San Francisco. It’s been a muse for great writing, film, music and more. While Market Street is bustling with tourists from all over, hopping on the Powell and Hyde Street cable cars, taking pictures and pointing excitedly, we forget what the fuss is about. Well, it’s time to remember why our city by the bay is so special. So, grab your little ones and embark on a city adventure and take pride in all that San Francisco has to offer. To get you started, we have five awesome places that your little explorers will love.

Chinatown

Chinatown: Begin your exploration from the striking green pagoda entrance at Dragon Gate. Climb the hill for a dim sum lunch (pork buns are certain crowd pleasers) and collect knick-knacks (Chinese slippers, toys or kimonos) along your way. Don’t miss Willy “Woo Woo” Wong Playground, stunning murals, and the Buddhist temple Tien Hau on Waverly. Stop in an herbal shop to learn about ancient Chinese medicine or for a cup of jasmine tea in a tea house. Venture down the hidden alleys like Waverly or Hang Ah. If you follow Ross Alley, you’ll find Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory. End your tour in North Beach next to the famous City Lights Bookstore.

photo credit: Toby

— Nicki Richesin