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My wife and I will be in SF for one week this summer. I'll be doing some work but it will be mostly a vacation. We are in our early 30s and want a place that can give us a feel for what it's like to live in SF. We like good food, interesting restaurants and bars, and small coffee shops. We're happy to be away from touristy centers. Ideally we'd be on some transit line to make transportation straightforward.

Thanks for helping to point us in the right direction, any insight to help focus our search is appreciated.

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closed as too broad by Flimzy, Karlson, Dirty-flow, choster, Mark Mayo Mar 27 '14 at 22:53

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Welcome to travel.SE. This is a bit broad and thus unanswerable. There are many places in San Francisco where you could stay using public transportation and otherwise or potentially stay out of the city limits and use public transportation like BART to get to and from the city. –  Karlson Mar 27 '14 at 19:39
Thanks for the reply. We're finding the experience of identifying a neighborhood a bit daunting - that's why the question is so broad at this point, we really don't know where to start. Ideally, it would be a place with good culture (restaurants and bars) but not be touristy. We like little restaurants that we can walk to from our apartment or hotel. –  Karl T Mar 27 '14 at 19:41
In order to narrow down the location you should indicate preferences like, budget, type of accomodation, duration, and so on. –  Karlson Mar 27 '14 at 19:44
Thank you for the advice - I'm new to this site. Budget: comfortable with $200 - $250 a night. We've had good luck with VRBO or AirBnB type places in the past as they're more likely to get us into neighborhoods that hotels can't. We'll be there for 1 week (7 nights). We really like small, independent restaurants, cafes that serve excellent coffee, and bars that aren't too trendy. We love to walk around and explore neighborhoods and especially walk to and from meals. –  Karl T Mar 27 '14 at 19:47
Then find the restaurants you might like and search around them. :) –  Karlson Mar 27 '14 at 19:50

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I can't give a specific neighbourhood, because that largely depends on personal preference. I staying in Portero Hill and I would go there again, if I would visit SF again.

The trick I can suggest it to search through airbnb for accommodation. On airbnb people are typically offering freespace as paid accommodation. Usually those are in residential areas, moving you away from the typical tourist spots.

Try to locate some accommodation close to Bart. Although taxi aren't that expensive.

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