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Coit Tower, which offers a great view of the surrounding city. Plus, it's a nice area to walk around and there are plenty of European and Korean tourists there, if you're looking to work on your foreign language skills.
Bi-Rite Creamery, which I've read about in many magazines, so I had to try the two flavors that were recommended the most, the Salted Caramel and the Balsamic Strawberry. I have to agree with Lisa that Tartine Bakery is more of a must. The pastries there were amazing, while the ice cream at Bi-Rite was truthfully only ok. They did have interesting flavors that day like Basil and Olive Oil and have cool employees, all with multiple piercings, dyed hair, and cool hair cuts.
Presidio of San Francisco to hike and look around. I regret not taking a look at the Walt Disney museum there, but I enjoyed looking around the water line. If you want, you can come here for a less crowded view of the Golden Gate Bridge, which surprisingly enough isn't golden. That shocked me a lot, when I was little and watching Full House. Here's a quick note though, wear warm clothing. I couldn't hike that long because I was running around in a thin sweater and jeans. Not windy weather attire at all.
Lisa's blog and her blog kind of became my place to check out where I should go in San Francisco. It's absolutely beautiful there and it's interesting to see all this Greek/Roman influence in an area that was never occupied by them. (No duh...America wasn't "discovered" until 1492 and the Greeks/Romans lost power before we ever got to four digits.) If you have time, I recommend walking around the area and looking at all the cute houses. The styles differ tremendously so.
Gypsy's Trattoria Italiana, which offers amazing food at extremely low prices. My brother and I always get the cream sauce or Alfredo sauce with our pasta. (Yes, there is a difference.) I have to admit the cream sauce is better, but for this trip I got the Shrimp Alfredo, which came with tons of shrimp. All dishes come with toasted bread and roasted garlic, which is one of the best parts of the meal.
Cookies Rule Everything Around Me. For only $2, you get a scoop of ice cream squished between two fresh baked cookies. I usually share mine with my brother and our favorite is Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream with White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies. The other one my dad got was Blueberry Ice Cream with Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. The great thing about CREAM is that they offer vegan and gluten free choices that way everyone can enjoy no matter what their dietary restrictions are. I actually think Berkeley is extremely underrated in the food circle because they offer a wide variety of ethnic foods at a low price that tastes amazing. I have not had a bad meal there.
Title from "The Future" by Patrick Wolf