California Academy of Sciences
The California Academy of Sciences (55 Music Concourse Drive) is your opportunity to indulge in an array of scientific topics. Inside, you will discover a natural history museum, a rainforest, an aquarium, and a planetarium. Visit with the free-flying birds in the 90-foot rainforest dome, or watch penguins eating, sleeping, and playing. The planetarium offers unique views of the night sky, and you can look forward to a selection of special exhibits that explore secrets of the universe.
Places to Dine for the Solo Traveler
San Francisco's dining scene is in the top tier globally, and one of the best ways to experience it is alone. Surprised? Don't be. Not only do you get to taste more of the Bay Area's bounty and experience innovative creations from the best culinary talent, but you can also walk into almost anywhere and get seated much easier than if you were with a plus-one (or two or three!). Take note: here are places where it's easy to snag a spot if you're dining solo.
Rich Table has been a single's staple for more than ten years, known for its chips with entire sardines slotted through the middle; grilled pork chops glazed with pluot teriyaki; watermelon, chamoy, cheddar sorghumand salad; and bread infused with actual Douglas fir. This is the place where you want to snag a seat at the bar. It will be hard to know what to eat, but for those that can't make up their mind, the best way to go is the Chef's Pick menu.
Thanks to a walk-in-only bar and communal table, people have been gathering at NOPA for more than a decade. There is always a long line due to hearty entrées like pappardelle with bolognese and butternut squash, and Moroccan-spiced fried chicken with chili honey. So saddle up to the bar, order a disco rodeo or another inventive cocktail, and get into their wood-grilled cheeseburger with duck-fat fries, which is one of the best in the city. Tell Chef Laurence we sent you!
If you are traveling alone and want an energetic atmosphere, you will fit right in at Loló (974 Valencia St.). The Mexican dishes have an authentic base, but the chefs add creative twists that are pure California. The décor is what makes this spot stand out; brightly colored wall hangings and a variety of unusual knick-knacks keep the conversation flowing and the mood spirited.