San Francisco City Guide
SAN FRANCISCO is one of America’s most popular cities. For the fashionistas, there is to-die-for shopping in Union Square and Fillmore Street. If you are a foodie, a walk through Chinatown, the Ferry Building Marketplace and a visit to Le Sanctuaire are a must. And for design enthusiasts, you’ll want to schedule time to pop into Sue Fisher King, Gump’s, Bell’occhio, Found by Maja and William Stout Books.
MUSEUMS + ATTRACTIONS:
Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
700 Howard Street @ 3rd
For a night on the town, you must see a contemporary dance creation by the brilliant Alonzo King. I’m so charmed by the Lines Ballet that I featured them on Zavvi Rodaine, read it here.
The Cable Car
It may feel a bit cliche, but you should experience the famous cable cars at least once while out and about in the city.
This enclave, the largest Chinatown outside of China, is a fantastic place to people watch, learn something new and taste authentic Chinese food.
Japanese Tea Garden
7 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
Golden Gate Park
Memoirs of a Geisha was filmed in this garden. Enjoy a cup of tea in the tea house.
Museum of Modern Art
151 3rd Street @ Mission
Exhibitions by intriguing artists and a brilliant collection of modern art.
The Slanted Door
1 Ferry Building #3
If you think there’s no way you would like Vietnamese food, Charles Phan will win you over. Try the Daikon rice cakes + Cellophane noodles with Dungeness crab.
2355 Chestnut Street
Simple elegantly presented Italian food. Great pizzas.
689 Mission Street
If you can’t make it to Napa to dine at Terra, no worries, Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani have created a Michelin-star sister restaurant in the St. Regis hotel. The New American Asian menu is a delicious melange of flavors (I’ve always wanted to say that).
22 Hawthorne Street
The Benu experience is not to be missed. Elegant. Original. Surprising. Corey Lee will leave you in awe.
660 Howard Street #1
Peter Fang helms this destination for seasonal and sophisticated Chinese food.
800 North Point Street
If you can score a reservation, re-arrange everything and go. Considered the best, if not most popular restaurant in the city.
2123 Fillmore Street
This coffee shop is a great place to blog, hang out or meet friends for a quick breakfast or lunch.
1700 Post Street
For an authentic Japanese, an evening at Kappa is a must for fresh sashimi and seafood. It’s hidden away in Japantown with only 14 seats, so reservations are strongly recommended. Dinner only.
A great choice for a special occasion dinner. Splurge on the tasting menu for the true Michael Mina experience.
1911 Fillmore Street
SPQR offers adventurous, modern Italian cuisine and a superb wine list. The mood is upbeat and it’s a great place for dinner with friends.
600 Guerrero Street
Everyone is aware of the delicious pastries available at this award-winning bakery, but did you know they serve dinner at their Bar Tartine?
Yank Sing offers traditional dim sum in a casual atmosphere with good service.
1658 Market Street
Judy Rodgers was legendary and that’s why everyone includes Zuni Cafe on their best of San Francisco list. Zuni’s Caesar Salad and Roasted Chicken rival the country’s best.
757 Market Street
The rooms are spacious, service is stellar, Union Square is two blocks away, and you have free access to the best health club in town, Sports Club L.A.
222 Sansome Street
A contemporary hotel with Asian flair, views of the bay and every amenity you need for a comfortable stay including the serene MO Bar with its award-winning mixologist.
125 3rd Street
Legendary hotel with standard rooms dressed in a contemporary flair that presents guests with fantastic views of the skyline. Relax in the serene Remede Spa and have a date night at Ame Restaurant.
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