Tales of San Francisco: liberation and libations in the Castro, as told by activist Nick Large

The Castro neighbourhood is the epicentre of San Francisco’s LGBTQ+ scene, and its museums, history and nightlife stand testament to the creativity — and political struggles — of the gay community, as activist and drag performer Nick Large reveals.

Tales of San Francisco: a paper trail in Japantown, as told by origami artist Linda Mihara

America’s oldest Japantown is a bastion of immigrant crafts, cuisine and history dating back to the 1860s. An origami class with artist Linda Mihara showcases the area’s commitment to preserving Japanese traditions.

Tales of San Francisco: preserving Hispanic culture in the Mission, as told by artist Susan Cervantes

Meet artist Susan Cervantes, the founder of a mural collective that began transforming the Mission district back in the 1970s and continues to mix paint, politics and passion in this traditionally Latin American ’hood.

A local's guide to nightlife in the Mission, San Francisco

As the sun goes down, the Mission warms up. Annie Kamin, chief of staff at small-batch bean-to-bar craft chocolate maker Dandelion Chocolate, offers an inside look at the restaurants and bars that make the area the unrivalled go-to for a dinner and drink.

Tales of San Francisco: a guide to the hippy heartland of Haight-Ashbury, as told by dressmaker Cicely Hansen

Cicely Hansen — dressmaker, fashion historian and owner of high-end vintage shop Decades of Fashion — remembers moving to ‘the Haight’ in 1966, the year before hippies converged in the neighbourhood and made history with the Summer of Love.

Tales of San Francisco: the Fillmore District's historic jazz scene, as told by musician Sam Peoples Jr

Musician Sam Peoples Jr is part of the Fillmore Jazz Ambassadors, a group dedicated to bringing jazz back to the city’s once-swinging musical epicentre. He reflects on the highs and lows of Fillmore’s dynamic jazz culture.

A local's guide to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park

Ryan Guillou, the curator of the park’s San Francisco Botanical Garden, offers an insight into the city’s biggest park.

A gourmet guide to San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighbourhood

From award-winning brasseries and seasonal menus to ritzy drinking dens, local restaurateur Sarah Rich offers the lowdown on San Francisco’s newly revitalised dining district.

How to spend a day in the Castro, San Francisco's LGBTQ+ heartland

Local resident and drag queen extraordinaire Nick Large describes his ideal day in San Francisco’s LGBTQ+ heartland.

A culinary guide to San Francisco

The City by the Bay is home to dozens of Michelin-starred restaurants, yet its dining scene remains laid-back, propped up by fantastic local ingredients — and a sense of humour.

San Francisco's second Summer of Love

It's 50 years since San Francisco's Summer of Love and the city is celebrating the Swinging Sixties with events throughout the summer.

City life: San Francisco

A gold-rush town that quickly grew into a hippie icon, San Francisco is the cinematic face of free-thinking America. Synonymous with gay rights, the Beat Generation, bohemian shops and retro trams, this is one US city that does things its own way.

Sleep: San Francisco

A former military base overlooking the Golden Gate bridge, a new-age hippy hangout and a hotel that hosts a Sunday drag-queen brunch are among the accommodation options in this kooky West Coast city.

Family: The young explorer

Tom O'Reilly (13) was lucky enough to realise his dream in a forthcoming TV series, The Young Explorer, screening this summer

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