In San Francisco, nature, food, alcohol, hiking, and sports are serious business. If you live here, there are a few things you have to do before you can be considered an official San Franciscan. And once you’ve done them once, chances are you’ll be going back for seconds. Here are 11 things you must cross off your list if you’re a San Francisco resident. This list could be a lot longer, but these 11 things should do for now. So, how many things have you done?
1. Root for the San Francisco Giants
San Franciscans love sports, but baseball has a special place here. With many world championships under their belt, the Giants or Gigantes as some call them is a big deal in Fog City.
2. Drink Anchor Steam Beer
The life of Anchor Steam nearly spans the history of San Francisco. The brewery was founded in 1896, and remains a local favorite. Even wine lovers can appreciate the deep amber color and thick, creamy head of a cold pint of Anchor Steam.
3. Devour a Burrito from the Mission
Head to the Mission and seek out a burrito—particularly one stuffed with carnitas—for the ultimate San Francisco food experience. Everyone's got a favorite, and residents like to argue over who makes the best. Is it El Farolito? Taqueria Cancun? La Taqueria? Eat up and you decide.
4. Become a Microclimate Expert
A true San Franciscan will tell you, "If you don't like the weather, just walk a few miles." The longer you live here, the more attuned you'll be to the warm and cold spots around the city. Why? Due to the city's varied topography and influence from the marine layer, weather conditions can vary by as much as 9 degrees from block to block. Also, the fog has a name and it's Karl.
5. Appreciate the Outdoors
Whether running in Golden Gate Park, biking to work, or hiking through the Presidio, you need to appreciate the outdoors to be a real San Franciscan.
6. Become a Wine Expert... or At Least Pretend to Be One
San Francisco is close to the world-famous Napa wine region, which means we take wine much more seriously than most other cities. You'll need to taste many wines to figure out what's good and what's not (it's a tough job). Drink up to get to know all the subtleties of what exactly makes a fine wine.
7. Stay Out of the Ocean
With the exception of surfers, nearly all San Franciscans stay out of the ocean—simply because it's absolutely frigid. Also, more importantly, the undertow is brutal at all the beaches in the city. The brave ones may actually dip their toes in the water on one of those rare 80-degree days, though.
8. Develop Some Serious Leg Muscles
You can save on a gym membership by just walking around the city. Climb up steep stairways, along with San Francisco's most favorite hills, from Nob Hill to Bernal Hill, to get one killer workout.
9. Survive Without Air Conditioning
Roughly 360 days a year it will be too cool to reasonably necessitate AC. And that bay breeze can create some intense wind tunnels on particular streets that are guaranteed to cool you down. If you're expecting sun and heat, Fog City may not be your town.
10. Always dressing in layers.
It may be warm in the Embarcadero, Mission, or Nob Hill, but if you venture to the Marina and especially toward the westside like the Sunset you'll be glad you had that extra layer. San Franciscans are always prepared for a quick temperature shift.
11. Staying calm for any earthquake under 6.0.
Earthquakes are a part of life in California, but a San Franciscan is not too spooked by a shake or tremble. However, everyone feels the anxiety of the big one. Between the earthquake retrofitting and talk of seismic activity, San Franciscans know how to relax even in the face of mother nature.