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It’s hard to hone in on just a few new things to see, do (and eat) in San Francisco. Nevertheless, we’ll try. Just be sure to keep in touch with us at OnlyinSF on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for the latest. Here’s what’s new and different for 2018.
Rooftop bars are all the buzz and we have three in mind: If you stay at YOTEL San Francisco, you’ll enjoy priority access to the stunning 10th floor rooftop terrace and bar. Another nearby Mid-Market property, the urbane San Francisco Proper offers Charmaine’s, where the chic of a European terrace meets laid-back California-cool. At the Hotel VIA near AT&T Park, check out Rooftop at VIA, reserved exclusively for guests and private parties, complete with private cabanas, fire pits, and panoramic views of the South Beach neighborhood.
Speaking of rooftops, a rooftop park at the new Salesforce Transit Center will feature 60 species of trees and a 1,000-foot-long fountain. There will be a picnic meadow, a playground and a jogging path for all to enjoy. Below will be the hub of a major regional transit center. Here’s a biggie: Salesforce Tower. The 1,070-foot high rise at First and Mission streets is 200 feet taller than the Transamerica Pyramid, formerly San Francisco’s tallest structure. An electronic sculpture by San Francisco artist, Jim Campbell, hailed as the tallest public art installation in the U.S., will bathe the top of the tower in 11,000 lights and video projecting daily scenes from around the city. salesforcetower.com
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From Korean couture at the Asian Art Museum to the late paintings of artist René Magritte at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) opening in May,
the galleries of our major museums will be filled with the sublime and the provocative. The daring Disney heroines and heroes that artist Glen Keane brought to life will take a bow at The Walt Disney Family Museum beginning Feb. 22. Another side of Casanova is explored in The Seduction of Europe at the Legion of Honor also beginning in February, and the de Young gears up for The Cult of the Machine in March. Need a laugh? Head for the new home of the Cartoon Art Museum right in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf at 781 Beach St. Housing more than 7,000 pieces in their permanent collection, the museum has works from such household names as Charles Schulz and Bil Keane. cartoonart.org
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There are plenty of options for postcard-worthy shots of the City by the Bay’s most iconic structure. Start with a walk or bike ride to get out onto the bridge for a closer look (as well as amazing views of the Marin Headlands and city skyline). After that, head down to Fort Point, which sits beneath the bridge, for unique perspectives on the massive steel structure and then east toward Crissy Field to capture a wider shot of the full span. Want more vantage points? Try a hike at Battery Spencer on the Marin County side of the bridge to get a different angle.
With its massive dome and sweeping grand staircase, the building known as the “People’s Palace” was built after the original was destroyed in the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906 and became a symbol of the city’s resilience. Whether you want to capture the Beaux-Arts styling up close or prefer a wide shot of the exterior capped off by the towering dome — 42 feet taller than that of the U.S. Capitol Building — there’s no shortage of features to focus on. Throughout the year, the dome is also illuminated with special lights to celebrate events and holidays, offering a nighttime scene to test your photo skills.
Constructed for the 1915 PanamaPacific Exposition, this theater’s Greco-Roman columns and lavish architectural details are a popular subject on Instagram. There are plenty of options when it comes to snapping the perfect picture at this pastoral park, so take a stroll around the whole structure to find your favorite viewpoint. One of our favorites is from across the pond with the reflection of the dome in the foreground.
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NEIGHBORHOOD STROLLS Nob Hill and Russian Hill This corridor, which is named after former U.S. President James Polk, bustles with shopping, restaurants and more. Strolling northward will have you finish your journey with bay views from the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, a perfect spot to rest your legs. Along the way, shoppers can score vintage treasures at ReLove (1815 Polk) and Belle Cose (2036 Polk), while Picnic (1808 Polk) serves an eclectic array of knickknacks and gifts. When it’s time to eat, the chef’s tasting menu at La Folie (2316 Polk) might be one of San Francisco’s most celebrated, but the 24-hour Bob’s Donuts (1621 Polk) routinely rates as the best night-owl spot in the city. If you crave something spicy (or vegetarian-friendly), grab a table at Thai Spice Restaurant (1730 Polk). Farther north, fine dining has arrived at Ghirardelli Square in the form of Waxman’s (900 North Point St.), a recent addition from celebrity chef Jonathan Waxman. For happy hour or a nightcap, spots like the age-old saloon Shanghai Kelly’s (2064 Polk), cider-focused gastropub Upcider (1160 Polk), and contemporary cocktail lounge Jackalope (1092 Post) offer something for every taste. 14
Chinatown and North Beach Picking up at the edge of Union Square’s retail district, the Gateway Arch (or Dragon Gate) at Grant Avenue and Bush Street lets visitors know that the (fairly) steep climb leads to Chinatown. This neighborhood artery is filled with unique sights and flavors. The eight blocks between Bush and Broadway contain multitudes: knickknack shops, seniors doing tai chi, Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, the marvelous Chinatown Kite Shop (717 Grant) and dive bars like Li Po Cocktail Lounge (916 Grant). And there’s plenty to nosh on, like the moon cakes at the Eastern Bakery (720 Grant), or traditional platters from the Far East Café (631 Grant), which has been around since 1920. But by far, the best thing in Chinatown is the alleys. The Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory (56 Ross) and the crispy scarlet turnip cakes at the stunning Mister Jiu’s (28 Waverly) are both located on side streets just off Grant. If you’re headed north, Chinatown ends at Broadway in a neon-emblazoned strip of nightlife before transforming into North Beach.
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SIGHTSEEING, SAN FRANCISCO-STYLE the fabled streets of San Francisco offer so many exciting sightseeing possibilities that the way you tour the city is almost as important as what you see. From nightlife tours of north Beach to world-class culinary adventures, or simply spending the day enjoying the city’s most popular attractions, here are a few ideas for memorable excursions to experience the city.
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The city’s icons loom large, so places like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and other top sights are a must for most first-time visitors. Guided city tours are the most popular way to check a bunch of items off your bucket list without sweating the logistics. City Sightseeing San Francisco, Gray Line of San Francisco and Tower Tours have comfortable buses and comprehensive tours that cover much of the city and some surrounding areas as well.
San Francisco and its surrounding areas are legendary for locally sourced cuisine and wine, so eating your way around town is both a delicious and memorable way to experience the city.
For more freedom, hop on/hop off tours such as Big Bus San Francisco Tours will lead you to more than 20 top sights, plus you can go at your own pace. Enjoy a long stop for lunch in Chinatown, peruse the famous City Lights bookstore in North Beach or take a break for some shopping in Union Square. Buses arrive every 10-20 minutes and multilingual options are available.
Gourmet Walks has excellent food, wine and chocolatefocused tours exploring San Francisco and beyond, including Hayes Valley and Russian Hill, where visitors can enjoy up to seven tastings of different local foods. Local Tastes of the City tours Little Italy and Chinatown accompanied by stories as flavorful as the food. For an upscale experience, Avital Tours offers progressive meals that take you off the beaten path to discover a different side of the culinary scene. Edible Excursions’ “walking feasts” visit locales such as the Ferry Building and Japantown as well as Oakland and Berkeley.
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HIKING THE CITY Want to explore hidden stairways, picnic in a magical urban forest of old-growth redwoods or climb to the summit of Twin Peaks for breathtaking views? San Francisco’s ample greenspace and natural beauty make urban hiking a one-ofa-kind experience.
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DIVE DEEP INTO A SINGLE NEIGHBORHOOD Did you know that Chinatown was almost relocated to Hunters Point in the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake and fire? That Beat Generation poets wrote at cafés in North Beach? Or that Gold Rush-era industry barons popularized Nob Hill?
San Francisco City Guides’ free walking tours cover virtually every district and landmark across the city, so you can learn about the rich, artistic history of the Mission, glimpse stately mansions in Pacific Heights, tour the colorful night life of North Beach or relive the hidden history of Fisherman’s Wharf, depending on your taste and schedule. While the tours are free, donations are always welcome. Interested in Chinatown? With its distinctive architecture, bustling markets and restaurants, Chinatown is the largest Chinese enclave outside of Asia — and one of San Francisco’s most popular tourist destinations. Wok Wiz or All About Chinatown are two local guides who can take you through the secret alleyways and colorful streets of this unique neighborhood.
Grab a backpack and sign up with Urban Hiker San Francisco, whose tours combine history and hiking. This tour is perfect if you seek both urban amenities and outdoor adventure. The company also has combination tours that include hiking trips in Marin and beyond the city as well. Experience the city like a local with Urban Trek San Francisco. Their guided, day-long tours to small groups cover several neighborhoods and parks. Visitors walk and take public transit to get around the city. Ask about self-guided and customized treks, too.
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YeAr-rOund SPOrtS In SAn FrAnCISCO Home to several championship teams and host to some of the world’s most prestigious tournaments, San Francisco is a hub for major sporting events. the city’s world-class arenas also offer great dining and a variety of fun activities. AT&T PARK
Home of the three-time World Series Champions San Francisco Giants, this iconic ballpark features breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay. Baseball fans will love the Giants Wall of Fame and behind-the-scenes tours, which are offered yearround. Giants Enterprises is plying the waters of San Francisco Bay, too, with the recent acquisition of the 100-foot luxury vessel, California Spirit, and Yacht Lady, an 80-foot Monte Fino Motor Yacht. Both vessels are docked at Pier 40. Nearby, China Basin Park is ideal for outdoor events and picnics.
With a seating capacity of 10,000, Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park was the home of the San Francisco 49ers for more than two decades. Currently home turf for the San Francisco Deltas (North American Soccer League), it also offers a running track on its perimeter.
CHASE CENTER The 18,000-seat Chase Center will open for the 2019/20 basketball season and be the new home for the 2017 NBA Champions, the Golden State Warriors. The multi-purpose arena will anchor 11 acres of new restaurants, cafés, offices, public plazas and a fiveand-a half-acre public waterfront park.
In addition to NBA games and NCAA tournaments, the Chase Center will host big name concerts, cultural events, conventions and more. Located on Mission Bay at a major Muni Metro rail line with links to BART and other transit options, the complex will be easily accessible from most areas throughout the city.
As one of the country’s top sports venues, Levi’s® Stadium is the home of the San Francisco 49ers, the annual Pac-12 Football Championship Game and worldwide soccer events like the International Champions Cup. Located in Santa Clara in the heart of Silicon Valley, the stadium is accessible from San Francisco by Caltrain and located off the area’s major highways.
RUGBY WORLD CUP SEVENS 2018 July 20-22, 2018 this summer, the world’s best rugby sevens players will come together in San Francisco for rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 from July 20-22. this is the first time a rugby World Cup event has ever been held on u.S. soil. the three-day tournament, held at At&t Park, will feature 24 men’s and 16 women’s teams competing for the World Cup title. rugby sevens is all about skill, speed and stamina. With just seven minutes per half and seven players on the field, these knock-out matches mean high stakes and high displays of athleticism. rwcsevens.com 18
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MUST-SEE MUSEUMS World-class aquariums, interactive science exhibits and some of the country’s most diverse art collections make San Francisco’s museums a must for any traveler. But seeing the magnificent collections isn’t enough, the critically acclaimed architecture features some of the most postcardworthy views in the city. Be sure to include a stop at one (or more) of these museums during your stay. 200 Larkin St. located in the Civic Center neighborhood opposite City Hall, this stately museum has one of the world’s most diverse collections of art and objects from across the Asian continent. Spanning 6,000 years of human history, visitors can enjoy beautiful paintings, sculptures, furniture, textiles and armor, among other objects.
CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES 55 Music Concourse Dr. Home to an aquarium, planetarium and natural history museum “all under one living roof,” the California Academy of Sciences is an institution like no other. From the splashing penguins in the African Hall to the four-story living rainforest and colorful 20
coral reef ecosystem, there’s something to delight visitors of all ages.
CALIFORNIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY 678 Mission St. the California Historical Society has been preserving the rich history of California for more than 140 years. experience engaging and informative exhibits in their Yerba Buena Gardens location in the bustling SoMa neighborhood. the book store is an ideal spot to find California-centric books and gifts.
CHILDREN’S CREATIVITY MUSEUM 221 Fourth St. even if you’re not traveling with kids, the Children’s Creativity Museum is a fun way to spend the day. Filled with interactive exhibits that focus on animation, music and digital media pursuits,
the museum is located opposite an historic carousel in Yerba Buena Gardens. Be sure to take a ride.
CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUM 736 Mission St. the Contemporary Jewish Museum presents dynamic exhibitions and educational programs exploring modern perspectives on Jewish culture, history and ideas.
DE YOUNG MUSEUM 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. nestled in Golden Gate Park, the de Young houses more than 27,000 works and includes an extensive collection of American art from the 17th through 21st centuries. there’s much to see, from textiles and costumes to rare paintings. don’t miss the wraparound views of San Francisco from atop the Hamon tower.
EXPLORATORIUM Pier 15, The Embarcadero the exploratorium is an interactive museum for all ages and boasts more than 600 hands-on exhibits. experiment with thoughts, feelings and social behavior in the Human Phenomena Gallery; experience different types of rainstorms in the outdoor north Gallery and investigate the history, geography and ecology of the bay in the Fisher Bay Observation Gallery.
LEGION OF HONOR 100 34th Ave. Built to commemorate Californian soldiers who died in World War I, the legion of Honor is a neoclassic landmark overlooking lincoln Park and the Golden Gate Bridge. the museum’s collection features more than 4,000 years of ancient and european art as well as
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the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts. don’t miss a performance on the Skinner pipe organ on weekends at 4 p.m.
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685 Mission St. the Smithsonian-affiliated MoAd seeks to share the art and stories of African heritage with audiences from around the world, and is one of the few museums in the country dedicated to African diaspora — the migration of African people and their lasting cultural and historical impact.
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MUSEUM OF CRAFT AND DESIGN 2569 Third St. One of north America’s few institutions dedicated to contemporary craft and design, the museum’s mission is to explore the active roles these practices play in everyday life through original and traveling exhibitions, collaborations with institutions from around the world, and hands-on opportunities to learn how to make your own crafts.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (SFMOMA) 151 Third St. this recently expanded gem in Yerba Buena Gardens has 10 floors with 45,000 square feet of free exhibits and a façade inspired by the waters and fog of the San Francisco Bay. the
museum’s permanent collection includes more than 33,000 pieces; new additions include the Fisher Collection, which includes works by Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder and many others, and Pritzker Center for Photography, the largest space permanently dedicated to photography at any art museum in the u.S.
THE WALT DISNEY FAMILY MUSEUM 104 Montgomery St., Presidio Celebrating the life and work of Walt disney — creator of some of America’s most beloved animation including Mickey Mouse — this museum is housed in a historic building in the Presidio. Contemporary interactive galleries and state-of-the-art exhibits are narrated in Walt’s own voice, and feature early
drawings, cartoons, movies and a spectacular model of disneyland. While you’re there, enjoy daily screenings of disney classics.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS 701 Mission St. located in the heart of Yerba Buena Gardens, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts presents cuttingedge, contemporary visual art, performances, film/ video and community engagement programs by some of the most innovative artists working today. distinguished by its support for artists from around the world, YBCA is also recognized for the important role the organization plays in the San Francisco Bay Area arts, ecology and the community at large.
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One of the best-kept secrets in the city is Fort Point national Historic Site, which is located at the southern tip of the Golden Gate Bridge. It was constructed as a pre-Civil War-era fortress and is perhaps best known as the site where Jimmy Stewart dives into the Bay waters to save Kim novak in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Vertigo. there is an idyllic green space near the bluff that is a perfect place to read a book and take amazing photos of the Golden Gate Bridge.
take a walk through the Presidio and see Andy Goldsworthy’s three* site-specific installations. they all make use of trees felled as part of the Presidio’s reforestation and park management efforts: the monumental yet ephemeral Spire (2008), the sinuous Wood Line (2011), and the imposing, architectural Tree Fall (2013).
the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival. If you’re lucky to be in San Francisco during the beginning of October, pack a picnic blanket and a cooler filled with enough goodies to enjoy a beautiful day of music, people watching and good times. there’s something magical about that hour when the sun begins to set and the music echoes through the park. It’s crowded, but I love going every year. It’s one of my favorite traditions.
the San Francisco Art Institute is the oldest art school west of the Mississippi river and it has a storied legacy: Ansel Adams founded the first fine art photography department, Howard Fried created the performance/video department (now new Genres), and former faculty and alumni include Bruce nauman, Angela davis, Karen Finley, Barry McGee and Paul McCarthy. the school also hosts a robust series of programs, from exhibitions to free public lectures.
*EDITOR’S NOTE: A fourth installation, Earth Wall, is located in the Presidio Officers’ Club.
Other than your own, what are your favorite museums in San Francisco? the museum of the moment is the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. It’s just fabulous. I also love going to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. It’s so beautiful coming into the legion of Honor and looking over that cliff. Also, the Asian Art Museum is great, as is the Contemporary Jewish Museum. their shows are really cutting edge. I love that they have the Wise Sons Jewish delicatessen, a great place to hang out and eat sandwiches and matzo ball soup.
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SPECIAL EVENTS 2018
the following events are held on an annual basis and are updated throughout the year. All dates and locations are subject to change and should be confirmed with sponsors before making travel plans. For a complete list and details, visit sftravel.com. JANUARY San Francisco Sketchfest Various locations sfsketchfest.com 28th Anniversary of the Sea Lions’ Arrival at PIER 39 PIer 39, 415-705-5500 pier39.com Noir City: San Francisco Film Noir Festival Castro theatre noircity.com Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Yerba Buena Gardens norcalmlkfoundation.org Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show Cow Palace, Geneva Ave. and Santos St. 415-404-4111 goldengatekennelclub.com San Francisco Ballet Gala Opening War Memorial Opera House, 415-865-2000 sfballet.org
FEBRUARY San Francisco Independent Film Festival roxie theatre and various locations 415-820-3907 sfindie.com San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Fort Mason Center winejudging.com
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Tulipmania PIer 39, 415-705-5500 pier39.com
Chinese New Year Parade and Celebration
St. Patrick’s Day Parade Second and Market to Civic Center facebook.com/saintpatricksdaysf
CAAMFest, celebrating Asian American film, music and food Various venues in the Bay Area 415-863-0814, ext. 104 caamedia.org
San Francisco Beer Week Various Bay Area locations sfbeerweek.org
Opening Day – San Francisco Giants At&t Park, 415-972-2000 sfgiants.com
Pacific Orchid Exposition Cow Palace, 650-548-6700 orchidsanfrancisco.org
Rock ‘n’ Roll San Francisco Half Marathon Golden Gate Bridge runrocknroll.com/san-francisco
Noise Pop Various locations 415-375-3370 noisepop.com Chinese New Year Parade and Celebration Chinatown, 415-982-3071
MARCH San Francisco International Chocolate Salon Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion sfchocolatesalon.com Ocean Film Festival Cowell theater at Fort Mason Center 415-561-6251 oceanfilmfest.org
San Francisco International Beer Festival Fort Mason Center sfbeerfest.com Cherry Blossom Festival Japantown, 415-563-2313 sfcherryblossom.org San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF) Various venues including Castro theatre and roxie theatre, 415-561-5000 sffs.org Bay Area National Dance Week Various locations in the Bay Area, 415-920-9181 bayareandw.org Earth Day SF Street Fest Mission district earthdaystreetfest.com
How Weird Street Faire Howard and Second Sts. howweird.org
Cinco de Mayo Valencia Street between 21st and 24th Sts. sfcincodemayo.com SFMade Week Various locations in the Bay Area sfmade.org Uncorked – The San Francisco Wine Festival Ghirardelli Square and on Beach Street between larkin and Polk Sts., 415-775-5500 ghirardellisq.com Bay to Breakers the embarcadero near Mission 415-231-3130 zapposbaytobreakers.com Carnaval Mission district, 415-642-1748 carnavalsanfrancisco.org Alcatraz Challenge San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge alcatrazchallenge.tricalifornia.com
Art and Culture
Art And Culture
JUNE Union Street Music Festival union St. between Gough and Steiner, 800-310-6563 unionstreetfestival.com North Beach Festival Washington Square Park sresproductions.com/events/ north-beach-festival Haight-Ashbury Street Fair Haight St. between Masonic and Stanyan Sts., 415-664-2970 haightashburystreetfair.org Juneteenth Parade and Festival Fillmore district between Geary and eddy Sts. sfjuneteenth.com Frameline, San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival Various venues including the Castro theatre and roxie theater, 415-703-8650 frameline.org
San Francisco Lesbian/Gay/ Bisexual/Transgender Pride Celebration Parade Beale Street along Market to Market and eighth Sts. 415-864-0831 sfpride.org Stern Grove Festival Stern Grove, 19th Ave. and Sloat Blvd., 415-252-6252 sterngrove.org
JULY Fourth of July Waterfront Festival PIer 39, 415-705-5500 pier39.com Fillmore Street Jazz Festival Fillmore St. between Jackson and eddy Sts. fillmorejazzfestival.com
Renegade Craft Fair Fort Mason Center renegadecraft.com/ san-francisco San Francisco Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K Run/Walk Ferry Building, the embarcadero 888-958-6668, ext. 1 thesfmarathon.com
AUGUST ACC Craft Show Fort Mason Center 800-836-3470 craftcouncil.org The Giant Race At&t Park, 415-972-1881 race-sfgiants.com/san-francisco
Ethnic Dance Festival War Memorial Opera House 415-474-3914 worldartswest.org
Nihonmachi Street Fair Japantown and Japan Center 415-771-9861 nihonmachistreetfair.org
Salsa Festival on The Fillmore Various venues, Fillmore St. salsaonfillmore.com
Jerry Day Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in Mclaren Park jerryday.org
Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival Golden Gate Park sfoutsidelands.com Eat Drink SF Various locations including Fort Mason Center eatdrink-sf.com Noe Valley Wine Walk 24th Street from diamond to Chattanooga sresproductions.com Bay Area Brew Festival Pier 35 bayareabrewfestival.com
SEPTEMBER Sausalito Art Festival Sausalito, 415-332-3555 sausalitoartfestival.org J-POP Summit Festival Fort Mason Center j-pop.com Architecture and the City Citywide, 415-362-7397 archandcity.org San Francisco Fringe Festival Various downtown venues, including eXIt theatre 415-931-1094 or 415-673-3847 sffringe.org San Francisco Symphonyâ€™s Opening davies Symphony Hall 415-552-8000 sfsymphony.org
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FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival Castro theatre and other venues around the Bay Area 415-621-0556 (info) 866-558-4253 (tickets) sfjff.org
San Francisco Opera in the Park
San Francisco Opera’s Opening War Memorial Opera House 415-864-3330 sfopera.com
Folsom Street Fair Folsom St. between eighth and 13th Sts., 415-777-3247 folsomstreetfair.com Oktoberfest By The Bay Pier 48 near At&t Park 888-746-7522 oktoberfestbythebay.com
Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival Ghirardelli Square 415-775-5500 ghirardellisq.com
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San Francisco Opera in the Park Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, 415-864-3330 sfopera.com
OCTOBER Fleet Week San Francisco PIer 39, Fisherman’s Wharf and Marina Green, 415-306-0911 fleetweeksf.org
Autumn Moon Festival Grant Avenue moonfestival.org
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Golden Gate Park hardlystrictlybluegrass.com
San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival lake Merritt, Oakland sfdragonboat.com
Castro Street Fair Castro St., 415-841-1824 castrostreetfair.org
Sausalito Floating Homes Tour Sausalito, 415-332-1916 floatinghomes.org
Litquake Various locations litquake.org San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade and Festival Fisherman’s Wharf and north Beach, 415-703-9888 sfcolumbusday.org
ArtSpan/SF Open Studios Various locations, 415-861-9838 artspan.org
PIER 39 Tree Lighting PIer 39, 415-705-5500 pier39.com
Grand National Rodeo, Horse Show and Stock Show Cow Palace, daly City 415-404-4111 grandnationalrodeo.com
Union Square Tree Lighting Ceremony union Square, Powell and Geary Sts., 415-781-7880 visitunionsquaresf.com or macys.com/believe
San Francisco Fall Antiques Show Fort Mason Center 415-989-9019 sffas.org
NOVEMBER Embarcadero Center Building Lighting Ceremony Justin Herman Plaza, embarcadero Center 800-733-6318 embarcaderocenter.com Illuminate SF Citywide, 415-391-2000 illuminatesf.com San Francisco International Hip-Hop Dance Festival Palace of Fine Arts theater sfhiphopdancefest.com San Francisco International Automobile Show the Moscone Center 415-331-4406 sfautoshow.com
Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting Ceremony Ghirardelli Square 415-775-5500 ghirardellisq.com
DECEMBER PAC-12 Football Championship Game levi’s Stadium, 408-579-4449 Pac-12.com/football/footballchampionship-game Union Street Fantasy of Lights union St. between Van ness and Steiner, 800-310-6563 sresproductions.com or unionstreetsf.com San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker War Memorial Opera House 415-865-2000 (tickets) sfballet.org Foster Farms Bowl levi’s® Stadium, Santa Clara fosterfarmsbowl.com
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ATWATER TAVERN (Embarcadero) With a menu inspired by classics such as cioppino, steamed mussels and other seafood dishes, Atwater also features meats cooked over a wood-fired Santa Maria grill. atwatertavern.com
ANCHOR & HOPE (SoMa/Yerba Buena) this lofty, nautical-themed space in a converted warehouse offers a comprehensive selection of raw oysters as well as classic comforts like clam chowder, local favorites like Crab louie (a.k.a. “the King of Salads”), fish and chips, and more. anchorandhopesf.com
GREENS (Marina/Pacific Heights) this acclaimed eatery receives regular accolades from Zagat and local food critics alike thanks to its locally sourced, seasonal menu specializing in all things plant-based. It should be on your list even if you aren’t strictly vegetarian. greensrestaurant.com
BARCHA (SoMa/Yerba Buena) A relative newcomer to the city’s dining scene, Barcha has made a splash with a mix of Middle eastern and Mediterranean flavors. You’ll find turkish flatbreads, juicy duck meatballs and house-made lamb sausage shakshuka, among other savory treats. barcha-sf.com
SCOMA’S (Fisherman’s Wharf) Specializing in “pier-toplate” fresh seafood, this family-owned eatery has been a waterfront mainstay for about 50 years. this is the place to be during dungeness crab season — you might even see dinner coming in off the boats. scomas.com
THE VESTRY AT THE CHAPEL (Mission) It’s not a strictly vegetarian menu, but for brunch there’s plenty to love here if you’re meat-free, including made-to-order donuts, an exquisite avocado toast preparation, house-made granola, tofu banh mi and more. thechapelsf.com
MOURAD (SoMa/Yerba Buena) this Moroccan-inspired, fine-dining locale serves up refined interpretations of traditional Middle eastern cuisine with a distinct twist of contemporary San Francisco. You’ll need to bring a friend or two, if you want to tackle some of the family-style main dishes. mouradsf.com
SESSIONS AT THE PRESIDIO (Richmond/Presidio) the name is a reference to the easy-drinking, lower alcohol “session” beers that have grown in popularity alongside the rise of the craft beer scene. At this gastropub, you’ll find more than 100 craft beers, as well as a selection of creative cocktails, served alongside a sharing-friendly seasonal menu. sessionssf.com 26
With so many wonderful restaurants scattered across the city, it can be tough to choose where to grab your next meal. But no matter what you’re in the mood for, there are plenty of culinary adventures waiting to be discovered. Here are a few suggestions, if you know what you want but aren’t sure where to find it.
SANRAKU (Union Square) this unassuming sushi spot offers a rotating selection of fresh fish as well as traditional favorites like tempura and teriyaki. It’s the perfect place for a relaxed, pretension-free lunch or dinner a few blocks from the hustle and bustle of union Square. sanraku.com
TRATTORIA PINOCCHIO (North Beach) Award-winning chef Giovanni Zocca’s comfortable neighborhood restaurant specializes in house-made pastas, authentic cioppino and a legendary tiramisu. You can get fancy with crab and lobster ravioli, or keep it simple with their selection of pizzas and calzones. trattoriapinocchio.com
PABU (Financial District) Michael Mina and Chef Ken tominaga join forces for a modern iteration of izakaya-style offerings where you’ll find creative sushi as well as hot and cold dishes. definitely a splurge, but worth it. pabuizakaya.com
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LATIN & MEXICAN BELMAR MEAT MARKET – LA GALLINITA (Mission) this neighborhood gem has been part of the Mission for more than 40 years. It’s a full-service butcher and market, but the real draw is the tacos, soups and assorted dishes they serve during the day.
ROSE PISTOLA (North Beach) this James Beard Award-winning trattoria offers cuisine inspired by the northern coast of Italy and features ingredients sourced from local fishermen, farmers and ranchers. their outdoor seating, live jazz music and an extensive wine list create the perfect atmosphere. rosepistolasf.com
LA MAR CEBICHERIA PERUANA (Embarcadero) Inspired by the ubiquitous cebicherias found throughout Peru, la Mar presents delectably fresh cebiche and pisco-infused cocktails set against a gorgeous waterfront backdrop. Save room for a tasty empanada (or five). lamarsf.com
Serving up a baked rendition of the traditional Argentinian meat-and-veggie-packed pies, ¡Venga! empanadas is a must-taste for fans of flaky, savory delicacies. If you’re worried about eating healthy while on vacation, there are gluten-free options for the crust, and the fillings are made using natural and organic ingredients. At a mere $3.95 a pop, these tasty handheld numbers are satisfying, affordable and transportable. vengaempanadas.com
WATERFRONT A favorite of San Francisco locals and visitors alike for 49 years, Waterfront restaurant is one of the city’s foremost dining destinations. take in the breathtaking bay view as you sample fresh, sustainable seafood and tender Wagyu beef, or choose from a variety of delectable vegetarian, vegan and glutenfree dishes. Waterfront restaurant is located at Pier 7 on the embarcadero at the foot of Broadway and offers valet parking for your convenience. waterfrontsf.com
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“Gotta stick with the classics. the Cliff House is our fave.” – SherpaSocial
Visit the iconic Cliff House where awesome views, historic ambience, and warm hospitality are a San Francisco tradition! Voted Best Brunch 2015, 2016 & 2017 SF Examiner Reader’s Choice
1090 Point Lobos San Francisco 415-386-3330 www.CliffHouse.com
Dine in the elegant Sutro’s with seasonal California coastal cuisine or the casual Bistro with a classic San Francisco menu. Join us for our famous Sunday Champagne Brunch Buffet in the Terrace Room. Watch beautiful sunsets while you enjoy live jazz Friday nights in the Balcony Lounge. Open Daily for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
“Zazie! despite the long lines, their eggs benedict and grilled garlic keep bringing me back.”
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HOW I See SF DINING
When faced with as many dining options and foodie experiences as San Francisco has to offer, we understand why it might be tricky to narrow them down. that’s why we’ve asked these local
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culinary stars to share their know-how and point you in the right direction.
CHEF SHARON NAHM
CHEF MOURAD LAHLOU
CHEF MICHAEL MINA
CHEF RYAN SCOTT
TOUR GUIDE LINDA LEE
Q Where do you indulge your artistic side in San Francisco?
Q When you have out-of-town guests, where do you take them? I try to take visitors to almost every part of San Francisco. Whether it’s a hike through lands end, an afternoon at dolores Park, a bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge, watching the city blanketed in fog from the Marin Headlands, spending a Saturday morning walking through stalls of glorious produce and artisanal products at the Ferry Building, a drive through the Mission feasting on tacos, eating ice cream from Bi-rite Creamery or biting into an éclair while waiting to snag a loaf of crusty country bread at tartine Bakery — these are only a few magical things the city has to offer.
Q Which restaurant is still on your list to dine at in San Francisco?
Q What should every visitor to Chinatown do at least once?
Farmers markets, like the one at the Ferry Building. My creative side comes through while cooking, so it’s fun to walk around, see and taste what’s available that day.
Q Where and what would you choose for your last meal in San Francisco? It would have to be Hana Japanese restaurant [in Sonoma County]. I have profound respect for Chef Ken tominaga — for his skill and ability to make Japanese food delicious and approachable. I’d completely leave it in Chef Ken’s hands, and do an omakase menu. As for a restaurant in San Francisco, it would have to be Zuni Café. I have special memories of dining there, as it was one of my first meals after I moved to San Francisco, and really introduced me to California cuisine. the roasted chicken can’t be beat.
there are so many new spots that have opened over the past two years and being on the road for my cookbook One to Five and opening Finn town hasn’t left me a lot of time for checking them out. I’ve heard great things about uma Casa and my industry friends say that Aina in dogpatch is definitely worth a try.
If you really want to see the real Chinatown, stroll through the Stockton Street food markets. It’s where the residents shop, where the Chinese-Americans shop for foods not found elsewhere, and the variety, quality and price of foods are incomparable. the most important quality? Freshness. When the Chinese select foods, the freshest foods are important because of texture, color, aroma and the most important, taste. If you are a visitor, it’s impossible to resist seasonal exotic fruits from all over the world.
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1 THE PRESS CLUB 20 Yerba Buena Ln., SoMa/Yerba Buena The Press Club is one of the best places to try a wide selection of wines, not only from California but regions throughout the world. With more than 300 bottles ranging from a $38 Mercat Cava to a $660 Sine Qua Non’s 2008 Grenache “Duel,” they have a wine to please all palates and pocketbooks. Visit on the last Thursday of each month when you can sip alongside one of the winemakers at an informative tasting. 30
2 WINERY COLLECTIVE 485 Jefferson St., Fisherman’s Wharf Take a wine country tour in the heart of San Francisco at Winery Collective. The welcoming wine bar has daily walk-in tastings where you can sample wine from across California in selections of rotating flights. Get an introduction to multiple wineries around the region in one visit and take home what you like.
3 JAX VINEYARDS
326 Brannan St., SoMa/Yerba Buena
1345 Howard St., SoMa/Yerba Buena
Located just two blocks from AT&T Park, this wine tasting room features JAX Vineyards portfolio sourced from Napa Valley and Sonoma County. Releases are paired with local cheeses for special events, private tastings and happy hours (Wednesday-Friday). The patio, fire pit and 18-foot-tall olive tree beckon; inside the modern stand-up counter is the ideal spot to sample an array of varietals.
Bringing the best of the wine country to the city for a unique urban wine experience, Tank18 offers wines by the glass or bottle and $15 tasting flights. Pouring on Thursday-Sunday (or thereabouts depending on what has transpired the night before), Tank18 has a laidback vibe that makes even a wine novice feel welcomed.
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If you can’t make it up to wine country on your trip, let wine country come to you. San Francisco and the surrounding area are home to a variety of urban wineries featuring wine tastings, events and educational winemaking demonstrations. Here are four not-to-miss local spots.
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NEIGHBORHOODS each of san Francisco’s major neighborhoods has its own culture and charm.
And some would add, climate. The Mission district is known for its sunny disposition; however, as you get closer to the Pacific, temperatures can drop and fog is common. here’s an introduction to the city’s most prominent locales.
DISCOVER MORE Visit sftravel.com/neighborhoods to learn more about these san Francisco neighborhoods and many others.
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Home of the oldest opera house in San Francisco, this area also boasts a vibrant artists’ colony at the old Hunters Point shipyard and scenic nature trails.
Rebuilt after the 1906 earthquake, San Francisco’s Chinatown is the oldest in North America. This thriving Chinese American community’s restaurants, gift shops and food markets give it distinct appeal. The pagoda roofs and dragon lampposts serve as great photo backdrops.
CASTRO/ NOE VALLEY Find outdoor cafés, unique history and bustling bars in the Castro, known as the “gay capital of the world.” Neighboring Noe Valley is a charming, Victorian neighborhood.
CENTRAL MARKET A bustling combination of enterprise zone, tech businesses, arts groups, retail and restaurants, Central Market is undergoing a neighborhood renaissance.
CIVIC CENTER/ HAYES VALLEY Civic Center is home to some of the city’s largest governmental and cultural institutions, while bustling Hayes Valley has antique and book shops, restaurants, galleries and the SFJAZZ Center.
EMBARCADERO/ FINANCIAL DISTRICT Lined with deep-water piers, this historic area boasts views of soaring skyscrapers; the Ferry Building, a public space housing a food hall and farmers market; and the Exploratorium, a future-focused, hands-on learning laboratory.
FILLMORE One of the primary incubators for the city’s revitalized music scene, Fillmore is where musical greats like Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington headlined jazz clubs back in the day. Catch a concert at the famed Fillmore music emporium.
FISHERMAN’S WHARF The waterfront markets, fishing boats, kitschy souvenir shops and famous sea lions make Fisherman’s Wharf one of San Francisco’s most popular destinations.
HAIGHT-ASHBURY The Summer of Love is immortalized in Haight-Ashbury’s vintage clothing, book and record stores, while Alamo Square’s tight formation of Victorian homes is one of the most photographed spots in San Francisco.
JAPANTOWN The oldest of only three Japantowns left in the country, the area is packed with cultural gems, including a self-guided history walk and Benkyodo, which has supplied the city with handmade rice confections since 1906.
MARINA/ PACIFIC HEIGHTS From the posh plateau of Pacific Heights to the bayside Marina Green, these neighborhoods offer views, scenery and a restored “palace” from 1915.
MISSION DISTRICT San Francisco’s oldest neighborhood has hip restaurants, music venues, boutiques, an impressive events calendar and the city’s largest concentration of murals.
NOB HILL Known not only as a geographic high point but an economic one, too, with a history of wealthy residents, Nob Hill is now home to luxury hotels, beautiful gardens and impressive homes.
NORTH BEACH Rich in Italian heritage, North Beach has Italian restaurants, quaint cafés, cabarets, jazz clubs, galleries, boutiques and gelato parlors.
RICHMOND/PRESIDIO Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Presidio has fragrant eucalyptus trees, hiking trails, a campground, visitor center and golf course, while the adjacent Richmond district offers eclectic, local shopping and dining.
SOMA/YERBA BUENA This neighborhood is one of the densest neighborhoods for art outside New York and has nightclubs, “pocket parks” and AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.
SUNSET/ GOLDEN GATE PARK Affectionately called the “Outside Lands,” as one gets nearer the ocean, the vibe definitely is a blend of surfer chic and shops and restaurants specializing in locally-sourced goods.
TREASURE ISLAND Views of downtown San Francisco, several urban wineries, special events and weekend flea markets are the draw to this mid-point for the Bay Bridge.
UNION SQUARE Union Square is the center of San Francisco’s shopping scene with art galleries, restaurants and small boutiques, designer shops and name-brand stores.
bayview is the sunniest neighborhood in san Francisco, home to nesting ospreys, a burgeoning creative scene and some of the most diverse sights and bites in the city. it’s also one of the oldest business districts in California and has a significant legacy of AfricanAmerican religious, civic, cultural, athletic, educational and technological achievements.
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WHAT TO SEE & DO Walk along heron’s head trail or Candlestick Point Park to spot ospreys, herons and other shorebirds. Then experience a glassblowing workshop at Public glass or shop for art and craft supplies at sCrAP. in fall and spring, attend an open studio event at “The Point,” home to one of the largest concentrations of working artists in the U.s. be sure to visit the recently restored, historic bayview opera house, built in 1888. WHERE TO EAT enjoy comfort food spots like Auntie April’s Chicken, Waffles and soul Food or oysters on the half-shell at The old Clam house. radio Africa & Kitchen blends Mediterranean, Californian and African cuisines. For dessert, drop by Feve to sample their fine artisanal chocolates.
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HOW TO GET HERE easily accessible via the T-Third street Muni light rail.
Castro/ Noe Valley
MUST SEES CAsTro TheATre castrotheatre.com
regardless of your sexual orientation, no trip to san Francisco would be complete without a visit to the world-famous Castro district, one of the country’s first gay neighborhoods. Nearby Noe Valley, a village of wooden Victorian houses, has a touch of the Castro’s flair and an easygoing mix of hipsters and families.
WiLd sF WALKiNg ToUrs wildsftours.com deToUr detour.com The gLbT hisTorY MUseUM glbthistory.org sAN FrANCisCo Pride sfpride.org CLiFF’s VArieTY cliffsvariety.com
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HOW TO GET HERE Take the historic F-Line streetcar up Market street until it ends. WHAT TO SEE & DO start your tour on the Castro’s eponymous main drag and visit the Castro Theatre, an ornate movie palace with a Mighty Wurlitzer-playing organist who performs before every show. on your way out, take note of the golden plaques that make up the rainbow honor Walk, paying tribute to LgbTQ pioneers. For more history, consider a tour with Wild sF Walking Tours and FooT! Fun Walking Tours, downloading the Castro tour from the detour app, or a visit to the gLbT history Museum. don’t miss Cliff’s Variety, a local institution where you’ll find just about anything. WHEN TO VISIT The liveliest time of year is during gay Pride in June and the Castro street Fair in october. Noe Valley features a Wine Walk in August, seasonal hayrides and “24 holidAYs on 24th street” in december.
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HOW TO GET HERE This nexus of Civic Center, hayes Valley, the Tenderloin and south of Market is easily accessed by the F-Line historic streetcars. WHAT TO SEE & DO Major broadway productions are featured on the stages of shN’s golden gate and orpheum theaters. The American Conservatory Theater opened the strand Theatre here in 2015. Just a block away, the international Art Museum of America houses an eclectic collection of both classic and modern art. The Warfield hosts a number of Live Nation concerts and performances. At the intersection of eighth and Market, look for the new 92-foot Venus, san Francisco’s tallest statue. on the north edge, The Tenderloin is home to glide Memorial Church, experimental theater companies and jazz and blues clubs. Visit the Tenderloin Museum to learn about the area’s many historical events and movements. WHERE TO EAT Tuck into Charmaine’s, the new rooftop bar and lounge at san Francisco Proper, for a before-show cocktail. You’ll also find dirty Water nearby, which serves up craft beer and cocktails, an impressive wine list and a simpleyet-creative take on American cuisine. 36
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A combination of high tech (offices for dolby, Twitter, spotify and square are here), arts groups, retail and restaurants, Central Market is enjoying a neighborhood renaissance. Also known as Mid-Market, this area roughly comprises a sevenblock section of Market street.
PEOPLE WATCHING Nader Khouri; courtesy of Stern Grove Festival
We asked our Facebook and Instagram fans: Where is your favorite place in San Francisco to people watch? “sitting at a sidewalk café in North Beach. You see the old, you see the new, you see tourists and locals. People are generally not stressed. They are taking their time, stopping to have conversations and admiring the historical beauty of the neighborhood.” – Morgan G. “sitting by the window at The Buena Vista Café on Fisherman’s Wharf while enjoying an irish coffee.” – Anne W.
“one of my favorite spots is just “Any music festival. above Sutro Baths. Take a walk either a killer show up the trails, just above the maze, at Sigmund Stern and you’ll find an awesome cliff Grove or a great facing the golden gate bridge. day at the Hardly i love sitting here and watching Strictly Bluegrass the boats, seagulls, people, cars festival in golden and Karl the Fog roll in.” gate Park. The – @swtlysings true spirit of diversity and love “My favorite place to people show up for one watch is actually from a cable common joy. Find music in car! i love seeing all the tourists san Francisco and you’ll find and waving to them.” great people.” – Noelle B. – @xandraleigh
MUST SEES ChiNA LiVe chinalivesf.com
HOW TO GET HERE An easy walk from Nob hill, the Financial district or North beach; or make your way through the neighborhood on the 30 stockton bus, which is an experience all its own. WHAT TO SEE & DO stroll past markets heaped with vegetables, ducks, herbs and other goods to get a tangy taste of China without leaving America. Learn about the community’s history at the Chinese historical society of America Museum on Clay street. Near Portsmouth square visit the Chinese Culture Center, which is free. see the latest exhibition in their Visual Art Center or sign up for one of their neigborhood walking tours. enjoy a mix of local history and flavors with Wok Wiz Tours, or get an insider view of daily life and historic landmarks from All About Chinatown Tours. WHERE TO EAT restaurants are everywhere including Cantonese delicacies at r&g Lounge and Far east; or China Live, an interactive culinary destination determined to “demystify” Chinese cuisine. Although fortune cookies aren’t really Chinese, don’t miss the golden gate Fortune Cookie Factory at 56 ross Alley. 38
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san Francisco’s Chinatown — North America’s first and largest — is located next to North beach and adjacent to the Financial district. With its Chinese-language signage, ornate lamp posts, exotic menus and other distinctive elements, a stop here can feel more like a trip abroad than a neighborhood stroll.
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Civic Center/ Hayes Valley
MUST SEES ASIAN ART MUSEUM asianart.org
One of the cityâ€™s central hubs for culture, Civic Center and Hayes Valley are home to stately concert halls, renowned museums and expansive public plazas.
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HOW TO GET HERE Near the Civic Center BART and Muni station and Market Street bus lines. The 5 Fulton, 19 Polk, 21 Hayes and 47 Van Ness buses also serve the neighborhood.
SFJAZZ CENTER sfjazz.org SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY sfsymphony.org SAN FRANCISCO BALLET sfballet.org ABSINTHE BRASSERIE & BAR absinthe.com ESPETUS CHURRASCARIA espetus.com
WHAT TO SEE & DO The grandeur of early 20th century Beaux Arts architecture is showcased in gorgeous City Hall on Van Ness Avenue. Directly across rises the ornate War Memorial Opera House, home of the San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Ballet. Also nearby are the War Memorial Veterans Building and the Louis M. Davies Symphony Hall. East of Civic Center Plaza are the Asian Art Museum and the San Francisco Main Public Library on Larkin. On Franklin Street glistens the SFJAZZ Center. The African American Art & Culture Complex is just a few blocks west on Fulton. WHERE TO EAT Enjoy a pre-show dinner at the upscale French brasserie Absinthe, or try a tasting menu of California-inspired cuisine at Jardiniere. For Brazilian fare, step into Espetus Brazilian Steak House and experience the art of grilling practiced by gauchos who roamed the Pampas in the 18th century.
Embarcadero/ Financial District
Ferry Building and Downtown
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HOW TO GET HERE The e embarcadero and F-Market & Wharves historic street car lines make it easy to get to and around the neighborhood. WHAT TO SEE & DO eminently walkable, the embarcadero is also the ideal vantage point to view The bay Lights, the world’s largest Led light sculpture. on Pier 15, the exploratorium is one of the city’s favorite destinations for families. Continuing south, the renovated Ferry building Marketplace is a foodie paradise stocked with wine bars, cafés, innovative restaurants, fine food shops and a farmers market. True to its name, you also can catch ferries to the North and east bay. The san Francisco giants’ bayside baseball stadium — AT&T Park — and adjacent jogging paths provide more ways to relax. or get an engaging, free look at history at the Wells Fargo history Museum. WHERE TO EAT Try the iconic sourdough purveyor boudin, award-winning eatery The slanted door and classy seafood spot Waterbar. or snack your way through the Ferry building Marketplace. WHERE TO STAY Area hotels include the hyatt regency, Vitale, omni, Le Meridien, Loews regency and hilton san Francisco Financial district. 40
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The embarcadero — the city’s east-facing waterfront, with its finger piers and glistening views of san Francisco bay — is where san Francisco had its first growth spurt, thanks to the California gold rush of 1849.
The Fillmore Music Venue
Fillmore street, linking the Western Addition on the south to Pacific heights on the north, is the dynamic axis of what locals call “The Fillmore.’’ A hub for san Francisco’s revitalized music scene, the area has a rich musical history and an emergent dining scene.
HOW TO GET HERE The number 2 and 38 bus lines are an easy way to get here from downtown.
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WHAT TO SEE & DO on the south side of geary, the legendary 1960s music emporium, The Fillmore, continues to rock with top-name performances. The Fillmore neighborhood is also home to some of san Francisco’s most historic churches, including bethel A.M.e. Church, First A.M.e. Zion Church, st. John Coltrane African orthodox Church and Third baptist Church (all of which are stops on the African American Freedom Trail). Upper Fillmore is one of the city’s top destinations for shopping. WHERE TO EAT sample southern indian cuisine at dosA, or indulge in classic comfort food with a modern twist at the sophisticated supper club 1300 on Fillmore (private events only). every saturday, the Fillmore Farmers’ Market features local produce.
Streetcar in Fisherman’s Wharf
MUST SEES Pier 39 pier39.com
The cheery ringing of the cable car bells, the sights, sounds and smells along busy Jefferson street, the renovated historic red brick factories, the steaming streetside pots of dungeness crab — all help make Fisherman’s Wharf the city’s top-rated tourist attraction year after year.
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WHAT TO SEE & DO Take a stroll along Pier 39. The repurposed wooden finger-pier is now festooned with restaurants-with-a-view, souvenir shops, street performers and attractions such as Aquarium of the bay and 7d experience. Madame Tussauds and the san Francisco dungeon are nearby. be sure to check out their new “escape Alcatraz” thrill ride. The blue & gold Fleet runs sightseeing tours from Pier 39. The red and White Fleet operates from Pier 43 ½. Tours of Alcatraz and Angel island are popular draws, as are the historic ships anchored at the hyde street Pier. Water taxis are also available for on-demand, point-to-point service to locations around the bay. WHERE TO EAT The one-time chocolate factory ghirardelli square is a handsome shopping and dining complex. Anchorage square offers dozens of specialty shops, restaurants and an array of fun-filled activities. 42
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HOW TO GET HERE Accessible via the historic F-Line streetcar.
Golden Gate Park/Sunset
Conservatory of Flowers
MUST SEES CALiForNiA ACAdeMY oF sCieNCes calacademy.org
golden gate Park, a 1,017-acre green rectangle on the city’s west side, is a destination that merits a full day of recreation and exploration.
HOW TO GET HERE The N-Judah streetcar is an easy way to get to sunset and the Park from points near Market street. or the 5r-Fulton will take you to the park from Union square.
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WHAT TO SEE & DO beginning in the eastern expanse of the park is the Koret Children’s Quarter with its restored 1914 carousel. Farther west, two important museums flank the Music Concourse: the de Young Museum in its compelling contemporary building, and the California Academy of sciences, which includes a planetarium, aquarium, rainforest and more under one plant-covered roof. Plant lovers should head to the san Francisco botanical garden and the historic Conservatory of Flowers. With Pacific views, the beach Chalet on the western edge is a spanish Colonial structure where you’ll find lunch, dinner and drinks, as well as a slice of the park’s history. on the park’s south side is the sunset district, with its blocks of charming shops. grab some new reading material at green Apple books, or find local art at 3 Fish studios. Neighbors in the outer sunset will often hear wild animal calls from the nearby san Francisco Zoo & gardens.
Wild SF Walking Tours
on the corner of haight and Ashbury streets perches one of the most avidly collected souvenirs of san Francisco: a street sign marking the heart of the neighborhood where 1960s flower power blossomed. These days colorful Victorian houses brighten the hillsides, and the streets are filled with restaurants and boutiques.
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WHAT TO SEE & DO Flamboyant clothing shops, piercing and tattoo parlors and long-loved stores such as Love on haight mix with hip restaurants and boutiques along Upper haight. downhill on haight street, alternative bars, consignment stores and music shops with old vinyl records hold forth. drop in at the haight street Art Center, a first-of-its-kind poster print shop and gallery that supports a collective of poster artists. The former grateful dead house at 710 Ashbury is a perennial attraction, as is the former Jefferson Airplane house at 2400 Fulton st. (Note: These are private residences.) discover more of the neighborhoodâ€™s colorful history on the haight-Ashbury Flower Power Walking Tour or get an immersive experience aboard the Magic bus. The iconic Victorian houses known as the Painted Ladies are here, too â€” a postcard-worthy photo opportunity. 44
HOW TO GET HERE The 5 Fulton, 6 Parnassus, 7 haight and 33 stanyan buses, as well as the N-Judah streetcar, will get you to the haight area.
The Peace Pagoda in Japantown
san Francisco’s Japantown is the oldest of only three Japantowns remaining in the United states. bordered roughly by geary boulevard between Laguna street and Fillmore street, look for the bright red banners adorned with cherry blossoms and the Peace Pagoda.
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HOW TO GET HERE The 2, 3, 22, 24, 38 and 38r buses will bring you to this distinctive neighborhood.
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WHAT TO SEE & DO The Japan Center, a shopping complex on the north side of geary, is anchored at both ends by the hotel Kabuki and sundance Kabuki cinema. drop by Pika Pika and discover photo booth heaven to snap a unique souvenir. The Kabuki springs & spa offers Japanese-style bathing followed by another relaxing art of Japan: shiatsu massage. WHERE TO EAT Cultural menu offerings range from sushi; manju, a rice confection still being hand-made by family-owned benkyodo; ramen, a noodle soup dish; matcha, a green tea beverage; and shabu-shabu, a meat-and-vegetable combo simmered in a tableside hot pot. WHEN TO VISIT A great place to visit any time, Japantown also offers a number of festivals throughout the year, including the Northern California Cherry blossom Festival; “Kodomo No hi” or Children’s day in May; and the Nihonmachi street Fair in August.
Marina/ Pacific Heights
Along the city’s northern shore lies the Marina district, an area that’s continually evolved throughout its history — from ocean dunes to exposition grounds to fishing haven to quaint residential area — and has been shaped by each of its former selves. HOW TO GET HERE The 22, 30, 41 and 45 buses will help you get here and get around without having to worry about parking. WHAT TO SEE & DO enjoy a sunny afternoon stroll down Union street with many boutiques, spas and restaurants housed in beautifully restored Victorian buildings. Marina green, edged by bobbing boats and serenaded by foghorns, is picturesque. An instagram favorite is the Palace of Fine Arts; its arresting greco-roman style rotunda and majestic colonnades never fail to impress visitors and the site is favored by many wedding photographers. Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, a converted military base, is home to arts organizations and a regular food truck rally. For some of the city’s best views, climb up to Pacific heights, which rests atop a ridge to the south of the Marina. WHERE TO EAT Try the superb vegetarian restaurant greens or the popular Friday night off the grid street food event at Fort Mason Center. on Chestnut street, you’ll find everything from gourmet adventures to great burgers. gamine on Union street is a neighborhood bistro specializing in rustic French cuisine. 46
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Shopping in Pacific Heights
MUST SEES The Mission district (“The Mission”) may be san Francisco’s most of-the-moment neighborhood and is packed with trendsetting boutiques, restaurants and more. but its namesake is one of the city’s oldest icons, the 18th-century Mission dolores.
HOW TO GET HERE Via the 14 Mission bus, 16th and 24th street bArT stations or J-Church streetcar.
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WHAT TO SEE & DO Mission street is the neighborhood’s main drag and home to a variety of dining and shopping. Valencia street is ground zero for cafés, bars and clothing and accessory shops. This trendsetting neighborhood is also san Francisco’s oldest. be sure to visit Mission dolores built in 1776. For recent history, check out the Mission’s celebrated outdoor murals in places like balmy Alley or on the façade of the Women’s building. dolores Park is a popular green space that offers a perfect picnic location, people watching and city views. WHERE TO EAT No visit would be complete without a Mission-style burrito. Try local favorites like La Taqueria. Venga empanadas is known for its stuffed pastries. Woods Cerveceria, located opposite dolores Park, is the original home of Woods MateVeza iPA. The food is ample at Central Kitchen. For more refined dining, try Lolinda, a modern Argentinian steakhouse, or Locanda osteria & bar, which offers a weekend brunch. Always bustling, Foreign Cinema combines a creative, California-meets-Mediterranean menu paired with projections of classic films. going to a show at The Chapel? reserve a table either before or after the show for a convenient, delicious dinner and drinks at The Vestry. Neighborhoods
Nob Hill Huntington Park and Grace Cathedral
MUST SEES Those little cable cars that climb halfway to the stars in Tony bennett’s enduring song “i Left My heart in san Francisco’’ are climbing Nob hill. hundreds of feet above the city, this classic neighborhood offers famed hotels, buzzy restaurants, landmark architecture and stunning views.
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WHAT TO SEE & DO Learn the history of the iconic trolleys at the san Francisco Cable Car Museum at Washington and Mason streets. French gothic-style grace Cathedral fronts the west side of huntington Park, a refuge for parents and kids, dog walkers and lovers of green space, while the Fairmont hotel rises to the east. To the north of Nob hill lies russian hill, where you’ll find icons like Lombard street, a.k.a. “the World’s Crookedest street,” along with pockets of restaurants and boutiques on charming, tree-lined streets. WHERE TO EAT Top of the Mark at the interContinental Mark hopkins has long been a san Francisco favorite thanks to its panoramic, topfloor views. The Tonga room in the Fairmont hotel is a longstanding tiki bar with an indoor rainstorm to complete the atmosphere. other Nob hill notables include harris’ restaurant, La Folie and del Popolo, to name a few. 48
HOW TO GET HERE one of the easiest ways to get here is via the Powell-Mason, Powell-hyde or California cable car lines.
North Beach Saints Peter and Paul Church Surrounded by North Beach Homes
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old italy, memories of Kerouac and waterfront bohemianism meet of-the-moment eateries in this lively neighborhood. North beach doesn’t have an actual beach. it does, however, have a vibrantly strong italian American community that for generations has seeded the neighborhood with fantastic restaurants and cafés.
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HOW TO GET HERE The 8, 10, 12, 30 and 45 bus lines all provide service in and around the North beach neighborhood. WHAT TO SEE & DO on the east side of Washington square, vintage wooden houses climb Telegraph hill, crowned by Coit Tower — a tower built in the 1930s and festooned inside with murals depicting scenes from California’s history. Upper grant Avenue is rich with one-of-a-kind shops while broadway is lined with music clubs, restaurants and bars. The beat generation is showcased in City Lights bookstore on Columbus. A theatrical must-see, beach blanket babylon, guarantees laugh-packed performances. WHERE TO EAT get an award-winning pizza at Tony’s Pizza Napoletana or tuck into a perfect sandwich at Molinari delicatessen. The stinking rose is a culinary tribute to all things garlic. original Joe’s is a neighborhood staple that’s been serving san Francisco for more than 100 years. To get a guided taste of the neighborhood, try Local Tastes of the City Tours. Neighborhoods
The Presidio, with its towering eucalyptus trees, is a 2.8-squaremile former military base reborn as part of the golden gate National recreation Area. The richmond district hosts a major art museum, a city park, the Cliff house restaurant at the ocean’s edge and san Francisco’s de facto second Chinatown, on Clement street.
MUST SEES LegioN oF hoNor legionofhonor.famsf.org The WALT disNeY FAMiLY MUseUM waltdisney.org Presidio goLF CoUrse presidiogolf.com Presidio hiKiNg TrAiLs presidio.gov/explore/trails CLiFF hoUse cliffhouse.com
WHAT TO SEE & DO The refurbished red brick military buildings at the Presidio are now offices for 225 organizations and attractions, such as The Walt disney Family Museum. in addition to a golf course, there are a dozen hiking trails. of special note are Andy goldworthy’s installations: Tree Fall, Wood Line and Spire. A fourth, Earth Wall, is inside the Presidio officers’ Club, which also houses exhibits tracing the Presidio’s past and present. The inn at the Presidio is a Leed®certified hotel right in the park. The new Presidio Visitor Center is the launching pad for park adventures with its engaging exhibits and knowledgeable staff. The outer richmond showcases the Legion of honor fine arts museum, plus Lands end and Lincoln Park for hiking, golf and glorious views. WHERE TO EAT The Presidio features Arguello, The Commissary, Presidio social Club and sessions. richmond, with a variety of dim sum, Korean and Thai restaurants, is also home to some of the city’s best places for cheap and delicious eats. 50
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HOW TO GET HERE The 28, 28r, 29, 31 and 38r buses all serve this neighborhood, helping you get here or get around.
SoMa/ Yerba Buena
Yerba Buena Gardens
MUST SEES YerbA bUeNA CeNTer For The ArTs ybca.org
The south of Market neighborhood (a.k.a. “soMa”) is stacked with major institutions on and close to Market and Mission streets.
HOW TO GET HERE streetcar lines, including the J, K, L, M, N and T lines, as well as the 9r, 14, 14r, 27 and 45 buses all serve this area.
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THINGS TO SEE & DO here you’ll find The Moscone Center, the city’s major convention venue, alongside the Yerba buena Center for the Arts and Yerba buena gardens. Clustered near The Moscone Center are cutting-edge museums like the Museum of the African diaspora, Contemporary Jewish Museum, California historical society Museum, American bookbinders Museum and the recently expanded san Francisco Museum of Modern Art (sFMoMA). WHERE TO EAT First-rate food is available at Michelin-starred Luce in the interContinental, barcha, which offers a modern twist on Mediterranean and Middle eastern flavors, or Twenty Five Lusk, where you’ll find creative Californian cuisine. it’s always tea time at samovar Tea Lounge overlooking Yerba buena gardens. For something more casual, head to 21st Amendment brewery or Thirstybear brewing Company. You can drink Napa Valley wines at Press Club. Farther south in the new creative nexus dogpatch, you can sip and sup at local cafés. WHERE TO EAT The Four seasons, W, st. regis, interContinental and Marriott all have locations in this neighborhood. Neighborhoods
Aerial View of Treasure Island, Bay Bridge and San Francisco
When it comes to reasons to visit Treasure island, first and foremost, go for the view. san Franciscoâ€™s entire northern waterfront from bridge to bridge is pictureperfect here. The island is also home to public art, flea markets and festivals throughout the year.
MUST SEES oAKLANd-sAN FrANCisCo bAY bridge baybridgeinfo.org TreAsUre isLANd FLeA treasureislandflea.com TreAsUre isLANd sftreasureisland.org Woods isLANd CLUb woodsbeer.com
WHAT TO SEE & DO New construction on the island will create the most environmentally sustainable large development project in U.s. history, including 500 hotel rooms, 8,000 new residential units and more. in the meantime, there will be a few changes as the old makes way for the new. The island, a player in the urban winery phenom, also has a new brewery: Woods island Club at Clipper Cove. on the last weekend of every month, the dog-friendly Treasure island Flea is teeming with local vendors, artists and more. WHERE TO EAT hungry? Thereâ€™s a container-based (think of large shipping containers) temporary food court near the great Lawn.
HOW TO GET HERE Accessible by car and the Muni 108 bus line, departing from the Transbay Transit Center. Clipper Cove also offers recreational vessel anchorages and daily or monthly slip rentals at the marina.
in a town with abundant citywide shopping, Union square is the most renowned source of retail therapy. Not to mention fine hotels, good meals and places to sit outside and enjoy san Francisco’s benign climate.
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HOW TO GET HERE Muni buses, streetcars and cable cars plus bay Area rapid Transit (bArT) trains cluster at Powell and Market streets. don’t miss the Visitor information Center at hallidie Plaza, right by the Powell street bArT station.
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WHAT TO SEE & DO Virtually every brand in fashion is on or near the 2.6-acre square, including Macy’s (also home of a second Visitor information Center), Neiman Marcus and Tiffany & Co., to name a few. The grand hyatt and Taj Campton Place hotels are just off the square on the east (stockton street) side, along with a cluster of upscale boutiques. on the Powell street side, the Westin st. Francis hotel holds pride of place. Also be sure to visit the venerable gump’s on Post. Founded in 1861, this elegant department store offers a variety of housewares, clothing and accessories. south of Market at the foot of Powell, the Westfield san Francisco Centre is home to bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom. Nearby are the Marines Memorial Theatre, Curran Theatre and the American Conservatory’s geary Theater. Visit the TiX booth to see if there are any same-day discount deals for local performances.
FUN FOR FAMILIES Traveling with kids in tow? From outdoor adventures to arts and culture — no matter how your brood enjoys spending time together — San Francisco has you covered. Here are a few ideas, organized by age group and interest.
FAMILIES WHO WANT TO GET OUTDOORS On a sunny day, rent a paddleboat, rowboat or motorboat on Stow lake in Golden Gate Park, which has supplied adventures on the water since 1893. if your gang is hankering for a faster ride, slide down the winding chutes of the Seward Street Slides, a pair of concrete slides tucked away in a neighborhood park.
Seeing San Francisco on two wheels is truly an exhilarating experience. Rent bikes to ride across the Golden Gate Bridge for unbeatable views and fresh air. Or cruise one of the 15 miles of bikeways at The Presidio in the beloved Golden Gate National Recreation area; the Bay area Ridge Trail is a favorite cycling route that leads to show-stopping sights of San Francisco Bay. if you prefer to stay on two feet, The Presidio’s Batteries to Bluffs Trail gives hikers the opportunity to spot dolphins, butterflies and birds.
Illustration by Claire Lordon
PRO TIP: Bring a piece of cardboard to use as a sled.
WHERE CURIOSITY TAKES YOU
Pier 15 on the Embarcadero exploratorium.edu
The Original San Francisco Bay Cruise
Pier 43 1/2, Fishermanâ€™s Wharf | www.redandwhite.com | 415-673-2900 Family
a spin on a colorful creature at Golden Gate Park’s historic carousel in the Koret’s Children’s Quarter is a must. Originally built in 1914, the merry-go-round’s pigs, horses, dogs and roosters are a delight to kids and adults. Then, go nose to nose with sharks, stingrays and other swimmers at the Steinhart aquarium at the California academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, also home to a planetarium, a rainforest and more than 40,000 live animals.
Bridge in Sausalito, the Bay area Discovery museum’s STEm-focused exhibitions, rotating exhibits and festivals also guarantee hours of enlightening entertainment. make a future fireman’s dream come true on a tour of the city in a vintage fire engine with San Francisco Fire Engine Tours. See other historic fire trucks and fascinating firefighting equipment at the San Francisco Fire Department museum. Bonus: admission is free. Other fun yet mind-stimulating attractions include the maritime National Historic Park and Cable Car museum on Nob Hill.
Speaking of wild sightings, spot members of the flock of wild parrots who live on Telegraph Hill. Or, count the number of California sea lions on the K-Dock at PiER 39.
FAMILIES WITH TEENS
With more than 20,000 local marine animals — including a Giant Pacific Octopus — aquarium of the Bay is also a worthy stop for animal sightings. Or, head to the San Francisco Zoo and Garden to check out the African Savanna exhibit.
FAMILIES WITH YOUNG EXPLORERS Kiddos can make their own music videos (complete with costumes and a green screen), create real animated films and learn about computer coding at the Children’s Creativity museum. Or, aspiring engineers can build playful contraptions in the Exploratorium’s South Gallery, featuring exhibits dedicated to the art of tinkering. located across the Golden Gate 56
Family photo ops abound at madame Tussauds, where you can strike poses with celebs like lady Gaga, madonna and Serena Williams. Or spend some pocket change at musée mechanique in Fisherman’s Wharf, which houses an amazing collection of more than 200 early-20th-century arcade games. Then, get lost (but hopefully not for too long) in magowan’s infinite mirror maze on PiER 39. Ever wonder how they get the fortunes inside fortune cookies? Find out with a trip to the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory in Chinatown, and don’t miss customizing your own fortune and tasting freshly made cookies in flavors like chocolate and strawberry. more sweet concoctions await at Ghirardelli Square’s ice Cream & Chocolate Shop; savor a free sample, view chocolate manufacturing equipment and indulge in a hot fudge sundae.
FAMILIES WHO LOVE ART animation aficionados of all ages will love learning about the man behind the legendary mouse at The Walt Disney Family museum, which chronicles the life, legacy and art of Walt Disney. Or pick up an Elements of art Explorer Pack at the asian art museum’s information desk. Designed for kids 5 and older, the packs use props and playthings to introduce line, shape, color and texture to young creatives. Free to visitors age 18 and under, the San Francisco museum of modern art (SFmOma) is one of the world’s largest contemporary art museums. Don’t miss a mesmerizing walk through the curves of Richard Serra’s steel sculpture: Sequence. another great stop is the legion of Honor, where you can have a deep thought next to auguste Rodin’s famous sculpture, The Thinker; and admire other impressive works, including pieces by Claude monet and ansel adams. meanwhile, some of the city’s most colorful murals beautify Balmy alley in the mission District — perfect for an afternoon stroll.
Illustrations by Claire Lordon
FAMILIES WITH TODDLERS & PRESCHOOLERS
Experience the Joy of Peanuts
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iN SaN FRaNCiSCO The going rate for a two-bedroom apartment in San Francisco may be astronomical, but that doesn’t mean the city isn’t bursting with inexpensive options for fun. Here are a few only-in-San Francisco ways to have a great time for under $10. BLOOMS GALORE Originally opened in 1879, the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park is home to rare tropical orchids, among hundreds of other interesting species. Admission to the stunning steel-and-glass structure (definite photo opportunity) is only $8 for adults, and there are a range of free events and programs as well.
CHILL LIKE A LOCAL Golden Gate Park is the most famous rectangle of green space, but Dolores Park on the Mission/ Castro border is a real San Franciscan’s backyard. A recent renovation repaired grass and added spiffy new restrooms, so the city views, picnicking, and people-watching are as good as ever. FUN FACT: On the southwest corner of the park (Church and 20th Streets), there’s a gold-painted fire hydrant with an incredible history. It was the only functioning hydrant following the 1906 earthquake and is credited with saving much of the nearby historic neighborhood. There’s a plaque commemorating the feat and every year on the anniversary of the earthquake it gets a new coat of paint. LOCAL TIP: Although waits can be lengthy on sunny afternoons, salted caramel ice cream from the nearby Bi-Rite Creamery is a sweet (and inexpensive) accessory for a sunny afternoon.
TO THE SUMMIT While it’s easy enough to drive or take a tour bus up Twin Peaks Boulevard — a curving road featured in limitless car commercials — hiking to the top from the city below is even more fun. (Hint: Just keep walking uphill.) Starting from the transit-friendly intersection of 17th, Castro and Market streets, architectural curios and charming, dead-end lanes dot the hillsides. Once you’ve reached Twin Peaks’ 922-foot vista point, your reward is a stunning view of downtown, straight up Market Street, that stretches across seven counties of California. LOCAL TIP: Need another hill to climb? Head to Buena Vista Park, where a trail from Buena Vista Avenue and Haight Street leads to panoramic city views.
Dolores Park Playground
LOCAL TIP: While you’re at Golden Gate Park, drop by the Herschell-Spillman Carousel — another Instagram-worthy monument. Originally built in 1914, it features 62 rideable animals along with panels covered by Bay Area landscapes. Rides are $1 for kids 6-12 and $2 for adults.
CHEAP EATS ON CLEMENT Chinatown is a singular sensation, no doubt. But if you want to eat like a local, head to the Richmond District. The lively stretch of Clement Street between Arguello Boulevard and 26th Avenue is bursting with inexpensive Asian eateries from dumplings to Burmese salads to Korean barbecue. Giant Camera
Way above Ocean Beach and next to the famed Cliff House, is a curio listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The “Giant Camera” (technically a camera obscura) is open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily, and for $3 viewers can get a 360-degree “live feed” of the environs, courtesy of a technology developed by Leonardo da Vinci. FUN FACT: The “Giant Camera” was built in 1946 and was originally part of Playland on the Beach, an amusement park that no longer exists.
SLIDE AND SEEK Located on a quiet, block-long side street above the Castro, these dual chutes at Seward Mini Park aren’t the easiest things to find, but no other San Francisco mini-park will turn you into a six-year-old adrenaline junkie. The slides are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day but Monday. LOCAL TIP: Bring your own cardboard to slide down on and a handful of sand dropped ahead of you will speed you along. LOCAL TIP: Stop into Good Luck Dim Sum (736 Clement) for delicious pork shu mai, or steamed buns at Wing Lee Bakery (503 Clement).
THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to SAN FRANCISCO SHOPPING
MISSION BICYCLE COMPANY
1698 Haight St.
766 Valencia St.
The vibrant culture of California inspires the gifts and keepsakes at SF Mercantile, located in the heart of the iconic Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. Choose from carefully curated — and decidedly not tacky — San Francisco souvenirs, including apparel, ceramics and collectibles, designed by local artists who know and love the Golden State.
Every Mission Bicycle Company bike is designed by its rider and built by hand in the headquarters on Valencia Street, one of the Mission District’s main thoroughfares. Even if you can’t take home a Mission bike of your own, you can still take one for a spin around the city. The $40 daily rental includes a helmet, lights, locks and a messenger bag.
LOCAL TIP: Haight Street has an eclectic array of vintage clothing boutiques, record shops and bookstores that reflect the neighborhood’s independent heritage. Get in the psychedelic spirit at legendary tie-dye shop Love on Haight — its kaleidoscopic rainbow façade is impossible to miss.
LOCAL TIP: While you’re in the neighborhood, pedal over to some of the other boutiques, galleries and shops that line hipster-heavy Valencia Street. Discover taxidermy and terrariums at Paxton Gate and hunt for mid-mod treasures at Harrington Galleries.
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San Francisco is known for its creativity, ingenuity and style, all of which make for some of the best shopping in the world. Discover local art, fashion, food and more as you explore the city’s diverse shopping districts. From charming boutiques to unique specialty shops to world-famous flagship stores, every kind of shopper can find a little piece of San Francisco flavor to take back home. Here are some of our favorite classic and quirky picks you won’t find anywhere else.
GHIRARDELLI ICE CREAM & CHOCOLATE SHOP
Ghirardelli Chocolate; Timbuk2; 3 Fish Studio; Green Apple Books
900 North Point St.
Get your chocolate fix the San Francisco way by indulging in all manner of decadent delights from the Original Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop in Ghirardelli Square. Check out the vintage factory machinery, treat yourself to a sundae and don’t leave without some handsomely wrapped chocolates and other tasty mementos.
LOCAL TIP: Originally a chocolate factory, Ghirardelli Square is now a shopping and dining complex in Fisherman’s Wharf. After you’ve had your fill of sweets, take in the unbeatable bay views and check out the lovely jewelry, gift, stationery and décor shops around the Square.
3 FISH STUDIOS
506 Hayes St.
4541 Irving St.
Founded in a garage by a local bike messenger, Timbuk2 has continuously manufactured its stylish and nearly indestructible messenger bags, backpacks and accessories in San Francisco since 1989. Stop by their flagship in the Hayes Valley neighborhood to select your own bespoke bag.
Located on the main drag of the quiet Outer Sunset, 3 Fish Studios is the workspace and shop of artists Annie Galvin and Eric Rewitzer. Their original prints are brightly-colored love letters to the city, affectionately showcasing its neighborhoods, landmarks and culture. Don’t miss their collaboration with another local maker, Rickshaw Bags. The two companies teamed up to create beautiful totes printed with some of 3 Fish Studios’ favorite designs.
LOCAL TIP: Stroll down the three-block stretch of Hayes Street between Laguna and Franklin streets to peruse a bevy of trendy boutiques, unique eateries, home furnishings and vintage items. Fuel your shopping adventure with macarons, confections and ice cream at spots like Miette or Smitten Ice Cream.
LOCAL TIP: Close to both the Pacific Ocean and Golden Gate Park, the Outer Sunset neighborhood has a cool, creative vibe and an eclectic mix of shops and cafés. General Store on Judah Street offers the choicest handmade goods, art and local fashion.
GREEN APPLE BOOKS 506 Clement St. and 1231 Ninth Ave. Satisfy your literary side on a visit to renowned Green Apple Books, nestled in the Inner Richmond neighborhood. Don’t be deceived by the simple storefront — Green Apple is a world-class independent bookstore where you can explore labyrinthine shelves of everything from paperback best-sellers to rare antique treasures. A second location is in the Inner Sunset.
Green Apple Books
LOCAL TIP: The surrounding area of Inner Richmond is real San Francisco: a varied landscape of locally owned restaurants, galleries, shops, and more. On Clement Street, drop by the indie clothing boutique Seedstore to pick up all the essentials for a San Francisco-chic look. Shopping
Westfield San Francisco Centre Atrium
WESTFIELD SAN FRANCISCO CENTRE
UNION SQUARE This historic park is the heart of San Francisco’s downtown shopping and hotel district. Macy’s and virtually every top fashion label in the world has set up shop in and around Union Square. Its extensive collection of luxury stores includes Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Tiffany & Co. and St. John Knits. Take a stroll down its charming alleyways for more hidden treasures. Maiden Lane, a pedestrian-only street from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., features outdoor cafés and upscale retailers like Chanel and Marc Jacobs. Saunter south on Powell Street to reach Uniqlo, which features stylish and colorful basics. Head east on Post to find local favorite Gump’s, which has distinctive housewares, clothing and accessories. For those who fancy classics with an edge, Brooks Brothers Group offers clothing, sportswear, accessories and shoes, or make a timely purchase at Tourbillon. After a full day of shopping, enjoy an evening in Union Square when its theaters and cocktail lounges light up.
A two-block walk from Union Square, this indoor mall offers a mix of acclaimed brands and local treats. It’s home to more than 200 shops and restaurants, including the second-largest Nordstrom in the U.S., the West Coast’s flagship Bloomingdale’s, H&M, Levi’s and more. Recent additions include the made-in-America-focused Makers Market to TAP (415), a restaurant by the team from Twenty Five Lusk. Finish the day with a spa treatment or movie on level five, or head back down to level four for the mall’s signature happy hour under the building’s breathtaking glass-dome ceiling. OUTLETS NEAR SAN FRANCISCO Just a short drive from San Francisco — to the north, east and south — are some of the West Coast’s premier outlet malls. Find discount prices on top brands such as Armani, Diesel, DKNY, Kate Spade, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Calvin Klein, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. Combine wine country sightseeing with visits to a premium outlet in Napa or Petaluma. Or, on the way to Lake Tahoe or Yosemite, swing by the San Francisco Premium Outlet. A southbound visit to Monterey means a stop in Gilroy, not only for their premium outlet, but also for the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival in July where you can try garlic-flavored everything (including ice cream!).
The nonprofit organization SFmade was founded in 2010 to support local micromanufacturers. it also provides product and maker listings, plus an event schedule for its workshops, factory tours and pop-up shops. For an overview of who’s making what in San Francisco today — including artisanal chocolate, fine wine and spirits, handcrafted furniture, trendy clothing and just about anything else you might want — visit sfmade.org. Holiday Gift Fair in December features more than 60 local vendors.
Westfield San Francisco; SFMade
In addition to quaint neighborhood retail districts and one-of-a-kind shops, San Francisco is also home to bustling shopping destinations where you’ll find dozens of popular brand-name stores concentrated in one locale. Add these spots to your must-sees if some serious shopping is on your agenda.
PLACES WITH PRIDE San Francisco embraces its personality as one of the most exclusive — and inclusive — places for celebrating lGBTQ culture. locations from North Beach to the Castro have demonstrated this distinction in different ways, representing some significant contributions to lGBTQ history. Here are a few places that make locals and visitors alike proud of the city.
Glide Memorial Church; Daniel Nicoletta; © flickr/jimmymcgraw
BLACK CAT CAFÉ in 1933, The Black Cat Café opened at 710 montgomery St. and became the home base of drag performer and civil rights activist José Sarria in the 1950s and early 1960s. During a time when homosexuality was not fully accepted, the owner, Sol Stoumen, lost his liquor license in 1949 for serving “persons of homosexual tendencies.” after a successful fight in court, the California State Supreme Court legalized homosexual assembly — that is, the right to gather socially. Sarria went on to become the first openly gay person to run for office in the U.S. a street in the Castro now bears his name.
GLIDE MEMORIAL CHURCH Three decades after it opened in the early 1930s, Glide memorial Church (330 Ellis St.) joined the national movement among religious organizations to focus more actively on social justice. in 1964, Glide helped bring together homophile activists (precursors to the gay rights movement) and religious leaders in
San Francisco to form the Council on Religion and the Homosexual (CRH) — the first organization in the U.S. to include “homosexual” in the title.
GOLDEN GATE PARK/AIDS MEMORIAL GROVE The National aiDS memorial Grove, or “The Grove,” is located in the eastern part of Golden Gate Park in the San Francisco Botanical Garden. This is a dedicated space where millions of americans affected directly or indirectly by aiDS can gather to honor, cherish, embrace and heal.
GLBT HISTORY MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES Celebrating San Francisco’s queer past, the GlBT History museum (4127 18th St.) is the first full-scale, stand-alone museum of its kind in the United States. The museum is a project of the GlBT Historical Society, which houses its famed archives that contain an impressive collection of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender historical materials.
THEATRE RHINOCEROS Theatre Rhinoceros is the world’s oldest continuously-producing, professional queer theater, founded in 1977 by allan B. Estes, Jr. its mission is to produce works that enlighten, enrich and explore both the ordinary and extraordinary aspects of the queer community. Performance locations vary, but all indoor performances are at The Gateway Theatre (215 Jackson St.).
TWIN PEAKS TAVERN When Twin Peaks Tavern (401 Castro St.) uncovered its panoramic picture windows in 1972, it became one of the first gay bars in the nation where patrons could be seen inside. This Castro classic has since been named a registered historic landmark and earned a reputation as one of the city’s most memorable and welcoming establishments.
BEYOND WINE IN WINE COUNTRY
NAPA VALLEY WINE TRAIN For a memorable “wine and dine” experience unlike any other, hop aboard an exquisitely restored antique Pullman rail car and take a three-hour voyage through breathtaking Napa Valley. winetrain.com
Golden Hour in Sonoma Valley Wine Country in Autumn
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES The mild climate, easy access to the coast and several state parks make Napa and Sonoma ideal for outdoor lovers. In the Napa Valley, seven miles north of Calistoga, Robert Louis Stevenson State Park features a five-mile hike up to the summit of 4,343foot Mount St. Helena, where you can find spectacular views. If you prefer two-wheel transport, flat roads and gorgeous scenery make biking a memorable excursion, and you’ll find charming towns and plenty of wineries to sample along the way. Bike rentals are available in towns such as St. Helena, Yountville, Healdsburg or Sebastopol. For something more adventurous, Sonoma Canopy Tours offers ziplining adventures.
Shutterstock.com/KarenWibbs; Sonoma Canopy Tours
Although it boasts some of the most celebrated vineyards in the world, the magic of California wine country goes far beyond the wine. Stretching from the rocky shores of Bodega Bay to the rolling hills of Sonoma County and the Napa Valley, this breathtaking region — located just an hour north of San Francisco — is also home to a renowned culinary scene and plenty of shopping, culture and outdoor adventures. Here are a few recommendations to get you started.
Auberge du Soleil; courtesy of The Restaurant at Meadowood, photography by Kelly Puleio; iStockphoto
Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley
SPAS Built on natural, mineral hot springs, Fairmont Sonoma Mission delivers the quintessential spa experience — dry sauna, private baths and two mineral soaking pools — while Forestville’s Farmhouse Inn has made local produce harvested on-site the cornerstone of their spa treatments. Spa luxury meets wine country extravagance at Auberge du Soleil, where temperate springs overlook vineyards and the resort’s own olive grove. Treatments include floral oils from the garden and a refreshing grapeseed scrub. Finally, Calistoga Spa Hot Springs is world-famous for its traditional volcanic ash mud baths.
FESTIVALS With its gorgeous surroundings and rich culture, Napa and Sonoma County attract an exciting array of annual celebrations. Flavor! Napa Valley is an annual five-day festival with more than 20 events showcasing iconic chefs and winemakers that takes place in March. In May, experience the first taste of summer at Napa’s famed, threeday BottleRock music festival which draws the likes of Foo Fighters and Maroon 5. If you prefer craft brews, Sonoma County is home to the Annual Beerfest, known as The Good One, each June, and the Russian in August. Although the region might best be known for its grape varietals, you can celebrate local apple farming at the Gravenstein Apple Fair (Aug. 11-12) or the Sebastopol Apple Blossom Festival (April 21-22). The Napa Valley Film Festival includes film screenings and celebrities from all over the world in November and the Sonoma International
Film Festival in March features more than 100 hand-selected films. SHOPPING Shopping is a popular pastime in wine country. In St. Helena, one-of-akind shops line the main drag, Highway 29. In nearby Napa, the Napa Premium Outlets offers great savings on luxury brands like Barney’s, Coach and Michael Kors. In Sonoma County, check out Santa Rosa’s Fourth Street area, which is home to lots of locallyowned shops, or drop by Railroad Square for a mix of antique shops and restaurants. In Healdsburg, Shed is a must-visit for specialty ingredients and kitchenware. Oxbow Public Market in Napa is a marvelous source for artisan cheeses, breads, produce and local olive oil. DINING Napa and Sonoma are epicenters for fine dining, and have a handful of Michelin-starred eateries. You’ll need reservations well in advance to secure a table at the Restaurant at Meadowood
Field Peas The Restaurant at Meadowood
or the legendary French Laundry, but the experiences are unforgettable. To sample local flavors in Sonoma County, head to The Girl and The Fig in downtown Sonoma, where you’ll find artful uses of cheeses, meats, fruits and veggies produced nearby. For visitors who love to cook, enroll in a one-day class at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone for a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience.
TRI-VALLEY BEER TRAIL Not only world-famous for wine, experience the Tri-Valley Beer Trail made up of 22 craft breweries, taprooms and restaurants. Enhance your stay by attending the area’s many festivals, cafes and theaters. visittrivalley.com
Northern California’s wine country is one of the few places on earth where you can experience the incredible feeling of standing in a redwood forest. These are the tallest trees in the world, growing as high as 350 feet and surviving upwards of 2,000 years — making them among the oldest living beings on earth. many redwood forests were chopped down for lumber during the Gold Rush and relatively few groves remain. The armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve in Sonoma County offers 805 acres of trails, campgrounds and much more. Visiting, hiking and picnicking in these magical forests is a singular experience for visitors. Save the Redwoods league offers insider information, park maps and travel guides. Beyond
Biking on Santa Cruz Beach
ROAD TRIP TO MONTEREY COUNTY If you’ve never driven down the coast on Highway One from San Francisco to Monterey County, then you’re missing out on one of the most iconic and scenic drives you’ll find anywhere in America. Ready to hit the road? Here are a few must-sees along the route.
Leave early and head south. When I-280 and Highway One split, you’ll trace the coastline for some epic Pacific views. Make a stop in Santa Cruz to stretch your legs with a stroll along the beach boardwalk.
If you continue down Highway One, you’ll find the inspiring landscapes of Big Sur as well as the luxurious enclave of Carmel. You may need more than one day to explore all of it.
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Continue south from Santa Cruz County to Monterey County and take a break to enjoy the sea air at Moss Landing State Beach. You’ll find sea lions, seals, pelicans and other local fauna hanging out at the public pier and adjacent sand jetty.
As the road continues inland to Castroville, you’ll see fields of spiky-looking plants on either side of the road. Welcome to artichoke country. We recommend pulling over to sample one from a farm stand (many will fry them up for you on the spot — the perfect road trip snack).
Hop off Highway One at the Pacific Grove/Del Monte Avenue exit and spend some time exploring Fisherman’s Wharf and the city of Monterey. Along the waterfront, you’ll find delicious restaurants, the Custom House Plaza (California’s first designated state landmark) and a chance to spot adorable otters paddling around on their backs. 66
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Stay and Play… Come Visit Fresno County! Take a trip to Fresno County from San Francisco, Los Angeles, or Monterey and arrive within three hours by car to discover all the things there are to do in the heart of California. Travelers come to Fresno County from all over the world to stay and play in California’s year-round playground. Fresno, the Central Valley’s metropolitan hub, offers 10,000-plus hotel rooms, fabulous shopping, a vibrant art district, farmers markets, wineries, farm-to-table restaurants and attractions of all kinds. Come discover Fresno County and experience nature’s paradise!
Travel underground through a subterranean home complete with patios, grottos and passageways all created by handmade tools at the historic Forestiere Underground Gardens.
Have a wild time at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo. Walk alongside kangaroos, explore the African plains with rhinos, or get an underwater view of sea lions!
Realize nature’s majestic beauty as you walk amongst the famous Giant Sequoia Trees at Sequoia National Park then hop over to Kings Canyon National Park to see the deepest canyon in California.
Experience nature’s vibrant blossoms in bloom while taking a tranquil walk through the Shinzen Japanese Friendship Garden.
Take a self-driven tour through the orchards of Fresno County and witness the vibrant colors of Blossom Trail or see blossoms turn into fruits on the Fruit Trail.
Step back in time in Old Town Clovis. Shop through one-of-a-kind antique stores, get ingredients for your next meal at the farmers market, or take a self-guided tour along the historic streets.
Head over to the historic Tower District where thrilling shows, awesome concerts and shops filled with unique clothes and trinkets are at every street corner. Be sure to stop and take a picture of the iconic Tower Theatre.
Sports lovers can head to Chukchansi Park in downtown Fresno to watch the Fresno Grizzlies Triple-A baseball team or watch the United Soccer League’s Premiere Development League, Fresno Fuego and Freeze soccer teams.
Hit Fresno’s cultural arts scene at Art Hop where colorful paintings, beautiful sculptures and stunning photographs are on display throughout the sidewalks of downtown Fresno. Art lovers get the unique opportunity to meet and greet with some of Fresno’s talented local artists.
Get the farm-to-fork experience first-hand with a trip to one of Fresno County’s Farmers Markets. Each market offers locally grown produce from farmers living in the Central Valley.
Check out the newly revitalized Downtown Fresno area! Catch the latest Broadway show at the Saroyan Theatre, experience unique eateries, or explore the Mural District featuring unforgettable murals and rare sculptures.
Spend the afternoon wine and brew tasting some of Fresno County’s award-winning wines and brews produced in the Central Valley. Taste your way through Fresno County Wine Journey or Madera Vintners Association or head downtown to try local brews on the Downtown Fresno Ale Trail.
Revel in the striking collection of museums Fresno County has to offer. Browse through the exhibitions featuring contemporary and modern art at the Fresno Art Museum. Experience the diverse culture the central valley offers by visiting Arte Americas or the African American Historical & Cultural Museum of the San Joaquin Valley.
There’s no shortage of water sports in Fresno County! Head to Shaver Lake, Bass Lake or Millerton Lake for some fun in the sun water skiing and wakeboarding. For less extreme activities, take a sunset canoe or kayak tour along the San Joaquin River Central California’s longest river.
The Discovery Center Museum is a child’s paradise where science and nature blend in interactive and engaging exhibits designed to nurture scientific imaginations, tinker, create and wonder.
MEALS WORTH THE JOURNEY The michelin star is among the highest distinctions a restaurant can earn in the culinary world, and a to experience the food is recommended. The Bay area has earned an increasing number of michelinrated eateries over the past decade, including six three-star restaurants within the city. you’ll also find some memorable dining experiences outside the city as well. Here is a quick introduction to the three-star restaurants you’ll find beyond San Francisco.
Ricotta Basil Anolini with Sugar Snap Peas The French Laundry
Day Lily Soup, Caviar, Radish The Restaurant at Meadowood
THE FRENCH LAUNDRY (Napa Valley) Opened by esteemed chef Thomas Keller, this is one of the most famous restaurants in america, having held three michelin stars for more than a decade. Here, you will dine on a nine-course tasting menu of French cuisine with modern american flair and ingredients sourced from the restaurant’s gardens. it is also one of the most expensive restaurants on this list, at $310 per person, not including drinks or gratuity. MANRESA (San Jose) manresa in los Gatos offers a nightly tasting menu of seasonal ingredients. The menu, filled with innovative flavors designed by chef David Kinch, is a mystery until you’re seated for the meal. While it’s a surprisingly laid-back environment, the tasting menu is $255 per person and beverage pairings are $198.
Madeleines and Pâte de Fruit Manresa
THE RESTAURANT AT MEADOWOOD (Napa Valley) The Restaurant at meadowood in St. Helena focuses on local, sustainable California cuisine, with an avant-garde flair. meadowood dabbles in the molecular gastronomy style popular with high-end restaurants, using emulsifiers, gelling agents and stabilizers. meadowood is a truly elegant affair and a unique dining experience.
DRINKS OFFERED MUST COMPLEMENT THE MEALS ACCORDINGLY. THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN THE MICHELIN STARS IS AS FOLLOWS: A very good restaurant in its own category. Excellent cooking, worth a detour. Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.
YOU CAN FIND MORE DELICIOUS DINING TIPS BEYOND THE CITY ON OUR WEBSITE: SFTRAVEL.COM/BEYOND-THE-BRIDGE
Courtesy of The French Laundry, photographer: Deborah Jones; courtesy of The Restaurant at Meadowood, photography by Kelly Puleio; Ten Speed Press; thesavory.com
three-star rating is the most coveted accolade available — a designation signifying that a special journey
GaTEWay SaN FRaNCiSCO VISITOR RESOURCES BEYOND THE CITY
If your trip will extend beyond the city, here is a list of helpful resources for visitors in search of planning information, local recommendations and more.
CALAVERAS VISITORS BUREAU gocalaveras.com 1192 S. Main St. P.O. Box 637, Angels Camp 95222 209-736-0049.
DIABLO VALLEY â€“ DEFYING EXPECTATIONS
VALLEJO CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
visitvallejo.com 289 Mare Island Way, Vallejo 94590-5806, 707-642-3653.
visitberkeley.com 2030 Addison St., Ste. 102 Berkeley 94704, 510-549-7040.
diablovalleyca.com 2280 Diamond Blvd. Ste. 200, Concord 94520, 844-342-2568.
visitconcordca.com 2280 Diamond Blvd Ste. 200, Concord, 94520, 844-342-2568.
FAIRFIELD CONFERENCE & VISITORS BUREAU
visitfairfieldca.com 1000 Webster St. First Floor, Ste. A, Fairfield, CA 94533 707-399-2445.
FRESNO/CLOVIS CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
playfresno.org 1180 E Shaw Ave, Ste. 201 Fresno, 93710, 559-981-5500 or 800-788-0836.
GOLD COUNTRY VISITORS ASSOCIATION
calgold.org 200 Wool St., Folsom 95630 916-985-2698.
HIGH SIERRA VISITORS COUNCIL
californiahighsierra.com 40343 Hwy. 41 Oakhurst 93644, 559-683-4636.
visitoakland.org 481 Water St., Oakland 94607, 510-839-9000.
visitsacramento.com 1608 I St., Sacramento 95814, 916-808-7777 or 800-292-2334.
visitstockton.org 125 Bridge Pl., Second Fl. Stockton 95202, 209-938-1555 or 877-778-6258.
visittrivalley.com 5075 Hopyard, Ste. 240 Pleasanton 94588, 925-846-8910.
VISIT YOSEMITE MADERA COUNTY
yosemitethisyear.com 40343 Hwy. 41 Oakhurst 93644, 559-683-4636.
LAKE TAHOE VISITORS AUTHORITY
YOLO COUNTY VISITORS BUREAU
MAMMOTH LAKES TOURISM
YOSEMITE/MARIPOSA COUNTY TOURISM BUREAU
tahoesouth.com 3066 Lake Tahoe Blvd. South Lake Tahoe 96150, 530-541-5255.
yolocvb.org 132 E St., Ste. 200, Davis 95616 530-297-1900.
visitmammoth.com 2520 Main St. P.O. Box 48, Mammoth Lakes, 93546 760-934-2712 or 888-466-2666.
yosemite.com P.O. Box 967, Mariposa 95338 209-742-4567.
RICHMOND CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU
TUOLUMNE COUNTY VISITORS BUREAU/ YOSEMITE GOLD COUNTRY
townoftiburon.org 1505 Tiburon Blvd. Tiburon 94920, 415-435-7373.
visitrichmondca.com 229 Tewksbury, Ste. B Richmond 94801, 510-237-1403.
visittuolumne.com 193 S. Washington St. Sonora 95370, 209-533-4420 or 800-446-1333.
DESTINATION TIBURON HUMBOLDT COUNTY CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
redwoods.info 322 First St., Eureka 95501 800-346-3482.
MARIN CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
visitmarin.org Marin Film Resource Office 1 Mitchell Blvd., Ste. B, San Rafael 94903 415-925-2060.
PETALUMA VISITORS PROGRAM
visitpetaluma.com Historic Depot Building 210 Lakeville St., Hwy. 116, Petaluma 94952 707-769-0429.
visitplacer.com 1103 High St., Auburn 95603 530-887-2111 or 866-752-2371.
SAUSALITO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
sausalito.org 1913 Bridgeway, Sausalito 94965, 415-331-7262.
SAVE THE REDWOODS LEAGUE
savetheredwoods.org 111 Sutter St., 11th Fl. San Francisco 94104, 415-362-2352.
SHASTA CASCADE WONDERLAND ASSOCIATION
shastacascade.com 1699 Hwy. 273, Anderson 96007, 530-365-7500.
SONOMA COUNTY TOURISM
sonomacounty.com 400 Aviation Blvd. Ste. 500, Santa Rosa 95403, 707-522-5800.
SONOMA VALLEY VISITORS BUREAU
sonomavalley.com 453 First St. E., Sonoma 95476, 707-996-1090.
VISIT MENDOCINO COUNTY, INC.
visitmendocino.com 345 N. Franklin St. Fort Bragg 95437, 707-964-9010.
VISIT NAPA VALLEY
visitnapavalley.com 600 Main St., Napa 94559, 855-333-6272 (lodging), 855-847-6272.
YOUNTVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER
yountville.com 6484 Washington St., Ste. F Yountville 94599, 707-944-0904.
the good life
sonoma wine country An hour north of San Francisco, a world away from ordinary. 1.800.576.6662 SonomaCounty.com
Explore the Natural Beauty of Muir Woods. Make parking and shuttle reservations up to 90 days in advance by phone or at gomuirwoods.com.
SOUTH centralcoast-tourism.com 111 Anza Blvd.,
CARMEL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & VISITOR CENTER
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CALIFORNIA’S CENTRAL COAST – THE ORIGINAL ROAD TRIP
DRIVING DISTANCES Crescent City 368 589 Eureka 283 453
ShastaTrinity Redwood National Empire 101 Forest 266 428
Mt Shasta 276 444
Redding 217 347 Red Bluff 186 299 Lassen Chico National 172 Park 277 246 394
Ukiah Mendocino 115 184 156 250 Santa 29 Rosa 5 58 93 99
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389 Miles from San Francisco 622 Kilometers from San Francisco
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Taste San Francisco’s famous sourdough from Boudin’s Bakery, enjoy an Irish coffee at The Buena Vista Café or a scoop of ice cream at Three Twins — just to name a few of the “only in San Francisco” spots you’ll find in the airport.
THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SFO
WORLD-CLASS EXHIBITS San Francisco’s great museums are not limited to the city. SFO is the country’s only airport with a museum program accredited by the American Association of Museums. Discover world-class exhibits including photography, historical artifacts, sculpture and six mesmerizing light artworks from Illuminate SF. Don’t miss the new Video Arts Room in the International Terminal, where you can view works by contemporary artists and filmmakers. For a list of current exhibits, visit flysfo.com/museum.
Fresh seafood while waiting for your flight? Check. An art museum? Yup. Yoga studios? You bet. A piano-playing pig? Of course! Here are a few great reasons why SFO deserves to be your favorite airport
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TRANSPORTATION It’s easy to make your way to or from the airport to downtown San Francisco. The most economical method is BART, which costs $8.95 from the airport to the Embarcadero and takes about 35 minutes. BART is easily accessed from any terminal by riding SFO’s free AirTrain to the Garage G/BART Station stop. Taxis are readily available from the roadway Center Islands on the Arrivals/Baggage Claim Level of all terminals. The cost is approximately $45-60 to the Union Square area, depending on traffic. To get to areas outside the city, there are shuttles, vans and privately operated buses departing from Center Island transportation zones on the Arrivals/Baggage Claim Level. Companies such as Lyft and UberX also provide prearranged transportation.
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Don’t be surprised if you see a team of adorable pets greet you in the terminal. To help reduce the stress of traveling, SFO has three trained therapy dogs and a spotted pig named LiLou available for petting and photo ops several days a week. You may even be lucky enough to catch one of LiLou’s piano performances!
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CURVY STREETS. HIDDEN ALLEYWAYS AND LOTS OF HILLS. SOMETIMES, IN FACT ALMOST ALWAYS, IT’S EASIER IN SAN FRANCISCO TO HOP ON A BUS, HAIL A CAB, SCHEDULE A LIFT (AS IN LYFT), OR WALK. SAN FRANCISCO IS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE MOST WALKABLE CITIES IN THE U.S. if you decide to opt for public transit, here are a few suggestions on how to get to some major points of interest from the Visitor information Center.
Adult bus, streetcar and Muni Metro fares are $2.75, Youth (5-17 years), Senior (65+ years) and individuals with disabilities are $1.35. one-way cable car tickets cost $7 for anyone 5 and over. Muni PASSPortS are available at the Visitor information Center for one day ($21), three days ($32), and seven days ($42), and are for abovementioned Muni vehicles for unlimited rides.
Alamo Square Bus #5 westbound to the corner of McAllister and Pierce, or bus #21 westbound to the corner of Hayes and Pierce streets. Bus #21 also continues on to Golden Gate Park. Points of Interest: Painted Ladies. AT&T Park Buses #30, #45 and the inbound Muni Metro “N” or “T” lines provide service to the ballpark. From Fisherman’s Wharf, the “E.” Cable Car Barn Board any cable car on Powell Street to Jackson and Mason streets and walk one block south on Mason to Washington. Castro Outbound Muni Metro “K,” “L” or “M” line to the Castro Station or the historic “F” Streetcar on Market Street to Castro Street. Chinatown Walk two blocks east on Market Street to Grant Avenue. Walk north on Grant Avenue to Chinatown Gate at Bush Street, or take bus #8, #30 or #45 at Kearny and Market Streets or northbound cable car to Chinatown stop. Points of Interest: Chinese Cultural Center and Chinese Historical Society.
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TRANSIT ROUTES (CONT’D)
Mission District/Mission Dolores Muni Bus #14 or #14R westbound on Mission Street to 16th Street or beyond. BART: southbound to 16th or 24th Street. To reach Mission Dolores: outbound Muni Metro “J” line to Church and 16th streets, walk one block east on 16th Street. Moscone Center Walk one block east on Market to Fourth Street. Walk south on Fourth Street two blocks to Howard Street. Points of Interest: Children’s Creativity Museum, Metreon, California Historical Society, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Museum of the African Diaspora and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Cliff House/Seal Rocks/Lands’ End Bus #38 (destination Land’s End/48th Avenue); or 38R on Geary Street to the end of the line and walk down Point Lobos Avenue. Coit Tower/Telegraph Hill/North Beach Bus #30, #45, #8 or #8BX northwest on Kearny and Market Street to Union Street (Washington Square); transfer to bus #39 at Union Street and Columbus Avenue to Coit Tower. Bus #39 continues on to Fisherman’s Wharf. Exploratorium Eastbound historic “F” Streetcar on Market Street to the Embarcadero and Green Station. Ferry Building/Embarcadero Center Eastbound historic “F” Streetcar on Market Street or #6, #9, #21 or #31 bus to the Ferry Building; or Muni Metro inbound to Embarcadero Station. Fisherman’s Wharf (PIER 39/Ghirardelli Square/Pier41/ Aquatic Park/The Anchorage/National Maritime Museum/ Municipal Pier) Powell-Hyde or Powell-Mason cable cars from Powell and Market streets, eastbound historic “F” Streetcar on Market Street; or bus #30, #8X or #8BX from Kearny and Market streets to North Point Street. Points of Interest: Alcatraz from Pier 33. Fort Mason Bus #30 from Kearny and Market streets to Chestnut and Laguna streets; walk north to Laguna Street or transfer to bus #43. To reach the hostel, get off at Van Ness Avenue and North Point Street; walk west on Bay Street, then turn right into Fort Mason. Golden Gate Bridge/Fort Point Bus #38 or #38R on Geary Street to Park Presidio Blvd; transfer to Bus #28 (northbound). Bus #30 from Kearny and Market streets to Van Ness and North Point and take bus #28. From Fisherman’s Wharf walk to Van Ness and North Point streets and take Bus #28. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge (weekends and only). Take Muni Bus #76X - Marin Headlands Express from Powell and Sutter streets. Lombard Street/Russian Hill Powell-Hyde cable car from Powell Street to Lombard Street; or bus #45 from Kearny and Market streets to Union and Hyde streets and walk north on Hyde Street to Lombard Street. 80
Nob Hill/Grace Cathedral/The Masonic Any cable car on Powell Street to California Street and transfer to westbound cable car, or Bus #30 or #45 from Kearny and Market to Sacramento Street and transfer to Bus #1 to top of Nob Hill. Golden Gate Park For the Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco Botanical Garden, California Academy of Sciences, de Young Museum or Music Concourse, take a westbound bus #5 or #5R on Market Street to 10th Avenue and walk into the park; or take Muni Metro “N” line outbound to Irving Street and Ninth Avenue. For the Conservatory of Flowers take bus #5 or #5R to Fulton Street and Arguello Boulevard. Haight-Ashbury Bus #6 or #7 from the islands in the middle of Market Street to Ashbury Street. Japan Center/Japantown Bus #2 or #3 on Sutter Street to Buchanan Street, or Bus #38 or #38R on Geary Street to Laguna Street. Legion of Honor/Lincoln Park Bus #38 of #38R on Geary Street to 33rd Avenue; walk north on 34th Avenue to park entrance (short walk), or transfer to northbound bus #18 on 33rd Avenue to the end of the line. Palace of Fine Arts/Marina Green Bus #30 (destination “Jefferson Loop”) from Kearny and Market streets to the end of the line. San Francisco Zoo & Gardens Outbound Muni Metro “L” line to the end. Twin Peaks Outbound Muni Metro “K,””L” or “M” line to Forest Hill Station. Across the street from the station, take the bus #36. Get off at Marview Way and Skyview Way; walk up Marview to Farview Court. Turn right on unmarked footpath and walk to the overlook. Or Outbound Muni Metro “K,””L” or “M” line to Church Station and exit on north side of Market to 14th/Church and take #37 bus (destination Twin Peaks). Get off at 74 Crestline and cross the street to an unmarked footpath to the overlook. Union Street Bus #45 from Kearny and Market streets to Octavia Street and beyond. Yerba Buena/Center for the Arts Walk two blocks east on Market to Third Street. Walk south on Third Street.
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Civic Center/Hayes Valley (City Hall, Opera House, Symphony Hall, Asian Art Museum, Main Library, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, War Memorial Veterans Building) Bus #5, #5R or #21 westbound on Market Street or outbound Muni Metro underground to Civic Center Station. Points of Interest: SFJAZZ Center.
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21st AMENDMENT BREWERY
A veteran of the local craft beer scene, this Bay Area favorite has a brewpub in the SoMa neighborhood a couple of blocks from AT&T Park (home of the San Francisco Giants) where you can find a rotating selection of beers like their Brew Free or Die IPA, or the 2016 Great American Beer Festival Gold-winning El Sully Mexican-style lager.
The local distiller’s flagship bottle is Gin 209, which uses botanicals from across the former British Empire (including juniper, cardamom, coriander and bergamot orange peel, among others) to create its unique flavor.
THIRSTYBEAR BREWING COMPANY This certified-organic brewery (the first and only one of its kind in San Francisco) is close to The Moscone Center and the San Francisco Museum of Art (SFMOMA), which makes it a perfect stop for business or pleasure. Connoisseurs will love their Stave Series, which includes a handful of barrel-aged selections. They also offer a full menu of traditional Spanish tapas.
BEACH CHALET RESTAURANT & BREWERY With views of Ocean Beach and the Pacific, it’s hard to beat the location. Here you’ll find a full menu of fresh breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner options complemented by a half-dozen house-crafted beers. The light, crisp V.F.W. Golden Ale is a staple, but if you’re having trouble choosing, go ahead and order the sampler set, which provides four-ounce tastes of each Beach Chalet brew. 84
SF VODKA Housed in a former maximum-security prison on Treasure Island, SF Vodka’s small batches eschew the traditional potato or grain base in favor of ingredients like corn, grapes and sugar cane for surprisingly smooth results.
ST. GEORGE’S SPIRITS Among the most successful local distillers are the makers of Hangar One, who took experience fermenting fruit brandy and applied it to their line of infused vodkas, which are now available in 47 states.
ANCHOR DISTILLING One of the Bay Area’s first micro-distilleries, Anchor uses copper pot stills to produce a line of three whiskeys and two gins. Try a taste of their signature Old Potrero Straight Rye Whiskey, which is made using 19th-century techniques. You can also check out their sister location in Potrero Hill, Anchor Brewing, which is the maker of Anchor Steam, one of the original San Francisco beers.
Courtesy of Anchor Steam Brewing Company; Anchor Distilling (2); Distillery 209; 21st Amendment Brewery
When it comes to drinking in San Francisco, your options are plentiful. From hip haunts offering adventurous craft cocktails to rows of taps pouring carefully curated microbrews to just a simple, straight-forward happy hour, there’s something for every taste and every budget within the city’s 49 square miles. But if you want a taste of something local, here are a few places to find beer and spirits made in San Francisco.
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