Every year, thousands of Salesforce devotees converge in San Francisco to celebrate all things Salesforce. It’s a conference that requires patience, stamina, and a good pair of shoes. Dreamforce is a highlight for all of us, but what happens when you’ve had your fill of sessions, keynotes, and booth swag? It’s time to get out and explore the city.
Here are 10 SF alternatives to check out during Dreamforce:
Golden Gate Bridge
If it’s your first time in SF, you have to check this out. It’s one of — if not the — most iconic bridges in the world. Be sure to get there in time to walk across. (The pedestrian gates open at 5am and automatically close at 9pm each day). It’s a 1.7-mile walk; be prepared for an often windy and sometimes loud walk with views of the city and Alcatraz that can’t be beat.
Dreamforce happy hour(s) with your boss might feel inescapable, but that’s only because you haven’t been to Alcatraz. It’s just a short ferry ride to one of America’s most infamous former prisons. Your ticket includes the ferry ride and an audio tour. Get your ticket early, as tours routinely sell out.
Stanley Kubrick exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum
If you’re a film fan, you’re in luck. Take a short stroll from the Moscone Center over to the Contemporary Jewish Museum and check out the Stanley Kubrick exhibit. It features over 900 items, including: scripts, notes, props, film clips, stills, and set models.
If you love beer, there might not be a better place in SF for you to visit than Toronado. About 10 blocks east of the famous Haight-Ashbury intersection is perhaps the best beer bar in SF. Toronado is a true beer lover’s bar; it features a rotating tap selection that will impress even the most snobbish beer nerds. Know before you go: It’s a cash-only bar that also tends to serve a bit of attitude with the pints (all part of the charm). Pro tip: If you want a bite, head to Rosamunde Sausage Grill next door. You can bring the food into Toronado.
This is the nation’s first all-paperback bookstore and one of the most influential publishers of poetry in the U.S. City Lights is famous for publishing Ginsberg’s Howl in 1956 and the subsequent obscenity trial. It was a haven for the beats and a known haunt of Jack Kerouac. It’s not a huge store, but there is a great variety of books. The staff is friendly and will gladly recommend something to you. Pro tip: After shopping, stop by the Vesuvio Cafe next door for a quick drink and a trip back in time.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Take a break from demos and booth crawls to check out the recently reopened SFMOMA. The museum offers 7 floors of modern art, installations, architecture, and outdoor areas. The whole museum takes about 3 hours to go through and has several different cafe options — in case you need some coffee to get you to your next Dreamforce event.
Lunch at the Ferry Building
A walk to the Embarcadero will lead you to one of the best lunch spots in SF. The Ferry Building has everything you could want (to eat). There are speciality meat shops, cafes, restaurants, and everything in between. Pro tip: Visit Boccalone and get the Salumi Cone.
Get a burrito in the Mission
Take a cab, Uber, or BART to the Mission to get your hands on one of the best burritos in the city. If you ask 10 people what the best burrito is, you’ll get 10 different answers. You can’t go wrong with any of them, but my choice would be either the al pastor or garlic shrimp burrito at the Little Chihuahua. Check out a full list of some of the best burritos here.
If you’re craving sushi but pressed for time, give Sushirrito a shot. Sushirrito has been around since 2008 and combines 2 of the Bay Area’s favorite foods: sushi and burritos. I recommend the Geisha’s Kiss. No matter which one you choose, you’ll get an interesting lunch that also won’t cost you $20.
Tony’s Pizza Napoletana
If burritos or sushi aren’t your thing, try Tony’s in North Beach. Tony’s is arguably the best pizza in the city. They have options for everyone, with their menu divided up by the way in which the pizza is cooked. There are tons of good choices, but I suggest getting a few pizzas to share and tasting as many as you can. My suggestion: try the coal-fired New Yorker. Be warned that they don’t take reservations and wait times can be pretty long. But there are several nearby bars and a nice local park you can hang out in while you wait.