San Francisco is a city with wonders tucked away in every alley. A simple google will show you dozens of “Weirdest San Francisco Museums” posts, but they’re mostly clones telling you to go to the same places. We’ve looked at those lists and have tried to go a little bit deeper. This list attempts to get you off the beaten path and look for not only the weirdest San Francisco museums, but also some rather bizarre collections tucked away in unassuming locales. Here are 11 of San Francisco’s (and two of Berkeley’s) most unique museums and interesting collections.
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No one would dare argue that San Francisco has a shortage of quality ice cream trends. Over the last three years, we’ve covered San Francisco’s must-try ice cream experiences, the uniquely San Francisco ice cream flavors, the bomb ice cream sandwiches, and more. Heck, we’ve even been so bold as to declare San Francisco “a holy Mecca for ice cream.” When it comes to flavors we’re number one and lucky as hell to live here.
Even with all of our fancy ice cream San Francisco is a little slow when it comes to playing the game of ice cream aesthetics. Sure, we finally have rolled ice cream, fish-shaped ice cream cones, and ice cream filled donut sandwiches, but those things have existed in other cities for years.
Here are some ice cream trends happening around the world that we’d love to see come to the Bay Area.
There are three common types of commuters who share the commute experience. Most people are average citizens who realize we’re all in this together, so they try to make it pleasant enough for fellow travelers while not being personally inconvenienced. Average citizens will do little things to make the experience more tolerable like try to reduce personal space or move toward the center of the car. Some average citizens take extra multiple measures to make the commute easier for everyone like dropping bags between feet or moving to the center of the car. These citizens elevate to the level of BART heroes. And, of course, where there’s a hero there’s always a villain. The BART villain seems to lack empathy or a sense of personal space. Here are steps the average commuter can take to make the leap to hero.
The White Stripes. The Flaming Lips. Spoon. Modest Mouse. The Mountain Goats. Sleater-Kinney. Guided By Voices. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. These are only a handful of the hundreds of bands who have performed over the last two decades at San Francisco’s Noise Pop Festival.
Many were little known when they first took the Noise Pop stage. Every February, Noise Pop returns giving music fans an opportunity to discover something new.
In 1993, Noise Pop was launched as a one-night event featuring a handful of local acts. It went so well, founders Kevin Arnold and Jordan Kurland, tried it again in 1994. They tapped punk rock band Jawbreaker to headline. The band had just come off a tour opening for Nirvana and were riding a wave of critical acclaim for their album 24-Hour Revenge Therapy. Not surprisingly, that show also did well, so the duo persisted.
Today, Noise Pop stretches over 10 days at venues in both San Francisco and Oakland. The focus continues to expose your ears to exciting new sounds of noise and pop, but recent years have seen an expansion beyond the aural to also include the visual.
Santa Cruz is mostly famous for three things: The birthplace of continental United States surfing culture, the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, and 80s cult classic Lost Boys. Now we can add to the list “a destination for fans of craft brewers.” Over the last decade, the stretch of Route 1 cutting through Santa Cruz County has become an unofficial brewery trail with nearly a dozen craft beer makers setting up shop. You’ll find nine of those brewers along an easily (designated) drivable 14-mile stretch. We recommend making a weekend out of it and staying at a central location (check out our non-tourist guide to Santa Cruz for other opportunities). We’ve plotted the course and made recommendations for what to sample.
Murals are seeing a sort of renaissance in San Francisco. Some business owners continue to wash away street art in an effort to raise property estimates. But an increasing number of business owners are seeing the benefit of showcasing and supporting the creation of murals.
You no longer need to trek to Berkeley to get picture perfect fish-shaped ice cream cone. Uji Time Desserts has quietly opened in Japantown this month and Yelp is already full of snaps of soft serve ice cream on top of fish-shaped ice cream taiyaki pastries.
Uji Time made waves in Berkeley last year when they started sharing a space with the equally Instagrammable Vampire Penguin. The perpetually long-lined Berkeley location sells more than a dozen soft serve flavors for adorning your photo friendly fish-shaped ice cream cone. The SF shop is softly opening with only a handful of flavors including the matcha, tofu, and black sesame.
In addition to soft serve, the shop is serving up a selection of adorable mochis including matcha chocolate chip, salted caramel, and ginger zing.
Uji Time Desserts has moved into the location previously occupied by Mitsu Teahouse at 22 Peache Plaza, Ste. 440.
Soft serve stuffed in taiyaki has been a growing trend across the United States. New York City has several shops serving up the Japanese pastry.
This post about Uki Time’s fish-shaped ice cream cones originally appeared on UpOut.com.