Remote Worker's Guide to San Francisco

A freelancer's guide to coliving, coworking and networking in San Francisco.

Published on
January 25, 2021

After 2020, there are more remote workers in San Francisco than ever before, and it remains to be an incredible place to build your freelancing network. Here's how to navigate it as a remote worker.

Neighborhood Guide to San Francisco

Pacific Heights

Pacific Heights is a fairly residential neighborhood, close to Nob's Hill. It's best known for pastel-hued Victorian house fronts, and casual restaurant and shopping scene in Lower Pac Heights.

Mission and Castro

This area is best known for Dolores Park, the ultimate summer hangout when the sun is out. Take a stroll up and down Valencia Street to get a feel for it.

Cow Hollow, Marina and Fisherman's Wharf

Cow Hollow is one of the more affluent neighborhoods within San Francisco, favoured by young people and young families looking for a residential feel. The Marina and Fisherman's Wharf and the Marina have beautiful views of the bay, but they're some of the most popular neighborhoods for tourists in the city.


'South of Market' is far from the other neighborhoods listed above, this area feels like the city. It's a great area if you'd like to be well-connected on public transit, and within walking distance of San Francisco's nightlife.

Getting Around San Francisco

Driving and Parking in San Francisco

Driving is not advised for San Francisco, as it's difficult and expensive to find parking. You cannot park on red curbs, there is a street cleaning schedule and typically there are time limits on parking spots.

Cycling in San Francisco

Cycling is safe and easy in San Francisco - although you might find the hills a struggle.

Uber/Lyft in San Francisco

Uber and Lyft are widely available here. It's where both companies are based.

Public Transit in San Francisco

San Francisco is fairly well connected via public transit, and the cable cars are an experience in themselves. Download MuniMobile before you arrive to buy tickets on the go.

Digital nomad and startup communities in San Francisco

Naturally, San Francisco is a hive of activity for anyone working in a startup or tech. As Outsite has 2 houses here, it's an easy way to make friends outside of the workplace or LinkedIn setting.

Coworking Spaces in San Francisco


All Outsite spaces have work-ready areas for working from home. This is included when you purchase a stay.


Canopy have well-designed spaces in Jackson Square, Pacific Heights and the Financial District. Before COVID, they hosted regular events featuring Members of the community.

Startups and Companies based in San Francisco


Recently acquired by Salesforce for $27.7 billion, Slack is no longer a startup but it still has roots in SF. The company is now based all over the world.


Instacart is a grocery delivery service based in San Francisco. In October 2020, they raised $200 million.


Lyft is the second largest ride sharing app in the U.S after Uber, and have recently extended their services to include car hire.

Coffee shops with WiFi in San Francisco

Haus Coffee

Haus is a light and airy coffee shop in Mission, serving espresso-based drinks and light snacks.

Ritual Coffee Roasters

Ritual have stores in Lower Haight, and Mission. They source all their beans from small farms.

Verve Coffee

Verve, originally Santa Cruz, has plenty of indoor seating. Their location in San Francisco is in Mission Dolores.

Linea Caffe

Linea Caffe has great afternoon sun, and in-house coffee blends.

Gyms and yoga studios in San Francisco

Equinox and Barry's Bootcamp have multiple locations in San Francisco.

Pacific Heights


A dog friendly, community based gym offering HIIT and Strength classes.

Corepower Yoga

Corepower offers vinyasa, hatha and power yoga classes in San Francisco.

Mission and Castro

Yoga Tree

Community-based yoga studio based on Valencia Street.

Groceries and shopping in San Francisco

Farmers Markets

Fortunately, North California's farming scene has flooded into San Francisco - pick up locally grown and organic goods at North Beach Farmers Market, Fillmore Market or Clement Street.

Grocery Stores

Whole Foods and Trader Joe's have multiple locations in San Francisco, including branches in Mission and Pacific Heights.

Surf breaks near San Francisco


The Patch is one of the best spots for beginners in San Francisco, and you can easily rent aboard nearby.

Mavericks and Half Moon Bay

This is the sole reserve of professional surfers, the waves can get up to 16ft.

Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito

This is best suited to intermediate and advanced surfers, as the waves can be short.

Looking for a place to stay in San Francisco? Check out Outsite Mission and Outsite Pacific Heights.

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