What to do on a rainy day in SF

While I love nothing more than a cozy, rainy day inside sometimes you just need to get out.  Kevin and I have gotten creative with all of this rain, and started exploring more of San Francisco’s indoor scenes (besides the obvious of going out to eat).  Here are our Top 5 favorite rainy day activities if you find yourself in San Francisco on a less than perfect day:


  1. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art- SFMOMA

Kevin and I could and have literally spent an entire day getting lost in this place.  There is always a new exhibit or live event going on.  It’s huge, it’s fun, just do yourself a favor and check it out- I promise you won’t regret it.  Something interesting we learned on our last trip is that the exterior of the museum is art in itself and was built and inspired to look like SF’s fog (I’ll never look at it the same again)!

  1. Sundance Cinemas- Kabuki Movie Theater

Out of all of the “hip and trendy” theaters we have been to, this place takes the cake.  Beautiful scenery, a full bar and menu, this place is always such a treat to come and watch a movie.  Plus- it’s nestled in Japantown where there are lots of little shops and restaurants to explore before or after.

  1. Westfield San Francisco Centre

This mall is mega-  9 stories and packed with about any store you could ever want!  We love spending a day downtown here.  My favorite Westfield mall activity (besides shopping) is grabbing a bite to eat at the first floor food court.  This is no normal mall food court- they have almost any type of cuisine you could want!  If you are looking to check out something new (and vegan)- Loving Hut is a favorite of mine.

  1. Utsuwa Floral Design

Utsuwa is a succulent + air plant lovers DREAM.  It’s a tiny shop nestled on Polk street (another area with lots of restaurants and bars to check out) and is like no other plant shop we have seen.  The owner here ran a plant shop in Tokyo before opening up this gem, and it’s absolutely magical.  The plants here are truly a work of art and we hardly ever leave empty handed.

  1. Lucky Strike

Kevin and I have been coming here to bowl since we first started dating.  Trust me, this place is no normal bowling alley.  It’s beautiful, filled with lots of things to do (DJ,photo booth, pool table, TV’s etc.) and the food and drinks here are delicious.  I love coming, grabbing a margarita and vegging out to some tunes while we bowl.  Especially since I’m a horrible bowler- this place is full of distractions.



Location:  Sea Cliff, San Francisco



  • Jaz

    Serious Sf blues reading this post. I visited for the first time last June and being in California I stupidly didn’t realise the weather difference between SF & LA, therefore tips for rainy days are definitely needed. I love the food scene out there + hope to visit again soon to take up some of your recommendations. Love the pics, Michael the 415 Guy kindly let me use some of his homeless pics for my SF travel post. He is very talented.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Jaz xoxo

    • Gomada

      Hi Jaz! Thank you so much for stopping by, I loved reading your comment! Hopefully you hit better weather on your next trip to SF (Sept-Nov are typically the best months to visit) but if you don’t, you’ll have to let me know if you check out any of our favorite rainy day spots! xx