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July 21, 2015
City Lights Bookstore in North Beach

One Perfect Day in San Francisco: Betsy and Jack Rix of Second Act Marketplace

Second Act Marketplace is an event space and unique food hall concept housing five independent artisan food vendors located in the former Red Vic Movie Theater in the Haight Ashbury. Owners, Betsy and Jack Rix share their San Francisco One Day Itinerary.

Betsy and Jack's One-Day San Francisco Itinerary

Eat Breakfast at the Ferry Building (One Ferry Building)
When we have visitors from out of town, our favorite thing to do is walk the city. Start with breakfast at the Ferry Building Marketplace. There is something for everyone at the many restaurants and shops, and you can relax outside while watching a multitude of San Francisco sights, including the occasional tanker squeezing itself under the Bay Bridge.

Explore the Hallowed Pages of City Lights Bookstore and the Back Alleys of North Beach and Chinatown
From there, walk up into Chinatown and North Beach. There you'll see the North Star of the Beat Movement, City Lights Bookstore (261 Columbus Ave.). Peruse the selection of Beat Poetry. Both of these neighborhoods offer unique, San Francisco-only shops and plenty of city ambience. Don't be afraid to get lost.

Eat Dumplings at Yank Sing (One Rincon Center)
Make your way back along the Embarcadero to Rincon Annex for for a dim sum lunch at Yank Sing.  While there, check out murals by Anton Refregier and learn a bit more about the history of California in the old Rincon Annex post office.

Travel Back in Time to the Sutro Baths (680 Point Lobos Ave.)
After lunch drive a car or take the bus (pick up the #38 Geary bus at Main and Howard Streets and ride all the way to the end at 48th and Point Lobos Avenues ~ 50 minutes) out to wander the ruins at Sutro Baths.  Head down to Ocean Beach and sit at the edge of the continent.

Take a Break at the Beach Chalet (1000 Great Hwy.)
If it gets chilly, head over for an afternoon snack at the Beach Chalet and get a window table after spending some time with more WPA murals in a beautifully restored historic building.  And a venture into Golden Gate Park beckons if your feet can handle more steps! 

Grab a Bite at Outerlands (4001 Judah St.)
Now that you have found yourself in the far west of the city, a fantastic restaurant choice is dinner at Outerlands, a neighborhood and city favorite. Insider tip: Get the grilled cheese. You won't be disappointed.

End the Night with a Movie at the Balboa Theatre (3630 Balboa St.)
And if the fog has not driven you back to points east by the fall of darkness, go see a movie at the Balboa Theatre, one of the very few remaining small movie theaters.  Built in 1926, it sits in one of those cool neighborhoods that dot the city and offers a selection of always interesting movies. 

Avital Ungar is the owner of Avital Food Tours which takes guests behind-the-scenes in the San Francisco culinary scene on walking food tours in the Mission District, the Haight AshburyNorth Beach and craft cocktails in Union Square. Get more information at


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