The New York Times travel section is blowing up your local spot. In the latest in their series, the paper spends 36 hours in San Francisco (perhaps all they could afford?) and seems to like what they see.
Seeing San Francisco through the eyes of a newcomer, a friend or relative you may be hosting, can give you fresh eyes. In that spirit, let the Times be your guest, and admire with them spots from Heirloom Cafe to the Royal Cuckoo to Mission Bowling to the obligatory travel guide inclusion of Zeitgeist.
But don't blink, they write, or you'll miss something in a city "reinventing itself with every refresh of your Twitter feed." Tech jokes aside, as they put it, our city is "more than just the physical headquarters of our virtual world."
There are some things that haven’t changed, and by themselves, are reason enough to revisit: the mind-boggling views along that glorious waterfront; the Mission’s still-feisty, freaky, welcome-all-comers character; the meandering natural pleasures of Golden Gate Park. Even when classic San Francisco rubs up against new San Francisco, the friction, though at times contentious (Google bus protests, the anti-eviction fight), is also where the community-conscious activist roots of this city are as vital and visible as ever.