Modern Guide to the Marina:

Fitness and day drinking find common ground on (and around) stylish Chestnut Street

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The Marina gets a lot of flack for its athleisure-clad mommies who juice-lunch between Pilates and shopping and for its puffer-vest-wearing bros who share investment tips over beers.

But let's be real: We all like it for its (sometimes-sun-soaked) Marina Green—with its waterfront views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz and lush stretches grass and beach, this is hands down the city's top spot for running, biking, and playing with the pups. Plus there's something to be said for a 'hood where day drinking is encouraged and there are endless food trucks dishing out cheap eats at Off the Grid.

It's time to open your mind and give Chestnut Street a chance.

Where to Eat + Drink in SF's Marina District

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Blue Barn (3344 Steiner St.) boasts an amazing salad menu, offering combinations of locally-sourced ingredients that you could never come up with on your own in a rustic setting. If finding a spare seat is too daunting, head to their smaller outpost (2105 Chestnut St.) around the corner and pick up a salad in their signature white to-go box to bring to the nearby Marina Green for a picnic.

Serving Greek sandwiches, salads, and spit-fired meats in a white tiled space, Souvla (2272 Chestnut St.) is the perfect spot to grab lunch solo or catch up with a friend over a glass of Rosé. Off-menu hack: get your salad or pita sandwich "Greek Style" aka stuffed or topped with Souvla's addicting fries.

When you're in search of something healthyish, tasty, and affordable, Glaze Teriyaki (2095 Chestnut St.) is the place to go. Enjoy the mix-and-match teriyaki dishes in a casual-trendy setting or grab one of the tables out front to dine al fresco.

Where to Shop in the Marina, San Francisco

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With local brands and designers including Self-Portrait and Marissa Webb housed in a gold-ceilinged setting, Two Skirts (2124 Chestnut St.) is a fashionista's heaven. Fall in love with a summery dress for a weekend getaway, or a pair of perfectly fitting jeans.

Carrying chic basics and standout pieces, Dress (2271 Chestnut St.) is a one stop shop for every modern Marina girl. Whether you're looking for a new pair of Mother Jeans, a Calleen Cordero statement belt, or ALC cocktail dress, you won't leave empty handed.

Pick up stylish and affordable wardrobe staples at Amour Vert (2110 Chestnut St.). The best part? The fabrics and production practices are sustainable, and 97% of the garments are made in California.

Things to Do in San Francisco's Marina

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When you walk down Chestnut Street, it seems like basically everyone either just worked out, or is on their way to work out. Get ready to sprint your way through class at Barry's Bootcamp (2246 Lombard St.). In the moment, the half run, half strength workout might feel like the worst 50 minutes of your life, but you'll thank us later. After your sweat sesh, reward yourself with a preordered smoothie from the Fuel Bar.

Feel the burn with a Sculpt reformer class or tap it back in a cycling class at BODYROK (2128 Lombard St.)—you'll leave the high intensity workout feeling like a rock star. // For a Megaformer class with a twist, try CORE40's (1902 Lombard St.) Ramped class—the machines move up and down throughout the class for an added challenge.

Don't be ashamed to show off your new, hard-earned abs at the Fitness Court at the Marina Green. The suggested "7 movements in 7 minutes" exercise will pump up your heart rate and build up your muscles with a sweeping view of the Golden Gate Bridge. No gym can beat that.