A Local’s Guide to San Francisco

Linda Harrison, executive director of the Museum of the African Diaspora, shares her favourite spots.
 

Linda Harrison

Linda Harrison, executive director of the Museum of the African Diaspora, loves exploring the city’s neighbourhoods. The former chair of the board of directors of Frameline, a non-profit that runs the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, also enjoys SF’s independent cinemas, its cultural attractions, wine bars and restaurants.

Comfort food 

“When I want something different, say fried chicken with Champagne, I go to The Front Porch in Bernal Heights. I love the bar there, and the mood of it. The folks are just very casual and friendly.”

Cocktails

“I would have to say that my favourite spot for cocktails is DOSA. It’s a very sexy place, and everyone seems to look really good in the evening there. Plus, they make the absolute perfect Negroni.”

Coffee shop

Caffe Trieste is the first café I went to when I moved here. There are cafés that are closer, but I like that one. I like sitting in the back and putting Nina Simone on the jukebox.

Caffe Trieste, photo by Alejandro de la Cruz

Cinema

“I’m always in the mood to see whatever is playing at the Roxie Theater in the Mission. It’s a great place for independent films. And, when you roll out of there, across the street is a little tapas restaurant, Picaro. They have fresh oysters and a good, cheap glass of sangria.”

Sunday serenity

“I love walking to GLIDE Memorial Church. Whether you’re religious or not, it’s nice to just experience. GLIDE is an inclusive social-justice institution. The music will blow your mind. Not only the band, but the choir. The Sunday program is at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.”

Japantown treasures

“I like shopping in Japantown, and one of my favourite places is Soko Hardware. I never know what I’ll find there. I usually find some great little gift, like Japanese lunch boxes, wonderful kitchen tools for the chef friend or simple bags of flower seeds. And the teapots are adorable, along with beautiful chopsticks and holders for them.” 

Chinese cultural gem

“I like [non-profit arts organization] the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco. It’s a gem to discover, and then you can walk right into the heart of Chinatown.”

Getting there: WestJet flies to San Francisco three times a day from Vancouver and Calgary.

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