed Off Pete's for dive bar fun (don't worry Pete has calmed down)
9. Bottom's Up--an Asian bar with hot Philipina bartendresses
10. Brazil Street--why? Because its call Brazil street!

Excelsior Rules!
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