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14 Sightseeing Meets Fitness Explore San Francisco's best attractions while enjoying fresh air and exercise.

18 Marine Mammal Close-ups CONNECT WITH US

Where to spot whales, sea lions, otters and more in the Bay Area. BY ZACHARY CLARK

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Essential San Francisco This month we have a timely guide to combining sightseeing and fitness (p. 14) as well as a list of the best places to spot marine mammals in the winter (p. 18). You’ll also find an itinerary exploring Nob Hill designed by a neighborhood resident (p. 20). 90 MINUTES IN: 8

Contemporary Jewish Museum Before you enter, pause to appreciate the iconic geometric architecture of the steel building. It was a power station in the 1800s and redesigned by Daniel Libeskind. Inside the lobby, look up to admire the 90-foot-long “Lamp of the Covenant” sculpture with its suspended globes. Go upstairs to check out the latest exhibit, “From Generation to Generation: Inherited Memory and Contemporary Art,“ which explores personal, relayed and imagined memories. Next, stop in to see the corresponding “Yud Video Project” in a striking gallery with sharply angled walls and dozens of kite-shaped skylights. End your visit with a pastrami sandwich at Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen.

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Q: Do you have any favorite Nob Hill haunts? A: Having lived in Paris, I’m particularly enamored with Grace Cathedral atop of Nob Hill, a beautiful Episcopal French Gothic church reminiscent of Notre Dame in Paris and welcoming anybody searching for a piece of self reflection and solitude amid the city’s hustle and bustle. Walk one of the two labyrinths and feel the meditative effects, attend one of the live performancespartake in an Evensong service. Q: Where do you send visitors interested in spotting marine life? A: Venture beyond the Golden Gate on one of the year-round, all-day expeditions to the oceanic wilderness of the Farallon Islands. Known as “Devil’s Teeth” and located just 27 miles offshore, the island offers sightings of a rich diversity of marine and bird life that includes humpback whales, gray whales and orcas, blue whales, great white sharks, dolphins, seals, sea lions, porpoises and the largest pelagic seabird population in the United States. And don’t miss the world-class Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences, which is one of the most biologically diverse and interactive aquariums in the world. (See your concierge for discount coupons!) Q: Where do you send visitors who are looking to be active? A: I suggest yoga inside Grace Cathedral, free classes at the Athleta fitness store, open-air communal tai chi and qigong classes in Washington Square Park or at the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park, gorgeous golf courses around the bay or kayaking from Sausalito (guided tours recommended)—whatever your heart desires and fitness level allows. For avid runners, I suggest the Embarcadero (offering unparalleled views of the bay); the Ecology Trail at the Presidio; the many trails in Golden Gate Park; or the Ocean Beach to Fort Funston route. If hiking is for you, don’t miss the iconic Marin Headlands, Muir Woods and Mount Tamalpais across the bay in beautiful Marin County.


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FEAST JAN. 8 HOT CHOCOLATE 15K/5K This scenic race begins and ends in Golden Gate Park, followed by an afterparty featuring 4,000 pounds of melted dark chocolate. Enjoy hot chocolate and fondue while the kids enjoy the bounce house and pose for photos with Marsha & Mello. hotchocolate15k.com

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The popular comedy festival returns to San Francisco with more than 200 events, from stand-up and improv to film screenings and game shows. The festival presents local and up-and-coming talent as well as national headliners, including Thomas Middleditch, Pamela Adlon, Jeff Goldblum and Ricky Jay. Among the numerous highlights are fake TED talks, a screening of “What’s Up, Doc?” with director Peter Bogdanovich, StarTalk Live with Bill Nye and Eugene Mirman, a tribute to Tim and Eric, “Story Pirates” with Patton Oswalt and Sasheer Zamata and much more. sfsketchfest.com

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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL PRESENTS LUIZA > THROUGH JAN. 29 The latest big top production is set in a dreamy world inspired by Mexico. In one act, rain begins to fall as two performers dance on large hoops and a trapeze artist hangs by only one heel. The diverse cast performs other highlights including clown scuba diving and a Russian swing act. Tickets start at $49. AT&T Park, 74 Mission Rock St., cirquedusoleil.com 1

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ers. Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd., 415.551.5190, fogfair.com MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. FESTIVAL > JAN. 13-16 This annual, weekend-long celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. features film screenings and arts and wellness events at Yerba Buena Gardens and the commemorative march on Jan. 16. 415.857.0595, sfmlkday.org 3

17TH ANNUAL EDWARDIAN BALL > JAN. 20-21 Inspired by the work of the late cult author and illustrator Edward Gorey, this annual ball features live music, theater, fashion, circus, fine art, literature, ballroom dancing and more. Enjoy locally distilled absinthe cocktails or Saturday afternoon tea service before exploring attractions such as the vendor bazaar, portrait booth and Museum of Wonders. Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness St., edwardianball.com 4

JAN. 14-15 WINTER WINELAND IN SONOMA This Wine Country event is a great way to meet winemakers and taste limited production wines, new releases or library wines. All participating wineries highlight a vintage, varietal or vertical tasting for the weekend. 800.723.6336, sonomacounty.com JAN. 18-29 SAN FRANCISCO RESTAURANT WEEK Nearly 130 restaurants offer prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus for 11-days. Participate in an activity for the chance to win a $100 gift certificate. Check the website for the full list of restaurants. sfrestaurantweek.com

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JAN. 13-16 NAPA TRUFFLE FESTIVAL An interactive culinary session with Michelin-starred chef Ken Frank, a truffle lunch and tours of Nickel & Nickel winery and Napa’s first truffle orchard are the highlights of this weekendlong foodie festival. napatrufflefestival.com


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"ON THE WATERFRONT" WITH THE SF SYMPHONY The symphony continues its film series with this screening of the 1954 classic starring Marlon Brando. The eight Oscar-winning film will be projected on a large screen over the Davies Symphony Hall stage, accompanied by a live performance of Leonard Bernstein’s original film score. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., 415.864.6000, sfsymphony.org

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"FINDING NEVERLAND" AT ORPHEUM THEATRE Based on the Academy Award-winning film starring Johnny Depp, this Broadway musical is a semi-biographical account of playwright J.M. Barrie and the relationships and events that inspired him to create “Peter Pan.” The critically acclaimed production is directed by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus. Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St., 888.746.1799, shnsf.com

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SFJAZZ GALA HONORING ZAKIR HUSSAIN A tribute to the celebrated percussionist and composer Zakir Hussain, this SFJazz event kicks off two weeks of exclusive concerts and features performances by Hussain himself, along with Joe Lovano, Terence Blanchard, Mary Stallings, Kronos Quartet and other special guests. Hussain is widely considered a leader of the contemporary world music movement and has lived in the Bay Area since 1970. 201 Franklin St., 866.920.5299, sfjazz.org

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SILENCE! THE MUSICAL This musical parody of “The Silence of the Lambs” of course features FBI agent Clarice Starling, Dr. Hannibal Lecter and Buffalo Bill, with the addition of a troupe of singing and dancing lambs. Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St., 415.863.7576, silencethemusicalsf.com 13


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Exercise Meets Sightseeing For many, the start of a new year is an ideal time to focus on staying active and spending more time outside. In San Francisco, you can easily accomplish those goals while getting in all the requisite sightseeing at the same time. This city is blessed with mild weather for outdoor pursuits year-round and is surrounded by an inspiring natural landscape. Here’s your guide to guide to combining the city’s best sights with fresh air and exercise. ATTRACTION: Lyon Street Steps ACTIVITY: Stairclimbing San Francisco is a city defined by its steep hills and spectacular vistas. Sharp inclines in many parts of the city required the construction of staircases instead of streets. Many of these ascents lead to dramatic views of the urban landscape, like this palatial staircase connecting the Cow Hollow and Pacific Heights neighborhoods. The 288 steps are steep but broad and bordered by lush landscaping. At the peak, you’ll be rewarded with a sweeping vantage point of the city and the bay. Stick around awhile to snap photos of the surrounding mansions. Lyon and Green sts.

ATTRACTION: The Bay ACTIVITY: Kayaking If you want to get out on the water, several local outfitters, including City Kayak, cater to both beginner and advanced paddlers and lead tours from downtown San Francisco. You’ll see spectacular views of the city skyline, and you’re likely to encounter some wildlife as well—harbor seals, pelicans, bat rays, porpoises, herons and egrets are all a possibility. On a windless day, you can paddle under the Golden Gate Bridge. Another option is to paddle from South Beach into the famous McCovey Cove behind AT&T Park. Pier 40, 89 King St., 415.294.1050, citykayak.com

ATTRACTION: Lands End Trail ACTIVITY: Hiking You don’t have to leave the city limits to get in a heart-pumping, nature-filled hike. As its name implies, Lands End Trail is located in the outer reaches of the city on the Pacific Coast, and it feels somewhat like the edge of the earth. The well maintained 3.5-mile out-andback trail is packed with photo-worthy vistas. Jagged cliffs covered in windswept cypresses dramatically meet blue sea, with the Golden Gate Bridge and grand Marin Headlands in the distance. If you have energy to spare when you reach the end of the trail, continue on to admire the mansions in the Sea Cliff 15


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ATTRACTION: Crissy Field ACTIVITY: Walking Crissy Field, a restored tidal marsh that was a U.S. Army airfield in a former life, makes another beautiful walk, jog or bike ride. Take in views of the Golden Gate Bridge in one direction and the city in the other as you follow the wide, 3.5-mile (stroller and wheelchair friendly) waterfront path. You’re likely to spot birds (more than 135 species have been seen) as well as

kite surfers attracted by the ideal breezes. The shoreline is also home to sandy beaches, picnic tables, cafes, bookstores and an environmental education center. parksconservancy.org ATTRACTION: The Presidio ACTIVITY: Hiking The Presidio is a former military base located on the northern end of San Francisco that’s covered in pine, eucalyptus and cypress trees. Its 1,500 acres are now a national park that draws visitors from all over the world. The best way to explore the park is via its more than 25 miles of trails and scenic viewpoints. Take the California Coastal Trail or Bay Area Ridge trail to the Golden Gate overlook or set off on a hike that passes artist Andy Goldworthy’s four nature installations. Just under a mile, the Batteries to Bluffs Trail is another spectacular walk that winds along the Pacific Coast and follows a flight of stairs down to a sheltered beach. 415.561.5300, presidio.gov

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neighborhood and take a detour to Baker Beach, a mile-long stretch of sand tucked below rugged hills with a famous panoramic view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Back at the trailhead, make the descent to explore the Sutro Baths ruins. Before or after your hike, be sure to make time to visit the beautiful Lands End Lookout Visitor Center, which outlines the nature and history of the area and has a shiny gift shop and cafe. 680 Point Lobos Ave., 415.426.5240, parksconservancy.org


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ATTRACTION: Golden Gate Park ACTIVITY: Dancing, Skating and Yoga Bigger than New York’s Central Park, the urban oasis known as Golden Gate Park is where you’ll find the city’s runners, cyclists, walkers and picnickers (especially on Sundays, when JFK Drive closes to traffic to welcome pedestrians). The city’s recreational headquarters also contains countless attractions, including: the de Young Museum; California Academy of Sciences; Japanese Tea Garden; Botanical Gardens; Stow Lake; Conservatory of Flowers; Garden of Shakespeare’s Flowers; two historic windmills; a bison paddock; and a rose garden. Between the museums and landmarks, take some time to join a free yoga or swing dance class or group skating session (rentals available) or play a game of golf or tennis. 415.831.2700, goldengatepark.com

ATTRACTION: Golden Gate Bridge ACTIVITY: Biking There are plenty of scenic routes on the 65 (and counting) miles of bike lanes around the city, but perhaps the finest trip for visitors is the ride from the northern waterfront to the picturesque seaside town of Sausalito. It takes cyclists along the bay’s edge, starting on Embarcadero and climbing up Fort Mason (the arresting views of the bay and Golden Gate Bridge alleviate the steep but brief ascent) before a flat, pleasant ride parallel to Marina Green. Another incline up past historic Fort Point leads to the Golden Gate Bridge, which bikers cross to their final destination. After the seven-mile jaunt, most riders break for lunch, brews or ice cream and opt to take the ferry back. You have plenty of options for borrowing a pair of wheels if you haven’t brought your own. Blazing Saddles is one of several popular rental outfits. 2715 Hyde St., 415.202.8888, blazingsaddles.com

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Get up Close to Marine Mammals You likely already know about the sea lions of Pier 39, but they’re just one of many marine mammals you can spot in the San Francisco Bay and along the Pacific Coast. This month, countless gray whales pass through the Bay Area on their annual migration south, and elephant seals return here to breed. Seals, dolphins and otters are year-round regulars in the Bay Area, and if you’re lucky you might also see orcas and humpbacks this time of year. Read on for a look at the best spots to catch the action. BY ZACHARY CLARK

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January is peak viewing time for gray whales, and a cruise out of Pier 39 almost guarantees you a sighting. SF Bay Whale Watching and San Francisco Whale Tours are just two companies offering trips to the Farrallon Islands, a gathering and feeding hub for migrating whales about 27 miles off the coast. And it’s not uncommon for grays to make a brief detour into the bay. A stroll along the Golden Gate Bridge or Fort Point at the base of the bridge provides the best views of any passersby, which may also include dolphins, harbor porpoises and seals. Of course California sea lions are almost always hauled out on the docks of Pier 39, sunbathing or fighting over the perfect spot. If you want to learn more about these colorful creatures, Pier 39 is also home to the Sea Lion Center, which features interactive exhibits and regular presentations by local naturalists. While you’re on Pier 39, don’t miss the Aquarium of the Bay, where you’ll find river otters, the sevengill shark and other residents of the San Francisco Bay.

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sea lions. Visitors can get up close with the patients, watch them feed and learn about the center’s efforts to preserve them. Further north, Point Reyes peninsula extends 10 miles into the Pacific Ocean, offering some of the best views from land of migrating whales. Chimney Rock and the lighthouse are the two main vantage points, and in January, more than 1,000 whales can swim by the peninsula each day. Winter months also bring northern elephant seals to Point Reyes, and you can see what the local colony is up to at Elephant Seal Overlook, just a short walk from Chimney Rock. About an hour north of Point Reyes, Bodega Bay Head is another popular spot for whale watching. Volunteer docents staff the area on weekends with spotting scopes and answers to all your whale questions, and several boat tours launch from the area as well.

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About an hour south of San Francisco down Highway 1, Half Moon Bay is the launching point for gray whale watching trips with the Oceanic Society. Led by an expert naturalist, these weekend tours follow gray whale migration pathways about 1-12 miles offshore, and you’ll see plenty of other wildlife on the way. As for humpback whales, the main population is well on its way to Hawaii and Mexico by January, but there’s a chance you’ll see one or two of these ocean

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giants, famous for their majestic breach and powerful tail slap. Further south, Año Nuevo state park is one of the largest mainland breeding colonies in the world for the northern elephant seal. Up to 10,000 of them pack the beaches of Año Nuevo for breeding season, which begins in December when the first males arrive. Weighing up to two and a half tons, these massive bulls compete for dominance in a violent spectacle that often leaves them both bloodied. To view the seals and their bizarre mating rituals this month, you’ll need to reserve a guided tour. If you continue south for another hour, Monterey is one of the best places in the world to see marine wildlife. The famous Monterey Bay Aquarium is certainly worth a visit, but you can see many of the aquarium’s residents in the wild just minutes away. The quiet fishing town of Moss Landing is one such place. Elkhorn Slough at Moss Landing is home to the largest community of southern sea otters on the West Coast. Rent a kayak from Kayak Connection, and there’s a good chance a curious otter will follow you or even try hopping aboard. Harbor seals and California sea lions also frequent the seven-mile slough and estuary. Based in Moss Landing, Sanctuary Cruises offers whale-watching tours aboard a biodiesel boat staffed with marine biologists. Like all Bay Area-based tours, grays are the main attraction this month, with occasional orca sightings as

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well. Common dolphins are especially abundant this time of year, and you’ll likely see pods of them swimming along with the boat. Beyond the seasonal visitors, these waters are popular year-round with Risso’s dolphins, seals, otters and at times, basking sharks and minke whales.

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Nob Hill is one of San Francisco’s most exclusive neighborhoods—that is, if you want to live there. To visit, you hardly need more than a comfortable pair of shoes to help you trek up and down the hill to enjoy views in every direction. It also doesn’t hurt to have this handy guide to some of the area’s most interesting restaurants, shops and galleries. BY BRITTANY SHOOT Start at the base of Nob Hill with breakfast at Farm:Table, a tiny cafe with big heart, strong espresso and a special daily toast topped with seasonal fruit. As you head out for the day, plan your route with stops at locally owned, independent merchants nearby, including antiquarian bookseller Argonaut Book Shop and the Town Cutler, which creates high-end knives from pocket-size blades to must-have cleavers for the serious home chef. Go the long way around Nob Hill to duck into urban oasis Utsuwa Floral Design for fit-in-your-pocket air plants and simple, tasteful home decor, the Marine Layer Workshop for impossibly soft tees and hoodies made in San Francisco and showroom-meets-art gallery Velvet da Vinci for one-of-a-kind contemporary wearables and jewelry. Head up the hill for a visit to Grace Cathedral, an Episcopal cathedral where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a consecration sermon when the impressive hilltop church was completed in 1964. Look for the AIDS Chapel altarpiece by the celebrated late artist Keith Haring. At the nearby Cable Car Museum, you can watch the cables that pull San Francisco’s iconic streetcars up and down the steep hills and learn about the 1906 earthquake that devastated the city. Break for lunch at the Nob Hill Cafe, a charming bistro beloved by local residents. Enjoy heaping bowls of pasta and hearty pizzas that will keep you going all afternoon. You’ll need the sustenance if you decide to take a stroll with San Francisco City Guides, a network offering various free neighborhood walking tours led by knowl-

edgeable docents. There is a designated Nob Hill tour, but you can also join a theme tour that encompasses the area, such as Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco, which includes hotels and retail spots used in famous films such as “Vertigo.” Grab a midday snack at charming neighborhood bakery Cookie Love before heading to several art galleries tucked away from the main gallery rows of Union Square. Christian Daniels Gallery is a destination for fans of contemporary realism with a range of emerging and established artists on display. There are always several fascinating mixed media exhibitions at Hashimoto Contemporary, and next door, Spoke Art showcases a range of styles according to a theme. For those craving a little rest and relaxation, escape in style at the Spa L’Occitane by the Bay at The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco. The new downtown retreat offers rejuvenating treatments to combat jet lag and refresh and body, as well as the mind. For happy hour, head to The Fine Mousse, an only-in-San-Francisco bar pairing two of the world’s most perfect foods: french fries and sparking wines. The cozy corner spot will entice you to stay all night, but with plentiful dinner options in the neighborhood, venture out one last time. Hawaiian-inspired Liholiho Yacht Club serves a mouth-watering array of small plates and mains easy for sharing, including the popular duck liver toast and grilled short ribs served with escargot and bone marrow. Tropical-themed cocktails pair well with dinner—and make a perfect nightcap to end a great day in the City by the Bay.

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COOKIE LOVE 1488 Pine St. cookielovesf.com

ARGONAUT BOOK SHOP 7586 Sutter St., 415.474.9067

SPOKE ART 816 Sutter St. spoke-art.com

TOWN CUTLER 1005 Bush St. towncutler.com UTSUWA FLORAL DESIGN 1288 Polk St. MARINE LAYER WORKSHOP 1572 California St. marinelayer.com VELVET DA VINCI 2015 Polk St. velvetdavinci.com GRACE CATHEDRAL 1100 California St. gracecathedral.org NOB HILL CAFE 1152 Taylor St. nobhillcafe.com CABLE CAR MUSEUM 1201 Mason St. cablecarmuseum.org

CHRISTIAN DANIELS GALLERY 950 Leavenworth St. christiandanielsgallery. com HASHIMOTO CONTEMPORARY 804 Sutter St hashimotocontemporary.com SPA L’OCCITANE BY THE BAY AT THE RITZ-CARLTON SAN FRANCISCO 600 Stockton St. ritzcarlton.com THE FINE MOUSSE 1098 Jackson St. thefinemousse.com LIHOLIHO YACHT CLUB 871 Sutter St. liholihoyachtclub.com

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the guide Shopping January Playful Accessorizing The Italian brand Furla has opened up one of its first West Coast stores right in San Francisco’s Union Square. The small pop-up shop showcases a bright rainbow of leather handbags and accessories, all handcrafted in Italy and offered at a competitive price point. Any shopper who follows street style will recognize the iconic Metropolis, a petite and functional bag with a smart push-lock closure that’s available in countless style combinations. The Furlanetto family founded the company in 1927 in Bologna, Italy, where the company is still headquartered. 216 Stockton St., 415.757.0599, furla.com

ACRIMONY— This Hayes Valley boutique draws from

art, music and fashion in its expertly curated collection of exclusive men’s and women’s labels from around the globe. A stop here will challenge you to evolve your style. www.shopacrimony.com. 333 Hayes St., 415.861.1025. Map 1, A8 MARINE LAYER— This casual clothing company

sells luxuriously soft sweatshirts, tees and scarves that are sustainably made right here in San Francisco. The custom fabric is a blend of two yarns, pima cotton and MicroModal, which is a bio-based material that comes from recycled beechwood. www.marinelayer.com. 2209 Chestnut St., 415.346.2400. Map 2, G2; 498 Hayes St., 415.829.7519. Map 2, H4

Books, Music, & Electronics AMOEBA MUSIC— This Haight-Ashbury institution

has one of the largest selections of CDs, DVDs, videos, vinyl records and vintage rock posters anywhere. www.amoeba.com. 1855 Haight St., 415.831.1200 Map 2, F5; 2455 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, 510.549.1125. 22 W H E R E S A N F R A N C I S CO I J A N UA R Y 2017

OMNIVORE BOOKS ON FOOD— Featuring new, an-

tiquarian and collectible books by and for culinary gurus, this bookstore is a wonderland for readers interested in food and drink. It features books on everything from the traditions of colonial India to the kitchens of 1950s America and hosts numerous events with high-profile chefs and authors. www. omnivorebooks.com. 3885A Cesar Chavez St., 415.282.4712. Map 2, H8

Department Stores BLOOMINGDALE’S— Located in Westfield San Fran-

cisco Centre, this is the second largest Bloomingdale’s store in the country, offering the latest fashions for women, men and kids, plus home decor. A 140-year history of fashion, special events and the iconic Little Brown Bag make Bloomingdale’s like “No Other Store in the World.” Visit the first floor visitor center with special offers. www.bloomingdales.com. 845 Market St., 415.856.5300. Map 1, D6 GUMP’S— Founded in 1861, this bi-level Union

Square retailer is a legendary destination for luxury gifts, jewelry and home decor. Find sumptuous pearls, jade, fine jewelry and china on the first floor. www.gumps.com. 135 Post St., 415.982.1616. Map 1, D5

MACY’S— The flagship store is housed in two build-

ings between O’Farrell and Geary streets on either side of Stockton Street. Encompassing an entire city block, the west building features womenswear and accessories, watches, cosmetics, jewelry, the visitor center and a post office. Menswear and accessories are located across Stockton Street in the east building. Pick up your visitor savings pass at the visitor center on the cellar level. www.macys. com. 170 O’Farrell St., 415.954.6271. Map 1, D6 NEIMAN MARCUS— This shopping mecca features

couture and accessories departments for men and women, plus excellent selections of high-end lingerie and cosmetics. Enjoy a lobster club sandwich or high tea inside the Rotunda restaurant overlooking Union Square. www.neimanmarcus.com. 150 Stockton St., 415.362.3900. Map 1, D6 SAKS FIFTH AVENUE— The San Francisco location

offers an extensive selection of high-end casual, evening and businesswear for women. Down the street is the Saks men’s store, located at 220 Post St. www.saksfifthavenue.com. 384 Post St., 415.986.4300. Map 1, D6

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WILKES BASHFORD— This high-end specialty

retailer boasts six floors brimming with men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, jewelry, shoes and housewares. In the city for more than 40 years and owned by the Mitchell Family of Stores, Wilkes Bashford offers truly unique and unexpected style that is San Francisco, with service that’s unparalleled. www.wilkesbashford.com. 375 Sutter St., 415.986.4380. Map 1, D5

Home & Design ALESSI— The Italian houseware brand’s flagship

Union Square location is filled with an array of products for the home, including iconic 20thcentury industrial design masterpieces like the Michael Graves whistling bird teakettle, the “Juicy Salif” citrus squeezer by Philippe Starck and the “Anna G” corkscrew by Alessandro Mendini. Bridal registry, gift certificates, complimentary gift-wrap and shipping are available. www.alessi.com. 424 Sutter St., 415.434.0403. Map 1, D5 THE ANTIQUE TRADERS— This shop specializes in

stained-glass lamps and windows, estate jewelry, cut crystal, bronzes and furniture, primarily from the Art Nouveau period. Worldwide shipping is available. www.theantiquetraders.com. 4300 California St., 415.668.4444. Map 2, F4 BRITEX FABRICS— San Francisco’s landmark fabric

store on Union Square bills itself as four floors of fabulous. Family-run since 1952, this fashion designer’s wonderland carries the finest selection of fabrics, buttons, trims and laces from design icons to new fashion stars. Visit for one of the many workshops, classes or events or stop by for a group tour of the store (held every other Saturday). www.britexfabrics.com. 146 Geary St., 415.392.2910. Map 1, D5 HEATH CERAMICS— One of the few remaining mid-

century American potteries still in existence today, Heath has been making tableware and tile for over a half-century in its Sausalito factory. The shops sell artisan pottery that emphasizes design, handcrafted techniques and the reinvigoration of the company’s designer-maker legacy. www.heathceramics.com. 1 Ferry Building, 415.399.9284. Map 1, F4; 2900 18th St., 415.361.5552. Map 2, J6; 400 Gate Five Rd., Sausalito, 415.332.3732. NEEDLEPOINT INC.— For the best in hand-painted

needlepoint designs, visit this shop in the heart of Jackson Square. Needlepoint Inc. carries a wide assortment of original canvases, fibers and stitching accessories. M-F 9 am-5 pm, Sa 10 am-4 pm. www. needlepointinc.com. 326 Jackson St., 415.392.1622. 800.345.1622. Map 1, E4

Jewelry HUBLOT— Located in the heart of Union Square

in the historic 180 Geary St. building, Hublot San Francisco offers an extensive selection of timepieces for ladies and men. Hublot timepieces merge classic Swiss horological complications with modern design and materials, redefining what a Swiss watch looks like. You’ll also find hard-to-find, limited-edition pieces as well as a small selection of accessories including cuff links and belt buckles. The elegant boutique features a discreet bar and lounge below the sales floor. www.hublot.com. 174 Geary St., 415.981.2200. Map 1, D6 SHREVE & CO.— Founded in 1854 and still one of the

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an in-store Mikimoto pearl boutique, Rolex watches and many other luxuries. www.shreve.com. 150 Post St., 415.421.2600. Map 1, D5; 329 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, 650.327.2211.

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Lingerie ALLA PRIMA— Exclusive lingerie and swimwear

from top international designers, including Prima Donna, La Perla, Dolce & Gabbana, Andres Sarda and Eres. www.allaprimalingerie.com. 539 Hayes St., 415.864.8180. Map 1, A7 ARICIE— A sexy and tasteful selection of lingerie

and loungewear by top European and American designers, including Lise Charmel, Aubade and Christies of Italy. www.ariciesf.com. 50 Post St., Crocker Galleria, 415.989.0261.

Men’s Apparel JOHN VARVATOS— Occupying a unique place in

the landscape of American design, John Varvatos unites Old World craftsmanship and refined tailoring with modern innovations in textiles and a rock ‘n’ roll sensibility. The brand represents an entire men’s lifestyle that includes tailored clothing, sportswear, footwear, bags, belts, eyewear, limited edition watches, men’s fragrances and John Varvatos Star USA Collection, as well as Converse by John Varvatos. www.johnvarvatos.com. 152 Geary St., 415.986.0138. Map 1, D6 SUI GENERIS CONSIGNMENT - MEN’S— Named for

the Latin expression meaning “of its own kind,” this award-winning designer store in the Castro sells new, vintage and consignment merchandise with a focus on high-end fashion. It stocks ready-to-wear and formalwear and an expansive collection of leather goods and shoes from designers including Comme des Garcons, DSquared2, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Hermes. A new sister store, Pop Sui Generis, is steps away from the men’s designer store and carries brand new apparel, footwear and accessories from local designers and past seasons of Sui Generis Consignment at discounted prices. Deals abound. www.suigenerisconsignment.com/ home.php. Men’s Consignment: 2231 Market St., 415.437.2231. Map 2, H6; Pop: 2265 Market St., 415.437.2265. Map 2, H6

Shoes THE ALDEN SHOP— Established in 1884, this shoe

company offers classic men’s footwear that represents New England’s tradition of old-school, custom boot-making at its finest. Find a complete line of shoes, from wingtips to slip-ons, carefully hand-worked with painstaking attention to detail using premium calfskins, luxurious suedes and genuine shell cordovan. www.aldenshop.com. 170 Sutter St., 415.421.6691. Map 1, D5

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Nordstrom, H&M, Macy’s, Michael Kors, M.A.C, bebe, Sephora, Pandora, The LEGO Store, L’Occitane, White House Black Market, Paul Martin’s American Grill, The Cheesecake Factory, Williams-Sonoma, DSW Shoes & more

ECCO SHOES— Denmark-based ECCO is the only

major shoe company that owns and controls its entire production process, starting with the tanneries that produce the premium leather. This store carries the best selection of ECCO shoes in San Francisco. www.ecco.com. 40 Grant Ave., 415.772.9053. Map 1, D6; 865 Market St., 415.615.0375. Map 1, D6

Shopping Destinations ANCHORAGE SQUARE— This is the biking, touring,

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rants to explore. Validated parking is available at Anchorage Square Garage on Beach Street. www.anchoragesquare.com. 500 Beach St., 415.673.7762. Map 1, B2 EMBARCADERO CENTER— The office towers stretch-

ing west from the foot of Sacramento Street, known as 1, 2, 3 and 4 Embarcadero, also house more than 100 retailers, 30 restaurants and a movie theater. Restaurants include Sens for Mediterranean favorites and Osha Thai for some of the best curry around. www.embarcaderocenter.com. 415.772.0700. Map 1, E4 WESTFIELD SAN FRANCISCO CENTRE— This

nine-story shopping mall features Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and more than 200 shops and restaurants, including the fine-dining Restaurant Collection Under the Dome. www.westfield.com/sanfrancisco. 865 Market St., 415.495.5656. Map 1, D6

Specialty Foods SPICE ACE— Considered by some to be one of the

best spice shops in the world, this locally owned store on Steiner Street has more than 400 of the finest spices, herbs, blends, salts, peppers, chiles and extracts from around the globe. Tasting jars offer a chance to experience every spice. Try the customer favorites: Pacific Heights spice blend, Calabrian sea salt and smoked sweet paprika from Spain. www.spiceace.com. 1821 Steiner St., 415.885.3038. Map 2, H3

Women’s Apparel AMY KUSCHEL—After making and selling high-end

wedding gowns in her lovely Union Square studio for 20 years, Amy Kuschel has branched out with her first ready-to-wear collection. The new designs are a nod to the 1960s. www.amykuschel.com. 415.956.5657. Map 1, D6 THE GROCERY STORE— No ordinary corner market,

this is a hip European fashion oasis featuring cool clothing with a rock-star twist. Jeans and more jeans and a world-class selection of tees hang on simple rolling racks lining both sides of the huge space. Designer shoes and jewelry round out the merchandise mix. 3687 Sacramento St., 415.928.3615. Map 2, F3 SUI GENERIS CONSIGNMENT - WOMEN’S—This

award-winning designer store located inside of a cozy courtyard in the Cow Hollow neighborhood carries an excellent selection of cocktail dresses, gowns, high heels and handbags by designers like Chanel, Gucci, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Hermes. suigenerisconsignment.com. 2147 Union St., 415.800.7584. Map 2, H2 SUSAN— This elegant storefront offers fine European

and Japanese apparel, shoes and accessories, including the latest styles by Comme des Garçons, Simone Rocha, Junya Watanabe and other avant-garde designers. 3685 Sacramento St., 415.922.3685. Map 2, F3

Bay Area PREMIUM OUTLET LOOP—This shuttle service

provides hourly round-trip service from downtown San Francisco to San Francisco Premium Outlets in Livermore. www.premiumoutletloop.com. 415.299.5595.

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Museums+Galleries Haight-Ashbury Nostalgia San Francisco celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love throughout 2017. This month brings an exhibit of the work of rock ‘n’ roll photographer Jim Marshall. Opening Jan. 26 on the ground floor of City Hall, “Jim Marshall’s 1967” features 80 of thousands of images taken by Marshall in San Francisco that year. Marshall created countless album covers throughout his 50-year career and shot portrait shots of rock icons including Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, The Beatles, The Grateful Dead and Jimi Hendrix. The images in this exhibit feature many of the figures and events associated with the Summer of Love, from the Human Be-In in Golden Gate Park to a Grateful Dead concert. San Francisco City Hall: ground floor and North Light Court banners, sfartscommission.org

111 MINNA GALLERY— This hip arts space on

an alley just two blocks south of Market Street doubles as a bar and club and features work in all media by emerging and alternative artistic talent. www.111minnagallery.com. 111 Minna St., 415.974.1719. Map 1, E5 49 GEARY— The remarkable building that once

housed the entire West Coast operation of Western Union is now home to about 20 art galleries and four rare-book dealers. Holding what may be the largest single concentration of art, photography, prints and rare books anywhere in the country, 49 Geary will keep any art lover entertained for hours. 49 Geary St.. Map 1, D6 ARTHAUS— Celebrating 20 years in San Francisco,

ArtHaus specializes in contemporary works (paintings, sculpture, works on paper and photography) by established and mid-career Bay Area and New York artists. This SoMa gallery shows a broad, museum-quality sampling of subject matter, media and styles. Tu-F 11 am-6 pm, Sa noon-5 pm. www.arthaus-sf.com. 411 Brannan St., 415.977.0223. Map 1, E7 CALDWELL SNYDER GALLERY— Caldwell Snyder is

a leading contemporary art gallery representing many of the most significant international painters and sculptors of the 21st century. It has consistently been a vital force in the art world by introducing many renowned artists to the Bay Area for the first

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GALLERY 444— Celebrating more than

20 years in its location, this family-owned gallery exhibits original paintings, prints and sculptures. It features more than 20 international and local artists, including Boulanger and Olbinski, whose unique works inspire imagination and evoke emotion. www.gallery444.com. 444 Post St., 415.434.4477. Map 1, C6

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CHRISTOPHER-CLARK FINE ART— This

premier San Francisco gallery features paintings, drawings and original prints by European masters. Find engravings and etchings by Dürer and Rembrandt; French Barbizon paintings; Impressionist works by Pissarro, Renoir, Manet and Cassatt; and art of la belle epoque from ToulouseLautrec, Cheret and Tissot. Twentieth century masters Picasso, Matisse, Chagall and Dali are also represented. Open daily. www.clarkfineart.com. 377 Geary St., 415.397.7781. Map 1, C6 CK CONTEMPORARY— This new and beautifully

renovated gallery space is home to a collection of original paintings by noteworthy American and European contemporary artists. In addition to mounting exhibitions, the gallery works closely with new and experienced collectors, locating works of art, managing commissions and assisting designers and clients to find the perfect pieces for their home. www.ckcontemporary.com. 357 Geary St., 415.397.0114. Map 1, D6 CREATIVITY EXPLORED— Artists with developmental

disabilities create art for sale and exhibition here. The gallery offers remarkable art at surprisingly affordable prices and hosts exhibitions on a variety of engaging themes. www.creativityexplored.org. 3245 16th St., 415.863.2108. Map 2, I6

GALLERY WENDI NORRIS— This bold and modern

5,100 square-foot gallery in SoMa is known for its surrealist network. It hosts exhibitions that are emblematic of its transcultural nature and works to integrate its contemporary artists into the global community of art professionals, institutions and collectors. www.gallerywendinorris.com. 161 Jessie St., 415.346.7812. Map 1, E6 HAINES GALLERY— Cheryl Haines, the owner of

this gallery at 49 Geary, has a sharp eye for new talent and relationships with major museums that allow for siginificant exhibitions. Closed Su, M. www.hainesgallery.com. 49 Geary St., 415.397.8114. Map 1, D5 JENKINS JOHNSON GALLERY— Features contempo-

rary photography, painting, video, performance and glass sculpture by emerging, mid-career and established artists. With an emphasis on content-driven art, international artists challenge the traditional use of materials to produce work that focuses and reflects on societal issues. www.jenkinsjohnsongallery.com. 464 Sutter St., 415.677.0770. Map 1, D5

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MARTIN LAWRENCE GALLERIES— Founded in

1975, Martin Lawrence Galleries specializes in original paintings, sculptures and limited-edition graphics. The gallery features works by Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Rembrandt, Andy Warhol and Keith Haring along with the best emerging artists. www.martinlawrence.com. 366 Geary St., 415.956.0345. Map 1, C6 MEYEROVICH GALLERY— One of the country’s

leading galleries, specializing in American and European paintings, works on paper, graphics and sculpture by modern and contemporary masters such as John Baldessari, Guy Dill, Alex Katz, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenburg, Frank Stella, Donald Sultan, Bernar Venet and Russian artist Grisha Bruskin. Closed Su. www.meyerovich.com. 251 Post St., Suite 400, 415.421.7171. Map 1, D5 SAN FRANCISCO ART EXCHANGE— San Francisco

Art Exchange is a worldwide leader in art and photographs from rock ‘n’ roll and pop culture. The gallery features original photographs, paintings, drawings and limited-edition prints of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and more. Open M-Sa 10 am-6 pm. www.sfae.com. 458 Geary St., 415.441.8840. Map 1, C5 WEINSTEIN GALLERY— This gallery’s collection is

dedicated to rare works of 20th century masters including Picasso, Chagall, Calder and Miró. It represents several important artists’ estates from the schools of early non-objective painting, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism, as well as a collection of contemporary figurative painters. www.weinstein.com. 444 Clementina St., 415.362.8151. Map 1, C6

Museums ASIAN ART MUSEUM— Home to more than 18,000

exquisite art objects spanning 6,000 years of history and culture throughout Asia, this museum is one of the largest in the Western Hemisphere devoted exclusively to Asian art. Free first Su of each month. Closed M. www.asianart.org. 200 Larkin St., 415.581.3500. Map 1, B7 BEAT MUSEUM— Dedicated to the poetry and social

movement that made San Francisco a part of literary history, this museum showcases artifacts from authors such as Jack Kerouac and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Located across the street from City Lights Books. Open 10 am-7 pm daily. www.kerouac.com. 540 Broadway St., 415.399.9626. Map 1, D3 CABLE CAR MUSEUM— Unravel the mystery of

exactly how the cable car, one of San Francisco’s greatest attractions since 1873, actually works. Located in the historic Washington-Mason cable car depot and powerhouse in Nob Hill, the small museum houses a collection of historic cable cars, photographs and mechanical displays. www.cablecarmuseum.org. 1201 Mason St., 415.474.1887. Map 1, C4 CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES— The acade-

my is an international center for scientific education and research and the only museum in the world to house an aquarium, planetarium and natural history museum under one (living) roof. See what’s shaking at “Earthquake,” an exhibit exploring how seismology has shaped earth’s past and present. “Human Odyssey,” a dramatic addition to Tusher African Hall, traces the milestones of our species’ fascinating history. Thursday nights: “Nightlife,” the museum’s weekly 21-and-older event, invites 28 W H E R E S A N F R A N C I S CO I J A N UA R Y 2017

visitors to drink, dance and experience world-class exhibits with topics ranging from the science of sex to the cosmos. 6-10 pm; $12. www.calacademy. org. 55 Music Concourse Dr., Golden Gate Park, 415.379.8000. Map 2, E5 CALIFORNIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY— An entertain-

ing way to learn about California during your trip, the CHS gallery in the Yerba Buena District hosts rotating exhibitions that reflect the environmental, economic, social, political and cultural heritage of the entire state. Noon-5 pm, closed M. www. californiahistoricalsociety.org. 678 Mission St., 415.357.1848. Map 1, E5

CHILDREN’S CREATIVITY MUSEUM— This hands-on,

multimedia arts and technology experience for kids of all ages is located in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena neighborhood. The museum promotes 21st century skills—creativity, communication and collaboration—to inspire new ideas and a spirit of invention. www.creativity.org. 221 4th St., 415.820.3320. Map 1, D6 CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUM— Located in

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tives on Jewish culture, history, art and ideas. Closed W. $8 Th after 5 pm. Free first Tu of the month. www.thecjm.org. 736 Mission St., 415.655.7800. Map 1, D6 DE YOUNG MUSEUM— The impressively varied

museum is housed in an architectural masterpiece designed by the Swiss firm Herzog and de Meuron. It showcases collections from the Americas, Pacific Islands and Africa and features a tower observation deck. April-November: “Friday Nights at the de Young” are weekly after-hours art happenings that include a mix of live music, dance performances, screenings, hands-on art activities and specialty cocktails. Free general admission first Tu of each month. Closed M. deyoung.famsf.org. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., 415.750.3600. Map 2, E5 EXPLORATORIUM— Relocated to a spectacular

waterfront location on Pier 15 as of 2013, this educational center offers an array of interactive scientific exhibits and hands-on displays that stimulate the senses and minds of the young and old alike. Ongoing: “After Dark,” the Exploratorium’s 18-and-up event from 6-10 pm on the first Thursday of the month features cocktails, exclusive performances, films and cutting-edge technology exhibits. Closed M. www.exploratorium.edu. Pier 15, 415.528.4444. Map 1, E3 GLBT HISTORY MUSEUM— Celebrating 100 years

of the San Francisco gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community’s history through dynamic and surprising exhibitions and programming, this

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museum is the only one of its kind in the U.S. and the second in the world. Located in the heart of the Castro, it features long-term and changing multimedia exhibitions. A display of Harvey Milk’s personal belongings pays tribute to the late San Francisco supervisor, who was the first openly gay politician elected in California. www.glbthistory. org. 4127 18th St., 415.621.1107. Map 2, H6 LEGION OF HONOR— High on the headlands above

the Golden Gate—where the Pacific Ocean spills into the San Francisco Bay—stands this grand museum, the gift of Alma de Bretteville Spreckels to the city of San Francisco. A three-quarter-scale adaptation of the 18th-century Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris, the museum was built to commemorate California soldiers who died in World War I. The collection includes works by European masters and major holdings of Rodin sculptures. The grounds offer spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco. Closed M. legionofhonor.famsf.org. 100 34th Ave. in Lincoln Park, 415.750.3600. Map 2, B3 MUSEUM OF CRAFT AND DESIGN— One of the few

museums of its kind in the country, MCD develops and presents unconventional and compelling exhibitions of contemporary work in craft and design. The exquisite Museum Store features jewelry, toys, ceramics and more. Its full calendar of public programs is part of the blossoming Dogpatch neighborhood’s art scene. Closed M. www.sfmcd. org. 2569 3rd St., 415.773.0303. Map 2, K6

MUSEUM OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA— This

recently renovated cultural institution reminds visitors that Africa is the birthplace of humankind and celebrates the global contributions of people of African decent. www.moadsf.org. 685 Mission St., 415.358.7200. Map 1, E6 SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART— After

a three-year hiatus, SFMOMA has unveiled a Snohetta-led expansion that makes it the largest modern art space in the nation, easily housing entire floors of abstract American art and minimalist and pop art. There’s an entire gallery devoted to Alexander Calder, with a focus on his work between the 1920s and 1960s. The Pritzker Center for Photography dedicates about 15,000 square feet to photography, more than any other U.S. art museum. The open-ceiling seventh floor houses nothing but contemporary art. Nearly 45,000 square feet of the museum’s ground floor galleries are free and open to the public, and admission is free for visitors 18 and under. www.sfmoma.org. 151 3rd St., 415.357.4000. Map 1, E6 WALT DISNEY FAMILY MUSEUM— Storytelling was

Walt Disney’s specialty, and now this museum in the beautiful Presidio tells the story of the man behind the Disney magic. The tale of Walt Disney’s life and career comes to life in interactive galleries full of voice clips, home videos and family photographs not seen anywhere else. Catch a glimpse of Disney’s early drawings, animation and live film camera inventions as well as the steam-powered miniature train Disney built in his backyard in 1950


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that eventually inspired the life-size train in Disneyland. www.waltdisney.org. 104 Montgomery St. in the Presidio, 415.345.6800. Map 2, F3 YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS— This

contemporary art center highlights multicultural issues through the artworks displayed in its two main gallery spaces, high-tech gallery and video screening room. Past exhibits have focused on the Dalai Lama, Anna Halprin and the political nature of contemporary women’s art. www.ybca.org. 701 Mission St., 415.978.2787. Map 1, D6

Bay Area BAMPFA— UC Berkeley’s visual-arts center reopened

early 2016 after a $112 million renovation by worldrenowned firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, known for for projects including NYC’s elevated High Line park and LA’s Broad Museum. The 83,000 squarefoot museum includes an expansive permanent collection with a dynamic schedule of rotating art exhibitions that range from classical Chinese painting to abstract expressionism to provocative multimedia work by emerging artists. The film archive has more than 450 public screenings each year of rare and restored movie classics, new and historic foreign films and experimental cinema. www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. 2155 Center St., 510.642.0808. BAY AREA DISCOVERY MUSEUM— Located in Marin

County, this award-winning interactive learning center is designed for children up to age 8. Kids can operate their own fishing boat, crawl beneath a simulated ocean and experiment with currents in the “Wave Workshop.” “Your House, My House” allows them to step into three model homes from faraway cultures. www.baykidsmuseum.org. 557 McReynolds Rd., Sausalito, 415.339.3900. THE BLACKHAWK MUSEUM— Located in the East

Bay, The Blackhawk Museum features two exhibition galleries: the automotive gallery displays 55 rare and one-of-kind 1920s and 1930s classic cars and vintage sports cars from the 1950s and 1960s, and The Spirit of the Old West gallery presents the American Westward Expansion from the mid 1700s through early 1900s. www.blackhawkmuseum.org. 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, 925.736.2280. BUBBLE STREET GALLERY— From the bizarre to the

romantic, Bubble Street Gallery offers an eclectic mix of fine arts and crafts. Contemporary surrealist Daniel Merriam’s collection of paintings, prints, ceramics, jewelry and more reflect a variety of styles ranging from Steampunk to Neo-Victorian and pop surrealism. www.bubblestreetgallery.com. 565 Bridgeway Blvd., Sausalito, 415.339.0506. SFO MUSEUM— Founded in 1980 as the first such

cultural institution inside an international airport, these rotating exhibition galleries are a nice treat while you wait for your plane at SFO. They include the San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library and the Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum located in a pre-security area in the International Terminal, as well as public art displayed throughout the airport in the form of paintings, sculptures, mosaics and environmental works. Exhibitions are on display for viewing 24 hours. www.flysfo.com/ museum. Located throughout SFO terminals, 650.821.6700.

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Entertainment Spirited Destination The local vodka brand Hangar 1 recently unveiled a visitors’ center and tasting room at its distillery across the bay in Alameda. Housed in a former WWII aircraft hangar built in 1941, the visitors’ center includes a gift shop, event space, botanical garden and patio, complete with views of the Bay Bridge and San Francisco skyline. The tasting room offers limited edition vodkas only available at the distillery, including Fog Point Vodka, the first vodka made with San Francisco fog, and a lineup of small batch vodkas made with ingredients from local farms. The tour and tasting experience features six Hanger 1 vodkas and provides a glimpse into the vodka-making process. Tours offered Th-Su 12-7 pm. 2505 Monarch St., Alameda, hangarone.com

15 ROMOLO— One of the best bars in the city for

a perfectly crafted, creative cocktail, this dim, hidden spot in an alley off the North Beach strip also serves well-priced carnival-themed bar bites. www.15romolo.com. 15 Romolo Pl., 415.398.1359. Map 1, D4 ALEMBIC— Offering a long list of both classic cock-

tails and original concoctions, this Haight Ashbury restaurant and bar is a great place to try something new, like the Blood and Sand. Homemade brews and local food are the specialty, making it a true San Francisco experience. www.alembicbar.com. 1725 Haight St., 415.666.0822. Map 2, F5 ANCHOR DISTILLING COMPANY—You may already

be familiar with the historic Anchor Brewing Company, but you probably didn’t know that the iconic brewery is also the home of Anchor Distilling Company. Established in 1993 as a top secret project, Anchor Distilling Company has recently opened its doors to the public with the launch of a new tasting room. The company offers a one-hour, intimate tasting experience, in which a beverage expert guides you through Anchor’s production process and helps you explore the flavors and aromas of Anchor spirits, including Old Potrero 18th Century Whiskey, Hophead vodka, Genevieve gin and more. Reserve ahead. www.anchordistilling.com. 1705 Mariposa St., 415.863.8350. Map 2, J6

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COMSTOCK SALOON— Named after Henthis traditional beer garden offers a ry Comstock and the famed Comstock variety of German beers on tap and Lode, which brought mining fortunes to wheretraveler.com serves up locally sourced food like the City by the Bay, this bar is a throwback sausages and salaten—all to be enjoyed to the city’s Barbary Coast era, located in alfresco. www.biergartensf.com. 424 Octavia a site that’s served as a San Francisco watering St., 415.252.9289. Map 2, H4 hole since 1907. Sip on carefully crafted classic cocktails and nibble on turn-of-the-century saloon BIMBO’S 365 CLUB— The atmosphere at this allfare. www.comstocksaloon.com. 155 Columbus purpose event space brings you back to the era of Ave., 415.617.0071. Map 1, D4 smoking lounges and big bands. Check the web EL TECHO— Located in the Mission District, this site for performances from major rock and roll acts expansive rooftop bar offers sweeping views of to comedy to live jazz. www.bimbos365club.com. the city skyline. Drinks range from pisco-based 1025 Columbus Ave., 415.474.0365. Map 1, C3 cocktails to esoteric Brazilian beer. Dig into tasty BURRITT ROOM— Named after the Nob Hill alley nibbles like empanadas, ceviche and meat skewers off Bush Street that was the scene of the murder or visit the downstairs dining room for a more seriin “The Maltese Falcon,” the Burritt Room at the ous, meat-focused menu. www.eltechosf.com. 2516 Mystic Hotel brings well-crafted cocktails to the Mission St., 415.550.6970. Map 2, I7 Union Square neighborhood. Pull up a red velvet ELIXIR— This Mission Dolores bar—part pub, part bar stool and watch as expert mixologists shake sports bar, part lounge and part certified green and stir some of the best drinks around, like the business—offers a taste of the Old West. Serving Smoked Peach and Weissen Sour. www.burritits neighbors since 1858, there’s no better spot for troom.com. 417 Stockton St., in the Mystic Hotel, handmade fresh fruit cocktails. Tuesday nights are 415.400.0561. Map 1, D5 a hit with bar trivia, and weekends bring a makeCASK— Sip boutique bourbons, hard-to-find whisyour-own Bloody Mary bar. www.elixirsf.com. 3200 keys and more at this bar specializing in artisanal 16th St., 415.552.1633. Map 2, I6 distillers. Created by the people behind Bourbon LOCAL EDITION— Beneath Market Street, the local and Branch, this is the place to find a well-crafted bar superstars behind Bourbon & Branch have credrink, and with engraving services at hand, maybe ated this classy underground cocktail bar that proeven a thoughtful gift. www.caskspirits.com. 17 3rd vides a sophisticated addition to the city’s nightlife St., 415.424.4844. Map 1, D6 scene. Inspired by the 1950s and ’60s newspaper

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industry, the vintage décor includes typewriters and archived news clippings that let you relive San Francisco’s past, and even the waitresses are dressed in time-period perfect outfits. And the drinks are equally on point: highballs, Gibsons and other updated classics rule here. www.localeditionsf.com. 691 Market St., 415.795.1375. Map 1, D6 MIKKELLER BAR— Located on the ground floor of

a 1907 Victorian building, this beer bar features 40 taps from some of the best breweries in the world, two cask handles, exclusive house beers and a full kitchen serving up tasty bar bites that pair perfectly with beer. The cellar is home to the Tivoli Sour Room, where lambics and sour beers are on tap. www.mikkellerbar.com. 34 Mason St., 415.984.0279. Map 1, D6 MR. TIPPLE’S RECORDING STUDIO—This spirit-driv-

en jazz bar with bar bites is tucked away in a cozy back alley of the city’s Mid-Market neighborhood. The bar features live jazz nightly with no cover, a sharp list of rotating cocktails and under-$10 snacks. On your first visit, try the Dizzy cocktail (East India sherry, terroir gin, cynar) and the patty melt (swiss cheese, riddled onions, spread). www. mrtipplessf.com. 39 Fell St., 415.851.8561. Map 2, I4 NOIR LOUNGE— This spot in the Hayes Valley neigh-

borhood is part wine bar, part brewpub and part movie lounge, showcasing Noir films in a private screening area. It has a 1940s jazz-era feel and serves an extensive menu of bar bites and entrees along with a changing array of flights of popcorn, both savory and sweet. www.noir-sf.com. 581 Hayes St., 415.431.6647. Map 1, A8 NOVELA— Serving cocktails with character, Novela

is a book-themed bar where classic literary references present themselves in new and intriguing ways. From our chromatically classified book collection, to the names of our house cocktails— which are taken from characters in beloved literary works—Novela offers a compelling and unique ambiance that juxtaposes classic with contemporary design. The cocktail menu is filled with original house libations and historically inspired punches on tap. www.novelasf.com. 662 Mission St., 415.896.6500. Map 1, E6 PLAYERS SPORTS GRILL & ARCADE— This waterfront

sports bar features more than 35 HDTVs, 200 sports channels, 85 arcade games and 15 beers on tap. The menu offers bar bites and American fare. Luau Lounge, located inside, is San Francisco’s only waterfront tiki bar, with spectacular views of Alcatraz and the San Francisco Bay. www.playerssf. com. Pier 39, 415.981.6300. Map 1, C1 SMUGGLER’S COVE— Taste the past, present and

future of rum here, from traditional drinks of the Caribbean islands to classic libations of Prohibition-Era Havana to exotic cocktails from legendary tiki bars. Modeled after both a pirate ship and a tiki hut and featuring a waterfall, this bar offers a whole new approach to rum, showcasing more than 400 varieties from around the world, including rare and vintage finds. www.smugglerscovesf.com. 650 Gough St., 415.869.1900. Map 1, A7 WHITECHAPEL— Featuring the largest gin selection

in North America, Whitechapel’s cocktail menu celebrates the history and traditions of this versatile spirit. The extensive drink offerings are by no means limited to gin, and the food menu features pub fare and several Indian dishes. www.whitechapelsf.com. 600 Polk St., 415.292.5800. Map 1, B7

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Breweries 21ST AMENDMENT BREWERY— Within walking

distance of AT&T ballpark, this brewpub is a fun place to visit before or after a Giants game. The airy, multi-level SoMa space delivers reasonably priced, home-brewed beer in unique flavors alongside dependable standards like cheeseburgers and house-made chili. The watermelon wheat beer, served alongside a slice of watermelon, is a customer favorite. www.21st-amendment.com. 563 2nd St., 415.369.0900. Map 1, E6 THIRSTYBEAR BREWING CO.— The oldest brewery-

restaurant in the city (and the only organic brewery) serves house-made ales that complement Spanishinspired cuisine, with dishes served primarily in tapas-sized portions. There’s also a full bar and pool tables and darts upstairs. www.thirstybear. com. 661 Howard St., 415.974.0905. Map 1, E6

Classical Music & Dance SAN FRANCISCO BALLET— America’s oldest profes-

sional ballet company performed one of the first American productions of both “Swan Lake” and “The Nutcracker,” as well as the first 20th century “American Coppélia.” A vital ensemble, it is one of the three largest ballet companies in the United States. www.sfballet.org. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., 415.861.5600. Map 1, B7 SAN FRANCISCO OPERA— Located in the historic

War Memorial Opera House since 1932, this is the second largest opera company in North America, bringing exciting performances to the stage each season. www.sfopera.com. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., 415.864.3330. Map 1, B7 SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY— Founded in 1911,

the symphony is widely considered to be among the country’s most artistically adventurous art institutions, well known for its acclaimed conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. www.sfsymphony.org. Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., 415.864.6000. Map 1, B7 SMUIN BALLET— Known for sassy dance numbers set

to Bach, Gershwin and The Beatles, Michael Smuin founded this contemporary company in 1994, aiming “to infuse ballet with the rhythm, speed, and syncopation of American popular culture.” www. smuinballet.org. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 700 Howard St., 415.912.1899. Map 1, E6

Live Music BOOM BOOM ROOM— Self-proclaimed as “San Fran-

cisco’s home to blues, boogie, soul, groove and funk,” this sultry hot spot in the heart of the famed Fillmore District is the oldest blues club west of the Mississippi. Boogie to live music seven nights a week. www.boomboomroom.com. 1601 Fillmore St., 415.673.8000. Map 2, H4 BOTTOM OF THE HILL— This cramped, funky little

joint has been lauded by Rolling Stone as “the best place to hear live music in San Francisco.” Open seven nights a week and showcasing an array of styles from hard rock and punk to folk and pop, the Bottom comes equipped with a full bar, pool tables, and a kitchen staff that stays up as late as you do. www.bottomofthehill.com. 1233 17th St., 415.626.4455. Map 2, K6 SFJAZZ CENTER— This is the first stand-alone

performance venue of its kind in the country built specifically for jazz. The 35,000-square-foot glass

structure seating 300 to 700 people, located in bustling Hayes Valley a block from Davies Symphony Hall, boasts the acoustic qualities of a great concert hall and the relaxed intimacy of a jazz club. Snack and sip at the in-house cafe South, created with celebrated local chef, Charles Phan. Performances most weekends Th-Su. www.sfjazz. org. 201 Franklin St., 866.920.5299. Map 1, B8

Theater AMERICAN CONSERVATORY THEATER— Offering

classical and contemporary theater productions, the A.C.T. is a large, highly respected nonprofit theater company located just outside Union Square. www.act-sf.org. 405 Geary St., 415.749.2228. Map 1, C6 BEACH BLANKET BABYLON— No trip to San Fran-

cisco is complete without seeing Steve Silver’s “Beach Blanket Babylon,” the hilariously campy revue that has been a local favorite since 1974, known for its hats and wigs and spoofs of current events and celebrities in ever-evolving numbers. Persons under 21 not admitted to evening performances. www.beachblanketbabylon.com. 678 Green St., 415.421.4222. Map 1, C3 SF PLAYHOUSE— Located on the second floor of

the charming Kensington Park Hotel, this theater company is dedicated to presenting criticallyacclaimed works in an intimate setting that allows the audience to really connect with the performance, whether it’s a world premiere or an invigorated classic. www.sfplayhouse.org. 450 Post St., 415.677.9596. Map 1, D5 SHN— For more than 30 years, this has been the pre-

eminent theatrical entertainment company in San Francisco, owning and operating two of the city’s major venues: the historic Orpheum and Golden Gate theaters. It delivers a range of theatrical experiences: original Broadway cast productions, pre-Broadway world premieres and current hits fresh from Broadway. www.shnsf.com. 1182 Market St., 888.746.1799. Map 1, C7

Bay Area BERKELEY REPERTORY THEATRE— Born in a

storefront on College Avenue, Berkeley Rep has moved to the forefront of American theater. It gained renown for an adventurous combination of work, presenting important, new dramatic voices alongside refreshing adaptations of seldom-seen classics, and sends its productions to Broadway on a regular basis. www.berkeleyrep.org. 2025 Addison St., Berkeley, 510.647.2949. GRATON RESORT & CASINO— The behemoth $825

million, 340,000-square-foot resort is home to 3,000 slot and video poker machines, as well as 144 table games and an elegant dedicated poker room. As much a dining as a gaming destination, the complex packs in more than a dozen eateries. www.gratonresortcasino.com. 288 Golf Course Dr. W, Rohnert Park, 707.588.7100. WEILL HALL AT THE GREEN MUSIC CENTER— Locat-

ed on the Sonoma State University campus in wine country, this is a world-class indoor-outdoor music complex hosting performances by symphonies and renowned artists like Itzhak Perlman, Herbie Hancock, Yo Yo Ma and many more. gmc.sonoma.edu. 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, 866.955.6040.


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Dining A Taste of Coastal Italy The latest concept in celebrity chef Michael Mina’s pop-up series Mina Test Kitchen is Postcards from La Costiera. Inspired by a recent trip that Mina took to Italy’s coast with chef Adam Sobel, the light and bright menu transports guests to a sunny seashore with crudo, whole fish, pastas and regional wines. Meals start with a savory zeppole covered in caviar and burrata and end with homemade limoncello. Tickets must be purchased online in advance and are $59 for a five-course dinner, with the option to add wine pairings and upgrades. 2120 Greenwich St., 415.625.5470, michaelmina.net

CANELA BISTRO AND WINE BAR— Spanish/Tapas.

This elegant restaurant in the Castro neighborhood serves traditional tapas and modern Spanish dishes, sourcing ingredients from sustainable California markets, farms and fisheries. The wine list is carefully curated to pair with the extensive menu, and the dim, thoughtfully decorated dining room has a romantic feel. Brunch (Su), D (nightly), closed M. www.canelasf.com. 2272 Market St., 415.552.3000. Map 2, H6 FRANCES— California. Serving modern California

cuisine in a neighborhood setting, acclaimed Frances serves delights like chestnut soup with roasted ciopollini and house-cured pancetta; slow-roasted beef with creamed winter greens; and ling cod crusted with Boccalone lardo, squash and apples. D (nightly). www.frances-sf.com. 3870 17th St., 415.621.3870. $$$ Map 2, H6

Chinatown R&G LOUNGE— Chinese. This bustling spot has a col-

orful lounge and cheerful, modest decor in the dining room downstairs. The Hong Kong-style menu includes tank-fresh seafood. The Travel Channel’s “No Reservations” host Anthony Bourdain visited the restaurant on his show and raved about the salt and pepper crab. L, D (daily). www.rnglounge.com. 631 Kearny St., 415.982.7877. $$ Map 1, D4

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SOUVLA— Greek. Located in the heart of

Hayes Valley, this Greek sandwich shop is inspired by the casual neighborhood souvlaki joints found throughout Greece. The sandwiches are made with spit-roasted all-natural meats on warm pita bread with spiced yogurt sauces and fresh herb salads. The “Greek fries” are spiked with Mizithra cheese, oregano, olive oil and sea salt. www.souvlasf.com. 517 Hayes St., 415.400.5458. Map 1, A8

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ESPETUS BRAZILIAN STEAK HOUSE— Steaks. Pace yourself: This authentic

Brazilian steakhouse offers all-you-can-eat skewers (“espetus” in Portuguese) of slow-roasted beef, lamb, pork, chicken and shrimp for a fixed price. The giant salad buffet is included. L, D (daily). www.espetus.com. 1686 Market St., 415.552.8792. $$$ Map 1, A8; 710 S B St., San Mateo, 650.342.8700. NOPA— American. Named for its location North

of the Panhandle, this expansive, hip restaurant serves wood-fired rustic cuisine that epitomizes the best of San Francisco’s current food scene. One of the city’s best late-night dining options, it’s also popular for its brunch, burger and pork chops. Brunch (Sa-Su), D (nightly until 1 am). www. nopasf.com. 560 Divisadero St., 415.864.8643. $$$ Map 2, H5 RICH TABLE— American. Named one of the country’s

top 50 new restaurants by Bon Appetit magazine in 2012, this James Beard Award-nominated hot spot is owned by a husband-and-wife team who serve unfussy, market-driven food in a lively atmosphere. Must-order items include innovative snacks like sardine chips and porcini doughnuts and creative cocktails. D (daily). www.richtablesf.com. 199 Gough St., 415.355.9085. $$$ Map 2, I4

ZUNI CAFE— Mediterranean. Three words: Get the

chicken. This San Francisco institution has been in business for more than 35 years and is most famous for its cooked-to-order roast chicken for two (allow an hour), a true stand-out on the Mediterraneaninspired menu of roasted and grilled goodness. Watch the vintage street cars roll down Market Street through the floor-to-ceiling windows while you wait. Brunch (Su), L, D (daily), closed M. www. zunicafe.com. 1658 Market St., 415.552.2522. $$$ Map 1, B8

Financial District AKIKOS RESTAURANT—Sushi. Changing daily, the

menu at this popular downtown sushi restaurant features an eclectic range of local and seasonal seafood with an emphasis on raw fish. It can be hard to get a reservation at the intimate, 30-seat restaurant, but you’ll find incredible sashimi and some of the most unique rolls in town, and odds are they won’t be on the menu next visit. The interior features imported rosewood floors and exposed

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The Franciscan Crab Restaurant is the crown jewel of Fisherman’s Wharf and has the best food that the wharf has to offer. It sits right on the water with the picture perfect view of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Osso Steakhouse, voted #1 steak in the country

The Stinking Rose: A Garlic Restaurant

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brick walls, and the place settings and tableware are made by Sausalito’s Heath Ceramics. L (M-F), D (M-Sa). Closed Su. www.akikosrestaurant.com. 431 Bush St., 415.397.3218. Map 1, D5 ONE MARKET— American. This ever-popular restau-

rant on the Embarcadero waterfront across from the Ferry Building offers contemporary presentations of American classics from chef/partner Mark Dommen, showcasing farm-fresh ingredients, heritage meats, artisanal cheeses and an allAmerican wine list. www.onemarket.com. 1 Market St., 415.777.5577. $$$ Map 1, F4 PABU—Japanese & Sushi. Michael Mina and Ken

Tominaga’s modern Japanese pub, or izakaya, offers sushi, robata and small-plate menus complemented by more than 100 premium sake selections and a variety of wines, Japanese whiskies, cocktails and Asian beers. www.michaelmina.net. 101 California St., 415.668.7228. Map 1, E5 SCHROEDER’S— German. Founded in 1893, the

most recent iteration of this traditional German beer hall is from the team behind one of the city’s most successful wine bars, Press Club. The vast 5,000 square-foot space now has a modern feel, yet it still oozes character, with 1930s-era Herman Richter murals adorning the walls. The front area is a casual drink hall serving bar bites, and beyond that is a dining room with a full menu of Bavarian classics with a California sensibility. L (M-F), D (M-Sa). www.schroederssf.com. 240 Front St., 415.421.4778. Map 1, E4

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WAYFARE TAVERN— American. Step inside celebrity

FRANCISCAN CRAB RESTAURANT— Seafood. Floor-

chef Tyler Florence’s handsome three-story restaurant and be transported back in time. Built with bricks salvaged from the streets of the devastated city after the 1906 quake, the eatery channels the Barbary Coast era with American fare inspired by the San Francisco restaurant scene of the late 1800s. The menu features a raw bar and dishes like grilled sardines, salt-roasted bone marrow, organic fried chicken and the classic Hangtown Fry. Don’t miss the banana pudding for dessert and the hand-crafted cocktails. L, D (daily). www.wayfaretavern.com. 558 Sacramento St., 415.772.9060. $$$ Map 1, D4

to-ceiling windows provide spectacular bay views from every table in this three-tiered, spacious midcentury modern gem. Menu highights include fish and chips, sizzling iron skillet mussels and whole roasted Dungeness crab. Free parking with validation. L, D (daily). www.franciscancrabrestaurant. com. Pier 43 1/2, 415.362.7733. $$$ Map 1, C1

Fisherman’s Wharf/ Waterfront ALIOTO’S— Seafood. One of San Francisco’s oldest

restaurants run by one of the city’s most prominent families, this Fisherman’s Wharf landmark has magnificent views of the San Francisco Bay and a reputation for great cioppino and fresh seafood. Don’t mess around with the menu: Get the Dungeness crab. L, D (daily). www.aliotos.com. 8 Fisherman’s Wharf, 415.673.0183. $$ Map 1, B2 THE BUENA VISTA CAFE— American. This wharf

institution by the Hyde Street cable car turnaround is famous for first introducing Irish coffee to the U.S. in 1952, and it has served millions of the hot cocktails since. B, L, D (daily). www.thebuenavista. com. 2765 Hyde St., 415.474.5044. $$ Map 1, B2

HOG ISLAND OYSTER COMPANY— Seafood. This

lively and attractive waterfront spot in the Ferry Building is known for its happy hours and unconventional, exceptional clam chowder with whole manila clams and a light, flavorful broth. Although fresh raw oysters are the star, the po’ boy sandwich, grilled cheese and grilled oysters also shine. L, D (daily). www.hogislandoysters.com. 1 Ferry Building, 415.391.7117. $$ Map 1, F4 LA MAR CEBICHERIA PERUANA— Latin American.

The traditional Peruvian dishes at this attractive, modern space on the waterfront showcase fresh seafood with influences from China and Japan. Signature offerings include ceviches, causas, empanadas and anticuchos, as well classic and updated main courses. Pair them with a pisco sour cocktail. L, D (daily). www.lamarsf.com. Pier 1 1/2 415.397.8880. $$$ Map 2, K2

Jackson Square COTOGNA— Italian. This casual cousin to the ac-

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rustic Italian eatery serves a seasonally changing menu that features spit-roasted meats and game birds, wood-oven pizzas, house-made pastas and fresh local seafood. All wine bottles on the prix fixe wine menu are under $40, and the floor-to-ceiling windows afford abundant natural light and dramatic views of the Transamerica Building. L (M-Sa), D (nightly). www.cotognasf.com. 490 Pacific Ave., 415.775.8508. $$ Map 1, D4 QUINCE— Italian. Elegant without being stuffy, this

intimate two Michelin star restaurant with a superb wine list serves sophisticated Italian fare, such as a silky ricotta-filled ravioli in butter sauce and sole roasted on a fig leaf. A five-course tasting menu is available, and dining a la carte is also an option. D (nightly), closed Su. www.quincerestaurant.com. 470 Pacific Ave., 415.775.8500. $$$$ Map 1, D4

Japantown/Lower Fillmore 1300 ON FILLMORE— American. This spot in the

heart of the Fillmore District serves up soulful American cuisine. Signature dishes include black skillet-fried organic chicken, shrimp and grits and maple syrup slow-braised short ribs. Don’t miss the Heritage Wall paying homage to the neighborhood’s legendary jazz history. Gospel Brunch on Sundays. D (nightly). www.1300fillmore.com. 1300 Fillmore St., 415.771.7100. $$$ Map 2, H4 THE PROGRESS— New American. Named after the

Progress Theater that occupied the same building over a century ago, this is the second restaurant from the team behind the national smash-hit State Bird Provisions, and it’s located just next door. The boundary busting, international menu is served family style (choose six dishes for $62 per person) and features dishes like lamb merguez with yellow eye beans, octopus and crispy squid. If you don’t manage to snag a reservation, the bar is walk-in only. The Progress is a 2015 James Beard Award winner. www.theprogress-sf.com. 1525 Fillmore St., 415.673.1294. Map 2, H4 STATE BIRD PROVISIONS— American. It’s worth the

effort to get a reservation at Bon Appetit magazine’s 2012 Restaurant of the Year (and the 2013 James Beard Award winner for Best New Restaurant), run by one of Food and Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs of 2013, Stuart Brioza, along with his wife Nicole Krasinski. This creative and innovative Michelin star restaurant does dim sum, Americanstyle. Carts wheel around small plates, and diners can point to choose what they’d like. The menu changes frequently based on seasonal availability, but the house specialty remains the eponymous “state bird,” a crispy half quail served with seasonal “provisions.” D (M-Sa). www.statebirdsf.com. 1529 Fillmore St., 415.795.1272. $$$ Map 2, H4

Marina/Cow Hollow A16— Italian. This Marina neighborhood hot spot

combines the cuisine of Campania with the pizzas of Naples and pours small-production wines from California and Southern Italy. L (W-F), D (nightly). www.a16sf.com. 2355 Chestnut St., 415.771.2216. $$$ Map 2, G2 ATELIER CRENN— French. This modern upscale

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that read like poetry. Giving center stage to the food, the 40-seat dining room has an earthy, minimalist appearance with teak tables, fig trees and glass orbs that provide soft lighting. Diners can select from one of two multi-course tasting menus. D (Tu-Sa). www.ateliercrenn.com. 3127 Fillmore St., 415.440.0460. $$$$ Map 2, H2 MEL’S DRIVE-IN— American. A classic since 1947,

this diner is known for staples such as chicken pot pie, meatloaf, burgers and milkshakes. It’s open late, serves breakfast all day and even has a fresh-squeezed fruit juice bar. The vinyl and chrome decor, jukebox and cheerful servers make for a fun, nostalgia-filled dining experience. The Lombard Street and Geary Street locations offer free parking. www.melsdrive-in.com. 2165 Lombard St., 415.921.2867. Map 2, H2; 3355 Geary Blvd., 415.387.2255. $ Map 2, F4; 801 Mission St., 415.227.0793. Map 1, D6; 1050 Van Ness Ave., 415.292.6357. Map 1, C5

Mission District AL’S PLACE— California Cuisine. Named America’s

best new restaurant of 2015 by Bon Appetit magazine, Al’s Place is a casual, 46-seat restaurant located on an unassuming corner in the outskirts of the Mission District. Chef and owner Aaron London, a Sonoma native who’s worked at acclaimed restaurants like Ubuntu, creates vegetablefocused and seafood main dishes, offering meat as a side. www.alsplacesf.com. 1499 Valencia St., 415.416.6136. Map 2, I7 CRAFTSMAN & WOLVES— Bakery. This modern and

sleek patisserie in the hip Valencia corridor from James Beard-nominated chef William Werner features a rotating menu of breakfast pastries, cakes, confections, confitures, desserts, lunch and other savory fare. The bakery is famous for the Rebel Within, a savory breakfast muffin with asiago cheese, green onion and breakfast sausage baked into the mix and a full soft-cooked farm egg in the center. craftsman-wolves.com. 746 Valencia St., 415.913.7713. Map 2, I6; 1643 Pacific Ave., 415.855.1414. Map 1, A4 DELFINA— Italian. This bustling neighborhood trat-

toria is a local favorite that pioneered San Francisco’s farm-to-table movement. It has received rave reviews since its opening in 1998 and still packs the house (and outdoor patio) each night. D (nightly). www.delfinasf.com. 3621 18th St., 415.552.4055. $$$ Map 2, I6 FLOUR + WATER— Italian. A haven (or heaven) for ar-

tisan pizza and pasta lovers, this incredibly popular, welcoming spot serves exceptional Neopolitanstyle, wood-fired pizzas and house-made pastas. D (nightly). www.flourandwater.com. 2401 Harrison St., 415.826.7000. $$$ Map 2, J6 FOREIGN CINEMA— California. Never was the old

dinner-and-a-movie done so artfully, or so deliciously. The vast, bohemian-chic space suits the always excellent California-Mediterranean cuisine. A heated, covered patio screens a rotation of classic, foreign and independent films projected onto one of three walls, and speakers on each table allow you to adjust the volume. Meandering through the changing exhibits in the adjacent gallery is the perfect way to wait for a table. Brunch (Sa-Su), D (nightly). www.foreigncinema.com. 2534 Mission St., 415.648.7600. $$$ Map 2, I7

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ICHI SUSHI—Sushi. Celebrated as one of San

Francisco’s top sushi destinations and izakayas, Ichi Sushi is the place to go for traditional nigiri, sashimi and an extensive sake list. Sustainability is a huge focus here, and the recently renovated space features a wall-sized mural with playful instructions on how to eat sushi correctly. D (M-Sa). www.ichisushi. com. 3282 Mission St., 415.525.4750. Map 2, I8 LAZY BEAR— New American. This popular Mission

District restaurant describes itself as a “modern American fine-dining dinner party.” It started as an underground venue in 2009 and opened its first permanent location in 2014. The tasting menu changes weekly and ranges from $100-150 per person and features about 12 courses. Past menus featured dishes like halibut with asparagus, Perigord truffle and fingerling potatoes; and lamb with mustards, farro and garum. www.lazybearsf.com. 3416 19th St., 415.874.9921. Map 2, I6 LITTLE STAR PIZZA— Italian. Famous for its deep

dish, Chicago-style pizza with a slightly sweet, cornmeal crust, this place draws a stream of addicted regulars. Valencia St.: L, D (daily). Divisadero St.: L (F-Su), D (nightly). www.littlestarpizza.com. 400 Valencia St., 415.551.7827. Map 2, I5; 846 Divisadero St., 415.441.1118. $$ Map 2, H4

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acclaimed Delfina and Pizzeria Delfina opened this modern trattoria that’s a local hotspot. Start off with antipasti like fried olives, then dig into saucy pastas like rigatoni alla carbonara and charcoalgrilled dishes featuring lamb, quail and spareribs. The wine and cocktail offerings are excellent, too. D (nightly). www.locandasf.com. 557 Valencia St., 415.863.6800. $$ Map 2, I6 TARTINE BAKERY & CAFE— Dessert/Coffee. This

popular artisan bakery serves fresh-from-the-oven pastries all day, as well as pies, cakes, artisan bread and coffee. Breakfast quiches, gourmet sandwiches, classic pastries and an addictive bread pudding keep folks lining up. B, L (daily). www.tartinebakery. com. 600 Guerrero St., 415.487.2600. $ Map 2, I6

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MASON PACIFIC— New American. Named after its

location at the intersection of Mason and Pacific along the cable car line on Nob Hill, this intimate bistro offers a seasonal menu of small plates and a few main courses that incorporate Italian, French and Asian flavors. The bar is a great spot to enjoy a glass of wine from the affordable wine list and watch the cable cars pass by. www.masonpacific. com. 1358 Mason St., 415.374.7185. Map 1, A4 OSSO STEAKHOUSE— Steaks. This swanky, sprawl-

ing steakhouse with a striking Art Deco interior is located just across the street from Grace Cathedral in the storied Nob Hill neighborhood. Menu standouts include dry-aged steaks and buttery Dungeness crab. D (nightly). www.ossosteakhouse.com. 1177 California St., 415.771.6776. $$$ Map 1, C5 SWAN OYSTER DEPOT— Seafood. Founded in 1912,

this seafood market and oyster bar is a San Francisco institution. There’s almost always a wait at this intimate, 18-stool oyster bar, but you’ll be rewarded with a pint of Anchor Steam beer and a lunch of a dozen oysters on the half shell. L (M-Sa), closed Su. 1517 Polk St., 415.673.2757. $$$ Map 1, A6

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North Beach IL FORNAIO— Italian. This upscale Italian restaurant

serves house-made pasta, roasted meats and wood-oven pizzas. The San Francisco location is a multiple-time recipient of Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. Brunch (Sa-Su), L, D (daily). www.ilfornaio.com. Levi’s Plaza, 1265 Battery St., 415.986.0100. $$ Map 1, E3; 327 Lorton Ave., Burlingame, 650.375.8000; 223 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera, 415.927.4400; 520 Cowper St., Palo Alto, 650.853.3888.

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NORTH BEACH RESTAURANT— Italian. This classic

restaurant serves generous portions of hearty Tuscan cuisine from its extensive menu. The awardwinning wine list boasts over 500 bottles to pair with house specialties such as chicken al mattone with Italian herbs, filet of lamb alla Bruno and cioppino alla pescatora. The four dining rooms cater to a variety of occasions, from a power lunch to a first date. www.northbeachrestaurant.com. 1512 Stockton St., 415.392.1700. $$$ Map 1, C3

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SOTTO MARE OYSTERIA & SEAFOOD RESTAURANT—Seafood. One of Tony Bennett’s favorite

San Francisco restaurants, Sotto Mare is an authentic Italian North Beach experience. The seafood restaurant serves up oysters and clams on the half shell, Boston-style clam chowder, baccala, crab cioppino, Louis salads, seafood pastas and more. Sotto Mare’s daily fresh fish can also be purchased retail if you feel like cooking yourself. L, D (M-Sa), close Su. www.sottomaresf.com. 552 Green St., 415.398.3181. Map 1, D3 THE STINKING ROSE— Italian. Follow your nose to

one of the city’s most interesting dining experiences, where garlic is king. This restaurant goes through more than 5,000 pounds of the pungent ingredient each month. L, D (daily). www.thestinkingrose.com. 325 Columbus Ave., 415.781.7673. $$ Map 1, D4 TONY’S PIZZA NAPOLETANA— Italian. Dubbed

the best pizzeria in America by Forbes magazine, Tony Gemignani’s pizzas are authentic, with ingredients imported from the pizza capital of the world, Naples. The diverse array of styles, from the famous pizza Margherita to the savory Cal Italia, require seven different ovens. L, D (W-Su). www. tonyspizzanapoletana.com. 1570 Stockton St., 415.835.9888. $$ Map 1, D3 TRATTORIA PINOCCHIO— Italian. This family-owned

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restaurant with sidewalk seating serves Sicilian fare, including housemade pastas, cioppino, fresh fish, steaks and lamb. Inside, the floor-to-ceiling windows make for great people watching. L, D (daily). www.trattoriapinocchio.com. 401 Columbus Ave., 415.392.1472. $$ Map 1, D3

Richmond/Ocean Beach CLIFF HOUSE— American. Near Ocean Beach and

Lands End Trail, this iconic historic site located on a headland above the coastal cliffs is home to two restaurants and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean (whale and sea lion spotting is a possibility) and Sutro Baths. The camera obscura on the deck is on the National Register of Historic Places. Sutro’s offers an upscale setting, while The Bistro offers a more casual experience, with burgers, sandwiches and other California favorites. B, L, D (daily). www.cliffhouse.com. 1090 Point Lobos Ave., 415.386.3330. Map 2, A4

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OUTERLANDS— New American. The reclaimed

wood interior of this Outer Sunset restaurant is as celebrated as its food. The owners designed the space themselves, and a recent renovation has made the intimate space formerly notorious for long lines that much more accessible. The grilled cheese sandwich served with housemade levain bread is the menu standout, but the regular lineup of pastries, soups and cold and open-face sandwiches is always worth the trip. www.outerlandssf. com. 4001 Judah St., 415.661.6140. Map 2, B6

Russian Hill STONES THROW— New American. This inviting

casual-chic spot has one of the city’s most talented restaurant teams (including three Michael Mina alums). The seasonal menus here are outstanding— order the perfectly grilled, melt-in-your mouth octopus and the puffed potato and eggs if they’re in the lineup. The artfully presented desserts are playful riffs on childhood classics, like peanut butter and jelly doughnuts. www.stonesthrowsf.com. 1896 Hyde St., 415.796.2901. Map 1, A4

South of Market (SoMa)/ China Basin AQ— California. This modern, lovely and expan-

sive restaurant and bar prides itself on changing with the seasons. The menu is characterized by inventive combinations of new and traditional Mediterranean flavors, cutting-edge cooking techniques and the exceptional seasonal bounty of Northern California. The term “AQ” (as quoted) often appears on classic restaurant menus to describe fresh, seasonal or specialty items; this spot takes it a step further by transforming its interior to reflect the palette and tone of the current season. D (Tu-Sa). www.aq-sf.com. 1085 Mission St., 415.341.9000. Map 1, B8 ARCHIVE BAR & KITCHEN—American. Housed in the

historic, pre-earthquake Atlas Building, Archive offers a menu designed with sharing and socializing in mind. Pizzas are the focus, but the restaurant and bar hybrid is also known for its sliders, salads and charcuterie as well as seasonal cocktails and local and craft beers. www.archivebarsf.com. 602 Mission St., 415.987.5770. Map 1, E6 BENU— American. This three Michelin star restaurant

distills fine dining down to the elements most relevant to modern diners: exquisite ingredients, unique flavors, precise technique and attentive service. It offers inspired, progressive American cuisine in a historic, cleanly designed space. The a la carte menu allows for individualized customization, and the tasting menu varies between 8-12 courses, reflecting seasonality and evolution. D (Tu-Sa). www.benusf.com. 22 Hawthorne St., 415.685.4860. $$$$ Map 1, E6 BLUESTEM BRASSERIE— California. This upscale

urban neighborhood restaurant in the heart of the museum district is a modern interpretation of the classic American brasserie. The menu features fresh, simple fare emphasizing a nose-to-tail cooking philosophy. Local ingredient sourcing extends to the wine list. Dishes include grass-fed beef burgers and steaks, apple-fed pork with cheddar grits and house-made charcuterie and salumi. L, D (daily). www.bluestembrasserie.com. 1 Yerba Buena Ln., 415.547.1111. $$$ Map 1, D6

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398 BRASSERIE— French. Located inside Hotel G

in Union Square, this bustling brasserie serves up classic French and American dishes ranging from eggs Benedict to steak frites to duck leg confit. The flashy interior featuring Mexican tile, Corinthian columns and contemporary chandeliers is worth the visit alone, and an impressive wine and cocktail list makes this a standout happy hour spot as well. www.398restaurantsf.com. 398 Geary St., 415.654.5061. Map 1, D6 FARALLON— Seafood. This classic Pat Kuleto

restaurant in Union Square has been enchanting guests for 18 years with carefully crafted details that capture the life aquatic. Blending casual and high-end coastal cuisine, Farallon offers fresh seafood options and simple raw preparations from the oyster bar. Beyond the welcoming spot’s dinner menu, find an approachable wine list, one of the largest collections of single malt whiskeys in the city and inventive desserts. D (nightly). www. farallonrestaurant.com. 450 Post St., 415.956.6969. $$$ Map 1, C6 JOHN’S GRILL— American. Founded in 1908, this

casual steakhouse is one of the city’s oldest restaurants, steeped in San Francisco history. It served as a setting for the classic book and movie, “The Maltese Falcon.” The framed black-and-white photographs and news clippings hung throughout serve as a veritable museum of San Francisco memorabilia. Live jazz every night. L, D (daily). www.johnsgrill. com. 63 Ellis St., 415.986.3274. Map 1, D6 NEW DELHI RESTAURANT— Indian. Decorated

like a Maharajah’s private banquet room, this regal restaurant serves northern Indian food, with recipes culled from royal menus dating back 400 years. Chef-owner Ranjan Dey creates daily specials with his six gourmet spice blends. The bar has drawn downtown professionals since the ‘80s with its Double-Happiness-Happy Hour, 5:30-7:30 pm and 10 pm-midnight. Try the Madras Madness or Oh! Calcutta. L (M-Sa), D (nightly). www. newdelhirestaurant.com. 160 Ellis St., 415.397.8470. $$ Map 1, C6

Van Ness Corridor HARRIS’ STEAKHOUSE— Steaks. This iconic res-

taurant represents classic steakhouse dining, but chef Michael Buhagier adds a California sensibility, The Kobe rib eye, cut from select Japanese cattle reared for optimal marbling, has a rich and delicate texture. A red cabernet butter melts on its seared surface, typifying a subtle flair for the unexpected. www.harrisrestaurant.com. 2100 Van Ness Ave., 415.673.1888. Map 1, A4

Bay Area THE RESTAURANT AT WENTE VINEYARDS— California. Located at the famous Wente Vineyards, this

restaurant features California wine country cuisine. Enjoy seasonal dishes made from ingredients sourced from the vineyard’s magnificent herb and vegetable garden, along with numerous wine pairings for each dish. L (M-Sa), D (nightly), brunch (Su). www.wentevineyards.com. 5050 Arroyo Rd., Livermore, 925.456.2450.

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ALIOTO’S Alioto’s offers one of the most spectacular views of Fisherman’s Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, & the fishing harbor. The restaurant was established in 1928 & is now run by the fourth generation of the Alioto family. Alioto’s offers classic Italian recipes passed down from the Alioto family, plus the freshest seafood, & of course, fresh Dungeness Crab year-round. Enjoy favorites like seafood ravioli, crab louie salad, salmon sicilian, or our famous crab cioppino. Full bar & wine list. Also try Alioto’s Waterside Cafe, for more casual dining indoors & out. Alioto’s Restaurant open daily from 11am until 10pm & our Cafe from 10am to 10pm. All major credit cards accepted, 2 hours of free parking with validation. For info, visit Aliotos.com. 8 Fis er an s 415.6 3.0183 VO T

HISTORIC JOHN’S GRILL John’s Grill, a San Francisco tradition since 1908, is a must when in the city. It is a favorite with locals and national celebrities (most recently the Presidents of Mexico and Greece, Matt Dillon, Johnny Depp, Renee Zellweger, and Olympia Dukakis), who enjoy the great steaks, fresh seafood, salads and pastas with excellent service at honest prices in a casual atmosphere of dark panel walls, antiques and pictures of old San Francisco. John’s Grill is a setting in the novel “ The Maltese Falcon” and was featured in Gourmet and chosen one of the Top 10 by Esquire. Walking distance from downtown hotels and theatres. Private banquet rooms are available on short notice. Open Mon.– Sat. 11am–10pm Sun. 12noon–10pm All major cards.

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TASTE OF THE CITY THIRSTYBEAR ORGANIC BREWERY ThirstyBear Organic Brewery is San Francisco’s only organic brewery and a Certified Green business. This craft beer mecca offers ales, lagers, Belgian-inspired, cask-conditioned, and barrel-aged beers – all hand-crafted for you! Pair your beer with exceptional Spanish tapas, paella, artisan cheeses and charcuterie, which takes a contemporary approach to traditional Spanish cuisine. ThirstyBear uses organic ingredients and the freshest seasonal meats and produce sourced from local farmers. In addition to craft beer, ThirstyBear’s full bar offers artisanal cocktails and California and Spanish wines. ThirstyBear Organic, Small Batch Beers Are Available Fresh, Only On Draught, Only At ThirstyBear! 661 o ar Street, San Francisco 415.9 4.0905 irsty ear.co

TRATTORIA PINOCCHIO Trattoria Pinocchio is the ultimate taste of Italy and displays the Q (Quality) award from IACCW. It’s located on a bustling corner of North Beach’s famed Little Italy across from St. Francis of Assisi church. Chef Giovanni brings you the best of his native Sicily. Savor authentic cioppino, ossobucco, crab-lobster or Italian-sausage ravioli. The gnocchi, fettucine, lasagna, pizza and Italian specialty desserts are made in house fresh daily. The menu also offers veal, lamb, steak, vegetarian & brunch daily plus a superb wine list & signature cocktails. Dine al fresco on the heated sidewalk café, in the chic Venetian interior, or watch sports at the sleek marble bar, while listening to the beautiful, Italian serenades sung by Chef Giovanni, himself!. Open floor to ceiling windows offer perfect people watching. The cuisine & atmosphere create a favorite must-visit dining experience for both locals and tourists alike. 401 Co s A e. at a e o, San Francisco 415.39 .14 .trattoria inocc io.co

SOTTO MARE Tony Bennett says that Sotto Mare is one of his favorite places to dine in San Francisco. Located at 552 Green St., in the heart of North Beach, Sotto Mare provides an authentic Italian North Beach experience. We are proud to serve you the freshest fish and shellfish in town. Oysters and clams on the half shell, Boston style clam chowder, baccala, crab cioppino, Louis salads, seafood pastas and seafood risotto are just a few of the items we offer. We feature a selection of fresh fish daily. Both our restaurant and banquet room are available, seven days a week, for private parties. And, for the convenience of those who like to cook, we also sell our fresh fish retail. Open MondaySaturday 11:00 am -10:00 pm. 55 Green St., San Francisco 415 398 3181 .sotto ares .co 46 W H E R E S A N F R A N C I S C O I D E C E M B E R 2016

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TASTE OF THE CITY BUENA VISTA As rich in history as the City itself, the Buena Vista Café has served warming libations and hearty meals along Fisherman’s Wharf since 1886. It’s famously known as home of the “original” Irish Coffee. Though “the BV” has attracted celebrities and sports stars, and has featured in films and television, it remains an authentic and welcoming favorite of locals and visitors who enjoy the opportunity for convivial conversation with new friends met over shared tables. Still serving bountiful meals - all-day breakfasts, as well as lunch and dinner, and of course, its famous Irish Coffee. Mon-Fri: 9am- 2am | Sat- Sun: 8am- 2am A1l-day breakfast and full bar..

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NEW DELHI RESTAURANT Take a spicy culinary adventure exploring our newest monthly menu series featuring, “Curries Chutneys & Cocktails” created by chef/owner Ranjan Dey star of documentary show “My India”. Voted the Best Indian Restaurant and decorated like a Maharajah’s private banquet room this regal restaurant serves up cuisine of northern India and recipes culled from royal Indian menus dating back 400 years using the freshest local ingredients. Located within walking distance of major downtown hotels, New Delhi Bar has been the favorite hot spot for many working downtown for 25 years. Well known for “The Double-Happiness Happy Hour” from 5:30pm to 7:30pm & 10pm to midnight, it is the place to drink & frolic. L (M-Sat) D(nightly) Bar(nightly until 2am). 160 is St. 415.39 .84 0

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Wine Country Downtown Cool The latest addition to downtown Napa’s burgeoning nightlife scene is Blue Note Napa, a jazz club located in the historic Napa Valley Opera House. The new live music venue offers dinner and a show most nights. Performers range from local acts to bigger name artists, the biggest of which take over the upstairs hall. The menu features satisfying dishes like seared pork belly and day boat scallops along with local wine and cocktails, and the interior is bathed in blue light creating a swanky, urban mood. This is the first West Coast location of Blue Note, an iconic jazz club born in NYC 35 years ago. 1030 Main St., 707.880.2300, bluenotenapa.com

ARTESA WINERY— Art and wine blend at this winery,

seamlessly built into the highest hill of its 350-acre estate. Founded by a Catalan family that has been hand-crafting wines since the 16th century, this Carneros winery focuses on producing small, ultrapremium lots. Take time to admire the modern and sophisticated gallery-like space and the original works of sculpture, painting and mixed-media. Tasting room open daily; tours daily. www.artesawinery.com. 1345 Henry Rd., Napa, 707.224.1668. BEAULIEU VINEYARD— This 100-year-old winery is

the longest continually operating winery in Napa Valley and is the production site for the flagship Cabernet Sauvignon. Beaulieu was founded on a four-acre ranch by a French winemaker who envisioned a company producing fine wine unparalleled to his native France. Daily tastings feature wines you can’t find anywhere else. www. bvwines.com. 1960 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. 707.967.5200. BERINGER VINEYARDS— Napa Valley’s oldest

continuously operating winery is also among its most accessible. Beringer is known for its Cabernet Sauvignons and bold, oaky Chardonnays. The large facility includes a gift shop that offers tableware, stemware and kitchen and home accessories. A variety of tours and seminars are available. Daily 10 am–5 pm. www.beringer.com. 2000 Main St., St. Helena, 707.302.7592.

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relax on the beautiful patio and take in the Named for its first drink—Chardonnay perfect vista as you sip their acclaimed combined with brandy—Charbay now reserve and single-vineyard wines. www. wheretraveler.com produces much more than just wine chateaustjean.com. 8555 Sonoma Hwy., and brandy. Discover the artisan world Kenwood, 707.257.5784. of distilling many spirits like whiskey, vodka DOMAINE CARNEROS— Champagne’s famed and rum from a family in the distillery business Tattinger family founded this winery in the 1970s. for 13 generations. Tastings open to the public. The tasting room resembles a French chateau, with www.charbay.com. 4001 Spring Mountain Rd., St. a deck providing sweeping views of the Carneros Helena, 707.963.9327. region. The famed Le Reve sparkling wine is comCHARLES KRUG— Since its opening in 1861, Charles pared to the top Cuvees from Champagne, while Krug winery has produced award-winning Caberthe Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs hold their own, nets and renowned Sauvignon Blanc. Tasting room too. www.domainecarneros.com. 1240 Duhig Rd., open daily. www.charleskrug.com. 2800 Main St., Napa, 707.257.0101. St. Helena, 707.967.2200. EHLERS ESTATE— Featuring a unique fusion of CHATEAU MONTELENA WINERY— The Napa winery outstanding wine-growing, environmental conwhose Chardonnay earned California wines sciousness and international philanthropy, this is international recognition at the 1976 Tasting of a California winery through and through. Organic Paris (portrayed in the movie “Bottle Shock”) is still and biodynamic farming techniques are used to producing great wines, like the Estate Cabernet, produce a small portfolio of estate-grown wines. Estate Zinfandel and the limited production Tastings by appointment. www.ehlersestate.com. Potter Valley Riesling. Stop by the tasting room 3222 Ehlers Ln., St. Helena, 707.963.5972. in the Westin St. Francis hotel in Union Square. ETUDE WINES—This winery transforms the very finest www.montelena.com. 1429 Tubbs Ln., Calistoga, Carneros and Napa Valley grapes into world-class 707.942.5105. wines sought out by the most discriminating wine CHATEAU ST. JEAN— Founded in 1973, Chateau lovers. In addition to its widely acclaimed Carneros St. Jean is inspired by the formal estate gardens Pinot Noir and legendary Napa Valley Cabernet in the south of France. The winery specializes in Sauvignon, Etude has also developed a loyal white varietals, including Chardonnay, Fumé Blanc, following for Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Merlot. Riesling and Gewürztraminer, and is the home of www.etudewines.com. 1250 Cuttings Wharf Rd., the iconic Cinq Cépages. Stroll the gardens or 707.257.5782.

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GLORIA FERRER CAVES & VINEYARDS— Settle on

the scenic Vista Terrace, where you can sip a glass of sparkling wine that was aged in Spanish-style caves or an elegant Pinot Noir, paired with savory cheeses and other delicacies. Gloria Ferrer produces some of California’s best sparkling wines, as well as estate varietal still Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from its 335-acre estate. The visitor center is open 10 am-5 pm daily, with wine service available until 4:45 pm. Guided winery tours offered daily at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm; $20 per person, includes two sparkling wine tastes and one estate varietal taste. www.gloriaferrer.com. 23555 Hwy. 121, Sonoma, 707.933.1917. GRGICH HILLS ESTATE— Miljenko “Mike” Grgich,

whose belongings were appropriated by the Smithsonian, gained international recognition in 1976 when judges at the Paris Tasting named his Chateau Montelena Chardonnay the best white wine in the world. In 1977, he partnered with Austin Hills (of the Hills Bros. Coffee family). Their winery produces Cabernet Sauvignons, Zinfandels, Fume Blancs and, of course, Chardonnays. Tastings and tours open to the public. www.grgich.com. 1829 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford, 707.963.2784. GUNDLACH BUNDSCHU— After more than 150 years,

the sixth generation of this wine-growing family still produces quality estate-grown-and-bottled Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon, to name a few. Check online for the seasonal cave tour, vineyard excursions and courtyard tasting availability. www.gunbun.com. 2000 Denmark St., Sonoma, 707.938.5277. HALL WINES— This winery plants twice as many vines

per acre in comparison to traditional practices, resulting in smaller vines that produce richer and more concentrated wines. It boasts five estate vineyards planted with 500 acres of classic Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. The monumental new LEED-certified visitor center features wine tasting, food and wine education, tours, gardens and an impressive contemporary art collection. www.hallwines.com. 401 St. Helena Hwy. S., St. Helena, 707.967.2626. HESS COLLECTION— A winding road near Mt.

Veeder leads to this winery and art gallery. In the gallery, you’ll see works by Francis Bacon and Robert Motherwell; the tasting room serves awardwinning Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons. www.hesscollection.com. 4411 Redwood Rd., Napa, 707.255.1144. INGLENOOK CHATEAU— Filmmaker Francis Ford

Coppola’s team produces five estate wines, including the renowned Rubicon, on this 19th-century estate. The wines are made from 235 acres of certified organically grown grapes. The grounds include two tasting salons, a wine bar where guests can enjoy wines by the glass and a museum featuring antique zoetropes and artifacts from the estate’s founder, Gustave Niebaum. Reservations recommended for tastings and tours. www. inglenook.com. 1991 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford, 707.968.1100. JAMIESON RANCH VINEYARDS— Home of “Double

Lariat” Cabernet, Jamieson Ranch Vineyards occupies 300 acres of gently rolling hills and terraced vineyards and is the southernmost winery in the Napa Valley. In addition to Cabernets, it’s known for award-winning Pinots and Chardonnays as well as wine pairing educational experiences. www. jamiesonranchvineyards.com. 1 Kirkland Ranch Rd., 707.254.8673. 50 W H E R E S A N F R A N C I S CO I J A N UA R Y 2017

KIEU HOANG WINERY— Formerly owned by the

Michael Mondavi Family, this 20-acre property in the coveted Carneros region was purchased by American businessman Kieu Hoang in 2014. The newly renovated winery makes Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Red Blends and Rose in vibrant packaged shaped bottles. www. kieuhoangwinery.com. 1285 Dealy Lane, Napa, 707.253.1615. LIANA ESTATES— Located among the rolling hills

of Carneros with breathtaking views of the San Pablo Bay, this second-generation, family-owned and operated winery specializes in Chardonnay

and Pinot Noir. Liana Estates also offers brunch and yoga overlooking the San Pablo Bay, gourmet picnics in the vineyards, culinary experiences and more. www.lianaestates.com. 2750 Las Amigas Rd., Napa, 707.302.1160. MERRYVALE VINEYARDS— The first winery built in

Napa Valley following the repeal of Prohibition, Merryvale’s tasting room offers the opportunity to try unique, limited production wines and a variety of menus to suit any palate. Tastings open to the public; tours by appointment. www.merryvale.com. 1000 Main St., St. Helena, 707.963.7777.


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PEJU PROVINCE WINERY— Celebrating 30 years in

Discover Napa in a whole new fashion. Experience the Napa Valley Wine Train and witness the beauty of Napa Valley while you sip and dine in style.

the Napa Valley, this winery is a garden oasis along Highway 29 in the famed Rutherford appellation. Known for its legendary Cabernet Sauvignon, it produces many award-winning varietals, including Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Fifty/Fifty, a Bordeaux blend. Guests can make an appointment for a private wine tasting 50 feet up in the French Provincial tasting room tower. Tastings open to the public. www.peju.com. 8466 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford, 707.963.3600. ROUND POND ESTATE WINERY— The winery joins a

fabulous olive mill and features a stunning tasting room with dramatic views that complement the world-class Cabernet Sauvignons and Sauvignon Blancs. Tastings and tours by appointment. www. roundpond.com. 875 Rutherford Rd., Rutherford, 707.302.2575. STAG’S LEAP WINE CELLARS— Best known for its es-

tate Cabernet Sauvignons, this family-owned winery gained international recognition in 1976, when its SLV Cabernet Sauvignon was judged the best red wine in the world at the famed Paris Tasting. The winery takes its name from its location in the famed Stags Leap viticultural district. www.cask23. com. 5766 Silverado Trail, Napa, 866.422.7523. STAGS’ LEAP WINERY— Not to be confused with

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Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars (the name and placement of the apostrophe were the subject of a legal battle between Stags’ Leap and its neighbor, Stag’s Leap), the winery produces Rhone varietals along with its Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot in the growing district from which the winery takes its name. Tastings and tours Tu–Sa by appointment only. www.stagsleap.com. 6150 Silverado Trail, Napa, 800.395.2441. STARMONT WINERY & VINEYARDS— Established in

2006 by the Schlatter family as a sister property to the Bordeaux-focused Merryvale Vineyards, Starmont Winery, with its distinctive terroir, thoughtful farming and hands-on winemaking, results in serious yet approachable wines. www.starmontwinery. com. 1451 Stanly Ln., 707.252.8001.

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STERLING VINEYARDS— Take in exceptional pan-

oramic views of Napa Valley on a tram ride to this winery’s visitors center, perched atop a 300-foottall hillside overlooking the valley. The winery specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and more. Tastings and self-guided tours open to the public; guided tours at 11 am. www.sterlingvineyards.com. 1111 Dunaweal Ln., Calistoga, 800.726.6136. TRINCHERO NAPA VALLEY— The Trinchero family

707.302.1160 lianasestates.com by appointment

has been making wine in Napa Valley since 1948, and is best known for their Cabernet Sauvignon. The tasting room is a unique and inviting space where visitors can taste small-lot, single-vineyard wines from Trinchero’s premiere Napa Valley estates, and sample delectable food and wine pairings. Discover the art of winemaking through behind-the-scenes barrel tastings in Trinchero’s wine cave. www.trincheronapavalley.com. 3070 N. St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena, 707.963.1160. WENTE VINEYARDS— The country’s oldest continu-

ously operating family-owned winery offers wine tasting, vineyard and garden tours, educational workshops, an upscale restaurant and a scenic 18hole championship golf course. Visit the Vineyard Tasting Room to learn about the rich history of California winemaking, book a class at the Winew w w.wh e re t rave le r. com 51


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makers Studio to blend your own bottle or make an appointment for a private group tasting in the historic wine caves. The winery’s summer concert series features musical performances on the beautiful outdoor lawn. www.wentevineyards.com. 5050 Arroyo Rd., Livermore, 925.456.2400.

Shopping THE BARLOW—A sleek stretch of renovated ware-

houses (once part of an apple processing plant) in downtown Sebastopol is home to some of the best local food producers, winemakers, brewers and artisans. This unique space is the first business community in the country to connect customers not only with products and the people who make them, but also with the production itself. www.thebarlow.net. McKinley St., Sebastopol, 707.824.5600. OXBOW PUBLIC MARKET— Visit this gourmet mall

for the freshest local ingredients for an afternoon picnic before wine tasting. Or stick around and order from the selection of independent eateries offering elevated takes on pizza, burgers and tacos plus oysters and rotisserie chicken and then grab a seat on the patio overlooking the Napa River. www.oxbowpublicmarket.com. 644 1st St., Napa, 707.226.6529. SHED— Wine, dine and shop at this glass-walled,

10,000-square-foot locavore’s paradise in Healdsburg. You’ll find a store selling high-end kitchen and gardening equipment, local foodstuffs (including grains milled onsite) and books; a cafe with daily-changing menus inspired by neighboring produce and farms; and a coffee bar with its own espresso, house-made pastries and ice creams. Shed also has the only fermentation bar in the area, where local wines, beers, kombuchas, natural sodas and hard ciders are all available on tap. www. healdsburgshed.com. 25 North St., Healdsburg, 707.431.7433.

Tours & Attractions BIN 415—With over 900 wineries between Napa and

Sonoma, deciding where to go can be overwhelming. Bin 415 offers unique excursions hosted by a certified sommelier to wineries offering the perfect combination of amazing wines, warm hospitality and beautiful scenery. Bin 415 also offers tours throughout San Francisco, Sausalito, Muir Woods and the Pacific Coast Highway. www.bin415.com. 1616 Grove St., 415.571.9020. Map 2, G4 CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA AT GREYSTONE— The historic Napa Valley institute of-

fers two-hour, hands-on cooking and wine classes where you can create internationally inspired dishes or discuss and taste wine in state-of-the-art wine tasting facilities to gain confidence for your next trip to a tasting room, restaurant or wine shop. Stop by to catch a cooking demo, visit the Vintners Hall of Fame, dine at the Wine Spectator Restaurant or just take a stroll around campus. www. ciachef.edu/california. 2555 Main St., St. Helena, 707.967.1100. NAPA VALLEY WINE TRAIN— Passengers sip select

Napa Valley wines and indulge in gourmet cuisine as they ride past vineyards on these three-hour lunch and dinner tours aboard restored Pullman coaches. Reservations recommended. www.winetrain.com. 1275 McKinstry St., Napa, 800.427.4124.

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SIP SWIRL & SWIRL & SIP WENTE VINEYARDS Wente Vineyards is the country’s oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery. The winery maintains its leadership role in California winegrowing under ownership and management by the Fourth and Fifth Generations of the Wente family. Blending traditional and innovative winemaking practices, the winery draws from approximately 3,000 acres of sustainably farmed Estate vineyards to create an outstanding portfolio of fine wines. Located in Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards is recognized as one of California’s premier wine country destinations.

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PEJU WINERY Established in 1983, Peju Province Winery produces expressive wines from organic and sustainably farmed vineyards in the Napa Valley. Located on an idyllic estate in Rutherford, the winery is home to lush gardens, distinctive architecture, and a tasting room offering world-class hospitality and culinary experiences. Experience our local, small-farm, cheese and wine pairings or our “farm to table” wine and culinary explorations. The winery is open daily for tastings from 10 am-6 pm.

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Attractions+Tours Japanese Self Care The latest addition to San Francisco’s quietly up-and-coming Tenderloin District is Onsen, a Japanese-inspired bathhouse and restaurant housed in a former auto-body shop. The restaurant’s seasonal menu features a variety of elevated Japanese dishes and small bites, from rice porridge with house kimchi to assorted skewers and daily sashimi offerings. The restaurant offers a selection of sakes, and you can enjoy a variety of teas and tisanes from Japan in the adjacent tearoom. The space is also home to a 104-degree communal bath, a redwood cedar sauna, steam room, cold plunge shower and six treatment rooms for massage, acupuncture, reiki and body treatments. 466 Eddy St., 415.780.4987, onsensf.com

ALCATRAZ CRUISES— This is the only way to get to

“The Rock,” the famous former federal penitentiary that housed some of the nation’s most notorious criminals from 1934-1963. Now one of San Francisco’s most popular visitor attractions, ferries depart regularly for the island from Pier 33 starting at 8:45 am. The dynamic 45-minute cellhouse audio tour, offered in 11 languages, features the voices of former Alcatraz prison guards and inmates who recount escape attempts, prison riots and solitary confinement. The night tours include a narrated boat ride around the island. Tours sell out quickly, so be sure to make reservations in advance. www.alcatrazcruises.com. Pier 33, 415.981.7625. Map 1, D2 AQUARIUM OF THE BAY— Visit San Francisco’s only

waterfront aquarium to get up close and personal with the bay’s amazing marine life. Walk through crystal-clear tunnels of water filled with more than 20,000 aquatic animals, including sevengill sharks, the bay’s largest predators. You can touch leopard sharks, rays and sea stars. Daily events include animal feedings and naturalist presentations. Don’t miss the permanent river otter exhibit, where you can watch otters playing, swimming and eating. www.aquariumofthebay.org. Pier 39, 415.623.5300. Map 1, C1 BAKER BEACH— This mile-long beach lies at the

base of the rugged cliffs west of the Golden Gate. No swimming here, but bring your camera

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CRISSY FIELD— A nationally protected

former U.S. Army airfield, this strikingly scenic waterfront recreation area is now a favorite among active locals and visitors. A wide (stroller and wheelchair-friendly) trail between Marina Green and Fort Point is perfect for an easy walk, jog or bike ride. Offering unparalleled views of the Golden Gate Bridge in one direction and the city in the other, the shoreline is home to sandy beaches, picnic tables, tidal marsh overlooks and a nationally renowned windsurfing site, as well as cafes, bookstores and an environmental education center. www.parksconservancy. org. 415.561.7690. Map 2, E2-G2

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THE BAY LIGHTS—This shimmering art

installation of 25,000 LED lights designed by artist Leo Villareal sets the Bay Bridge aglow. thebaylights.org/. COIT TOWER— Upon her death in 1929, socialite and

art patron Lillie Hitchcock Coit bequeathed funds for the “beautification of the city.” Her heirs used the money to build Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill. Completed in 1933, the fluted column provides bird’s-eye views from an observation deck near the top. Local artists commissioned by the Works Progress Administration (a New Deal agency employing millions of unskilled workers to carry out public works projects) painted the murals inside in 1934. Admission to the ground-floor gift shop and murals is free. Open daily 10 am-6:30 pm. Guided mural tours 11 am Sa. 1 Telegraph Hill Blvd., 415.249.0995. Map 1, D3 CONSERVATORY OF FLOWERS— The botanical

wonderland in Golden Gate Park is the oldest wood and glass conservatory in North America. The striking white exterior is as eye-catching as the inside, which houses nearly 2,000 plant species in five galleries. Closed M. www.conservatoryofflowers.org. 100 JFK Dr., Golden Gate Park, 415.831.2090. Map 2, F5

FISHERMAN’S WHARF— You’ll find crab stands along

the sidewalks, seafood restaurants and a bevy of souvenir shops in the historic heart of the city’s fishing industry. Several bay charter boats depart from the piers. Nearby is the bustling food and shopping center Ghirardelli Square, scenic Aquatic Park and historic Hyde Street Pier. www.visitfishermanswharf.com. 415.673.3530. Map 1, B1 FORT POINT— This powerful fort guarded the Gold-

en Gate Bridge entrance for almost half a century until its original cannons were removed. Visitors can explore its brick casemates, grand arches and spiral stairs and even participate in a cannon drill. www.nps.gov. Long Ave. and Marine Dr., Bldg. 999, 415.556.1693. Map 2, E1

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GHIRARDELLI SQUARE— The renovated former

chocolate factory site is now home to boutiques, restaurants and the original Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop. Find gifts and souvenirs at Lola Toy Shop, Gigi + Rose, Jackson & Polk and Elizabeth W then sit down for a meal at McCormick & Kuleto’s, Lori’s Diner or The Pub. www.ghirardellisq.com. 900 North Point St., 415.775.5500. Map 1, A2 GOLDEN GATE PARK— Bigger than New York’s

Central Park and encompassing over 75,000 trees, this horticulturally diverse urban oasis is home to countless attractions, including the de Young Museum; California Academy of Sciences; Japanese Tea Garden; Botanical Gardens; Stow Lake; Conservatory of Flowers; Garden of Shakespeare’s Flowers; two historic windmills; a bison paddock; and a rose garden. It’s also the city’s recreational headquarters, featuring polo, baseball and soccer fields; a nine-hole golf course; an 18-hole disc golf course; tennis, handball and basketball courts; an archery field; horseshoe pits; lawn bowling; fly-fishing; a running track; and more. Come here and join the city’s runners, cyclists, hikers, skaters, yogis, picnickers and swing dancers. www.parks. sfgov.org. Pick up a park map at McLaren Lodge at the east park entrance at Stanyan St. and JFK Dr., 415.831.2700. Map 2, A5-F5 GRACE CATHEDRAL— A famous San Francisco land-

mark, this cathedral inspired by the architecture of Paris’ Notre Dame serves as a diverse gathering place for worship, celebration and conversation.

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It is known for its striking architecture, stained glass, De Rosen mosaics and replica of Ghiberti’s “Gates of Paradise.” It’s also home to an Interfaith AIDS Chapel, well-attended free community yoga classes on the labyrinth and three choirs, including one of the last Episcopal men and boys cathedral choirs. Guided tours available. www.gracecathedral.org. 1100 California St., 415.749.6300. Map 1, B5 JAPANESE TEA GARDEN— Take a slow stroll among

bonsai trees and koi fish in the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States. Originally built as the Japanese Village for the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition, the Japanese Tea Garden boasts traditional monuments, bowed bridges, native Japanese plants and trees, serene ponds and some of the best photo opps in the city. Conclude your visit with a cup of tea or snack at the teahouse. www.japaneseteagardensf.com. 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., Golden Gate Park, 415.752.1171. Map 2, E5 JAPANTOWN CENTER— The focal point of San

Francisco’s Japanese neighborhood (the oldest and largest such enclave in the country, founded in 1906 and encompassing six square blocks) stands near the famous Peace Pagoda in Peace Plaza. It contains Japanese supermarkets and shops selling books, anime and gifts as well as restaurants, sushi bars, galleries and night spots. Kabuki Springs & Spa, a traditional Japanese bathhouse, is also located here. www.sfjapantown.org. Post and Buchanan streets, 415.922.6776. Map 2, H4

LOMBARD STREET— Eight hairpin switchbacks and

the downward pitch of the so-called “crookedest street in the world” have made this block a must-drive for visitors. The quarter-mile downhill stretch is lined with gorgeous gardens and barriers to ensure that drivers maintain a speed of five miles per hour. Those who simply walk to the top of the hill are rewarded with sweeping views of Russian Hill and Coit Tower. Lombard and Hyde streets. Map 1, B3 MACONDRAY LANE— This small pedestrian lane

southeast of Russian Hill is a quintessential hidden garden. It begins with a fairy-tale wooden trellis, continues with a quiet cobbled lane lined with Edwardian cottages and trees and ends with wooden stairs leading to Taylor Street with magnificent bay views. Two blocks east-west between Leavenworth and Taylor streets, paralleling Union and Green streets. At the Taylor Street end, a set of steps descend from the lane to Taylor Street. Views from the lane extend northward to Alcatraz Island and the San Francisco Bay. Map 2, I2 MADAME TUSSAUDS SAN FRANCISCO—At the Fish-

erman’s Wharf location of this London-based chain of wax museums, about one third of the figures depict Bay Area locals, including a barefoot, crosslegged Mark Zuckerberg. It also features scenes from “Bullitt” and “Dirty Harry” and sculptures of George Clooney, Rihanna and Barack Obama. Each figure takes about four months to make. www. madametussauds.com/sanfrancisco. 145 Jefferson St., 866.223.4240. Map 1, C2


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Nov. 17–Jan. 29 Pier 15 This special exhibition features more than 20 charming and often hilarious mechanical sculptures known as automata. Their whimsical characters are brought to life by intricate arrangements of handmade cams, cranks, and other simple mechanisms.


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MARINA GREEN— The Marina Green is a beautiful

74-acre expanse of grass between Fort Mason and the Presidio, surrounded by the historic mansions of the Marina neighborhood. Running along the San Francisco Bay, it provides good views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, Alcatraz Island, downtown and parts of Marin County. The adjacent marina is home to the St. Francis Yacht Club and the Golden Gate Yacht Club. Map 2, H2 METREON— The four-story entertainment and

shopping center is home to stores, restaurants and attractions, plus a 15-screen movie complex. The Loews IMAX Theater boasts the largest 3-D screen in the world. MISSION DOLORES— Completed in 1791, Mission

Dolores is the oldest intact building in San Francisco, the city’s first church and the sixth of 21 missions built along the El Camino Real from Mexico to Sonoma. Visit to learn about the mission’s unique historic, religious and architectural significance and enjoy its tranquil garden. www.missiondolores.org. 3321 16th St., 415.621.8203. Map 2, H6 NATIONAL AIDS MEMORIAL GROVE— Deep within

Golden Gate Park, the National Aids Memorial Grove pays quiet tribute to the millions of people who lost their lives to AIDS. The first memorial of its kind in the United States, the Grove stands as a constant reminder of how this disease devastated the San Francisco community and why the struggle against AIDS must continue today. www.aidsmemorial.com. Golden Gate Park, Nancy Pelosi Dr. & Bowling Green Dr., 415.765.0498. Map 2, F5 OCEAN BEACH— The widest and longest expanse of

sand on San Francisco’s shores, this beach extending from the Cliff House to Fort Funston along the Pacific Ocean is a destination for seaside drives, jogs, sunset walks and bonfires. Often windy and foggy, the notorious currents attract serious surfers who brave the frigid waters. www.parksconservancy.org. Map 2, A5 PAINTED LADIES— This row of seven perfectly

pastel, ornate Victorian homes from the 1890s (made famous by the opening credits of the sitcom “Full House”) lines the eastern side of Alamo Square park. Victorian and Edwardian-style houses are among San Francisco’s most recognizable architectural features. From the top of the park, you’ll be treated to a view of the Painted Ladies in the foreground of downtown San Francisco that’s popular with photographers. This little stretch of homes is often also called Postcard Row. 710-720 Steiner St. Map 2, H5 PALACE OF FINE ARTS— Originally designed for

the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition, this domed rotunda is all that remains from eight identical structures built to show the world that San Francisco had risen from the ashes after the devastating 1906 earthquake. The world’s fair honored the completion of the Panama Canal, and the construction of the Palace of Fine Arts turned the dilapidated Marina District into an exhibit of architectural beauty. Featuring a lagoon with swans, today this is a popular spot to stroll and take photos. www.palaceoffinearts.org. 3301 Lyon St., 415.567.6642. Map 2, G2 PIER 39— This family-friendly shopping, dining and

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skyline. Learn about sea life in the Aquarium of the Bay and don’t miss the sea lions who laze on the west docks and the adjacent Sea Lion Center. www.pier39.com. 415.981.7437. Map 1, C1 PRECITA EYES MURAL ARTS & VISITORS CENTER—

Precita Eyes is the starting point for tours encompassing more than 80 murals in an eight-block walk in the Mission District. The center is a multipurpose, community-based arts organization that has played an integral role in the city’s cultural heritage and arts education. www.precitaeyes.org. 2981 24th St., 415.285.2287. Map 2, J7

THE PRESIDIO— A patchwork of eucalyptus groves,

freshwater creeks, wildflower-splashed sand dunes and coastal prairie covers the Presidio, a historic former military post and modern-day national park in the northwest corner of the city. Exploring the 1,491-acre playground starts with 24 miles of trails and eight scenic overlooks with postcard-worthy views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay. Three installations by nature artist Andy Goldsworthy grace the park, inspired by 300 acres of pine, cypress and eucalyptus trees planted there in the late 1800s. The Presidio also draws outdoor enthusiasts with gems such as Baker Beach,


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Presidio Golf Course and Rob Hill Campground. Perched atop the park’s highest point, the latter is San Francisco’s only overnight campsite. www. presidio.gov. Accessed via Washington Blvd., 15th Ave., 25th Ave., Arguello Blvd., Presidio Ave. and Chestnut St. Map 2, E2 PRESIDIO OFFICERS’ CLUB—San Francisco’s old-

est building (Spanish colonists built its adobe walls in 1776) and the crown jewel of the Presidio reopened fall 2014 after a $30 million renovation. The 38,895-square foot cultural destination is home to permanent and rotating exhibits, the most noteworthy of which is the Heritage Gallery, which features multi-media displays on the area’s history, much of which has been discovered by local archeologists who staff an active research center for Presidio artifacts. The building is also home to Arguello, a new Mexican restaurant from acclaimed chef Traci Des Jardins. Inside are original pendants and wall sconces as well as a bar made from the reclaimed wood of a demolished Presidio building. Adjacent to the restaurant is the latest sculpture from nature artist Andy Goldsworthy, which incorporates local eucalyptus trees. www.presidio.gov. 50 Moraga Ave., 415.561.4440. Map 2, F2 RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! MUSEUM— This

remodeled museum houses more than 400 mind-boggling and bizarre exhibits from around the world. Seventy interactive displays appeal to people of all ages. The ODDitorium includes a Marvelous Mirror Maze and a Ripley’s Toy and Candy Factory. www.ripleysf.com. 175 Jefferson St., 415.202.9850. Map 1, C2 SAN FRANCISCO BOTANICAL GARDEN— This

internationally recognized urban oasis and selfdescribed outdoor classroom includes 55 acres of gardens displaying more than 8,000 different kinds of plants, plus a library, bookstore, family activities and guided walks. The Bay Area’s mild temperatures, wet winters and dry summers, coupled with San Francisco’s famous coastal fog, provide this garden with a rare and advantageous range of climatic conditions that allow it to grow and conserve plants from all over the world, including plants from high elevation tropical cloud forests and plants that are no longer found in their native habitats. www.sfbotanicalgarden.org. 1119 9th Ave., 415.661.1316. Map 2, D5 THE SAN FRANCISCO DUNGEON—This theatrical ex-

perience retells the city’s dark and sordid Barbary Coast and Gold Rush era history through a cast of actors and special effects and a drop ride called Escape Alcatraz. This is the first such attraction in the United States, although seven European cities already have their own. sanfrancisco.thedungeons. com/en/san-francisco/home/. 145 Jefferson St., 415.563.8891. Map 1, C2 SAN FRANCISCO MARITIME NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK— The historic park offers opportunities to

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tour several historic ships, including the meticulously restored square-rigger “Balclutha” (open daily 9:30 am-6 pm; $5 adults, children under 16 free). The visitors center in the nearby Argonaut Hotel (499 Jefferson St.) features interactive exhibits. Join the free pirate party called Chantey Sing at 8 pm on the first Saturday of each month. www.nps. gov/safr. Hyde St. Pier, 415.447.5000. Map 1, B2 SS JEREMIAH O’BRIEN— Of the 2,710 Liberty ships

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You can explore just about every deck and room, from the cargo bay to the captain’s quarters and engine room. This 441-foot ship’s interiors and sounds were also integral to James Cameron’s capture of three Academy Awards for his movie “Titanic.” Guided tours are available for groups of 10 or more; self-guided tours are offered to smaller groups. www.ssjeremiahobrien.org. Pier 45, 415.544.0100. Map 1, B1 STOW LAKE— One of the gems of Golden Gate

Park, this serene, man-made lake has provided an escape from city living since 1893. Rent a rowboat, pedal boat or electric boat and gently cruise under the many bridges and visit the waterfall. This is a scenic and relaxing retreat for couples and families alike. www.stowlakeboathouse.com. 50 Stow Lake Dr., 415.386.2531. Map 2, D5 THE HAAS-LILIENTHAL HOUSE— San Francisco’s

only Queen Anne-style Victorian was built in 1886. It is the only intact private home of the period that is open regularly as a museum, complete with authentic furniture and artifacts. Tours $8. www.sfheritage.org. 2007 Franklin St., 415.441.3000. Map 1, A4 THE WOMEN’S BUILDING MURAL— This spectacular

mural is a culmination of a multi-cultural, multigeneration collaboration of seven women artists. The mural was painted in 1994 and its themes include the healing power of women’s wisdom over time and the contributions of women throughout history. www.womensbuilding.org. 3543 18th St. #8, 415.431.1180. Map 2, I6 TRANSAMERICA PYRAMID— When plans for the

new Transamerica Corporation’s headquarters in downtown San Francisco were unveiled in 1968, there was public outcry. Many critics claimed that an obelisk-shaped skyscraper didn’t belong in their city. The iconic pyramid is now a source of great city pride and includes 500,000 square feet of office space. www.thepyramidcenter.com. 600 Montgomery St., 415.983.5420. Map 1, D4 TRANSAMERICA VISITORS CENTER— Opening its

doors to the public in 2013 for the first time in more than a decade, the famed Transamerica Pyramid operates a visitor center and gift shop. The location features historic displays and videos about the building, from its controversial beginnings to its now iconic status as one of the most recognizable buildings in the world. Open M-F, 10 am-3 pm. www.transamericapyramidcenter.com. 600 Montgomery St., 415.500.6637. Map 1, E4 URBAN PUTT— Located in the Mission District, Urban

Putt is San Francisco’s first and only minature golf course. A team of local designers, robotics engirneers, welders and artists designed the indoor, 14hole course, which features imaginative handmade marvels and interactive, kinetic scultpures inspired by San Francisco’s landmarks and architecture. Two bars pour drafts from from local breweries, wines and cocktails which are served in customdesigned “adult sippy cups” so that players can drink on the green. After your game, grab a bite at the upstairs restaurant serving California comfort food with organic and locally sourced igredients. www.urbanputt.com. 1096 South Van Ness Ave., 415.341.1080. Map 2, I7 WELLS FARGO HISTORY MUSEUM— This small muse-

um (appropriately) located in the heart of the city’s bustling Financial District is built on the site where Wells Fargo first opened for business in 1852 and features a Concord Coach used in the 1860s as well 60 W H E R E S A N F R A N C I S CO I J A N UA R Y 2017

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as an impressive display of gold dust and ore from California’s Gold Country. www.wellsfargohistory. com. 420 Montgomery St., 415.396.2619. Map 2, J3 THE YARD AT MISSION ROCK— Built from repur-

posed shipping containers in Parking Lot A of the Giants’ AT&T Park, the Yard provides a unique take on the food court. This communal gathering spot houses pop-up stores and restaurants, with live music, events and happy hours on weekends. Open seven days a week, the Yard is a great space for meeting up with friends for a quick drink or bite to eat. www.theyardsf.com. 100 Terry A Francois Blvd., Map 2, K5

YERBA BUENA GARDENS— The large complex next

to Moscone Center has much to offer in the way of theater, restaurants, public art and formal gardens. Facilities include an ice rink, a 12-lane bowling alley and a historic carousel. Nearby museums include the Contemporary Jewish Museum, SFMOMA, the Museum of the African Diaspora, the Cartoon Art Museum and the Children’s Creativity Museum, an interactive art and technology center. The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts offers visual, performing and film arts, plus educational programs. www.yerbabuenagardens.com. 750 Howard St., 415.978.2787. Map 1, D6

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awaits at this facility near the far edge of Ocean Beach. The attractions include a children’s petting zoo and a lemur forest. www.sfzoo.org. Sloat Blvd. at Great Hwy., 415.753.7080. Map 2, B9

Bay Cruises ADVENTURE CAT SAILING CHARTERS— Take in

the sights of the San Francisco Bay while cruising aboard a 55-foot catamaran with an enclosed cabin. Excursions include the Bay Sail, a 1.5-hour cruise that glides under the Golden Gate Bridge and past Alcatraz, and the romantic Sunset Sail, which includes hors d’oeuvres and two beverages. Reservations required. March-November. www.adventurecat.com. Pier 39 at J Dock, 800.498.4228. Map 1, C2 BLUE AND GOLD FLEET— The premier provider

of ferry and water excursion services on the San Francisco Bay, Blue & Gold Fleet offers the famous one-hour Bay Cruise Adventure, Escape from the Rock Cruise around Alcatraz Island and the everpopular RocketBoat, the ultimate high-speed thrill ride along San Francisco’s waterfront. A free multilanguage audio tour is now available on Bay Cruise Adventure and Escape from the Rock cruises in nine languages. Bring your Wi-Fi enabled device to access the tour. www.blueandgoldfleet.com. Pier 41, 415.705.8200. Map 1, C1 HORNBLOWER CRUISES & EVENTS— Enjoy beautiful

views of the Golden Gate and Bay bridges, Alcatraz and San Francisco along with food and entertainment aboard Hornblower’s fleet of luxury vessels. Offerings include a weekend Champagne brunch cruise, a dinner or supper club cruise, a lunch cruise or a cocktail cruise. Hornblower also has yachts available for private events accommodating up to 1,500 people. www.hornblower.com. Pier 3, Hornblower Landing, 855.253.7694. $$$ Map 1, D2 RED AND WHITE FLEET— Founded in 1892, this

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here, or get to know San Francisco and Sausalito on a guided tour. www.baycitybike.com. 2661 Taylor St. Map 1, C2; 1325 Columbus Ave., 415.346.2453. Map 1, B2 BLAZING SADDLES— Bike the bridge with this

professional and accessible biking adventure company, offering eight San Francisco locations at Fisherman’s Wharf and a fun, family friendly way to combine sightseeing and fresh air. www.blazingsaddles.com. 2715 Hyde St., 415.202.8888. Map 1, C1

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fering a unique urban bicycle experience, this bike tour lets visitors explore the city’s diverse neighborhoods, historical architecture and rich culture at their own pace. Take a self-guided tour or join a tour guide for a fun and exciting view of the city with tours ranging from 9-18 miles depending on how much you want to see. www.sosfbiketours. com. 385 Linden St., 415.448.7673. Map 1, A8

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55 percent off on admission to over 25 attractions and tours, including the Exploratorium, Bay Cruises and Madame Tussauds. smart-destinations.evyy. net/c/212731/280534/4015. 800.887.9103. TIX BAY AREA— This service offers deeply dis-

counted tickets to theater, dance, music and film events in addition to tours and attractions, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the nonprofit Theatre Bay Area. Buy online, at the Union Square box office or at the self-service kiosk in the California Welcome Center at Pier 39 in Fisherman’s Wharf. Open daily. www.tixbayarea.org. 350 Powell St., 415.433.7827. Map 1, C5

Private Transportation BAUER’S LIMOUSINE & TRANSPORTATION SERVICE— This fleet includes limos, sedans, classic

cars, buses and vans to transport 2-82 passengers. Hot-air balloons, yachts, helicopters and motorized cable cars are also available for private charter. www.bauerslimousine.com. 800.546.6688 SUPERSHUTTLE— This fleet of signature blue mini-

vans provides affordable, 24/7 airport transportation to or from homes, offices and hotels. It serves more than 40 airports nationwide and offers doorto-door service, group rates, charters and frequent flier points and miles with select airlines. Book online or via its mobile apps. www.supershuttle. com. 800.258.3826. TIDELINE WATER TAXI— Tideline Marine Group’s

water-taxi service is an on-demand, all-weather, 24/7 alternative to driving or limited schedule ferry services. Luxurious small passenger boats pick up and transport passengers at authorized public and private locations throughout the Port of San Francisco, Marin County and even Napa Valley. www.tidelinesf.com. 415.339.0196.

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the-minute transportation information, covering the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. Just dial 511 or check the website. www.511.org. BART— Bay Area Rapid Transit trains serve the city of

San Francisco as well as San Francisco and Oakland International airports, Berkeley, Oakland and other Bay Area destinations. Trains run until midnight daily. www.bart.gov. 415.989.2278.

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Fisherman’s Wharf; the California car runs between Market Street and Van Ness Ave. $6; Muni Passports and Clipper Cards accepted. www.sfmuni. com. 415.673.6864. CALTRAIN— Offering commuter rail service along

the San Francisco Peninsula, through the South Bay to San Jose and Gilroy. 800.660.4287. www. caltrain.com. CLIPPER CARD— Available for use on Muni, BART,

CalTrain and more, this is an all-in-one transit card that keeps track of any passes, discount tickets, ride books and cash value loaded onto it. www. clippercard.com. FERRIES— The Golden Gate Ferry fleet offers daily

ferries to two Marin County destinations: Sausalito and Larkspur. The Blue and Gold Fleet offers ferry service to Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island, Vallejo and Alameda/Oakland. The East Bay Ferry provides ferries between San Francisco, Alameda and Oakland (with Angel Island added May through October). The Alameda Harbor Bay Ferry offers service strictly between San Francisco and Alameda at rush hours. Bay Link Ferry offers ferries between Vallejo, the Ferry Building and Fisherman’s Wharf. www.watertransit.org. GOLDEN GATE PARK SHUTTLE— Now it’s easier

than ever to explore the many different attractions located throughout the 1,017 acres that make up Golden Gate Park. Drive to the free parking at Ocean Beach to catch the shuttle, which runs every 15 to 20 minutes and stops at the Conservatory of Flowers, de Young Museum, California Academy of Sciences, National AIDS Memorial Grove, Stow Lake and more. www.golden-gate-park.com. Point Lobos Ave., Great Hwy., Map 2, B5 MUNI— Citywide bus and light-rail service includes

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the restored, brightly colored F-line streetcars that run from the Castro District to Pier 39 and back. Light-rail trains run above ground on tracks and also below ground to make stops at various destinations on Market Street. Muni Passports, good for unlimited rides for one, three or seven consecutive days, are available at the Visitor Information Center at the BART station on Powell and Market streets. www.sfmuni.com. 415.673.6864.

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2,000-square-foot facility in the Presidio packs a softball and two baseball batting cages, all equipped with HD video screens so you know when the pitch is about to be fired. www.battersboxsf.com. 933B Old Mason St., 707.412.8228. Map 2, E2 GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS— The Bay Area’s profes-

sional basketball team currently plays at the Oracle Arena in Oakland but has plans to move to a state-of-the-art, privately financed recreation and entertainment facility in San Francisco’s Mission Bay. www.nba.com/warriors. Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, 510.986.2200.

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K1 SPEED— Put the pedal to the metal and tear up

the professionally designed racetrack at this indoor electric go-kart racing center. The eco-friendly entertainment venue features an extensive collection of racing memorabilia as well as a snack bar and meeting rooms, making it ideal for parties, business functions and special events. www.k1speed. com. 160 Beacon St., S. San Francisco, 650.741.0215. MISSION CLIFFS ROCK CLIMBING CENTER— This

original Touchstone gym established in 1995 has 23,000 square feet of climbing, including a lead wall that ascends over 50 feet and some of the highest indoor climbing you will find anywhere. The center also offers performance indoor cycling, yoga, a weight room and 2,000 square feet of bouldering. www.touchstoneclimbing.com. 2295 Harrison St., 415.550.0515. Map 2, J6 PLANET GRANITE— Located in the heart of the

verdant Presidio by the Golden Gate Bridge, this indoor climbing gym boasts 25,000 square feet of climbing terrain, a full fitness and cardio area and two yoga studios. Enjoy fantastic views across Crissy Field as you climb and work out. www.planetgranite.com. 924 Mason St., 415.692.3434. Map 2, E2 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS— The NFL team has moved

to Santa Clara to play at the new state-of-the-art Levi’s Stadium, nearly two million square feet of cutting-edge technology, sustainable design, gourmet concessions and art exhibits that redefine the fan experience. www.sf49ers.com. 4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara, 415.464.9377. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS— One of the longest-

established professional baseball teams, the 2010 and 2012 MLB World Series champions attract 3 million fans annually. Watch star players Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum and Buster Posey play ball at the beautiful waterfront 43,000-seat AT&T Park, which frequently sells out. www.sfgiants.com. 24 Willie Mays Plaza, 415.972.2000. Map 1, F7

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ants, AT&T Park offers a grand slam attraction for its fans when the dugout is empty. Walk through the places only the players and coaches go, including the Giants’ dugout, the visitors’ clubhouse and the field. www.attpark.com. 24 Willie Mays Plaza, 415.972.2400. Map 1, F8 AVITAL TOURS— Visit some of the city’s best eateries

and bars and take in the sights along the way as your guide shares engaging historical anecdotes. Stops on the Mission District tour include Bi-Rite Creamery and Hog & Rocks, the city’s first ham and oyster bar. On the Union Square cocktail tour, you’ll take a jaunt through former speakeasy territory and find out why San Francisco is now considered one of the top cocktail destinations in the world. At each stop you’ll spend time with a chef, bartender or owner tasting, chatting and maybe even baking. www.avitaltours.com. 415.355.4044. BARBARY COAST TRAIL SELF-GUIDED WALKING TOUR— The Barbary Coast Trail is a 3.8-mile walk

through the heart of historic San Francisco, marked by bronze medallions and arrows set in the sidewalk that lead to 20 of the city’s most important historic sites. www.sfhistory.org. 5th and Mission streets, 415.775.1111. Map 1, D7

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BIG BUS TOURS— Take a tour through San Francisco

aboard an open-top bus and learn about its rich history and culture, hopping on and off at any of the 20 stops located throughout the city. Choose between a 24 or 48-hour ticket and live tour guides or recorded commentary in 10 languages. www. bigbustours.com. 99 Jefferson St., 855.854.8687. CITY KAYAK— Docked near AT&T Park, this company

offers all the gear you need for a day on the bay, regardless of your ability level. You can even paddle to McCovey Cove behind the park and try to catch a home-run ball. Guided tours available. www. citykayak.com. South Beach Harbor, Embarcadero at Townsend St., 415.357.1010. Map 1, G7 CITY SIGHTSEEING— The tours on these open-top,

vintage double-decker buses feature live guides. The downtown loop is hop-on, hop-off, and tickets are valid for 48 hours. www.city-sightseeing.us. 2800 Leavenworth St., 415.440.8687. Map 1, B2 EDIBLE EXCURSIONS— Epicurean concierge Lisa

Rogovin offers intimate culinary excursions in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland for foodies looking to get a behind-the-scenes taste of the Bay Area’s remarkable food culture with a local expert. Tours explore the Mission District, Japantown, the “Gourmet Ghetto” of North Berkeley, the Ferry Building Marketplace and Farmers Market, the craft cocktail scene and Uptown Oakland. www. edibleexcursions.net. 415.806.5970. ELECTRIC TOUR COMPANY - SEGWAY TOURS— Sign

up for fully guided Segway tours of Fisherman’s Wharf and the waterfront, Golden Gate Park, Chinatown and Little Italy. Experienced Segway riders can try the Advanced Hills & Crookedest Street tour. Participants must be 12 years of age or older and weigh 100-250 pounds. www.electrictourcompany.com. 757 Beach St. Map 1, C1; Golden Gate Park office located behind the stage in Music Concourse near Japanese Tea Garden, 415.474.3130. Map 2, E5 GOURMET WALKS— Take a stroll in a burgeoning

foodie neighborhood and discover the city’s best food, chocolate and wine. The signature Chocolate Tour satiates sweet tooths with a delicious education on fine chocolate and samples from gourmet chocolate boutiques. The Hayes Valley tour explore the origins of California cuisine while sampling everything from gourmet tea at Samovar and Parisian macarons from Chantal Guillon to an artisan exotic cocktail from Smugglers Cove. www. gourmetwalks.com. 415.312.1119. HOBNOB TOURS— Hear tales of high society,

adultery and murder on the Nob Hill tour while seeing mansions, fountains, ballrooms and Grace Cathedral. The Financial District tour is full of architectural icons, sculptures and plaques, including the dazzling Julia Morgan ballroom and the Palace Hotel’s Garden Court. The Chinatown, Theater District and Union Square walk mixes feng shui, Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and Philippe Starck design. 10 am and 1:30 pm daily. $30. Reservations required. www.hobnobtours.com. 650.814.6303. MISSION MURAL WALKS— The Precita Eyes Mural

Arts & Visitors Center, a multipurpose, community-based arts organization that has played an integral role in the city’s cultural heritage and arts education, organizes a variety of artist-led cultural and historical walking tours. Explore more than 80 gorgeous murals and the stories behind them in an eight-block walk. www.precitaeyes.org. 2981 24th St., 415.285.2287. Map 2, J7

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Knowledgeable and friendly guide Rick Evans leads a two-hour tour of San Francisco’s most famous downtown buildings, unique open spaces and historic landmarks. Tours leave daily at 11 am from the lobby of the Galleria Park Hotel. Reservations required. www.architecturesf.com. 191 Sutter St., 415.264.8824. Map 1, D5 SAN FRANCISCO CITY GUIDES— Volunteers from

the San Francisco Public Library lead dozens of free neighborhood tours. There’s a tour for just about every interest or passion, including Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco; various 1906 retrospectives about the earthquake and fires that leveled the city a century ago; and a Golden Gate Bridge walk, to name just a few. www.sfcityguides.org. 415.557.4266. Map 1, D6 SAN FRANCISCO HELICOPTER TOURS— These

narrated tours offer bird’s-eye views of the city and popular attractions such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Treasure Island and more. Tours range from 20-minute flights over the city to halfday excursions to wine country, as well as dinner flights and Sausalito lunch flights. Complimentary shuttles pick up passengers from Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square and Nob Hill. Flights depart from the executive terminal at SFO and Sausalito. Reservations required. www.sfhelicopters.com. 800.400.2404. SAN FRANCISCO MOVIE TOURS— Watch clips from

dozens of movies shot in San Francisco as you pass the actual film locations on this engaging two-hour bus tour of the city. You’ll see the house from “Mrs. Doubtfire,” the spot where Jimmy Stewart pulled Kim Novak from the water in “Vertigo” and much more. Departs from Pier 43 1/2. www.sanfranciscomovietours.com. 415.624.4949. Map 1, C1 SAN FRANCISCO WHALE TOURS— Journey to the

Farallon Islands, where grey and humpback whales migrate through the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, aboard the “Kitty Kat” catamaran. Experts narrate the 5-hour daily cruises. If no whales are spotted, the next trip is on the company. Slightly longer natural history excursions are also available, along with two-hour sunset eco-tours of the San Francisco Bay that feature seals, dolphins, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Advance purchase required online or by phone. www. sanfranciscowhaletours.com. Depart from Pier 39, Dock B, 212.209.3370. Map 1, C2 SEAPLANE ADVENTURES— Get a bird’s-eye view

of the city and the bay on this flying tour, which takes passengers soaring above the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz and the Pacific coastline. Sunset Champagne flights are available. Daily departures on the hour from Sausalito, four miles north of the city. Reservations recommended. www.seaplane.com. 242 Redwood Hwy., Mill Valley, 415.332.4843. STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO BIKING TOURS— If

you’re reasonably fit, perhaps the most exhilarating way to explore the city is to join the thousands of locals commuting on two wheels. The efficiency of a bicycle allows for routes that traverse multiple neighborhoods, and this young company takes out the urban intimidation factor. Go off the beaten tourist track on rides of 9-18 miles to areas where the locals work and live, like the Richmond, SoMa and the city’s most highly trafficked bike route, The Wiggle. www.sosfbiketours.com. 370 Linden St., 415.448.7673. Map 1, A8


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Jack London spent much of his boyhood on Oakland’s waterfront, now Jack London Square. Here, his youthful adventures as an oyster pirate and sailor-inspired stories like “The Sea-Wolf.” Today, the district is a symbol of the city’s history as a seaport, is home to dining, shopping and outdoor activities. www.jacklondonsquare.com. At Broadway and the Embarcadero, Oakland, 510.645.9292. JELLY BELLY FACTORY TOURS— Factory tours start

at the visitor center and proceed along the Jelly Belly Candy Trail, an elevated walkway in the huge factory. The 40-minute tours operate every day and include viewing of an exhibition kitchen where more than 150 different sweet treats are made. (Free samples!) www.jellybelly.com. 1 Jelly Belly Ln., Fairfield, 800.953.5592. MARIN HEADLANDS— Windswept ridges, protected

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Marin County’s highest mountain is ideal for hiking, cycling and horseback riding. Views from the summit include the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountain range, the Farallon Islands and San Francisco high-rises. www.parksconservancy.org. 415.561.3000. MUIR WOODS NATIONAL MONUMENT— The world’s

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Rifle heiress spent 38 years directing the construction of her 160-room Victorian home, a mansion full of inexplicable oddities. Stairs that lead to the ceiling, decor done in multiples of 13 and doors that open to nowhere are just a few of the spooky architectural surprises contained in the legendary house. www.winchestermysteryhouse.com. 525 S. Winchester Blvd., San Jose, 408.247.2101.

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It’s worth the climb up the Filbert Street Steps to Telegraph Hill. At the top, admire panoramic views of the bay and the European-style tumble of buildings on the surrounding hills. Enter Coit Tower to admire the Depression-era murals on the first floor. Buy tickets early to visit Alcatraz, the beautifully isolated site of a former maximumsecurity federal prison that is now one of the city's most popular visitor attractions. Only accessible by ferry, the island offers striking city views, and the 45-minute cellhouse audio tour is compelling. Don’t leave without taking a ride up and down the city's remarkable hills on a cable car, San Francisco's most fascinating form of transportation.

Located in Hayes Valley, the stunning SFJazz Center is the first venue in the country built specifically for jazz, and it’s the premier destination for the genre in the city. The Greek Theatre in Berkeley is the Bay Area's best outdoor venue—it was modeled after the ancient Greek theater of Epidaurus and has fantastic views of the Bay Bridge and San Francisco skyline. The world-renowned San Francisco Symphony led by the beloved Michael Tilson Thomas performs at Hayes Valley’s Davies Symphony Hall, which has served as a cultural landmark since 1911. Some of the most famous conductors and composers in classical music have performed here.

The Sea Lion Center is a free educational destination right above the marine mammals’ famous Pier 39 hangout offering tours and an exhibit space. Also free, the Presidio Officers’ Club is a cultural center in a former military post turned national park that opened in 2014 inside the oldest building in the city. It’s home to a multimedia West Coast history gallery and hosts craft activities for kids, special exhibits and music performances. The Civil War-era brick Fort Point has a magnificent setting at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge and doesn’t require an admission fee. It guarded the bridge entrance for almost half a century until its original cannons were removed. Visitors can explore its brick casemates, grand arches and spiral stairs.

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