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everything not to miss in the bay area.

To celebrate our annual America issue (on newsstands now!) we're putting together the ultimate guides to our favorite US cities. And who better to contribute to them than you, our readers?! We had an open call for submissions and here are the big winners for San Francisco, from the most delicious bakery to the best place to make eyes on the Golden Gate Bridge. (We'll wait while you plan that trip to San Francisco, and if you want to stay in the loop about events going on while you're in SF, sign up for our NYLON Daily newsletter--it's totally free but filled with awesome parties, shows, sales, and more.)

Best Cafe: Ritual Cafe (1026 Valencia St)

Delicious coffee plus a chill environment makes Ritual Cafe a must-see cafe. 


Best Bakery: Tartine Bakery (600 Guerrero St)

An endless menu of sweets and sandwiches is just the start of why you should visit Tartine. 


Best Food Truck: The Creme Brulee Cart

But really, what's better than mobile creme brulee?


Best Restaurant: Fat Angel (1740 O'Farrell St)

Head to Fat Angel for amazing cocktails and fresh, yummy foods. 


bAny place with a neon sign and a jukebox is a place we want to be. 


Best Party Spot: Hifi Lounge (2125 Lombard St)

DJs, beers, dancing... it's got it all!


Best Place to See Bands: The Fillmore (1805 Geary Blvd)

If a band is going to play in San Francisco, they're going to play at The Fillmore. 


Best Destination for an Arty-Afternoon: The De Young Museum (50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr)

With an awesome location and tons of cool exhibits you could spend a whole day hanging out at the De Young Museum.


Best Movie Theater: Castro Theatre (429 Castro St)

It's a historic theater with that plays the coolest old movies, what more could you want?!


Best Scenic Spot: Twin Peaks Park

It's not the home of Laura Palmer, but it'll do.


Best Boutique: Mira Mira (3292 22nd St)

With Chloe Sevigny listed as their girl crush and pics of Chloe Norgaard on their website, this is a boutique we can get behind. 


Best Vintage Shop: La Rosa Vintage (1711 Haight St)

Period clothing and '60s vintage are among the cool stuff to find at this boutique. 


Best Record Store: Amoeba (1855 Haight St)

Housed in a converted bowling alley, this record store is the home of all things awesome. 


Best Book Store: City Lights (261 Columbus Avenue)

Part independent publisher, part book store, City Lights, founded by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, is the place to find a great read and fan out over the fact that this store first published Howl.


Best Store To Fill Your Apartment: The Apartment (3469 18th St)

It's definitely fancy, but the great sleection of vintage goods is worth the splurge. 


Best Spot No One Knows About (Yet): Bottom of the Hill (1233 17th St)

Half bar, half music venue, Bottom of the Hill is about to blow up, so make sure you get there first to get a table. 


If You Can Only Go To One Place In My City, Visit: Valencia Street

San Franciscians agree that a stroll on Valencia followed by a picnic in the park is the best way to spend a day on the Left Coast. 

She considers herself "one of the luckiest kids on the face of the earth"

Dani Okon, NYLON's associate creative director of video, sat down with her great-aunt, May Okon, to talk about their shared experiences—despite vastly different time frames—living as queer women in New York City. Prior to retirement, May was a journalist for the New York Daily News, having first entered the male-dominated workforce when "the boys were all at war." And, of course, she absolutely killed it. Her only regret? "Retiring at 55," she tells Dani, joking, "Who the hell knew I was gonna live to 100?"

Upon retiring, she moved out to the Hamptons with her partner and bought a home. If she had to do it all over, May says "there are a lot of things I wouldn't do," but she still considers herself "one of the luckiest kids on the face of the earth." Get to know May in the video, above.

Check out the other videos in our series where we placed queer people from different generations in conversation with one another:

Rob Smith and Eddie Jarrel Jones
Lauren Morelli and Garcia
Marlene Colburn and Naima Green
Ashlee Marie Preston and Devan Diaz

Produced by: Alexandra Hsie
Camera: Gretta Wilson + Katie Sadler
Edited by: Madeline Stedman

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Here's how they're making sure it doesn't happen

Lauren Morelli, the showrunner and executive producer for the new Netflix show Tales of the City, is fostering a space where multiple queer realities can be shown on-screen. She spoke with one of the cast members, trans actor Garcia (who plays Jake Rodriguez on the show), and, in the video above, they explore why it's wrong to treat queer stories as representative of the entire community. Tokenization is something that they both want to avoid at all costs, and they're on the right track.

Check out the other videos in our series where we placed queer people from different generations in conversation with one another:

Dani and May Okon
Rob Smith and Eddie Jarrel Jones
Naima Green and Marlene Colburn
Ashlee Marie Preston and Devan Diaz

Produced by Alexandra Hsie
Directed by Charlotte Prager
Shot by Gretta Wilson + Charlotte Prager
Edited by Gretta Wilson

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"Nothing is truly a binary"

We put non-binary activist Eddie Jarrel Jones and The Phluid Project founder Rob Smith in conversation with each other, and the two spoke some powerful truths about the continued gendering of products like makeup and clothing. Smith recalls that 30 years ago, the only way that he was able to experience the joys of playing with makeup was to work at a beauty counter. Even today, Jones notes that it's hard for non-binary femmes like them, or even trans women, to get that experience in stores.

In the video above, get a sense of why Smith created a genderless store, and see how important it is for people like Jones to have a space where they don't feel criticized for dressing like they want.

Check out the other videos in our series where we placed queer people from different generations in conversation with one another:

Dani and May Okon
Lauren Morelli and Garcia
Naima Green and Marlene Colburn
Ashlee Marie Preston and Devan Diaz

Produced by Alexandra Hsie
Directed by Charlotte Prager
Shot by Charlotte Prager + Dani Okon
Edited by Gretta Wilson

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We put the two activists in conversation

Marlene Colburn, one of the founders of the Dyke March, and Naima Green, an artist currently working on a project and archive called Pur·suit, which will document queer people of all identities, agree that it's really hard to find lesbian spaces that aren't bars. Just as hard, it seems, is to find lesbian representation that isn't white. In the video above, the two talk about how they are creating space for queer people and what that looks like within two different generations.

Check out the other videos in our series where we placed queer people from different generations in conversation with one another:

Dani and May Okon
Rob Smith and Eddie Jarrel Jones
Lauren Morelli and Garcia
Ashlee Marie Preston and Devan Diaz

Produced by Alexandra Hsie
Directed by Charlotte Prager
Shot by Dani Okon + Charlotte Prager
Edited by Charlotte Prager

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