Tails & Trails

City experience guide for dog owners

Whistle's city experience guide is filled with curated dog-friendly trails, parks and recommendations on eateries for dog owners to enjoy with their furry family members. Places featured in Tails and Trails include local-favorites and best kept secrets to give pet parents new opportunities to enjoy memorable experiences with their dogs.
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Perfect Parks


  • Bernal Heights

  • Location: Bernal Heights & Esmerelda
  • Leash Rule: Off leash

While you enjoy the spectacular 360-view of the city, your dog will enjoy mingling with local dogs as well as the visiting ones. It does get busy here during the week, especially between 3 - 6 PM when people go running and jogging. So stay off the paved road during that time and enjoy the rocky terrain.


  • Lafayette Park

  • Location: Laguna St. & Sacramento St.
  • Leash Rule: Off leash
This urban park showcasing evergreen trees, stonework on walls and stairs is a quiet escape in the city. It’s a great park to walk through, sit down with a cup of coffee and quality time with your dog.


  • Alamo Square

  • Location: Fulton St. & Scott St.
  • Leash Rule: Off leash
Grab a blanket, pack a lunch or grab something to go from one of the many great restaurants nearby on Divisadero and Fillmore, your camera and some water for your dog. While you enjoy capturing the scenic view of the Painted Ladies, your dog will need a refreshment after running up and down the grassy hill.


  • Buena Vista Park

  • Location: Haight St. & Buena Vista Ave.
  • Leash Rule: Leash recommended
Start at the bottom of the hill at the dog run and work your way up the concrete trail. It’s a great workout for both you and your dog, and your reward is the breathtaking view of the city waiting for you at the top.


  • Dolores Park

  • Location: 18th St. & Dolores St.
  • Leash Rule: Off leash
If you aren’t checking out the art installations or participating in the acro-yoga meet-up, you will enjoy simply kicking back and people watching as your canine roams free. If you’re in the mood for a treat, keep your eyes out for the paleta vendors rolling down the grassy knolls to sell their ice cream. Dolores is also home to the city’s most unique activities: Cinco de Mayo, Hunky Jesus Contest, Opera in the Park and Movie Nights in the park.

Outdoor Activities


  • Corona Heights

  • Location: Roosevelt and Museum Ways

Tucked away in a residential neighborhood, this easy hike up to peak offers a stunning view. There’s a fully enclosed dog run, tennis courts and the Randall Museum (free admission).


  • Baker Beach

  • Location: 1504 Pershing Drive

If you’re looking to get away from the city, enjoy the sunset and breeze in this secluded beach. Also, the sandy log stairway is better than any gym membership. Since the beach is very far from the street, it feels safe for dogs to be off leash and enjoy a quick dip in the ocean.


  • 16th Avenue Tiled Steps

  • Location: Arguello Blvd. & Washington Blvd.

Over 300 community members contributed in creating this urban art installation in the Sunset . The tiled steps is where a cultural experience meets aerobics—enjoy the colorful mosaic as you and your pup climb the 163 stairs. Don’t forget to take some pictures, your Instagram Followers will thank you.


  • Mountain Lake Park

  • Location: Funston Ave and Lake Ave.

The lake is surrounded by a beach area on one side and a very meditative environment on the other, with benches and wildflowers. With a dog park/run, playground, tennis courts, bike path, running trail and exercise course—it’s great spot to make a memorable afternoon.


  • Glen Canyon Park

  • Location: Elk St. & Chenery St.

Roll out of bed, grab a coffee, your dogs and head to Glen Canyon for a morning hike. Take in the nature, secretly or not-so-secretly cheer for the frisbee players and treat yourself to one of the many of delicious places near by for a breakfast delight.

Dog-friendly Restaurants


  • Zazie

  • Location: 941 Cole St.
  • Favorites: Gingerbread pancakes, poached eggs, french toast tahiti

On Monday nights, it hosts Bring Your Doggy to Dinner night, where dogs are permitted on the heated garden patio. On other days of the week, pets are permitted at the two outdoor tables on the front side walk.


  • Beach Chalet

  • Location: 1000 Great Hwy.
  • Favorites: Fish & chips, ribeye steak, crispy calamari

In the backyard, your pup can hang out in the crowds while you sip a local brew.


  • Park Chow

  • Location: 1240 9th Ave.
  • Favorites: French toast, pork chop, smiling noodles

Your dog will enjoy the awesome atmosphere, as you sip on your coffee and enjoy the food.


  • Tartine Bakery

  • Location: 600 Guerrero St.
  • Favorites: Morning bun, bread pudding, banana cream tart

They have some nice sunny outdoor seating and are dog friendly.


  • B44

  • Location: 44 Belden Pl.
  • Favourites Monk fish, paella, risotto

Dine outdoors and your dog is welcome to join you.

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