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"Muni Metro's N-Judah" SF MUNI Tip by palbert

SF MUNI, San Francisco: 86 reviews and 102 photos

Golden Gate Park, the Haight Ashbury and Ocean Beach are a quick ride from downtown on Muni's N-Judah. Muni serves same subway stations as BART, but has separate gates.

Heading away from Embarcadero, the “N” surfaces, runs past leafy, Victorian Duboce Triangle and enters the Sunset Tunnel. Get off at first stop after the Tunnel (Carl & Cole Sts) near Reverie Café, favorite of craigslist’s Craig. Across the street, look for old "Other Cafe" sign marking when a comedy joint showcased local-boy Robin Williams. Walk down Cole 3 blks and 30 yrs to Haight Street & the Summer of Love.

The N runs the entire length of Golden Gate Park. Get off at 9th Ave, a great place for makings of a picnic. Arizmendi bakery, ½ block uphill on 9th, is worth the wait in line for scones & pizza that never get a chance to cool on the shelf. Walk down 9th into the Park and enter the Arboretum on left. Trails take you through redwood forests, South Africa, Australia, and Chile. Save the breadcrumbs from your picnic to feed ducks. Ahead is the Concourse: mulberry trees and park benches surrounded by the De Young Art Museum, the Japanese Tea Gardens, the Bandstand and the Academy of Sciences. Within a 15-min. walk are the glass-domed Conservatory, the Children's Playground and Stow Lake with its boat rentals.

The N runs along Judah St. past stucco rowhouses through the Sunset District, where sunsets are usually blocked by summer fog. Bring a sweater/windbreaker, breathe in the clean salt air. You are at the very end of streetcar line and continent. Surfers warm up at Java Beach Café before plunging into the icy waters. Don't swim here, but stick a toe in the mighty Pacific, scan the scenery from Marin headlands to the cliffs of Fort Funston and watch the surf pound rocks into sand.

Two block north is the Beach Chalet. If the day is clear/time right, go in for a beer and bite at a window table. The room gets quiet as the sun sets over the horizon, sometimes with an emerald flash. Applause follows: another perfect performance.

Type: Subway/Metro

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 23, 2006
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