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February 21, 2019

How I See San Francisco: Matthew Goudeau

Matthew Goudeau has been at the forefont of San Francisco's artistic community for years. He started in the Mayor's Office of Protocol, working on cultural diplomacy programs in the international community. Now, as the newly named Director of San Francisco Grants for Arts, Matthew oversees the allocation of millions of dollars of vital funding to hundreds of non-profit arts organizations in the city. We caught up with Matthew to discuss his favorite things in the city and what he thinks every visitor to San Francisco must do.

What does a typical day in San Francisco look like for you?

My typical day starts with a coffee and croissant at Jane Bakery on Geary Blvd. and Steiner St. before I zip on my Vespa to my office in Civic Center. Once I’m at work, that’s where the “typical” part of my day ends. I’m lucky that every day is different in my job. It certainly keeps me from getting bored.

What should every visitor to San Francisco do at least once?

Every visitor should go to a Giants game at Oracle Park. Sit in the View Reserve section. It’s a wonderful way to spend a few hours watching great baseball, taking in beautiful views of the East Bay, and enjoying a hot dog and an Anchor Steam.

Which San Francisco neighborhood do you like to explore?

I love strolling through Chinatown. I especially love Ross Alley, where I stop in to see the people I know at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company before checking out what’s showing at the 41 Ross gallery. Just around the corner on Jackson St. is House of Dim Sum, home of the city’s best $1 pork bun.

Where do you indulge your artistic side in San Francisco?

When I am feeling like I need a little jolt of art, I saunter along 20th Street in the Mission. I start at Dog Eared Books on Valencia St. and then it’s on to the David Ireland House, Kadist, and Southern Exposure. After that, I end my culture stroll with a fun cocktail at Trick Dog.

What's your favorite annual event that happens in San Francisco?

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival is one of my favorites. I love Japanese culture and food.

Where and what would you choose for your last meal in San Francisco?

The famous chicken pot pie and a Tito’s dirty martini at The Big 4 in the Huntington Hotel.

Which restaurant is still on your list to dine at in San Francisco?

My friends rave about the food and cocktails at Pearl 6101. It’s on the top of my list.

Where do you like to view sunrise and sunset in San Francisco?

Crissy Field is a great spot to view both the sunrise and sunset.

Who do you follow to keep up with San Francisco news?

The San Francisco Chronicle, especially Datebook and columnists like Catherine Bigelow, Willie Brown, Leah Garchik, and Phil Matier.

What’s one part of San Francisco that you wish visitors knew about?

I wish that more visitors knew about the Outer Sunset. Every visitor (and resident for that matter) should take the N Judah out to the last stop at Great Highway and wander through the sand dunes of Ocean Beach. Then, head to Trouble Coffee for cinnamon toast or brunch at Outerlands. The area is also great for shopping. I love General Store and Mollusk Surf Shop.

Any last final advice for travelers coming to visit San Francisco?

Dress in layers.


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