Instead: SF is a stellar place to unwind. Do that.
Catch a Giants game. Drink fantastic coffee (Sightglass, Blue Bottle, Epicenter, Four Barrel, Ritual, etc.) Get a Chocolate Shot at Tcho, Ice Cream at Humphry Slocombe, a burrito in the Mission, and Shabu Shabu. Drink a cocktail at Alembic or Comstock. Spend an afternoon peoplewatching in Dolores Park. Shop at the ferry plaza. Walk across the Golden Gate. Take a few days of the best weather that you're going to see for the next 4 months and enjoy it outside.
If you're interested in learning, drop in on some things at Stanford and Berkeley - find interesting talks from people who are doing legit change-the-world research that you can sit in on.
"What meetups/cafes/events can I go to to network"
The goal appears therefore to be to network. Not to do interesting sight seeing things. Nor to meet "interesting people" unless those interesting people are specifically for networking purposes.
Add: How does a three day visit for networking jive with "Catch a Giants game. Drink fantastic coffee".
You can do all that in the city that I live in and in many cities.
Sutro Ruins near Ocean Beach is pretty cool too. You can easily do all of this in three days.
If you can stick around an extra day, Bay To Breakers is happening on Sunday. One of the more quintessentially San Francisco events which you wont find anywhere else in the world.
Also, probably more exotic for foreigners, but the hop-on hop-off bus tours are also quite nice, especially if the weather is OK.
Have fun! :)
I remember a "Still untitled" videos (Tested on youtube) that they mentioned some good food places.
Also get a cinnamon toast at Trouble on Judah St and take a walk on ocean beach.
I think the Maker Faire is that weekend, about 20 minutes south of SF in San Mateo, if that kind of hacking is your thing.
This saturday and sunday
May 15: Hackers and Founders Meetup at the Hacker Dojo.
May 15: the Founder Showcase is a great event, and even if you can’t attend the afternoon presentations, it’s worth spending $15 for the evening after-party at NASA that looks to be really cool. Registration here, after-party here.
Grab a coffee at Red Rock Cafe in downtown Mountain View, if you are a pennyless entrepreneur working on the next big thing, or at Coupa Cafe in Palo Alto if you think you are ready to pitch VCs. Just sit back and watch…
Also, change your ticket and fly back on Monday so you can experience Bay to Breakers. It's one of the best/most ridiculous events our city has to offer.
I stopped in on my last visit to SF and it was amazing... So much activity and fun hackerish things going on. You'll love it I'm sure!
It's on the 17th and 18th. You'll miss some of it, but you'll get to meet cool people building stuff
I'd be meeting a friend at Dropbox and later on thursday will be going for Github Drinkup. My main goal for the trip is to see tech community as I just graduated from Hacker School, NY. I'm exploring my career options now.
If you'd like to meet some real entrepreneurs, engineers, designers, investors in the trenches, download our app (www.weavenow.us). There are thousands of people you can meet in SF if they're also interested in meeting you.
Google it before you go, though.
The second time my wife was about 20' away from a shooting near the convention center.
I am sure its a great city, but I haven't had the best experience there.
But yes, since the weather will be nice you should get outside. Rent a bike, go to the GG Bridge, Twin Peaks, etc. It's a beautiful town.
How do I know? I live here and work in FiDi in tech. I've yet to meet a VC at a coffee shop.
You can find more info about this month's event here:
(He says with mild surprise from London)
Maybe the morning session at http://events.stanford.edu/events/442/44295/ before Maker Faire