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Jonathan Groff’s Guide to San Francisco

As HBO’s SF-based series Looking enters its second season, its star shares his favorite local spots for culture, coffee and more

On the Grind

“Never before in my life did I like coffee, not even coffee ice cream. But there’s this place called Philz, and it’s so delicious that it started me drinking coffee.” 

Flicks Fix

“I love seeing movies at the Castro Theatre. One night we went to see Can’t Hardly Wait, which is one of my favorite movies of all time.”

Bottoms Up

“My favorite bar is The Stud. It’s a down and dirty gay bar with drag shows. We shot an episode there and then went back that night to go dancing.”

The Wheel World

“I ride my bike everywhere here, and Golden Gate Park is an amazing place for it. At every turn there’s some cool thing, like how there are buffalo in some parts of the park. It’s the best.”

Dining Al Fresco

“I love Tartine, which is near Dolores Park. They have the most incredible pressed sandwiches that I’ve ever had in my life. I like to eat them in the park for a little picnic after work.”

In The Cone

Bi-Rite Creamery is amazing—especially the caramel-salted ice cream. And pretty much every other flavor of ice cream they have.”