San Francisco | Marijuana Travel Guide

From the Golden Gate Bridge to the iconic cable cars, San Francisco, California is home to beautiful views, famous landmarks – and now, cannabis! Thankfully, San Francisco has been a champion of counterculture movements since the 1970’s. Home to several iconic neighborhoods, including the bohemian Haight-Ashbury, this vibrant city helped pioneer medical cannabis which was legalized in 1996, then recreational cannabis dispensaries which opened January 1, 2018.

Today, San Francisco is the perfect spot for a getaway for individuals, couples and families alike. Eat at one of the hundreds of incredible restaurants around town, relax at a lux spa, go on an adventurous tour to meet sea lions or explore one of California’s most prestigious cannabis farms. Since there’s no other legalized cannabis market like California, elevate your San Francisco experience by visiting one of the city’s recreational marijuana dispensaries to try some homegrown goodness and enjoy an extensive selection of products for any want or need.

Where to Visit in San Francisco

The Embarcadero

If you’re looking for a unique variety of eats, look no farther than the Embarcadero. This area offers a never-ending selection of restaurants to suit any taste, especially if you’re feeling the munchies. The Ferry Building houses dozens of independent sellers offering foods, wines and other selections. Be sure to take in supreme views of the Bay from Pier 14 and don’t forget to capture the sights on camera!

The Mission

The Mission is home to the oldest architecture in San Francisco and a must-see for any street art lover. Be sure to take advantage of the clear and sunny weather while strolling through the picturesque side streets that are lined with beautiful murals. Check out local independently run neighborhood bookstores, vintage clothing stores and the infamous Dolores Park. After dark, the Mission district lights up with exciting nightlife and must-try bars and restaurants.

Financial District

The Financial District is an exciting place to visit in San Francisco. This area is full of historic landmarks and historic restaurants. You can also catch a ride on the world-famous cable cars of San Francisco. Check out the Wells Fargo & Co. Overland Stage, a museum that features an interactive replication of the Pony Express. Best of all, this attraction is fun and free for the whole family!

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Nob Hill

If you’re tempted to see the expensive side of the Bay, you’ll find it at Nob Hill. The area’s rich history dates back to the California Gold Rush where gorgeous bright-colored row homes line sloping streets. Today, Nob Hill is famous for its abundance of high-end hotels and landmarks with cable cars running right through the center giving visitors easy access to Union Square and Fisherman’s Wharf.

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SoMa

SoMa, short for “South of Market,” is the perfect place to spend time exploring the Bay area. The neighborhood is sprawling, so stick around South Park to catch a San Francisco Giants baseball game at Oracle Park or check out the beautiful Yerba Buena gardens for a relaxing escape in nature. Don’t forget to explore one of the many museums and unique restaurants on nearly every corner. Upon nightfall, a lively club scene fully captures the fun spirit of the district.

What to Do in San Francisco

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Golden Gate Park $$

The Golden Gate Park is home to one of the most famous landmarks in America – the bright orange, mile-long Golden Gate Bridge. The sprawling park itself makes for a beautiful day of sightseeing in San Francisco. There are tons of fun family-friendly activities and attractions in the park, like an aquarium and a carousel. Of course, the main attraction is the Golden Gate Bridge! On a clear day, take a photo along the beach below or hop in your car and cross it to get an iconic view of the city behind the bridge from the other side.

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San Francisco Botanical Garden $

Get close with nature at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. This expansive garden is home to a stunning magnolia garden species from all over California, including eye-catching succulents. The entire 55-acre garden grows nearly 9,000 different species on site. This inventive botanical garden also features monthly specially curated collections that can be viewed on their website.

Puff, Paint & Pass $

This is a cannabis-infused twist on a fun group painting class. Paint and wine classes have been popping up all across the country, but Puff, Paint & Pass allows friends to get together and enjoy cannabis while creating unique masterpieces. The studio provides all painting materials, and all you provide is the cannabis you wish to consume or share. The fun art instructors guide you through a 2-hour course to help you create your very own masterpiece to take home and marvel.

Dolores Park $

Located in the Mission district, Dolores Park is nearly 16-acres and notorious for killer views of downtown with a laidback vibe that’s perfect for people watching for a few hours. Although it’s technically illegal to smoke weed in public, it’s only a complaint-based law, so you’ll often see people consuming while enjoying a picnic, walking their dog or throwing around a football.

Where to Buy Marijuana in San Francisco

Urban Pharm

Urban Pharm is a dispensary cut above the rest. Founded by several Cannabis Cup winners who are deep in the NorCal cannabis community, UP offers a wide variety of products in a hip, steam punk-designed shop that’s an experience all it’s own. On top of this, they have one of the few coveted Open Flame Permits, allowing consumers to light up onsite at the dispensary itself and UP’s unique dab bar. Address: 122 10th St., San Francisco

Flower to the People SF

This San Francisco marijuana dispensary is the ultimate one-stop shop for all of your cannabis needs with an extensive menu that includes flower, concentrates, edibles, pre-rolls, vaporizers and more. From the start, Flower to the People has been customer-focused offering the best advice both medically and recreationally. If you live locally, order online and get product delivered right to your door! Address: 70 2nd Street, San Francisco

Mission Cannabis Club

Formally know as the Shambhala Medical Cannabis Collective, the newly named Mission Cannabis Club is an awesome recreational and medical marijuana dispensary in the Mission district. The dispensary offers a vast selection of products that span the gamut of consumable marijuana. Perhaps the most exciting products offered at Mission Cannabis Club are their drool-worthy edibles that include specialty chocolates and waffles. They also have a selection of sugar-free edibles for those with dietary restrictions. Address: 2441 Mission St., San Francisco

Green Ticket Bakery

Green Ticket Bakery is the perfect spot to sample a wide variety of delectable baked marijuana edibles. Besides their amazing selection of full-size cakes, cupcakes and pies, rest easy that you’re supporting a business with an amazing philosophy and high quality standards. Special discounts are available for military, students and seniors. Be sure to ask about a free gift with your first purchase!

Where to Shop / Arts in San Francisco

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SFMOMA $

If you’re looking to explore a local art gallery, check out SFMoma. Recently renovated in 2016, SFMOMA boasts 170,000 square feet of gallery space. Here, you’ll find several collections ranging from the works of Andy Warhol to Clyfford Still. Be sure to visit the beautiful living wall outdoors for the perfect nature photo-op. The first floor of the museum is free and open to the public but the rest of the museum can be accessed by purchasing tickets available online.

de Young Museum $-$$

The de Young Museum is another perfect place to spend an afternoon. The museum rotates collections so there is always something new to see. Specifically, the de Young houses an extensive collection of Asian art, as well as smaller limited collections by Monet and Gauguin. A bonus is that the museum is situated near the Golden Gate Bridge, so you can maximize the most out of your sightseeing plans by simply looking out the window! Note: Some exhibits require the purchase of separate tickets, so be sure to visit the de Young Museum website to make your selections before arrival.

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The Japan Center $-$$$

The Japan Center is a unique shopping center that focuses on bringing Japanese culture to its very own corner in San Francisco. Here you can find dozens of shops that contain anything you need and much more. There are a variety of beauty stores that offer the best in K-beauty products. You can also find Japanese media shops and browse the selection of anime. Don’t forget the wide selection of restaurants in the shopping center where you can try authentic sushi or visit a specialty cafe.

Where to Eat in San Francisco

Yank Sing $$$

Yank Sing is a must-try dining experience for any fan of dim sum because their authentic dumplings are served fresh from rotating carts throughout the restaurant. The delicate ambiance is as lux as any Michelin-rated cuisine with elegant decor and Instagram-worthy plating. If you plan to visit this restaurant, make reservations online beforehand as folks flock from around the city to taste Yank Sing’s authentic morsels. Due to high volume crowds on the weekends, menu options are limited so visit during the week for the full experience.

Leo's Oyster Bar $$$

San Francisco staple Leo’s Oyster Bar is the perfect spot for fresh seafood lovers. Be sure to visit during happy hour on weekdays to enjoy $1.50 oysters and an impressive selection of specialty cocktails and champagnes. The menu also features a variety of other seafood options including the prominent lobster roll. The exceptional dining experience is enhanced by the award-winning decor and ambiance and is guaranteed to impress any guest.

Sons & Daughters $$$$

This small and seemingly unassuming spot is a San Francisco hidden gem. Seating 28, Sons & Daughters provides an intimate dining experience and the perfect scene to meet new people. Chef Teague Moriarty has crafted an impressive nine-course menu that changes periodically to keep things fresh. Sons & Daughters prioritizes using fresh local ingredients to serve the most flavorful offerings. Alongside the nine-course meal, they offer a wine pairing option with incredible selections from their extensive wine menu. This unique dining experience is a must during a San Francisco visit. To ensure seating is available, consider making a reservation online.

Tacolicious $

Tacolicious is a cool, chill spot to enjoy with family and friends. As the name suggests, tacos are a main staple on the menu. However, Tacolicious brings unique flavors and inventive combinations with an amazing selection of fresh seafood and an eye-catching cocktail list. Tacolicious also serves a family-style deal that will satisfy everyone – a whole rotisserie chicken and four delectable side dishes to share.