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urban travel guide SAN FRANCISCO Paperback – April 1, 2004

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Product Details

  • Series: Urban Travel Guide San Francisco
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Mo' Media (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9057671263
  • ISBN-13: 978-9057671265
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,543,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a native San Franciscan looking to re-appreciate the city I grew up in as an adult, I've purchased a couple of guidebooks for my own locale. This one is now marked left and right with post-its for places I've tried and loved and places I still want to check out. I love it. It hits up so many trendy and happening places and long-time favorites of locals as well. I've only found it to go wrong about 1/100 times, and that's due to personal opinion. I'm not sure about its info on hotels, but I'd probably use it as a supplement to another book if I were a tourist. If you're looking for a genuine SF experience, starting out in some of the restaurants, bars, and destinations recommended by this book is a good idea.

One of the great things I've found about the Urban Travel Guides besides their ability to capture the of-the-moment hip spots is their DISCREETNESS--the fact that you can remove the vinyl cover (which is printed with the title, etc) and carry and flip through a small book that in no way gives away your touristness and does not invite unwanted advice or well-meant but un-needed help from passers-by.

It's helped me find some great places and I'm still enjoying it. People often ask how I found out about the places I share. I just say it comes with being a native : )
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With most guides, I pick the thing up after I've decided what to do: I use it to see if the restaurant I'm considering is any good, or what the hours are, or whatever. Bradley Charbonneau's Urban Travel Guide is something else again. Seems to me, Charbonneau has gone out and found about 200 interesting/fun/weirdly rewarding things to do in San Francisco that you don't usually hear about. Each place he reviews is on its own page, so each page corresponds to a different activity. Last weekend, I was bored, I said to my wife, pick a number, she picked 96, I opened the book, it turned out to be a place called the Linc Gallery, so we went and saw an art show. Never would have thought of it otherwise. Next time I have a vistor from out of town, and I have to leave them on their own, I'm going to give them a copy of this book.
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finally, a guide that doesn't weigh your backpack down with another ten pounds of useless text and minute details you really don't want to read. while practical on one side [with the standard categories of shopping/food&drink/nightlife/etc], it reinvents travel guides by breaking out sf in more meaningful ways [body,mind&soul/sophisticate/bohemia,california] specific to The City. perfect for the traveler that likes to look under a city's hood and stroll off the beaten path, the way a local would.
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