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WELCOME TO THE CITY BY THE BAY Welcome to the City by the Bay, where we welcome and embrace all with the diversity and beauty that San Francisco is known for! This truly is a city where there is something for everyone. As our friends at San Francisco Travel say: “Never the same. Always San Francisco.” There’s so much to enjoy and celebrate in our beautiful metropolis. This year we saw the official opening of Salesforce Tower. And adding to the fun, by the time this edition of Guestbook is published, the newly renamed Salesforce Transit Center will have reopened. At this stylish new venue, not only can you wait for your transportation, but with 5.4 acres of rooftop parkland, you can also take a midday break from sightseeing and relax in a unique outdoor space, or even join a free outdoor yoga class, try a gondola ride or dine in one of the many restaurants. With the beauty of the city, it’s only fitting that our photo essay focuses on the numerous elevated vantage points from our hilltops, all of which are accessible to you for taking that breathtaking keepsake photo (page 32). Many of you are familiar with our Wine Country, but how many of you are familiar with the influence that Japan has had on the area (page 48)? There is always a story to be told in San Francisco, and in our “Alleys as Anecdotes” feature we divulge some of the secret stories behind
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We celebrate all that is new at Fort Mason, a destination that was for over 100 years a port for the U.S. Army
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and is now a cultural hub that also includes restaurants, bars and the always-popular Off the Grid food truck
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experience, which offers a taste of everything (page 38).
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Everyone’s Welcome. Salesforce Transit Center is San Francisco Bay Area’s newest, most innovative public space...and there’s nothing else like it anywhere. [ãÕ«ÃÜ«ØÊÜÜÂÊÜ«Ć¼Ê¢¼«¢ÊØÃ«ÕÊÕÕ«ÜÃ ¨èÂÂ«Ã£«ØÜãÊÃãØÜÊØ«Ã£ŧ¼«£¨ãƀĆ¼¼ÜÕÜŬW«¢ÊèØ stories up in a glass gondola to a vibrant, leafy park nestled among the skyscrapers. Up on the roof, 5.4 acres of surprises await. Say “Namaste” at a free yoga class, watch children splash through dancing jets of water, explore 13 mini botanical gardens, relax on a grassy lawn before an evening performance in the amphitheater. Catch a bus or stay awhile. Salesforce Transit Center and Salesforce Park is a sociable place that’s grand and bold in design, yet built for simply having a good time. An urban oasis in the heart of downtown.
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SF ESSENCE 32 VANTAGE POINTS A PHOTO ESSAY ON THE CITY’S HILLS San Francisco’s famous hills offer distinct perspectives of the urban landscape. PHOTOS BY ISAAC ARJONILLA
ALLEYS AS ANECDOTES THE CITY’S SMALLEST STREETS ARE BIG ON HISTORY. These easily overlooked atmospheric corners tell a story of an ever-changing San Francisco.
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38 A PLAYGROUND ON THE PERIMETER FORT MASON, A WATERFRONT SETTING WITH CULTURAL APPEAL The former U.S. Army post beckons with picnic-friendly slopes, peaceful gardens, scenic paths and remarkable San Francisco Bay views. BY RENEE BRINCKS
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48 JAPAN IN WINE COUNTRY NAPA AND SONOMA LOOK ACROSS THE PACIFIC. Wine Country entrepreneurs take hospitality to the next level with cues from Japan. BY VIRGINIA MILLER
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52 ALL ABOUT TOWN NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE San Francisco is a city defined by its distinct and colorful neighborhoods. Take a tour here, then discover popular destinations around the Bay Area.
81 MUSEUMS & GALLERIES ON DISPLAY Purchase, peruse or both. See art by masters from around the world and right here in the Bay Area.
89 DINING PLEASE YOUR PALATE Treat your taste buds to the city’s best restaurants. We hope you packed your appetite!
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NIGHTLIFE, TOURS AND ATTRACTIONS A guide to all things fun: theater, dance, live music, bars, attractions, tours, activities and sights.
WINE COUNTRY SIP, SIP HOORAY The world’s most coveted fruit is the wine grape, and Northern California’s Wine Country is the place to get a taste—and then some—of its most famous by-product.
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CONTRIBUTORS Isaac Arjonilla
I love getting the chance to explore and photograph the best views of a city. On this assignment I was able to pace myself and take the time to enjoy San Francisco. It felt so good getting to the top of Twin Peaks and seeing the city lit up. I did discover that traffic here is challenging, and it can get surprisingly cold as soon as the sun goes down. If you want to take in some of these views yourself, I suggest that you pack a warm jacket, map out your spots and plan ahead so that you can see them in the best light.
I live and work downtown, close to a lot of interesting alleys and overlooked stairways with fascinating histories. One of them is Joice Street, which has a short, lovely staircase on the Pine Street end and serves as a locally beloved shortcut between Chinatown and Lower Nob Hill. There are a lot of other lesser-known alleys in busy areas—segments of Stevenson and Minna streets in SoMa come to mind—that have parks, cafes and even museums that offer respite for office workers downtown.
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A Playground on the Perimeter, page 38
Fort Mason is one of these incredible destinations that almost didn’t happen. When the military post closed, Congressman Phillip Burton and community supporters worked hard to secure this as parkland within the wider Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Today the area continues to evolve. I’ve shopped at the Fort Mason Center Farmers’ Market for a few years now, and you can see a dash of energy follow the opening of each new cafe and business. With the recent addition of the San Francisco Art Institute, the park has really become a dynamic destination—complete with a rich history and some true culinary, cultural and architectural gems.
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Japan in Wine Country, page 48 Japan is one of my favorite countries to visit in the world, and I loved uncovering the Japanese connections in Napa and Sonoma counties. I talked to local chefs who’ve worked at some of Japan’s best restaurants and farms and a female Japanese winemaker who’s learning the trade in Sonoma vineyards. If you visit the area, I suggest you try unfamiliar dishes at modern Japanese spots SingleThread, Two Birds One Stone or Ramen Gaijin, or even at the more traditional restaurant Kenzo. If you ask questions about the origins of the dishes, you’ll have a richer experience and learn how the chef played off a classic Japanese dish or technique.
If you’re visiting San Francisco for the first time or just the first time in a while, these are the city’s top sights you don’t want to miss.
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Golden Gate Bridge
One of the most iconic landmarks in the world, let alone the city, the magnificent vermillion orange Golden Gate Bridge symbolizes San Francisco. The 4,200-foot suspension bridge was completed in 1937 after four years of construction, marked by a rowdy, weeklong celebration. Even today, its two 746-foot-tall towers stand as proud testaments to the ingenuity and grace of the structureâ€™s design. A stroll down the east side offers stunning views of the city and boats in the bayâ€”if you can withstand the wind. A drive across the bridge leads directly to a breathtaking vantage point in Marin County. Either way, a trip across the Golden Gate Bridge brings the stunning San Francisco landscape into focus. WHERE GUEST B OOK
“San Francisco is 49 square miles surrounded by reality.” PAUL KANTNER Jefferson Airplane Guitarist
Eight hairpin switchbacks and the downward pitch of the commonly known “crookedest street in the world” have made Lombard Street a must-drive for visitors. The quarter-mile downhill stretch is lined with gorgeous gardens and barriers to ensure that drivers maintain a speed of 5 miles per hour—and with those turns, it’s advised! Those who simply walk to the top of the hill are rewarded with sweeping views of Russian Hill and Coit Tower—and a walk up is less time-consuming than waiting in line to drive down. Lombard Street, between Hyde and Leavenworth streets 16
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“The ultimate [travel itinerary] for me would be one perfect day in San Francisco. It’s a perfect 72 degrees, clear, the sky bright blue. I’d start down at Fisherman’s Wharf with someone I really like...” LARRY KING
Defining the Embarcadero’s northern stretch, Fisherman’s Wharf draws a lively mix of tourists, performers and street peddlers to its bustling bay-front blocks. Staying true to its heritage, the wharf continues to be the epicenter of San Francisco’s fishing community. That means no visit is complete without a cracked whole crab or a sourdough bread bowl brimming with clam chowder. Afterwards, watch the sea lions laze on the docks, visit the glorious ships on view at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park or shop for trinkets in the countless souvenir shops. 18
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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Now the largest modern art space in the country, SFMOMA reopened in May 2016 after a $305 million renovation that nearly tripled its gallery space. The expansion, which was designed by Norwegian architecture and design firm Snøhetta, blends seamlessly with the original Botta brick structure, and features a white, rippling facade that pays homage to both the bay and the city’s iconic fog. The museum’s current collection entails more than 33,000 works, from sculpture to media arts. 151 3rd St. 20
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“With sizable spaces devoted to career surveys of work by several individual artists (Alexander Calder, Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, Chuck Close, Richard Serra and others), the place might have been renamed the San Francisco Museums of Modern Art.” CHARLES DESMARAIS art critic for the San Francisco Chronicle
“Adventures began and ended there.” CARL NOLTE reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle
Once San Francisco’s trademark structure, the Ferry Building was the transportation hub of the city well into the 1930s. As tough as they come, the beautifully towered building has survived devastating earthquakes, scorching fires and an ungainly freeway that once obscured it facade. A 2003 renovation shifted the space’s focus from ferries to fine food. Now the shops inside offer some of the area’s most prized artisanal treats. On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings, the front and back patios buzz with a farmers’ market that draws regional farmers who sell their harvest by the stunning backdrop of the bay. Market Street at the Embarcadero 22
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Embarcadero Center is your one-stop destination for all of your shopping and everyday essentials. After browsing our array of unique and popular retail stores, be sure to celebrate happy hour and dine at one of our 30+ restaurants. Conveniently located close to all transportation hubs and easy access to onsite parking, itâ€™s another reason to Shop, Dine, and Enjoy at Embarcadero Center.
“It looks like Alcatraz has got me licked.” AL CAPONE Alcatraz inmate #85
Once a prison for the most dangerous of criminals, Alcatraz Island now sits sleepily in the San Francisco Bay like a pearl inside an oyster, waiting to share its stories. Unlock the island’s secrets as you scour the empty jail cells and mess halls of the most iconic prison ever to exist. The history of Alcatraz is fascinating, told during self-guided, ranger-led and night tours. To get to and from The Rock, take a breezy ferry ride from Pier 33. 24
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“You wouldn’t think such a place as San Francisco could exist. The wonderful sunlight there, the hills... The little cable cars whizzing down the city hills…” DYLAN THOMAS
These iconic open-air cars have seen imitators come and go. In 1873, San Francisco’s cable-drawn trains were the first of their kind. Nearly 145 years later, they are also the last—meriting designation as one of the only moving National Historic Landmarks in the United States. Renovated to their burgundy red best and jingling their bells as they climb some of the city’s steepest inclines, these tenacious little trains have a place in the heart of visitors and former and residents. Grab a seat or just hang from one of the wooden poles and get ready to ride in true San Francisco style. 26
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The Exploratorium is more than a museum; it’s an ongoing exploration of science, art, and human perception. Step inside a tornado, turn upside down in a giant curved mirror, walk on a fog bridge, and explore more than 650 hands-on exhibits. You’ll find all of this plus unique programs, discussions, and events; a café and restaurant; two stores; and more at our beautiful San Francisco bayside location on the historic Embarcadero.
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“San Francisco has only one drawback, ’tis hard to leave.” RUDYARD KIPLING
Concrete Coit Tower was erected atop Telegraph Hill in 1933 and boasts 360-degree views of San Francisco and its environs. In the 1930s, local artists painted its famous murals as part of the public art program of the Works Progress Administration. While there is a nominal fee to ride the elevator to the observation deck, there is no charge to enter the tower and see the murals. You might be lucky enough to see (or hear) some of the colorful wild parrots of Telegraph Hill. 1 Telegraph Hill Blvd. 28
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“There are a thousand viewpoints in the viewtiful city.” HERB CAEN columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle
As if taken from the pages of a fairy tale, the row of perfectly pastel Victorian homes lining the eastern side of Alamo Square brings an air of magic to the foggy city. Victorians are among San Francisco’s most recognizable architectural features, albeit few look this good. From the top of the park, you’ll be treated to one of San Francisco’s iconic views: the seven Painted Ladies radiantly dolled up with the towers of downtown hovering in the distance. Really, it’s no wonder that the little stretch of homes is often called “Postcard Row.” Steiner Street, between Hayes and Grove streets 30
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VANTAGE POINTS San Francisco’s famous hills offer distinct perspectives of the urban landscape. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ISAAC ARJONILLA
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San Francisco is a city defined by its steep inclines and panoramas. In fact, its borders contain over 50 hills, and the vantage points they provide are among the city’s most recognizable features. When you visit these photogenic views, you’ll see a little bit of everything—glittering urban landscapes, dramatic rocky cliffs, sprawling green spaces and the expansive bay waters—all without ever leaving city limits. Fortunately for residents and visitors, most of these vistas are as easy to access as they are inspiring. These are a few of our favorite perspectives. Wherever you climb, be sure to bring along your camera.
CORONA HEIGHTS PARK This rocky outcrop above the Castro neighborhood offers unobstructed views of downtown. Climb the stairs to see city streets that extend all the way to the bay, and to your right is an iconic San Francisco image: hills covered with a jumble of pastel-colored houses.
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(Left) See kids playing on a massive playground, dogs romping together and adults picnicking at this sloping square of grass with a view of the skyline. (Right) The former military outpost (1895-1943) sitting up on the Presidioâ€™s coastal bluffs contains Golden Gate Overlook.
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(Left) From Twin Peaks, the entire city is laid out, from the top of the Golden Gate Bridge to the southern coast and across the water to the East Bay. (Right) Climb up to the tiny park and garden above the Vallejo Street Steps in Russian Hill to soak in the view.
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A PLAYGROUND ON THE PERIMETER Fort Mason captivates with a waterfront setting and cultural appeal. BY RENEE BRINCKS
Fort Mason has a magnificent setting on the San Francisco Bay in the Marina District.
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Clockwise from left: Readers Bookstore; San Francisco Art Institute campus; Great Meadow at Fort Mason (2); painting with Flax Art & Design.
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how remote San Francisco was back then,” says David Shaw, spokesperson for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. “This park gives you a sense of that Wild West landscape.” Following the 1906 earthquake and fire that devastated the city, displaced residents lived in camps on Fort Mason and responders coordinated emergency efforts in today’s General’s Residence venue. By the time the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition brought exhibits to one corner of the post, the U.S. Army was also building warehouses, piers and rail infrastructure along its lower waterfront. Fort Mason became a major military logistical center, with some 1.6 million soldiers passing through the San Francisco Port of Embarkation during World War II. The military eventually decommissioned the fort, and the lower park now house the nonprofit Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. Various arts groups, galleries, shops and cafes operate on the center’s 13-acre campus, including the SFMOMA Artists Gallery, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Magic Theatre, Greens Restaurant, a legendary vegetarian mainstay, and Readers Bookstore, which supports the San
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Set on San Francisco’s northern edge, between bustling Fisherman’s Wharf and the sublime meadows of Marina Green, Fort Mason beckons with picnic-friendly slopes, peaceful gardens, scenic paths and remarkable San Francisco Bay views. The former U.S. Army post played a key role in major military events before becoming part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) in 1972. With the 2017 opening of a San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) campus, plus fresh cafes and attractions establishing themselves in the park, Fort Mason has evolved as a significant cultural and culinary destination. To understand the history behind this multifaceted playground that stretches above and below a lush ridge, start at the visitor center in the GGNRA headquarters in Building 201. Here on upper Fort Mason, a self-guided walking tour explores the park’s role as a fortress under Spanish and Mexican governments, a Civil War-era neighborhood and an American military installation. “As you look at Fort Mason’s architecture—especially the pre-Civil War homes off Franklin Street and the brick batteries overlooking the bay—you can start to imagine
FORT MASON FAVORITES: WHAT THE LOCALS LOVE HOWARD FLAX, president, Flax Art & Design: “One of the city’s best spots is on Pier 2, where there’s public access around the San Francisco Art Institute building. Out at the end, the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands are to your left and Angel Island is to your right. It’s just spectacular.” DAVID SHAW, vice president of communications and marketing, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy: “The community garden is a beautiful hidden gem. Not far from there is Cafe Franco (inside the HI San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf Hostel), an affordable spot with coffee and
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Francisco Public Library through the sale of vintage books. Off the Grid brings Friday night food truck events to Fort Mason Center each summer; a year-round farmers market also sets up there on Sundays. The recent San Francisco Art Institute opening means additional events and energy for this already dynamic destination. “Previously, most activities here took place on weekends. Now, with SFAI on Pier 2, there are new galleries and engaging public programming on a regular basis,” says Nick Kinsey, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture’s director of external affairs. Creating a more vibrant experience also involves reconfiguring structures built for storage, not socializing. “These were military warehouses, so the natural design is not necessarily public-facing. But, the industrial buildings do have a remarkable design aesthetic with beautiful open floor plans,” Kinsey says. “We love making subtle updates that create a more inviting, elegant atmosphere.” Howard Flax relocated Flax Art & Design, his family’s 80-year-old art San Francisco art store, from Market Street to a Fort Mason warehouse in 2015. He calls the change “a terrific move.”
beer and wine at night.” DEVORAH FREUDIGER, director of retail, Equator Coffees & Teas: “The upper and lower sections of Fort Mason are both great, and so very different. I like the long set of stairs that climbs the north-facing slope to connect the two parts of the park.”
“As you look at Fort Mason’s architecture—especially the pre-Civil War homes off Franklin Street and the brick batteries overlooking the bay— you can start to imagine how remote San Francisco was back then.”
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FORT FUNSTON Windswept sand dunes distinguish Fort Funston, tucked in a southwestern corner of the city once populated with gun batteries and Nike missiles. Today, hang gliders launch from 200-foot bluffs, while hikers, horseback riders and dog owners enjoy a network of trails (including some paved, wheelchair-accessible routes). FORT POINT Completed in 1861, this stately brick building on the Golden Gate’s southern side was staffed by Civil War soldiers and later protected the bay from World War II submarine attacks. Retired cannons
and historical photos now showcase Fort Point’s military past, and guests climb to the top level to view the Golden Gate Bridge from below. FORT BAKER Near the northern foot of the Golden Gate Bridge in Sausalito, this early 1900s army post was refurbished and reopened as a park after being transferred to the National Park Service (NPS). A free NPS cell phone audio tour showcases Fort Baker’s history, ecology and evolution, and the park is a popular spot for sailing, kayaking, fishing and hiking along trails with spectacular bay and bridge views.
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“We’re now part of a fabulous community of independent businesses and organizations operating here,” he says. “Our building is more than 100 years old. The industrial feel is a great fit, and we’ve brought the historical components back to their original condition.” “We’re in a beautiful building with exposed rafters, and we love the outdoor seating,” says Devorah Freudiger, director of retail for Equator Coffee & Teas. The brand brought its fair-trade brews and pastries to a former Fort Mason gatehouse in 2017. “It’s a really pedestrianfriendly, community-minded location that draws folks for weekly markets and special events. We’re also on a main thoroughfare for people bicycling to the Golden Gate Bridge or Crissy Field.” Kinsey recommends that first-time Fort Mason guests simply take a few hours to wander. “Start with a coffee at Equator or a cocktail at The Interval, and don’t be afraid to poke into doors and see what’s around. Give yourself an hour in the bookstore or Flax, or visit some of our museums and galleries,” he says. “If you’re a little adventurous, there’s quite a bit of serendipity here.”
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This page: Ross Alley in Chinatown, known as the oldest in the city. Opposite page: Clarion Alley in the Mission District, famous for its murals.
ALLEYS AS ANECDOTES San Francisco’s smallest streets tell the story of an ever-changing city. BY BRITTANY SHOOT
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The story of San Francisco is constantly evolving, but one element is static. To speak of San Francisco is to tell a tale of a city in flux, a community where churn and change and reinvention is the norm. Aspects of San Francisco are charming here in a way that elsewhere they simply are not. Take our alleyways. Serving purposes as varied as shortcuts, commerce lanes, art spaces and restaurant rows, the alleys and narrow lanes of San Francisco showcase the character of the city,
its history and present. While alleys serve as connective footpaths and thoroughfares, they also serve as bridges between the past and future. Within one city block, it’s easy to find remnants of the 1849 Gold Rush and the city’s storied literary legacy alongside contemporary art and technological innovation. And with many of San Francisco’s most interesting side streets, the most prominent features and figures make themselves known before one arrives. WHERE GUEST B OOK
Clockwise from far top left: Balmy Alley in the Mission District; Macondray Lane in Russian Hill; Balmy Alley; Maiden Lane in Union Square.
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GOOD FORTUNE Chinatown is celebrated for its numerous alleys—41 total— that act as shortcuts for locals and eye candy for everyone else. Many date to the 19th-century era when San Francisco’s Barbary Coast lured gold miners seeking urban diversions when not striking it rich elsewhere. But Ross Alley, noted as the city’s oldest alley and famous for appearing in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” may also be the most delicious alleyway destination in the historic neighborhood. With lines frequently out the door, the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company is beloved for its samples and the up-close view of predictive advice being packaged in a tasty outer shell. Established in 1962, the humble shop is equal parts bakery and walking tour stop, with workers manning griddles and folding cookies by hand, and a sign noting a nominal fee to take photos with the diligent cookie masters.
TELLING TALES Russian Hill dwellers know exactly which narrow street beloved San Francisco novelist Armistead Maupin chose to depict as Barbary Lane in his contemporary classic, “Tales of the City.” Only two blocks long, leafy Macondray Lane tells another story: that of the impressive views from San Francisco’s steep hills. From this shady alley, one can absorb views of the San Francisco Bay all the way out to Alcatraz Island. Pleasantly residential Russian Hill feels a world away from the hubbub of nearby downtown, and a stroll down Macondray makes passersby feel so at home, many wish to move right in, too. BY ANY OTHER NAME Another throwback to the Barbary Coast era, it’s difficult to imagine today’s tony Maiden Lane as a red-light desti-
ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER Trinity Place Tucked into the heart of the Financial District, the Parisianstyle cooperative bookstall and newsstand 34 Trinity Arts and News features periodicals; an array of rare and used books; and original prints; photos and zines by local artists. Jack Kerouac Alley Named for the iconic writer who chronicled the Beatnik scene, this short footpath borders City Lights, an independent bookstore also famed for its Beat poetry collection. Across the alley, Vesuvio Cafe features Beat writer memorabilia to accent strong, reasonably priced drinks.
nation during the Gold Rush. A shopping street now in stark contrast to its former purposes, the row is home to high-end retailers—some open by appointment only—and operates as a pedestrian-only passage during the day with strings of twinkling bulbs lighting the way each evening. But the most beloved fixtures are easily heard blocks away before they come into view. For two decades, professional opera singers Litz Plummer and Robert Close have offered their mellifluous tenor and soprano stylings for all to hear. Tips are encouraged. CLARION CALL To wander down the brightly muraled Clarion Alley in the Mission District is to appreciate a signature San Francisco value: making use of any available space. Since 1992, the Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP) has used the 15-foot
wide, 560 foot-long alley as a canvas for outrage and delight, depicting controversial figures and flowers in bloom. The alley’s oldest paintings date to 1994, though many pieces have evolved or been covered over the years, changing the same way the city often does. New folks come in and (hopefully) improve upon the legacy of those who came before. The Mission is awash with art, as CAMP founders were inspired by nearby Balmy Alley, another bright side street where, since the 1970s, a similar community mural project has been underway. To see them both, meander through one of the city’s sunniest neighborhoods, an area equal parts residential and commercial, with taquerias and small shops nestled between doorways to walk-up apartments. Many parts of the Mission still look like the San Francisco of yesterday, and many others are evolving into what may be the San Francisco of the future.
Belden Place A hub of activity for the city’s tiny French Quarter, Belden Place is a restaurant row featuring fine French cuisine (Plouf, Café Bastille) in addition to Italian bistro Café Tiramisu and seafood spot Sam’s Grill, a San Francisco institution since 1867.
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The dining room at SingleThread, a restaurant and inn off Healdsburg Square in Sonoma County
JAPAN IN WINE COUNTRY Napa and Sonoma look across the Pacific to take hospitality to the next level.
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California has long been home to the largest Japanese population outside of Japan. San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Jose are the only three U.S. cities with remaining Japantowns. Japanese culture can be found throughout the state, but you might not expect many Japanese ties in Northern California Wine Country. Granted, the Japanese population may not be high in Sonoma or Napa counties, but the Japanese influence is strong. Over the past couple of years, a number of restaurants and other businesses with Japanese connections have opened. SingleThread opened in Sonoma County in 2016 as one of the most ambitious, forward-thinking collaborations between Japanese form and Sonoma function. This restaurant and inn sitting off Healdsburg Plaza has a full-time forager, its own 5-acre farm and a rooftop garden. In keeping with the spirit of Japan’s historical ryokans, roadside inns housing a notable restaurant, dinner guests can reserve one of five soothing, luxurious hotel rooms. And in keeping with many of Kyoto’s famed modern ryokans, SingleThread offers Michelin starred (two as of 2018) fine dining. Owners Kyle and Katina Connaughton came home to Sonoma County after years living in Japan, where Kyle cooked at Michel Bras’ Toya in Hokkaido, and Katina studied sustainable Japanese farming techniques. Kyle also ran the kitchen at Heston Blumenthal’s legendary Fat Duck
outside of London, adding more experimental Michelin prowess to his resume. Japanese influence is everywhere at SingleThread, which grows different varieties of shiso (Japanese mint) and cooks with an impressive collection of donabe pots. In true Kyoto form, they serve kaiseki-style (seasonal) tasting menus, showing off the endless bounty of Northern California in the elegant dining room. From the moment you’re seated and presented with an array of amuse bouche bites dotted among plants and stones, it’s clear you’re in for an unforgettable meal. Over the mountains in Napa Valley, Kenzo Estate and restaurant has direct connections with Japan: Owner Kenzo Tsujimoto was the founder of the Japanese company Capcom in the 1980s, which developed classic games like “Street Fighter” and “Mega Man.” But as a gaming pioneer, Kenzo dreamed of opening a Napa winery after learning about the Judgement of Paris (a competition in which California wines bested France’s finest wines in a blind tasting) put Napa — and New World wines — on the map in 1976. After two decades of searching, in 1990 he bought a 4,000-acre wild property on Mt. George in Napa’s southeast corner. He then spent years studying the soils on his land and working with local vintners, including none other than Robert Mondavi, before planting his first vines in 1998. WHERE GUEST B OOK
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A few notable modern Japanese restaurants also dot the region. Chefs Douglas Keane (of Healdsburg’s legendary, now-closed Cyrus) and Sang Yoon (of Father’s Office and Lukshon in Los Angeles) teamed up to open Two Birds One Stone in 2016. This elevated yakitori restaurant offers unique collaboration wines from local winemakers that are produced just for the restaurant. They pair with gratifying modern izakaya fare that’s served in a striking, centuryold Freemark Abbey Winery building in St. Helena. That same year, Napa chef Curtis di Fede of Oenotri debuted Miminashi, a hip izakaya with a dramatic wood ceiling and door. It serves yakitori, ramen, small plates and topnotch cocktails. Back in Sebastopol, Ramen Gaijin brought ramen, modern izakaya fare and highball cocktails to Sonoma’s west side in 2014. All three restaurants showcase Wine Country’s impeccable produce, seafood and meats, enhanced by Japanese design, flavors and excellence. While Japan’s obsessive perfectionism, as-good-asit-gets service and complex culture is impossible to fully capture outside of its own islands, Northern California’s Wine Country is a region with a special synergy with Japan. You’ll find a similar dedication to purity and exactness, and the resulting taste and quality might even lead to a transcendent experience.
Japanese influence is everywhere at SingleThread, which grows different varieties of shiso and cooks with an impressive collection of donabe pots.
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This methodical, longview approach to perfection is sheer Japanese tradition. Splitting time between his Napa estate and Japan, Kenzo brought on greats like viticulturist David Abreu and winemaker Heidi Barrett years before launching his first wines in 2008. In 2016, Kenzo and his wife, Natsuko Tsujimoto, went on to open Kenzo in downtown Napa, a pristine restaurant serving both Tokyo edomae sushi and traditional Kyoto kaiseki tasting menus. Over in Sebastopol, winemaker Akiko Freeman of Freeman Winery also links Japan and Wine Country. Since 2001, she and her husband, Ken Freeman, have pioneered sustainably farmed, cool-climate pinot noir and chardonnay vineyards. In keeping with their love of Burgundy wines, they embrace what the breezes of the nearby Pacific Ocean bring to their grapes grown in the Russian River Valley and on the Sonoma Coast. Akiko’s grandfather, a Tokyo native, imbued her with his love for wine, literature and art. She went on to get a masters degree in Italian Renaissance art history from Stanford and travel to some of the best wineries in the world. When she and her husband launched their own winery, she apprenticed herself to renowned winemaker Ed Kurtzman, studying every aspect of winemaking on the estate, from organic farming to blending, and mastering it all in the ensuing years.
OPPOSITE PAGE FROM TOP: KENZO ESTATE IN NAPA; WINERY OWNERS KENZO AND NATSUKO TSUJIMOTO. THIS PAGE CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT: RAMEN GAIJIN, A MODERN RESTAURANT IN THE TOWN OF SEBASTOPOL; ROOM AT HEALDSBURGâ€™S SINGLETHREAD INN; WINE CAVE AT FREEMAN WINERY IN SEBASTOPOL, WHICH MAKES SUSTAINABLY FARMED, COOL-CLIMATE PINOT NOIR AND CHARDONNAY; FREEMAN WINERY; WINEMAKER AKIKO FREEMAN, WHOSE GRANDFATHER, A TOKYO NATIVE, TAUGHT HER TO LOVE WINE.
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ALL ABOUT TOWN From sipping a cappuccino in North Beach to shopping in Union Square to sampling fortune cookies in Chinatown, San Francisco is ripe for exploration.
This vibrant and colorful neighborhood—a world-famous gay mecca—is known best for its political activism and spirit of acceptance. It’s as diverse and unique as its residents—people watching is a main attraction here. The famous Castro Theatre is a historic movie palace with a lavish Colonial Baroque façade and bright neon marquee. Harvey Milk Plaza is named for San Francisco’s first openly gay elected official, and a giant rainbow flag and new rainbow crosswalks honor his legacy. Sunny outdoor cafes and jam-packed bars add to the energy.
CIVIC CENTER/HAYES VALLEY Considered the cultural hub of the city as well as the original home of the United Nations, Civic Center is the proud home of the War Memorial Opera House, Davies Symphony Hall, the Asian Art Museum and City Hall—an impressive Beaux Arts-style building that occupies two full blocks of Van Ness and Polk streets. Burgeoning Hayes Valley to the west maintains a distinctly trendy and hip vibe with its art galleries, fashion-forward boutiques and trendy restaurants. It’s also home to the world-class SF Jazz Center, the first stand-alone performance venue of its kind in the country.
CHINATOWN Walk through one of the most photographed spots in the
FILLMORE DISTRICT/JAPANTOWN Renowned for its musical and cul-
city, Dragon’s Gate at Grant Avenue and Bush Street, and be transported to the Far East with the neighborhood’s vibrant colors, scents, tastes and sounds. San Francisco’s Chinatown is the oldest in the country and the largest outside of Asia. Ornate pagoda-style buildings with dragonadorned doorways and red lanterns line the streets. On bustling Grant Avenue find shops carrying everything from San Francisco souvenirs to Asian antiques as well as Chinese restaurants, bakeries, teashops
tural heritage, the Fillmore District was once known as the “Harlem of the West.” Hear jazz, blues, R&B and salsa music any night of the week at venues throughout the neighborhood. The Fillmore Auditorium rose to fame during the 1960s when artists such as Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Doors performed. Jazz, in particular, gives off a strong pulse. The adjacent Japantown is one of only three in the nation and boasts a striking Peace Pagoda at its center, as well as authentic shops and restaurants.
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and open-air markets. Less-touristy Stockton Street delivers a more authentic experience.
The towering A-shaped Transamerica Building is the beacon to the Financial District, San Francisco’s center of business. Find corporate headquarters like Wells Fargo with its history museum and Levi’s with Levi’s Plaza, a serene park with a fountain at its center. Jackson Square has buildings dating back to the mid-1800s, some supported by the masts from old ships. Down on the Embarcadero waterfront, lots of development has taken place, spurred by the 2013 America’s Cup. The Exploratorium science museum stands at Pier 15. The Ferry Building Marketplace is a world-class food market with shops and restaurants featuring some of the area’s most prized artisanal treats.
FISHERMAN’S WHARF The city’s most popular visitor destination boasts lively street performers, colorful souvenir shops, noisy sea lions, mouthwatering seafood and plentiful sailboats—all bringing the city’s seafaring history alive. Jefferson Street here underwent a major renovation in 2013, making it more pedestrian-friendly. Sample local treats like Dungeness crab, clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl or Irish coffee at the Buena Vista Cafe. Pier 39 is a bustling tourist marketplace with more than 100 shops and restaurants, as well as the famous sea lions who reside on the pier’s west docks. Fisherman’s Wharf is also the
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best place to catch a ferry over to Alcatraz Island, housing the former penitentiary. Ghirardelli Square is just up the street, and the former chocolate factory is now home to boutiques and restaurants. HAIGHT-ASHBURY/NOPA Home to “hippie” culture, Haight-Ashbury stays true to its quirky and eclectic roots. Visit the Grateful Dead house where the band lived during the Summer of Love, or check out some of San Francisco’s best vintage shops. In the 1960s, the corner of Haight and Ashbury streets was a hangout for activists like Allen Ginsburg and Abbie Hoffman. This neighborhood is also a great entry point for Golden Gate Park, which comprises some 1,000 acres and is home to the de Young Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, Japanese Tea Garden, lakes, gardens and more. “North of the Panhandle” (Golden Gate Park’s pan-handle-shaped grassy stretch), more colloquially known as NoPa, is a neighborhood known for its restaurants and shops along Divisadero Street. Alamo Square is here, a park with sweeping views of the city skyline, bordered on the east side by the Painted Ladies, a row of pastel Victorian homes. WHERE GUEST B OOK
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the northern section of the city offer coveted shopping and dining on Chestnut and Union streets. Take a stroll or have a picnic at 28-acre Crissy Field, a formerly abandoned airfield that’s now a flat waterfront path with views of the Golden Gate Bridge, bird-watching (the restored marsh is home to rare species), beaches, picnic sites and two cafes. Built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exhibition, the Palace of Fine Arts is here. Venture north to the forested, 1,500-acre Presidio, a former military base-turned-national-park for access to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge as well as hiking trails, artworks by Andy Goldsworthy, a mile-long beach, golf course and the Walt Disney Family Museum. Filmmaker George Lucas’ Lucasfilm is here. It is closed to the public, but visitors can stop by the iconic Yoda Fountain.
This page from left: Lombard Street in Russian Hill; artist Andy Goldsworthy’s “Wood Line” in the Presidio forest. Next page from left: City Hall in Civic Center; Haight-Ashbury District.
painted. The Women’s Building community center boasts the spectacular “MaestraPeace” mural. The Mission is also home to eclectic restaurants, vibrant nightlife and trendy shopping. NOE VALLEY Nestled between the Castro and the Mission is charming
Noe Valley, a well-heeled residential neighborhood that’s great for families. Bordered by 22nd Street to the north and Dolores Street to the east, find stylish shops and cute cafes along 24th Street, and many examples throughout of classic Victorian and Edwardian residential architecture for which San Francisco is famous.
MISSION DISTRICT The city’s oldest neighborhood, the Mission is a
vibrant hub for all aspects of Latino culture, with the historic Mission Dolores at the center—one of the oldest structures still standing in the city. Nearby Mission Dolores Park is perfect for families and adult revelers, with plenty of spots for picnicking, relaxing and playing on an expansive playground. The Mission is home to the largest concentration of hand-painted murals in the city. Every square inch of Clarion Alley is 54
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NOB HILL/RUSSIAN HILL Once home to railroad barons and Gold Rush
tycoons of the late 19th century, Nob Hill still maintains an upscale aura with luxury hotels, impressive homes and landscaped gardens. Grace Cathedral is a replica of Notre Dame in Paris and is admired for its stained glass, Ghiberti doors and labyrinths. Nob Hill is also home to the Cable Car Museum, where visitors can learn about the history and
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mechanics of cable cars. Russian Hill’s world-famous Lombard Street is known as the “crookedest street in the world” with its steep pitch and eight hairpin turns.
provide a particularly scenic point for viewing the San Francisco Bay as well as the Palace of Fine Arts. SOMA/CHINA BASIN/DOGPATCH The South of Market neighbor-
NORTH BEACH/TELEGRAPH HILL San Francisco’s own Little Italy,
North Beach is a mecca for Italian-American bars and restaurants, coffee shops and lively nightclubs. There are also many historic focal points located here. Baseball legend Joe DiMaggio and film star Marilyn Monroe posed for wedding photos on the steps of the Saints Peter and Paul Church bordering Washington Square Park. North Beach is the hub of the Beat Movement, showcased by City Lights bookstore, a favorite haunt of 1950s beat poets Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. Brimming with shops, restaurants and bars, the narrow Grant Avenue is known as the oldest street in San Francisco. Atop Telegraph Hill is the recognizable Coit Tower, with New Deal-era murals decorating its interior.
PACIFIC HEIGHTS/UPPER FILLMORE Attracting the wealthy and pow-
erful, Pacific Heights is home to some of the most expensive and coveted real estate in San Francisco as well as a 180-degree view of the city from Fillmore and Webster streets. The Lyon Street steps at Broadway Street
hood, known as SoMa, is a cultural center of the city with its museums including the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Museum of African Diaspora and SFMOMA. There’s also been an influx of tech companies such as Salesforce, Adobe, Yelp and Zynga to the area. Yerba Buena Gardens offers activities for families, including the Children’s Creativity Museum, a bowling alley, an indoor ice-skating rink and a restored carousel. Bay-front China Basin houses baseball’s 2010, 2012 and 2014 World Series champions, the San Francisco Giants, at AT&T Park. UNION SQUARE Union Square houses one of the largest collections of flagship stores in the Western United States. Maiden Lane is a pedestrian-only street just off the square that houses luxury retail shops. Tourists flock to watch cable car drivers manually turn the cars 180 degrees at the end of the line at the intersection of Powell and Market streets. Union Square is also home to renowned art galleries and the theater district. WHERE GUEST B OOK
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NORTH BAY Take a 30-minute ferry ride or a quick drive over the Golden
Gate Bridge north to Sausalito, with its Mediterranean feel, and neighboring Tiburon, a charming seaside town. Both are home to eclectic shops, art galleries and waterfront restaurants. Encompassing the southeast side of Mount Tamalpais, Mill Valley is home to open space preserves and parks. Point Reyes is known for its proximity to the National Seashore amid bluffs and vistas. Watch the annual gray whale migration January-April. EAST BAY Twenty minutes east over the Bay Bridge (or a short BART
ride under it), Berkeley is famed for its role as a counterculture mecca. Between the world-class University of California campus and the swanky Fourth Street shopping district, downtown Berkeley boasts an eclectic collection of restaurants, local businesses and a buzzing arts district. Famed chef Alice Waters’s Chez Panisse is the birthplace of California cuisine. Neighboring Oakland is a thriving urban center and one of the nation’s most ethnically integrated cities. It remains a mix of picturesque 56
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SOUTH BAY Famous for its tech companies such as Apple, Google and
Facebook and named for the creation of the silicon computer chip, Silicon Valley encompasses much of the Southern Bay Area, including the cities of San Jose and Palo Alto. San Jose is the capital of Silicon Valley, and rightfully so. It’s the largest city in Northern California and the world’s technological hub. Palo Alto, a half hour southeast of San Francisco, is one of the Bay Area’s most upscale cities. Life here revolves around Stanford University. Downtown Palo Alto is anchored by University Avenue, a leafy boulevard bustling with shops and restaurants. Find high-tech history at the Hewlett-Packard Garage, where the company—and many say Silicon Valley itself—was founded. From left: Sausalito waterfront to the north of San Francisco; Stanford University campus in Palo Alto.
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hillside neighborhoods, diverse architecture, views of the bay and more open space than any other city in the Bay Area. At the water’s edge is Jack London Square, a bustling dining, entertainment and shopping district. A half-hour southeast of Oakland lie the lush green hills of Livermore, California’s oldest wine region, founded in 1869 and boasting more than 40 wineries.
FACES OF SAN FRANCISCO Excellence is required to exceed expectations and provide visitors with a unique experience during their stay—as well as to wow locals. Those profiled here are in-the-know and the movers-and-shakers who go above and beyond to provide the exemplary experiences and destinations that make our city great. FACE OF WINE COUNTRY
NAPA VALLEY WINE TRAIN Offering a memorable experience that echoes the glory days of train travel, the Napa Valley Wine Train recently announced new journeys, including the expansion of its popular Quattro Vino tour to four unique tours—Legacy, Estate, Collective and Famiglia— and Twilight Private Tours, which offer a revamped menu and exclusive experiences at renowned Napa wineries. “I’m thrilled to introduce an expanded menu for the new tours to enhance these incredibly unique dining experiences,” executive chef Donald Young said. 707.253.2111, winetrain.com
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Chef/owner Mark Franz and executive chef Jason Ryczek helm the kitchen of James Beard-nominated Farallon in Union Square, where San Franciscans have enjoyed oysters, caviar and top-notch cuisine for 20 years. Fresh shellfish and seafood take center stage in Franz and Ryczekâ€™s interpretation of coastal cuisine, characterized by a careful balance of natural flavors, bold accents and global influences. With a seasonal menu, well-respected wine list and stunning oceanic dĂŠcor, Farallon is a must-visit culinary destination. 415.956.6969, farallonrestaurant.com
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HARRIS’ RESTAURANT For nearly a century, the landmark address of 2100 Van Ness Avenue has hosted some of the finest meals on the West Coast. When Harris’ Restaurant opened in 1984, it continued the rich tradition of luxurious dining and earned a spot on the Wine Spectator list of the nation’s top 10 steakhouses. Executive chef Michael Buhagiar has been with the company since opening day, using a 21-day dry-aging process for his beef that creates tender and succulent cuts of meat that are sliced on the premises. 415.673.1888, harrisrestaurant.com
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JOHN’S GRILL As the backdrop for one of the most famous detective stories written—Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon” —John’s Grill, owned by John Konstin, plays the leading role as one of the oldest, most famous and historic establishments in San Francisco. The staff, the fabric of the establishment, states that “the kitchen is the heart and soul of our restaurant.” Locals and national celebrities enjoy great steaks, fresh seafood, salads and pastas with excellent service. John’s Grill has never disappointed! 415.986.0069, johnsgrill.com
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SAN FRANCISCO ART EXCHANGE
Theron Kabrich and Jim Hartley founded San Francisco Art Exchange in 1983. They represent the most historic artworks of pop culture created by our culture’s most significant artists and photographers. They are recognized as market pioneers and premier purveyors of original pop iconography. They work with over 150 well known artists, photographers and celebrities. With 100 major exhibitions under their belts, they have sold original artwork for the iconic covers of “Dark Side of the Moon,” “Abbey Road,” “Houses of the Holy” and many others. They have hosted live performances with many of the greats, including Brian Wilson. Their motto: Everyone is welcome! 415.441.8840, sfae.com
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It's in the Bag Each neighborhood holds its own treasures: local shops on Union, Chestnut and Fillmore streets; one-of-a-kind merchants in Hayes Valley and on Sacramento Street; marketplaces along the waterfront; and the center of the shopping universe—Union Square, home to flagships of the finest stores and designer boutiques in the world. Shop on.
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ACCESSORIES & BAGS CHROME INDUSTRIESCL004506 This company was established in 1995 with a Juki sewing machine, a few yards of military grade fabric and seat belt buckles cut out of old cars. The mission was simple: create bombproof bags that are practical and functional. Street-tested by professional messengers, fixed freestyle riders and urban commuters, Chrome makes bags, footwear and apparel that adapt to the changing and unpredictable nature of the city. 580 4th St., 415.820.5070. 962 Valencia St., 415.874.9232. GOORIN BROTHERSCL003270 Founded in 1895, this family business dedicated to the art of hatmaking is now in its fourth generation of ownership. Stop by the neighborhood shops
to peruse the bold, timeless styles for men and women. 1612 Stockton St., 415.402.0454. 1446 Haight St., 415.436.9450. 111 Geary St., 415.362.0036. GOYARDCL003264 Chuck out your old luggage and go home with an elegant handmade leather trunk in the classic Goyard print. The legendary Parisian luxury brand also makes handbags and even classy pet carriers for your furry travel companions. 118 Grant Ave., 415.523.8200. RIMOWACL0042957 Find Europe’s leading manufacturer of high-quality, luxury luggage at this expansive store in Union Square. Rimowa is known for its four-wheeled, lightweight, hard-cased luggage that makes carting around belongings
while traveling easy and safe. 259 Post St., 415.230.2688. SHINOLA Founded in 2011, Detroit-based Shinola was conceived with the belief that products should be well made and built to last. As makers of modern watches, bicycles, journals and leather goods, Shinola stands for skill at scale, the preservation of craft and the beauty of industry. 53 Hotaling Pl., 415.513.1640. SOCKSHOP HAIGHT STREET Located in the historic Haight-Ashbury district, Sockshop Haight Street is home to the city’s largest collection of socks, tights, leggings, underwear and accessories for the whole family. You’ll find a wide variety of socks for both genders, including casual, novelty, sport-specific and dress socks.
1742 Haight St., 415.386.5400. TIMBUK2CL003615 A bike messenger founded this bag company in a garage in the Mission District in 1989, and the factory is still located in the same neighborhood. The flagship Hayes Valley boutique carries messengers, laptop bags, backpacks, luggage, totes and accessories in limited-edition designs. Customers can choose their own color combinations and play with specialty fabrics. All designs are guaranteed to last a lifetime. 506 Hayes St., 415.252.9860.
APPAREL AETHERCL004816 Constructed from three shipping containers in the Hayes Valley neighborhood, this sportswear shop is an outdoor enthusiast’s mecca, offering
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SHOPPING clothing designed for performance while maintaining a stylish aesthetic. 489 Hayes St., 415.437.2345. AZALEA BOUTIQUECL003791 This youthful, trendy boutique in Hayes Valley offers designs for men and women by the likes of Found Made New, Vince, A.P.C. and James Perse, as well as an impressive inventory of denim. You might find a modish handbag, stylish sneakers or a hip denim jacket. 411 Hayes St., 415.861.9888. EDDIE BAUER Founded in 1920, the Seattle-based sportswear brand is known for high quality, affordable and easy to wear sportswear and accessories for men, women and children. Get outfitted for the casual outdoor lifestyle with functional jackets, signature denim, soft tees and snow sports gear. 128 Post St., 415.398.2879. GOODBYESCL004962 Nestled in the heart of Laurel Heights, this popular consignment shop has been offering great deals in designer men’s and women’s apparel for more than 20 years. 3464 Sacramento St., 415.346.6388. LEVI’SCL00689 This massive flagship store on Market Street is as much a part of San Francisco history as the Golden Gate Bridge or sourdough bread. German immigrant Levi Strauss patented the riveting (placing rivets at stress points so workers didn’t burst through their seams) of what we now call jeans in 1873 and built his company into one of the most enduring brands in the world. Levi Strauss & Co. is still owned by the Strauss family, and it is still very much a stalwart
of the San Francisco business community. Its world headquarters along the waterfront, Levi’s Plaza, has a historical vault and the Levi’s Plaza Store carries the exclusive lines Made & Crafted and Levi’s Vintage Clothing. 815 Market St., 415.501.0100. 525 Castro St., 415.255.6726. 1155 Battery St., 415.677.9927. MAC-MODERN APPEALING CLOTHINGCL00305 More than just appealing, this visionary, cerebral boutique carries avant-garde European designers like Comme des Garçons and Dries Van Noten alongside local talent and limited editions. Find gorgeous evening wear for men and women alike. 387 Grove St., 415.863.3011. 1003 Minnesota St., 415.285.2805. MARINE LAYERCL00497 This casual clothing company sells luxuriously soft sweatshirts, tees and scarves that are sustainably made right here in San Francisco. The custom fabric is a blend of two yarns, pima cotton and MicroModal, which is a bio-based material that comes from recycled beechwood. 2209 Chestnut St., 415.346.2400. 498 Hayes St., 415.829.7519. RAND + STATLERCL004974 This Hayes Valley boutique from the owners behind Azalea is known for its trendy atmosphere. Exposed wooden beams give the store a sleek and also rustic feel and old timey knickknacks decorate the display shelves. This is the spot for hard-to-find designer lines like A.P.C., and the handbag and jewelry selection is also worth the visit. 425 Hayes St., 415.634.0881.
STEVEN ALANCL00497 The multi-brand retailer carries a curated collection of men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, apothecary goods, home items and designers such as Black Crane and Demylee. 445 Hayes St., 415.558.8944. THOMAS PINKCL003514 The London-based store just off Union Square carries a large collection of shirts and accessories for men and women. 255 Post St., 415.421.2022.. UNIQLOCL0040891 The increasingly popular Japanese retailer opened its first West Coast location in San Francisco. It sells high-quality, innovative men’s and women’s basics in bold hues at affordable prices. Find Heattech heat-retaining T-shirts, ultra-light down jackets, colorful cashmere and designer collaborations. 111 Powell St., 877.486.4756. Stonestown Galleria Bay Street Mall, Emeryville Hillsdale Shopping Center, San Mateo Westfield Valley Fair Mall. THE VOYAGER SHOPCL0035147 A retail collaboration from a group of artistic businesses, Voyager features menswear from Japanese and Italian lines, premium denim, American footwear, women’s basics from French lines, ocean gear, books and art. 365 Valencia St., 415.779.2712.
BOOKS, MUSIC, & ELECTRONICS AMOEBA MUSICCL003518 This Haight-Ashbury institution has one of the largest selections of CDs, DVDs, videos, vinyl records and vintage rock posters anywhere.
1855 Haight St., 415.831.1200 2455 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, 510.549.1125. BOOK PASSAGECL0035189 This lively bookstore has served the Bay Area for more than 30 years, with author events, writing and language classes and annual conferences. Find a wide selection of titles, from local authors to top-selling fiction winners. 1 Ferry Building. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 415.927.0960. CITY LIGHTS BOOKSTORECL003519 Co-founded by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, this independent bookstore and publishing house has been a hub for local writers and artists since the Beat era. Visit the store’s website for a list of weekly readings. 261 Columbus Ave., 415.362.8193. GREEN APPLE BOOKSCL0035194 This independent store is a bibliophile’s paradise, with a huge and eclectic selection of books and magazines. 506 Clement St., 415.387.2272. LEICA SAN FRANCISCO A global icon for over a century, Leica has mastered the balance of art and engineering—achieving an immutable balance of form and functionality. Nestled in the heart of the city, Leica San Francisco was conceived to be a destination for the diverse Bay Area community of photographers. Its gallery features established and emerging photographers from all over the world and holds four to six exhibitions annually, along with artist talks and workshops. 463 Bush St., 415.801.5066.
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CHILDREN’S SHOPS 826 VALENCIACL004054 Writer Dave Eggers opened this pirate supply store that serves as a front for a tutoring center. You can buy eye patches, message bottles and spy glasses. It’s worth a visit just to see the clever interior and pick up student publications, books or magazines. The center also hosts interesting events and creative activities for the whole family. 826 Valencia St., 415.642.5905. PAXTON GATE’S CURIOSITIES FOR KIDSCL00521 A fabulous display of imagination and design, this shop is an homage to the natural creativity of children. One of
San Francisco’s finest children’s boutiques, it brings on nostalgia for childhood and toys. 766 Valencia St., 415.252.9990. SMALL FRYS CHILDREN’S STORECL0036102 This Noe Valley favorite carries a selection of babywear by designers such as OshKosh B’gosh, Catimini, Zutano and local favorite Tea, as well as the most sought-after carriers by Baby Bjorn and Ergobaby, diaper bags from Petunia Picklebottom and Skip Hop and Baby Jogger strollers. Also find a collection of eco-friendly and organic clothing, toys and skin care products for the little ones. 4066 24th St., 415.648.3954.
DEPARTMENT STORES BARNEYS NEW YORKCL003510 Fashionistas rejoiced when this mecca of luxury opened in September 2007. Find high-end clothing, shoes and accessories for men and women plus personal shopping services. 77 O’Farrell St., 415.268.3500. H BLOOMINGDALE’SCL00351 Located in Westfield San Francisco Centre, this is the second largest Bloomingdale’s store in the country, offering the latest fashions for women, men and kids, plus home decor. A 140-year history of fashion, special events and the iconic Little Brown Bag make Bloomingdale’s like “No Other Store in the World.” Begin your day at the first floor visitor center with special offers. 845 Market St., 415.856.5300. GUMP’SCL003612 Founded in 1861, this bi-level Union Square retailer is a legendary desti-
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SHOPPING nation for luxury gifts, jewelry and home decor. Find sumptuous pearls, jade, fine jewelry and china on the first floor. The collections of crystal and silver are upstairs. 135 Post St., 415.982.1616. MACY’SCL003512 The flagship store is housed in two buildings between O’Farrell and Geary streets on either side of Stockton Street. Encompassing an entire city block, the west building features womenswear and accessories, watches, cosmetics, jewelry, the visitor center and a post office. Menswear and accessories are located across Stockton Street in the east building. Pick up your visitor savings pass at the visitor center on the cellar level. 170 O’Farrell St., 415.954.6271. NEIMAN MARCUSCL00351 This shopping mecca features couture and accessories departments for men and women, plus excellent selections of high-end lingerie and cosmetics. Enjoy a lobster club sandwich or high tea inside the Rotunda restaurant overlooking Union Square. 150 Stockton St., 415.362.3900. NORDSTROMCL003514 The grand Market Street location occupies four floors of the Westfield San Francisco Centre and features a huge shoe department as well as clothing and accessories, cosmetics and a full-service spa. Westfield San Francisco Centre, 865 Market St., 415.243.8500. Stonestown Galleria, 285 Winston Dr., 415.753.1344. SAKS FIFTH AVENUECL00351 The San Francisco location offers an extensive selection of high-end casual, evening and businesswear for
women. Down the street is the Saks men’s store, located at 220 Post St. 384 Post St., 415.986.4300. WILKES BASHFORDCL0035146 This high-end specialty retailer boasts six floors brimming with men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, jewelry, shoes and housewares. In the city for more than 40 years and owned by the Mitchell Family of Stores, Wilkes Bashford offers truly unique and unexpected style that is San Francisco, with service that’s unparalleled. 375 Sutter St., 415.986.4380.
EYEWEAR JINS This is the first U.S. store of the Japanese eyewear company, which has 350 retail locations in Japan, China and Taiwan. JINS boasts over 1,200 styles—all designed in Tokyo. The Union Square location promises your prescription eyewear in less than 30 minutes thanks to an onsite lens-edging robot, and also offers 15-minute eye exams. 151 Powell St., 415.391.2481. SPECTACLES OF UNION SQUARECL005826 Located on historic Maiden Lane since 1958, Spectacles has always been more concerned with precision and accuracy than the latest gimmicks. With thousands of frames in stock, you’ll find everything from unused vintage eyewear to Cartier. 177 Maiden Ln., 415.781.8556. WARBY PARKER This is the first San Francisco store from the hip and affordable eyeglass retailer. You’ll find library-inspired bookcases, chevron wood floors, periodicals sourced from indepen-
dent presses, banquette seating, San Francisco-inspired murals and limited-edition styles you can’t find anywhere else. 357 Hayes St., 415.906.5313.
GIFTS ELIZABETH WCL003274 After you sample the chocolate at Ghirardelli Square, stop into Elizabeth W for original fragrances, lotions and soaps that will continue to pique your senses. 900 N. Point St., 415.441.8354. HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGNCL00361 The shop offers a unique fusion of education and grassroots advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals; the signature merchandise helps raise funds and spread awareness. 575 Castro St., 415.431.2200. PAXTON GATECL003618 Founded by two landscape designers with a fascination for the natural world, Paxton Gate is a favorite for its beautiful and eclectic array of botany, biology and zoology offerings. Find everything from one-of-a-kind items for the garden to oddities such as insects and taxidermy, as well as furniture, vintage and antique architectural elements, jewelry and a growing selection of books. 824 Valencia St., 415.824.1872. PICNICCL003289 This itty-bitty boutique on trendy Polk Street in Russian Hill stocks romantic frocks, baubles, great gifts, souvenirs and home accessories. 1808 Polk St., 415.346.6556.
HOME & DESIGN 3 FISH STUDIOSCL004509 Founded in 2007 by husband-andwife painters and printmakers Annie Galvin and Eric Rewitzer, this shop in the Outer Sunset showcases the couple’s original and affordable artwork. Find paintings, prints, digital prints of original artwork, hand-pulled linocut prints, works on paper, magnets and postcard sets. 4541 Irving St., 415.242.3474. ALDEA HOME + BABYCL004056 This hip home furnishings store in the Mission District is full of fresh ideas for the home (or apartment). It’s also a great spot for affordable gifts, with lots of little home accessories, dishware and throw pillows. The store also covers all baby and toddler needs, stocking urban chic clothing and cribs. An in-store play area entertains any little ones tagging along. 890 Valencia St., 415.865.9807. ALESSICL0058069 The Italian houseware brand’s flagship Union Square location is filled with an array of products for the home, including iconic 20th-century industrial design masterpieces like the Michael Graves whistling bird teakettle, the “Juicy Salif” citrus squeezer by Philippe Starck and the “Anna G” corkscrew by Alessandro Mendini. Bridal registry, gift certificates, complimentary gift-wrap and shipping are available. 424 Sutter St., 415.434.0403. ANYON ATELIERCL0043971 This interior design shop carries a mix of repurposed antiques; custom upholstery and pillows; and an eclectic collection of art and accessories. The home goods reflect a clean, con-
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SHOPPING temporary aesthetic—perfect for the modern California home. Large-scale works are displayed alongside candles and coral, providing options for all price ranges. 3452 Sacramento St., 415.814.3849. H ATYSCL003612 The modern household and personal items at this store are designed by architects and industrial designers, a practice that lends a high-art feel to everyday items. Most of the sleek pieces are imported from Scandinavia, Germany, France and Italy. 2149B Union St., 415.441.9220. BRITEX FABRICSCL0036104 A landmark Legacy Business in Union Square, Britex has offered the finest selection of fabrics, accessories and notions since 1952. This family-run fashion designers’ dream is a must-visit stop for textile lovers and anyone who sews, featuring fabrics, buttons, trims and laces from iconic fashion houses and emerging design stars, plus workshops, classes, events and free store tours (every other Saturday). 117 Post St., 415.392.2910. CLIFF’S VARIETYCL0046789 From its modest beginnings of selling magazines and cigars in the 1930s until now, Cliff’s has what you need, whatever that may be. With a selection of more than 65,000 items, Cliff’s strives to supply the necessities (and indulgences!) of daily life. Find everything from tape measures to tiaras. 479 Castro St., 415.431.5365. DIPTYQUECL0036127 The city’s quaint outpost of this highend French candlemaker is nestled just off Union Square. Home-fragrance mists, incense, toilet waters,
and soaps are of the same high caliber. 73 Geary St., 415.402.0600. HEATH CERAMICSCL006596 One of the few remaining mid-century American potteries still in existence today, Heath has been making tableware and tile for over a half-century in its Sausalito factory. The shops sell artisan pottery that emphasizes design, handcrafted techniques and the reinvigoration of the company’s designer-maker legacy. 1 Ferry Building, 415.399.9284. 2900 18th St., 415.361.5552. 400 Gate Five Rd., Sausalito, 415.332.3732. JAY JEFFERS—THE STORECL00521749 Housed in a 1910 San Francisco warehouse in the newly trending Tenderloin neighborhood, JayJeffers—The Store features a finely honed collection of vintage and made-to-order home furnishings and accessories. You’ll find one-of-a-kind and limited-edition handmade products from designers and craftsmen from around the world, including Stephane Ducatteau, AKMD Collection and Apparatus Studio. The store is also home to an array of art, books, cashmere throws, jewelry and fashion items. 1035 Post St., 415.440.7300. JONATHAN ADLERCL00451 The cheerful and chic home decor store on bustling Fillmore Street offers much more than Adler’s signature ceramic designs. Find furniture, rugs, bedding, art and accessories from the internationally recognized design brand. 2133 Fillmore St., 415.563.9500.
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MAKER & MOSS Home to an artisan-driven, often unexpected collection of provisions for the home, Maker & Moss is the culmination of years of exploring, uncovering and gathering. Owner and San Francisco native Matt Bissinger has lifelong connections to the artistic and cultural life of the city, and the store’s collection showcases his distinctive yet accessible passion for original art and design. 364 Hayes St., 415.928.1287.
SAMUEL SCHEUER LINENSCL00416 This luxurious shop off Union Square has been specializing in fine European bedding, towels and table linens for more than 75 years. Seasoned and expert staff help create unique, fashionable ensembles for any decor or style. Custom embroidery and personalized monogramming also available. 340 Sutter St., 415.392.2813.
MARCHCL004963 This beautiful space with all-white interiors is the perfect spot to find items for the kitchen and pantry, including spices and locally made housewares. March also offers a variety of kitchen design services. Closed Su. 3075 Sacramento St., 415.931.7433.
SCHEIN & SCHEIN Located in the heart of North Beach, Schein & Schein is home to an ever changing, world-class collection of antique maps and prints dating from the 14th to 20th centuries. The collection features a diversity of price points and specializes in San Francisco, California and wine country material from the 19th and 20th centuries. 1435 Grant Ave., 415.399.8882.
H NEEDLEPOINT INC. For the best in hand-painted needlepoint designs, visit this shop in the heart of Jackson Square. Needlepoint Inc. carries a wide assortment of original canvases, fibers and stitching accessories. M-F 9 am-5 pm, Sa 10 am-4 pm. 326 Jackson St., 415.392.1622. 800.345.1622.
SUE FISHER KINGCL004052 Enter this cozy little store in Pacific Heights and you are bathed in rich textures and colors and surrounded by the finest in home furnishings. For 33 years, Sue Fisher King has been a local treasure and is known for everything from lighting and furniture to bedding, bath and jewelry. 3067 Sacramento St., 415.922.7276.
RARE DEVICECL003458 Visit this design and gift store and gallery for gouache paintings, pencil drawings and paper dolls. Each month, the store hosts art shows and community events, including book signings, workshops, trunk shows and kids’ events. 600 Divisadero St., 415.863.3969. 4071 24th St., 415.374.7412.
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JEWELRY 66MINT FINE ESTATE JEWELRY Family-owned and operated for four generations and backed by 100 years of tradition, 66mint has evolved into the premier estate jeweler on the West Coast. Located next to the historic U.S. Mint in San Francisco’s SoMa district, the company offers exquisite and rare jewelry at unmatched value. Beyond its international presence as a dealer of fine jewelry, it has also established itself as an industry WHERE GUEST B OOK
SHOPPING leader in the purchasing of gold, silver and jewelry from the public. 66mint also creates custom pieces designed to clients’ precise specifications. 66 Mint Plaza, 415.982.4402. GALLERY OF JEWELSCL006903 Enter any of the store’s three locations and you’ll find cases of designer jewelry handcrafted by local, regional and international artists. Featuring collections by more than 100 designers, the boutiques offer all price points and a variety of metals, stones and mediums. 4089 24th St., 415.285.0626. 2115 Fillmore St., 415.771.5099. GIFTCENTER & JEWELRYMARTCL0042798 This massive jewelry market is Northern California’s leading wholesale jewelry emporium. Step inside and you’ll find a diverse collection of wholesale gift, jewelry and accessory showrooms representing over 270 product categories, including imported products from more than 25 countries. 888 Brannan St., 415.436.6060. HUBLOT Located in the heart of Union Square in the historic 180 Geary St. building, Hublot San Francisco offers an extensive selection of timepieces for ladies and men. Hublot timepieces merge classic Swiss horological complications with modern design and materials, redefining what a Swiss watch looks like. You’ll also find hardto-find, limited-edition pieces as well as a small selection of accessories including cuff links and belt buckles. The elegant boutique features a discreet bar and lounge below the sales floor. 174 Geary St., 415.981.2200.
LANG ANTIQUESCL This quaint little shop in the heart of downtown has been specializing in fine antique and estate jewelry since 1969. Find an array of fine jewels from every important design period, including Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco and more, as well as a large selection of estate diamond engagement rings. 309 Sutter St., 415.982.2213. H NA HOKUCL0058264 Since 1924, Na Hoku has captured the essence of Hawaiian lifestyle and tradition in its collection of fine jewelry. Hawaiian for “stars,” Na Hoku carries unique fine jewelry designed and made in Hawaii. You’ll find original pieces set with Tahitian pearls, diamonds and colored gemstones, as well as collections by renowned designers such as Kabana, LeVian and Effy Pier 39, Space P-01, 415.433.1990.
ed-editions. Trade in your old watch for a new one with the legendary Tourneau Trade-In program. 845 Market St., 415.979.0498. YADAV DIAMONDS & JEWELRY After more than 30 years of wholesaling exclusively to top luxury fine jewelry stores, master jeweler and lead diamond consultant Jim Yadav has opened his doors to the public. The showroom is home to an extensive collection of fine jewelry and stones from diamonds in every shape and size to engagement rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces and more. Yadav offers on-site customization, repair and consultation. Appointment only. 888 Brannan St., Suite #1100, 415.626.1793.
SAUSALITO JEWELERS This seaside shop in Sausalito offers a variety of high-end contemporary and custom designed jewelry, as well as repair services. 4 Princess St., 415.331.2100.
ALLA PRIMACL003615 Exclusive lingerie and swimwear from top international designers, including Prima Donna, La Perla, Dolce & Gabbana, Andres Sarda and Eres. 539 Hayes St., 415.864.8180..
H SHREVE & CO.CL0036150 Founded in 1854 and still one of the city’s leading purveyors of fine jewelry, watches and crystal, the San Francisco institution features an instore Mikimoto pearl boutique, Rolex watches and many other luxuries. 150 Post St., 415.421.2600. 329 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, 650.327.2211.
H ERES Trendsetting and daring, Eres has been a force in the world of swimwear for over 40 years thanks to its iconic style and technical flair. The lingerie collections, always an elegant balancing act between style and technique, reveal another facet of creativity. 471 Gough St., 415.757.0781.
TOURNEAUCL0036154 The world’s largest purveyor of fine timepieces offers more than 100 brands and more than 8,000 styles in a wide variety of prices. Find rarities, certified pre-owned pieces and limit-
TOUJOURS LINGERIE The charming boutique carries fine European lingerie and sleepwear and specializes in personalized bra fittings and bridal trousseau selections. Designers include: Chantelle, Hanro, Lise Charmel, Little Bra
Company, Pluto, Prima Donna and Simone Perele. 2484 Sacramento St., 415.346.3988.
MEN’S APPAREL CABLE CAR CLOTHIERSCL003510 Established in San Francisco in 1939, Cable Car has maintained popularity thanks to its classic British-made menswear in pure wool and cotton. Suits, slacks, robes, Sea Island boxer shorts, gloves, British caps and hats and scarves are also available. Don’t miss the barbershop and shoeshine in this location. 110 Sutter St., 415.397.4740. ISAIA Located in a historic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building, the San Francisco outpost of this Neapolitan menswear brand offers on-site tailoring, measuring and VIP appointments with its master tailor, hotel delivery, access to hundreds of exclusive fabrics and speedy alterations on purchased Isaia garments. Guests can also enjoy a cocktail while they shop at the store’s refurbished antique bar from the 1920s. 140 Maiden Ln., 415.500.4930. JOHN VARVATOSCL003264 Occupying a unique place in the landscape of American design, John Varvatos unites Old World craftsmanship and refined tailoring with modern innovations in textiles and a rock ‘n’ roll sensibility. The brand represents an entire men’s lifestyle that includes tailored clothing, sportswear, footwear, bags, belts, eyewear, limited edition watches, men’s fragrances and John Varvatos Star USA Collection, as well as Converse by John Varvatos. 152 Geary St., 415.986.0138.
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SEANCL00381 This exclusive outlet for French menswear designer Emile Lafaurie supplies the gent who desires customized suits and antique cuff links. 575 Hayes St., 415.431.5551. SUI GENERIS CONSIGNMENT - MEN’SCL003517 Named for the Latin expression meaning “of its own kind,” this award-winning designer store in the Castro sells new, vintage and consignment merchandise with a focus on high-end fashion. It stocks ready-towear and formalwear and an expansive collection of leather goods and shoes from designers including Comme des Garcons, DSquared2, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Hermes. Men’s Consignment: 2231 Market St., 415.437.2231. THE BROOKLYN CIRCUSCL005841 This fashion-forward store is a trendsetter of the time with a celebrity following. It features cutting-edge clothing, shoes and accessories with a James Bond meets rapper Andre 3000 aesthetic. The stylish staff helps put together classic looks that fit well. 1521 Fillmore St., 415.359.1999. UNIONMADECL0032957 Voted one of the country’s 10 best independent stores by GQ magazine, this highly acclaimed menswear mecca houses an impressive selection of well-made, Americana-style casual and fine clothing, shoes, new and vintage books and grooming products. 493 Sanchez St., 415.861.3373. WELCOME STRANGERCL004827 Find only the coolest workwear-inspired pieces from brands like Barbour, Fire Road, Brothers Marshall, Saturdays NYC and more at this
Hayes Valley boutique. 460 Gough St., 415.864.2079.
SHOES H THE ALDEN SHOPCL003614 Established in 1884, this shoe company offers classic men’s footwear that represents New England’s tradition of old-school, custom boot-making at its finest. Find a complete line of shoes, from wingtips to slip-ons, carefully hand-worked with painstaking attention to detail using premium calfskins, luxurious suedes and genuine shell cordovan. 170 Sutter St., 415.421.6691. ECCO SHOES Denmark-based ECCO is the only major shoe company that owns and controls its entire production process, starting with the tanneries that produce the premium leather. This store carries the best selection of ECCO shoes in San Francisco. 40 Grant Ave., 415.772.9053. 865 Market St., 415.615.0375.
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SHOPPING PAOLOCL0036170 Fun, funky, hip and handcrafted Italian shoes are the draw at this store; choose from a selection of European-style boots, dress shoes and sneakers that are sure to set your feet in motion. 524 Hayes St., 415.552.4580.
H GHIRARDELLI SQUARECL003419 The renovated former chocolate factory site is now home to boutiques and restaurants. Three chocolate shops ensure sweet-tooth satisfaction. Boutiques include Helpers Bazaar, Gigi + Rose, Jackson & Polk and ElizabethW. Fine dining options include McCormick & Kuleto’s, San Francisco Brewing Co. and The Pub. 900 North Point St., 415.775.5500.
H ANCHORAGE SQUARECL002368 This is the biking, touring, shopping and dining hub of Fisherman’s Wharf, with more than 35 activities, stores and restaurants to explore. Validated parking is available at Anchorage Square Garage on Beach Street. 500 Beach St., 415.673.7762.
JAPANTOWN CENTERCL0034195 A five-acre center in Japantown with more than 30 shops featuring Japanese antiques, jewelry, books, apparel and arts, plus 19 restaurants, Kabuki Springs & Spa and the Sundance Cinemas Kabuki. 1610 Geary Blvd., 415.567.4573
CROCKER GALLERIACL003419 This three-story, open-air shopping and dining complex located at the intersection of the Financial District and Union Square houses a mix of distinctive local retailers on its first two levels and a selection of restaurants on its top floor. Covered by a glass, arched roof that was modeled after the Galleria Milan, it has free Wi-Fi throughout. 50 Post St., 415.393.1500.
STONESTOWN GALLERIACL0034197 The enclosed mall on the southwest side of the city is anchored by Macy’s, Nordstroms, and numerous specialty retailers. 3251 20th Ave., 415.759.2626.
H EMBARCADERO CENTERCL0034192 The office towers stretching west from the foot of Sacramento Street, known as 1, 2, 3 and 4 Embarcadero, also house more than 100 retailers, 30 restaurants and a movie theater. Restaurants include Sens for Mediterranean favorites and Osha Thai for some of the best curry around. 415.772.0700.
H UNION STREET NEIGHBORHOODCL0058267 Located in historic Cow Hollow, wellheeled Union Street is home to more than 250 shops, galleries and boutiques, as well as restaurants, street cafes, salons and day spas. It closes to traffic throughout the year to host a variety of family-oriented festivals. Union Street, from Van Ness to Steiner sts., 415.441.7055. WESTFIELD SAN FRANCISCO CENTRECL003419 This nine-story shopping mall features Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and more than 200 shops and restaurants, including the fine-dining Restaurant Collection Under the Dome. 865 Market St., 415.495.5656.
SPAS H REJUVÉ WELLNESS CENTER AND SPA This spa uses scientific data and real-time skin analytics to customize facials and massages for each individual client. Its location in the Westin St. Francis Hotel makes it a perfect place for tired travelers and conference attendees to escape for restorative therapies. The spa also houses the San Francisco Institute for Aesthetic and Regenerative Medicine, where medical professionals and surgeons perform cutting-edge cosmetic procedures, from facelifts and tummy tucks to stem cell and hormone treatments. 421 Post St., Floor 14, 415.993.2232.
SPECIALTY FOODS CALIFORNIA CAVIAR COMPANY Founded by “The Caviar Queen” Deborah Keane, California Caviar Company partners with the nation’s top farmers, importers, purveyors and chefs to source an impressive collection of sustainably-harvested caviar from around the world. 302 Caledonia St. #6, Sausalito, 415.332.0822. DANDELION CHOCOLATECL0045097 Dandelion is a bean-to-bar chocolate factory. The tasting bars are a labor of love, and consecutive Good Food Awards serve as proof of concept. They are made of two ingredients, beans and sugar, and do not contain the fillers like vanilla, cocoa butter or lecithin found in most formulas, even premium bars. The beans are meticulously sourced from farms that are selected for quality and commitment to the environment and to the workers. The Mission District factory features
a cafe that serves hot and cold chocolate beverages and mochas as well as a bakery. 740 Valencia St., 415.349.0942. 1 Ferry Bldg. MIETTECL003054 French for little crumb, Miette is a charming, cheerful and modern pastry shop that offers a seasonal selection of cakes and cupcakes, tarts, cookies, confections, cake stands and other vintage dessert ware at its Ferry building location. The Hayes Valley shop is filled with old-fashioned candy, confections from around the world, treats made by local artisans and made-toorder organic cotton candy. 1 Ferry Building Marketplace, 415.837.0300. 449 Octavia St., 415.626.6221. Jack London Square, 85 Webster St., Oakland, 415.663.1300. RECCHIUTI CONFECTIONSCL003617 Michael Recchiuti founded his company based on the idea that once you introduce people to truly exquisite chocolates, they’ll be won over instantly and forever. Amen. His chocolates come in unusual and wonderful flavors, and they are absolutely beautiful to look at. Be sure to try a fleur de sel caramel—burnt caramel and sea salt in dark chocolate. 1 Ferry Building Marketplace, 415.834.9494. SPICE ACECL004208 Considered by some to be one of the best spice shops in the world, this locally owned store on Steiner Street has more than 400 of the finest spices, herbs, blends, salts, peppers, chiles and extracts from around the globe. Tasting jars offer a chance to experience every spice. Try the customer favorites: Pacific Heights spice blend,
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Calabrian sea salt and smoked sweet paprika from Spain. 1821 Steiner St., 415.885.3038. TOFINO WINES This retail wine merchant and bar is home to a selection of over 700 wines from mostly small, family-run estates in California, France, Italy and Spain. Over 30 wines, including several on tap, are offered by-the-glass, and the European-influenced menu includes local and imported cheeses, charcuterie and crostini. 2696 Geary Blvd., 415.872.5782. Z. CIOCCOLATO Located in the heart of North Beach, Z. Cioccolato is a sweets shop specializing in award-winning fudge. The shop also offers chocolate confections, ice cream, salt water taffy and nostalgic candy that you likely haven’t seen since you were a kid. Z. Cioccolato was ranked 18th best fudge shop in America by msn.com, and its layered fudges have been featured on the Cooking Channel’s “Unique Sweets” show. 474 Columbus Ave., 415.395.9116.
SPORTING GOODS SPORTS BASEMENTCL003618 The city’s favorite discounted sporting-goods retailer stocks top brands at basement prices. Find North Face, Adidas, Speedo, New Balance and more. You can also rent bikes from the Presidio location, a prime spot for riding out to the Golden Gate Bridge or to Fisherman’s Wharf. 610 Old Mason St., 415.437.0100. 1590 Bryant St., 415.575.3000.
WOMEN’S APPAREL AMOUR VERT Founded by a husband and wife team in 2010, this eco-fashion brand is now sold in 350 stores worldwide. Based in the Dogpatch neighborhood, the company opened its first freestanding boutique in Hayes Valley in 2014 and is gearing up for a rapid expansion that will set a new standard for socially responsible clothing. 437 Hayes St., 415.800.8576. AMY KUSCHEL After making and selling high-end wedding gowns in her lovely Union Square studio for 20 years, Amy Kuschel has branched out with her first ready-to-wear collection. The new designs are a nod to the 1960s. 23 Grant Ave., 6th floor, 415.956.5657. COP.COPINECL005984 This boutique is one of the chic Parisian brand’s two U.S. locations. For the last 20 years, the label has used innovative fabrics to create cutting-edge, tailored designs at smart prices. Fabrics run the gamut, from mesh to cotton to wool, as do layers and prints. 352 Sutter St., 415.989.9035. CUYANACL004973 Meaning “to love” in Quechua, Cuyana celebrates a philosophy of fewer, better things. The brand creates premium apparel and accessories, designed with a classic, modern aesthetic, sourced from the world’s highest quality materials and crafted to last a lifetime. The pieces combine timeless design with premium materials to tell unique stories of heritage, craftsmanship and travel. 291 Geary St., Ste. 201, 844.326.6005.
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SHOPPING DISHCL003295 Bring your fashion appetite with you to this chic, personable Hayes Valley boutique that stocks a premium selection from independent designers. Find well-edited pieces from casual chic to classic formal in the airy, minimalist space. 541 Hayes St., 415.252.5997. EDEN & EDEN This stylish and charming Jackson Square boutique stocks a one-of-a kind collection of clothing, jewelry and home decor (all vintage, handmade or imported from Europe). 560 Jackson St., 415.983.0490. ETHOSCL0042637 Organic cotton T-shirts, buttery-soft denim, superfine cashmere scarves, hand-embroidered bow ties and boldly patterned dresses represent the next generation of San Francisco style at this upscale shop off Union Square. Ethos values artisanal design and craft, scouting emerging designers in the U.S., Italy, France and Japan. Items are limited-edition and exclusive; everything is made to last. 333 Sutter St., 415.800.6707. THE GROCERY STORECL0035167 No ordinary corner market, this is a hip European fashion oasis featuring cool clothing with a rock-star twist. Jeans and more jeans and a worldclass selection of tees hang on simple rolling racks lining both sides of the huge space. Designer shoes and jewelry round out the merchandise mix. 3687 Sacramento St., 415.928.3615. MARGARET O’LEARYCL0035170 Active elegance meets California chic at this local clothing company that evolved from a hand-loomed knit line into a full collection of innovative
knitwear. Irish-born O’Leary began the business more than two decades ago in her tiny San Francisco apartment. The knitwear line grew into a full collection and led her to open her first retail store on Claude Lane just off Union Square. 1 Claude Ln., 415.391.1010. 2400 Fillmore St., 415.771.9982. 14 Miller Ave., Mill Valley, 415.388.2390 1832 4th St., Berkeley, 510.540.8241 263 Primrose Rd., Burlingame, 650.344.9051. MIRA MIRACL003514 Discover one-of-a-kind threads from global indie designers and funky locally made jewelry for every budget at this Mission District favorite. Boutique owner Mira will even lend her brilliant eye to style you herself. 3292 22nd St., 415.648.6513. RELIQUARYCL003517 Find an impressive collection of fun, eclectic apparel and accessories, antique jewelry and folk art at this popular Hayes Valley boutique. Keep an eye out hand-picked vintage treasures and rare designer lines. 544 Hayes St., 415.431.4000. SUI GENERIS CONSIGNMENT WOMEN’S This award-winning designer store located inside of a cozy courtyard in the Cow Hollow neighborhood carries an excellent selection of cocktail dresses, gowns, high heels and handbags by designers like Chanel, Gucci, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Hermes. 2147 Union St., 415.800.7584. SUSANCL0035180 This elegant storefront offers fine European and Japanese apparel, shoes and accessories, including the latest
styles by Comme des Garçons, Simone Rocha, Junya Watanabe and other avant-garde designers. 3685 Sacramento St., 415.922.3685. UNIONMADE WOMENCL00496 This women’s boutique has a similar aesthetic to its sister store Unionmade, which carries Americana-inspired menswear down the street. The limited-edition collections and exclusive collaborations tend to veer toward simplicity with an emphasis on oxford shirts, classic stripes and denim. You’ll find brands like Levi’s Vintage Clothing, Raleigh Denim, Imogene + Willie and Okura, as well as a curated selection of stylish gifts and home goods. 4035 18th St., 415.401.8920. VER UNICACL0048731 Channel your inner Natalie Wood at Ver Unica, an absolute must for vintage lovers. For over 15 years, this shop has offered an exquisite collection of everything from ‘50s sundresses to ‘60s Chanel baubles to ‘70s Gucci bags, as well as select pieces from new up-and-coming designers. 526 Hayes St., 415.621.6259.
BAY AREA H BERKELEY 4TH STREET SHOPPING DISTRICTCL006541 The hottest and most upscale shopping district in Berkeley (and maybe all of the East Bay), Fourth Street is where shoppers come to pick up everything from sleek furniture to unique children’s clothing to organically raised, grass-fed beef in recently converted industrial buildings. This is high-end shopping but it’s still Berkeley, with a definitive laid-back feel: Colorful flower beds line sidewalks and satiated shoppers chat on bench-
es in front of open-air cafes. 4th Street between University and Cedar streets, Berkeley 510.644.3002. DFS, SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Located in the San Francisco International Airport, DFS offers a selection of fashion products and accessories, including watches and jewelry, spirits, food, fragrances and a variety of other gifts. You’ll find the duty free stores in 17 international airports across the world. San Francisco International Airport, 100 International Loop, Councourse G, Gate 91, 650.444.1878. HILLSDALE SHOPPING CENTERCL003419 Retail giants like Nordstrom and Macy’s anchor this large shopping center approximately 20 miles south of the city, which also features about 120 more specialty shops to boot. Limestone flooring and marble accent finishes, integrated with expansive atriums evoking an outdoor vibe, polish off the renovated complex. The mall is also home to cafes and restaurants. 60 31st Ave., San Mateo, 650.345.8222. STANFORD SHOPPING CENTERCL0062945 Indulge in some retail therapy at one of America’s most beautiful openair malls. Browse the racks at more than 140 boutiques, including Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co. and Wilkes Bashford, and the department stores Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. Admire the award-winning gardens and picturesque sculptures by California artists, too. 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, 650.617.8200.
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111 MINNA GALLERYCL003197 This hip arts space on an alley just two blocks south of Market Street doubles as a bar and club and features work in all media by emerging and alternative artistic talent. 111 Minna St., 415.974.1719. 49 GEARYCL003415 The remarkable building that once housed the entire West Coast operation of Western Union is now home to about 20 art galleries and four rare-book dealers. Holding what may be the largest single concentration of art, photography, prints and rare books anywhere in the country, 49 Geary will keep any art lover entertained for hours. 49 Geary St..
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★ THE ANTIQUE TRADERSCL003581 This shop has a fine collection of original Art Nouveau antique items, which include signed Tiffany lamps and glass, Handel lamps, Pairpoint lamps and other lamps and chandeliers of the period. It carries art glass of the period, including Galle, Daum Nancy and Loetz and other makers. Also find over 350 stained and beveled glass windows, American Brilliant Cut glass, bronzes, sculptures and furniture. Worldwide shipping. 4310 California St., 415.668.4444.
★ BUBBLE STREET GALLERY From the bizarre to the romantic, Bubble Street Gallery offers an eclectic mix of fine arts and crafts. Contemporary surrealist Daniel Merriam’s collection of paintings, prints, ceramics, jewelry and more reflect a variety of styles ranging from Steampunk to Neo-Victorian and pop surrealism. 565 Bridgeway Blvd., Sausalito, 415.339.0506.
BRIAN GROSS FINE ARTCL003412 This spacious gallery in the up-andcoming Potrero Hill arts district hosts about nine exhibitions a year, showcasing contemporary painting, sculpture and photography by artists like Ed Moses and Phil Sims as well as emerging talents.
CALDWELL SNYDER GALLERYCL00341 Caldwell Snyder is a leading contemporary art gallery representing many of the most significant international painters and sculptors of the 21st century. It has consistently been a vital force in the art world by introducing
many renowned artists to the Bay Area for the first time. 341 Sutter St., 415.392.2299. 1328 Main St., St. Helena, 707.200.5050. CANESSA GALLERYCL00345 Associated with the Bay Area’s rich poet-artist scene for more than 45 years, this Financial District gallery housed in the small, brick bohemian-era Canessa Building has presented works by more than 600 new and established sculptors, painters, photographers and performance and literary artists, including Chico MacMurtrue and Trudy Myrrh Reagan. W 12-3 and by appointment. 708 Montgomery St., 415.296.9029. CATHARINE CLARK GALLERYCL0043041 Housed in a former door factory in the Potrero Hill gallery gulch, this is
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MUSEUMS & GALLERIES a gallery with attitude. It specializes in contemporary painting and new media installation art by emerging artists, often with social and political themes. 248 Utah St., 415.399.1439. CCA WATTIS INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTSCL003459 California College of the Arts provides two floors of contemporary exhibition space that are free for the public in addition to its artist residency and research programs and event space, which features talks, performances, screenings and a bar. Check the nonprofit’s web site for updated listings of current exhibits. Closed Su-M. 360 Kansas St., 415.355.9670. CHLOE FINE ARTS GALLERYCL0056219 This exquisite and spacious gallery represents American and international modern and contemporary masters including Amy Nelder, Robert Bissell, Daniel Merriam and Gil Bruvel, as well as offering selected works from Matisse, Miró, Moore, Pollock, Picasso, Vasarely, Warhol and many more. Open daily. 645 Beach St., 415.749.1000.. CHRISTIAN DANIELS GALLERY This American contemporary realism gallery features an array of original works by emerging as well as mid-career artists from diverse backgrounds. The gallery is famous for its “Streets of San Francisco” exhibition, which showcases new works weekly. 950 Leavenworth St., 415.447.6103. H CHRISTOPHER-CLARK FINE ARTCL0 This premier San Francisco gallery features paintings, drawings and original prints by European masters. Find engravings and etchings by Dürer and
Rembrandt; French Barbizon paintings; Impressionist works by Pissarro, Renoir, Manet and Cassatt; and art of la belle epoque from Toulouse-Lautrec, Cheret and Tissot. Twentieth century masters Picasso, Matisse, Chagall and Dali as well as Post-War American artists Stella, Motherwell, Frankenthaler and Lichtenstein are also represented. Open daily. 377 Geary St., 415.397.7781. H CK CONTEMPORARYCL0046319 This new and beautifully renovated gallery space is home to a collection of original paintings by noteworthy American and European contemporary artists. In addition to mounting exhibitions, the gallery works closely with new and experienced collectors, locating works of art, managing commissions and assisting designers and clients to find the perfect pieces for their home. 357 Geary St., 415.397.0114. CREATIVITY EXPLOREDCL003768 Artists with developmental disabilities create art for sale and exhibition here. The gallery offers remarkable art at surprisingly affordable prices and hosts exhibitions on a variety of engaging themes. 3245 16th St., 415.863.2108. DOLBY CHADWICK GALLERYCL003418 Represents international emerging and mid-career artists who specialize in oil painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and photography. A recurring theme is optical effects that explore and redefine visual perception. Closed Su, M. 210 Post St., Ste. 205, 415.956.3560. FRAENKEL GALLERYCL003415 Founded in 1979, this world-class gallery at 49 Geary focuses on photog-
raphy, with rotating shows of various genres that span the medium’s beginnings to new works. Closed Su, M. 49 Geary St., 4th fl., 415.981.2661. GALLERY 444CL00432 Celebrating more than 20 years in its location, this family-owned gallery exhibits original paintings, prints and sculptures. It features more than 20 international and local artists, including Boulanger and Olbinski, whose unique works inspire imagination and evoke emotion. 444 Post St., 415.434.4477. GALLERY SAUSALITOCL007961 Located in the heart of downtown Sausalito, this contemporary gallery encompasses the working studio of artist and owner Sue Averell. Visitors can see her works-in-progress, purchase completed 2D and 3D pieces, or commission custom pieces for a home or business. 28 Princess St., Unit B, Sausalito, 415.887.9238. GALLERY WENDI NORRISCL0034152 This bold and modern 5,100 squarefoot gallery in SoMa is known for its surrealist network. It hosts exhibitions that are emblematic of its transcultural nature and works to integrate its contemporary artists into the global community of art professionals, institutions and collectors. 161 Jessie St., 415.346.7812. HACKETT MILLCL006831 This gallery presents rare works from the 1950s and 1960s by important American, European and Asian artists. The gallery focuses on historical movements that took place in the mid-20th century including American Modern, Post-War Abstract Expressionism and California/Bay Area
Figurative Art. Closed Su, M. 201 Post St., Ste. 1000, 415.362.3377. HAIGHT STREET ART CENTER Located at the gateway to San Francisco’s Lower Haight neighborhood in a spacious 12,000-square foot historic building, HSAC was established to promote poster art production and education. The Center’s print studio will initially focus on screen-printing, but will eventually offer a range of art print techniques, including etching, stone lithography, woodcut and digital printing. 215 Haight St., 415.363.6150. HASHIMOTO CONTEMPORARY Located in Nob Hill, Hashimoto Contemporary is home to an eclectic blend of new contemporary artists. With monthly rotating exhibitions, the gallery focuses on a range of painting, sculpture and installation-based work. 804 Sutter St., 415.655.9265. JENKINS JOHNSON GALLERYCL003416 Features contemporary photography, painting, video, performance and glass sculpture by emerging, mid-career and established artists. With an emphasis on content-driven art, international artists challenge the traditional use of materials to produce work that focuses and reflects on societal issues. 464 Sutter St., 415.677.0770. JESSICA SILVERMAN GALLERYCL003458 Founded in 2008 by a young curator, this gallery in the gritty Tenderloin neighborhood is already known for discovering emergent artists of all ages and bringing them to an international audience. The gallery has a strong concept-driven roster that embraces all mediums and hosts exhibi-
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MUSEUMS & GALLERIES tions that explore the intersection of art and design. Closed Su-M. 488 Ellis St., 415.255.9508. MARK WOLFE CONTEMPORARY ARTCL0034167 This all-media gallery offers a good mix of hip young urbanism and new traditional media. It focuses on exposition in art, choosing to show works that encourage audiences to perceive visuals in new ways. The gallery has hosted the debut shows of several rising and established artists from around the world and has showcased works at SFMOMA and Civic Gallery in Milan. Open M-F and every second Sa of the month. 1 Sutter St., Ste. 300, 415.369.9404. H MARTIN LAWRENCE GALLERIES Founded in 1975, Martin Lawrence Galleries specializes in original paintings, sculptures and limited-edition graphics. The gallery features works by Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Rembrandt, Andy Warhol and Keith Haring along with the best emerging artists. 366 Geary St., 415.956.0345. H MEYEROVICH GALLERYCL0034169 One of the country’s leading galleries, specializing in American and European paintings, works on paper, graphics and sculpture by modern and contemporary masters such as John Baldessari, Guy Dill, Alex Katz, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Motherwell, Chuck Arnoldi, Ross Bleckner, Deborah Kass, Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Donald Sultan, Bernar Venet and Russian artist Grisha Bruskin. The gallery has extensive experience in working with museums and international clientele. Closed Su. 251 Post St., Suite 400, 415.421.7171.
H MICHAEL FINE ART AND ANTIQUESCL004048 More than 20,000 pieces of exquisite art and antiques fill five floors of this gallery and showroom which display elegant bronze works, crystal chandeliers, art deco pieces, furniture and more at discounted prices. 400 Grant Ave., 415.445.9958. MINNESOTA STREET PROJECT The three warehouse gallery spaces that comprise the Minnesota Street Project’s Dogpatch studios and workspace are open to collectors and the curious public alike. Check specific galleries for hours, as each maintains its own. 1275 Minnesota St., 415.243.0825. MODERNISM WESTCL0 Housed inside the French restaurant Foreign Cinema, stop at this tiny art space for, you guessed it, modernist works from 1950 to the present. M-F 6-10 pm, Sa-Su 11 am-10 pm. 2534 Mission St., 415.541.0461. MODERNISMCL006158 For more than three decades Modernism has shown a variety of challenging, museum-worthy paintings, works on paper, photography and sculpture by contemporary and historic American, European and avant-garde Russian artists. This was the first Bay Area gallery to show Andy Warhol, and it introduced the nation to Austrian artist Gottfriend Helnwein. Closed Su, M. 685 Market St., Ste. 290, 415.541.0461. H MONTAGUE GALLERY The only gallery of its kind in San Francisco, Montague Gallery features an expansive roster of respected and sought-after names in the contemporary fine art glass world,
including Lino Tagliapietra, Dante Marioni, Hiroshi Yamano and Chihuly Workshop. The gallery also features jewelry and painting. 445A Sutter St., 415.964.4978. PAUL THIEBAUD GALLERYCL006153 Located in historic North Beach, this contemporary gallery mounts six shows each year that feature representational paintings and works on paper by established national midcareer artists such as Tom Birkner and Grace Munakata as well as talented emerging artists. The gallery is the primary dealer for California painter Wayne Thiebaud. Tu-Sa. 645 Chestnut St., 415.434.3055. THE RED POPPY ART HOUSECL00376 Part studio, part concert hall, part classroom, part meeting ground—the Red Poppy Art House is more than a gallery. This center for the artistic community has a cozy feel and is often likened to a European cafe. Visual and performing artists, both resident and visiting, offer a feast for the senses. Check the online schedule for programming. 2698 Folsom St., 650.731.5383. H SAN FRANCISCO ART EXCHANGECL0027346 San Francisco Art Exchange is a worldwide leader in art and photographs from rock ‘n’ roll and pop culture. The gallery features original photographs, paintings, drawings and limited-edition prints of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and more. Open M-Sa 10 am-6 pm. 458 Geary St., 415.441.8840. SAN FRANCISCO ARTS COMMISSION GALLERYCL00621 Visit the SFAC gallery, founded in 1970, for accessible, contemporary
art exhibitions that reflect the Bay Area’s diversity and challenge visitors to engage in civic dialogue. The gallery commissions new works and partners with local art and community groups. Open W-Sa. 401 Van Ness Ave., 415.554.6080. SAN FRANCISCO CENTER FOR THE BOOKCL00376 This gallery and studio showcases every artistic aspect of books, from the antique to the experimental. Ponder exhibitions on censorship and literary forms from various cultures or take a peek at binding and printing workshops. 375 Rhode Island St., 415.565.0545. SCOTT NICHOLS GALLERYCL0034180 This friendly Union Square gallery shows vintage and contemporary photographs by established and emerging artists. It’s home to one of the largest private collections of Brett Weston photographs as well as an extensive inventory of photographs by iconic California photographers such as Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Imogen Cunningham, Ruth Bernhard and William Garnett. Closed Su, M. 49 Geary St., Ste. 415, 415.788.4641. SCOTT RICHARDS CONTEMPORARY ARTCL003458 Exhibiting works that present new approaches to traditional media, this gallery on the fourth floor of the Art Galleries Building at 251 Post St. presents a notable collection of paintings, photography and sculpture by museum-level American and European artists. It presents nine solo artist exhibitions annually in addition to participating in acclaimed international art fairs and offering consulting services, with a focus on the acquistion of works by 20th century modern and
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contemporary masters. 251 Post St., Ste. 425, 415.788.5588. SECESSION ART AND DESIGNCL003649 In-house designers at this art gallery, studio and boutique representing 50 independent local artists include Colleen Mauer, artisan of fine handmade jewelry, and Heather Robinson, an acrylic paint and medium painter. 3361 Mission St., 415.279.3058. SERGE SOROKKO GALLERYCL003418 A stalwart in the San Francisco art scene since 1984, this gallery features contemporary paintings, sculpture and photography by critically acclaimed American and European artists, including Donald Sultan, Hunt Slonem, Ross Bleckner, Eric Freeman, Miguel Condé, Thomas Struth and others. The gallery provides expert art advising services to its international clientele and ships all over the world. Closed Su. 361 Sutter St., 415.421.7770. SFMOMA ARTISTS GALLERYCL00349 This two-story SFMOMA satellite houses more than 800 emerging and established Northern California artists. The non-profit gallery offers rentals and sales. Tu-Sa. 2 Marina Blvd., Fort Mason, Bldg. A, 415.441.4777. STUDIO GALLERYCL00615 This light and bright gallery, run by the effervescent Jen Farris in the heart of Polk Street, features work by locals, as well as regularly changing shows. The gallery is laid-back, fun and affordable. 1641 Pacific Ave., 415.931.3130.
TANGENTCL004041 Stroll by this Union Square landmark, and a remarkable and visually enticing work will likely catch your eye. The gallery showcases works from American and international artists that present new approaches to traditional media. Past exhibits have included candy sculptures, photomosaics and three-dimensional paintings. M-Sa, Su by appointment. 373 Geary St., 415.956.9999. WEINSTEIN GALLERYCL0034187 This gallery’s collection is dedicated to rare works of 20th century masters including Picasso, Chagall, Calder and Miró. It represents several important artists’ estates from the schools of early non-objective painting, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism, as well as a collection of contemporary figurative painters. 349 Geary St., 415.362.8155. TOKAIDO ARTSCL006271 An Asian arts gallery featuring many types of traditional Japanese and Chinese art, including watercolors, Sumi-e (oriental brush painting), Ukiyo-e artwork (school of artists who depict paintings dealing with human condition) along with gifts and antiques. Closed Tu. 1581 Webster St., 415.567.4390. ZK GALLERY This contemporary and modern art gallery exhibits both internationally renowned and emerging artists, seeking to present hand-selected talent from across the globe. It serves both the novice art enthusiast and the discerning collector. 213 Jefferson St., 415.632.1036.
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MUSEUMS & GALLERIES MUSEUMS ASIAN ART MUSEUMCL00315 Home to more than 18,000 exquisite art objects spanning 6,000 years of history and culture throughout Asia, this museum is one of the largest in the Western Hemisphere devoted exclusively to Asian art. Free first Su of each month. Closed M. 200 Larkin St., 415.581.3500. CHINESE CULTURE CENTER OF SAN FRANCISCOCL0037421 A non-profit organization fostering the understanding and appreciation of Chinese and Chinese-American art, history and culture in the United States. 750 Kearny St., 3rd fl., 415.986.1822. CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUMCL00316 Located in a stunning Daniel Libeskind-designed building, the CJM engages audiences of all ages and backgrounds through dynamic exhibitions and programs that explore contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art and ideas. Closed W. $8 Th after 5 pm. Free first Tu of the month. 736 Mission St., 415.655.7800. DE YOUNG MUSEUMCL003167 Founded in 1895, the impressively varied museum is currently housed in an architectural masterpiece designed by the Swiss firm Herzog and de Meuron. It showcases collections from the Americas, Pacific Islands and Africa and features a tower observation deck. Free general admission first Tu of each month. Closed M. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., 415.750.3600.
INTERNATIONAL ART MUSEUM OF AMERICACL0041672 Encounter Eastern and Western style artwork like never before at the International Art Museum of America (IAMA). Discover a unique collection of calligraphy, sculpture and painting from the classic to the contemporary. The museum offers guided tours, art classes and gallery sketching. Tu-Su 10 am-5 pm. 1023 Market St., 415.376.6344. ext. 7001 LEGION OF HONORCL00615 High on the headlands above the Golden Gate—where the Pacific Ocean spills into the San Francisco Bay—stands this grand museum, the gift of Alma de Bretteville Spreckels to the city of San Francisco. A three-quarter-scale adaptation of the 18th-century Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris, the museum was built to commemorate California soldiers who died in World War I. The collection includes works by European masters and major holdings of Rodin sculptures. The grounds offer spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco. Closed M. 100 34th Ave. in Lincoln Park, 415.750.3600. THE MEXICAN MUSEUM Founded in 1975 to showcase the aesthetic expression of the Latino, Chicano, Mexican and Mexican-American people, The Mexican Museum holds a permanent collection of over 16,000 artworks, including colonial, pre-Hispanic, popular, modern and contemporary art. 2 Marina Blvd., Bldg D, 415.202.9700. MISSION CULTURAL CENTER FOR LATINO ARTSCL003174 Established in 1977 by artists and
community activists, the MCCLA promotes, develops and preserves the Latino cultural arts that reflect the ancient and contemporary traditions of Chicano, Mexican, Central and South American and Caribbean society. It is the largest Latino cultural center in the continental United States, running active weekly agendas that feature dance, music and art classes as well as performances, tastings and film screenings. Free. 2868 Mission St., 415.821.1155. MUSEO ITALO AMERICANOCL003175 The only museum in the country devoted entirely to Italian art and culture, its collection and rotating exhibitions showcase paintings, sculptures, photography and crafts. Free. Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd., Bldg. C., 415.673.2200. MUSEUM OF CRAFT AND DESIGNCL006157 MCD develops and presents engaging exhibitions and educational programs that explore and define the role of craft and design in the changing global culture, encouraging its audience to see the world differently. This is San Francisco’s only museum devoted exclusively to modern and contemporary craft and design and showcases designers, makers and artists through a series of craft and design-focused exhibitions. 2569 3rd St., 415.773.0303. MUSEUM OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORACL003176 This recently renovated cultural institution reminds visitors that Africa is the birthplace of humankind and celebrates the global contributions of people of African decent. 685 Mission St., 415.358.7200.
OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIACL00615 The OMCA brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. 1000 Oak St., Oakland, 510.318.8400. SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ARTCL00318 After a three-year hiatus, SFMOMA has unveiled a Snohetta-led expansion that makes it the largest modern art space in the nation, easily housing entire floors of abstract American art and minimalist and pop art. There’s an entire gallery devoted to Alexander Calder, with a focus on his work between the 1920s and 1960s. The Pritzker Center for Photography dedicates about 15,000 square feet to photography, more than any other U.S. art museum. The open-ceiling seventh floor houses nothing but contemporary art. Nearly 45,000 square feet of the museum’s ground floor galleries are free and open to the public, and admission is free for visitors 18 and under. 151 3rd St., 415.357.4000. YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTSCL004351 This contemporary art center highlights multicultural issues through the artworks displayed in its two main gallery spaces, high-tech gallery and video screening room. Past exhibits have focused on the Dalai Lama, Anna Halprin and the political nature of contemporary women’s art. 701 Mission St., 415.978.2787.
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CANELA BISTRO AND WINE BARCL004018 Spanish/Tapas. This elegant restaurant in the Castro neighborhood serves traditional tapas and modern Spanish dishes, sourcing ingredients from sustainable California markets, farms and fisheries. The wine list is carefully curated to pair with the extensive menu, and the dim, thoughtfully decorated dining room has a romantic feel. Brunch (Su), D (nightly), closed M. 2272 Market St., 415.552.3000. FRANCESCL006294 California. Serving modern California cuisine in a neighborhood setting, acclaimed Frances serves delights that will be sure to satisfy. D (nightly). 3870 17th St., 415.621.3870.
CHINATOWN GOLDEN STAR VIETNAMESE RESTAURANTCL004621 Vietnamese. For fabulous pho, friendly service and great Vietnamese coffee, try Golden Star. You may be rubbing shoulders with the strangers at the next table, but it’s worth it. They’re probably locals who come back weekly for the great and authentic Vietnamese flavors this restaurant serves. L, D (daily). ★ R&G LOUNGECL00361 Chinese. This bustling spot has a colorful lounge and cheerful, modest decor in the dining room downstairs. The Hong Kong-style menu includes tank-fresh seafood. Anthony Bourdain visited the restaurant on his show and raved about the salt and pepper crab. L, D (daily). 631 Kearny St., 415.982.7877.
CIVIC CENTER/HAYES VALLEY ★ ESPETUS BRAZILIAN STEAK HOUSECL0058270 Steaks. Pace yourself: This authentic Brazilian steakhouse offers all-youcan-eat skewers (“espetus” in Portuguese) of slow-roasted beef, lamb, pork, chicken and shrimp for a fixed price. The salad buffet is included. 1686 Market St., 415.552.8792. 710 S B St., San Mateo, 650.342.8700. THE MILLCL004504 Bakery. This is the latest bread sensation to hit San Francisco from the aptly named, free-spirited Josey Baker, who hand kneads roughly 240 loaves a day with flour straight from the city’s only mill. Whole grains and a homegrown sourdough starter give his loaves an addictive pillowy mid-
dle, offset by a toothsome chew. You can bank on staples like his seeded country loaf or try daily specials like apricot sage bread. Buy one for your picnic in Golden Gate Park or order one of the famous toasts: warm slabs as thick as a sandwich, slathered with gooey almond butter, honey, cinnamon sugar or housemade jam. 736 Divisadero St., 415.345.1953. MONSIEUR BENJAMIN French. Inspired by the great Parisian bistro culture and traditions of French cooking, Monsieur Benjamin is the latest restaurant by acclaimed chef Corey Lee who has become one of the Bay Area’s most respected chefs for his cooking at restaurants like the French Laundry and Benu. The menu is a modern take on traditional dishes with seasonal ingredients. 451 Gough St., 415.403.2233.
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DINING NOPACL003725 American. Named for its location North of the Panhandle, this expansive, hip restaurant serves wood-fired rustic cuisine that epitomizes the best of San Francisco’s current food scene. One of the city’s best late-night dining options, it’s also popular for its brunch, burger and pork chops. Brunch (Sa-Su), D (nightly until 1 am). 560 Divisadero St., 415.864.8643.
ket Street through the floor-to-ceiling windows while you wait. Brunch (Su), L, D (daily), closed M. 1658 Market St., 415.552.2522.
RICH TABLECL0040698 American. Named one of the country’s top 50 new restaurants by Bon Appetit magazine in 2012, this James Beard Award-nominated hot spot is owned by a husband-and-wife team who serve unfussy, market-driven food in a lively atmosphere. Must-order items include innovative snacks like sardine chips and porcini doughnuts and creative cocktails. D (daily). 199 Gough St., 415.355.9085.
AKIKOS RESTAURANT Sushi. Changing daily, the menu at this popular downtown sushi restaurant features an eclectic range of local and seasonal seafood with an emphasis on raw fish. It can be hard to get a reservation at the intimate, 30-seat restaurant, but you’ll find incredible sashimi and some of the most unique rolls in town, and odds are they won’t be on the menu next visit. The interior features imported rosewood floors and exposed brick walls, and the place settings and tableware are made by Sausalito’s Heath Ceramics. L (M-F), D (M-Sa). Closed Su. 431 Bush St., 415.397.3218.
SOUVLA Greek. Located in the heart of Hayes Valley, this Greek sandwich shop is inspired by the casual neighborhood souvlaki joints found throughout Greece. The sandwiches are made with spit-roasted all-natural meats on warm pita bread with spiced yogurt sauces and fresh herb salads. The “Greek fries” are spiked with Mizithra cheese, oregano, olive oil and sea salt. 517 Hayes St., 415.400.5458.
H BASKCL005731 Spanish/Tapas. This modern Spanish restaurant and wine bar offers a variety of hot and cold tapas, as well as larger plates like seafood-laden paella and slow-roasted lamb shank. At the bar, choose from an ample selection of French, Spanish or New World wines or dip into one of the vats of housemade, fruit-studded sangria. L (M-F), D (nightly). Closed M. 42 Columbus Ave., 415.392.2275.
ZUNI CAFECL00341 Mediterranean. Three words: Get the chicken. This San Francisco institution has been in business for more than 35 years and is most famous for its cooked-to-order roast chicken for two (allow an hour), a true stand-out on the Mediterranean-inspired menu of roasted and grilled goodness. Watch the vintage street cars roll down Mar-
H BOB’S STEAK & CHOP HOUSECL00531 Steaks. Prime cuts of filet mignon, New York strip steaks, and a 28 ounce bone-in rib steak dominate a menu rounded out by rack of lamb, roast duck, and seafood in this Omni Hotel spot. B, L, and D (daily). 500 California St., 415.273.3085.
GASPAR BRASSERIE French. Handsome, dim and cozy, this Parisian-influenced spot near Union Square is adorned with glowing vintage chandeliers, tufted leather banquettes and a pressed tin ceiling, making the bi-level space a romantic setting for a date. Start with a cocktail at one of the two bars, then dig into small plates but make sure to save room for the main attraction entrees. 185 Sutter St., 415.576.8800.
vard restaurant, this polished and spacious spot, also helmed by executive chef Nancy Oakes, serves California cuisine in an elegant yet comfortable environment. The enormous square bar and communal dining options cultivate a lively atmosphere, perfect for happy hour or an after-work dinner. Couples can sit at a cozy booth by the large windows and watch the world go by. D (nightly), closed Su. 300 Spear St., 415.247.7770.
MOURAD Moroccan. Soaring ceilings, spherical chandeliers and polished furnishings—this Moroccan restaurant is nothing if not swanky. From the acclaimed chef behind the longstanding Michelin-starred Aziza in the Outer Richmond District, this is a more modern and glamorous counterpart to the local favorite. It offers an impressive tasting menu as well as traditional, family-style dishes such as roast chicken prepared with exacting technique and presented with comforting sides and sauces. Start with one of the outstanding starters like asparagus with crispy quinoa, basteeya (duck confit wrapped in phyllo) or eggplant prepared three ways. 140 New Montgomery St., 415.660.2500.
SCHROEDER’S German. Founded in 1893, the most recent iteration of this traditional German beer hall is from the team behind one of the city’s most successful wine bars, Press Club. The vast 5,000 square-foot space now has a modern feel, yet it still oozes character, with 1930s-era Herman Richter murals adorning the walls. The front area is a casual drink hall serving bar bites, and beyond that is a dining room with a full menu of Bavarian classics with a California sensibility. The impressive beer offerings, selected by a master cicerone—are mostly German and available on draft. 240 Front St., 415.421.4778.
PABU Japanese & Sushi. Michael Mina and Ken Tominaga’s modern Japanese pub, or izakaya, offers sushi, robata and small-plate menus complemented by more than 100 premium sake selections and a variety of wines, Japanese whiskies, cocktails and Asian beers. 101 California St., 415.668.7228. PROSPECTCL00687 California. From the same team behind the enormously popular Boule-
WAYFARE TAVERNCL006894 American. Step inside celebrity chef Tyler Florence’s handsome three-story restaurant and be transported back in time. Built with bricks salvaged from the streets of the devastated city after the 1906 quake, the eatery channels the Barbary Coast era with American fare inspired by the San Francisco restaurant scene of the late 1800s. The menu features a raw bar and dishes like grilled sardines, salt-roasted bone marrow, organic fried chicken and the classic Hangtown Fry. Don’t miss the banana pudding for dessert and the hand-crafted
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H ALIOTO’SCL00731 Seafood. One of San Francisco’s oldest restaurants run by one of the city’s most prominent families, this Fisherman’s Wharf landmark has magnificent views of the San Francisco Bay and a reputation for great cioppino and fresh seafood. Don’t mess around with the menu: Get the Dungeness crab. Cracked, caked, stuffed or stewed, it’s impossible to get your fill. L, D (daily). 8 Fisherman’s Wharf, 415.673.0183. H BISTRO BOUDINCL007351 American. Seasonal cuisine and sourdough-crust pizzas dominate the menu at the famed bread-maker’s two–story flagship facility, which also houses a sourdough-bread museum and an exhibition bakery and a café and gourmet market downstairs. Saddle up to the gorgeous oyster bar for fresh oysters, baked and topped with mignonette or shucked and served straight up. L, D (daily). 160 Jefferson St., 415.351.5561. H THE BUENA VISTA CAFECL00731 American. This wharf institution by the Hyde Street cable car turnaround is famous for first introducing Irish coffee to the U.S. in 1952, and it has served millions of the hot cocktails since. B, L, D (daily). 2765 Hyde St., 415.474.5044.
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COCO FRESH TEA & JUICE Tea. The new location at Fisherman’s Wharf offers pearl milk tea, authentic Chinese tea and fresh juice
in a warm atmosphere. The ample selections include the top-selling pearl milk tea series, Yakult, macchiato and the slush series. 2699 Taylor St., 415.441.1627. EPIC STEAKCL006150 American. The first new construction permitted on the San Francisco waterfront in more than a century, Epic occupies a grand, soaring industrial space with unparalleled views. A steak or a burger is the way to go if you don’t fill up early on the fantastic popovers and corn-bread madeleins. Ask for a table by the window for phenomenal waterfront views. Brunch (Sa-Su), L (M-F), D (nightly). 369 the Embarcadero, 415.369.9955. FRANCISCAN CRAB RESTAURANTCL008314 Seafood. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide spectacular bay views from every table in this three-tiered, spacious mid-century modern gem. Menu highights include fish and chips, sizzling iron skillet mussels and whole roasted Dungeness crab. Free parking with validation. L, D (daily). Pier 43 1/2, 415.362.7733. HOG ISLAND OYSTER COMPANYCL0083715 Seafood. This lively and attractive waterfront spot in the Ferry Building is known for its happy hours and unconventional, exceptional clam chowder with whole manila clams and a light, flavorful broth. Although fresh raw oysters are the star, the po’ boy sandwich, grilled cheese and grilled oysters also shine. L, D (daily). 1 Ferry Building, 415.391.7117. H LA MAR CEBICHERIA PERUANACL0036792 Latin American. The traditional Pe-
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ruvian dishes at this attractive, modern space on the waterfront showcase fresh seafood with influences from China and Japan. Signature offerings include ceviches, causas, empanadas and anticuchos, as well classic and updated main courses. Pair them with a pisco sour cocktail. L, D (daily). Pier 1 1/2 415.397.8880. MCCORMICK & KULETO’S SEAFOOD RESTAURANTCL008391 Seafood. An expansive selection of seafood, flown in fresh from around the world, is served in a spacious setting overlooking the bay. Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point St., 415.929.1730. THE SLANTED DOORCL009315 Vietnamese. In a swank waterfront location in the Ferry Building, this restaurant from star chef Charles Phan serves modern interpretations of Vietnamese cuisine and is famous for its shaking beef dish. One of the most profitable dining establishments in the city, it won the James Beard Outstanding Restaurant Award in 2014. L, D (daily). 1 Ferry Building, 415.861.8032.
HAIGHT/ASHBURY NOPALITOCL0052964 Mexican. The kid sister of famed Nopa right up the street, Nopalito is another vibrant spot, serving topnotch upscale Mexican fare. Soak up the sun while sipping a margarita out on the patio, then dive into juicy carnitas, spicy tamales or mouth-watering pork belly quesadillas. L, D (daily). 306 Broderick St., 415.437.0303. 1224 9th Ave., 415.233.9966.
JACKSON SQUARE BIXCL00321 American. This world-class supper club is tucked in an alley at the corner of the Financial District. Harkening back to the 1930s and 1940s, the glamorous haunt presents live music nightly, as well as tasty San Francisco classics and an array of killer cocktails. L (F), D (nightly). 56 Gold St., 415.433.6300. COTOGNACL007541 Italian. This casual cousin to the acclaimed two Michelin star Quince restaurant next door opened under the same chef-owners. The rustic Italian eatery serves a seasonally changing menu that features spit-roasted meats and game birds, wood-oven pizzas, house-made pastas and fresh local seafood. All wine bottles on the prix fixe wine menu are under $40, and the floor-to-ceiling windows afford abundant natural light and dramatic views of the Transamerica Building. L (M-Sa), D (nightly). 490 Pacific Ave., 415.775.8508. 5A5 STEAK LOUNGE Steakhouse. This contemporary take on a steakhouse is located in the Financial District, blocks from the Embarcadero piers. It serves top quality steaks from around the world— Certified Angus Beef, Australian “Kobe” beef and the 100 percent grade A5 Japanese Wagyu beef, the highest grade of beef in the world. The large bar and lounge area are convenient for a quick bite and a drink. 244 Jackson St., 415.989.2539.
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DINING QUINCECL003216 Italian. Elegant without being stuffy, this intimate three Michelin star restaurant with a superb wine list serves sophisticated Californian contemporary cuisine, such as Paine Farm squab with Fresh Run Farm Douglas fir, fava bean and périgord truffle. A multi-course tasting menu is available, and dining a la carte is also an option in the salon. 470 Pacific Ave., 415.775.8500.
JAPANTOWN/LOWER FILLMORE DOSACL003219 Indian. With locations in the Mission and Fillmore districts, this trendy restaurant offers many incarnations of its namesake southern Indian delicacy. A selection of savory appetizers and curries round out the menu. Fillmore St.: Brunch (F-Su), D (nightly); Valencia St.: Brunch (SaSu), D (nightly). 1700 Fillmore St., 415.441.3672. 995 Valencia St., 415.642.3672. THE PROGRESS New American. Named after the Progress Theater that occupied the same building over a century ago, this is the second restaurant from the team behind the national smash-hit State Bird Provisions, and it’s located just next door. The boundary busting, international menu is served family style (choose six dishes for $62 per person) and features dishes with lamb, duck, oysters and more. If you don’t manage to snag a reservation, the bar is walk-in only. The Progress is a 2015 James Beard Award winner. 1525 Fillmore St., 415.673.1294.
STATE BIRD PROVISIONSCL0040697 American. It’s worth the effort to get a reservation at Bon Appetit magazine’s 2012 Restaurant of the Year (and the 2013 James Beard Award winner for Best New Restaurant), run by one of Food and Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs of 2013, Stuart Brioza, along with his wife Nicole Krasinski. This creative and innovative Michelin star restaurant does dim sum, American-style. Carts wheel around small plates, and diners can point to choose what they’d like. The menu changes frequently based on seasonal availability, but the house specialty remains the eponymous “state bird,” a crispy half quail served with seasonal “provisions.” D (M-Sa). 1529 Fillmore St., 415.795.1272.
MARINA/COW HOLLOW A16CL003421 Italian. This Marina neighborhood hot spot combines the cuisine of Campania with the pizzas of Naples and pours small-production wines from California and Southern Italy. L (WF), D (nightly). 2355 Chestnut St., 415.771.2216. ATELIER CRENNCL0041379 French. This modern upscale restaurant from the world’s only two Michelin-star female chef blends the line between food and art, presenting garden-centric dishes that are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the palate and menus that read like poetry. Giving center stage to the food, the 40-seat dining room has an earthy, minimalist appearance with teak tables, fig trees and glass orbs that provide soft lighting. Diners can select from one of two multi-course tasting menus. D (Tu-Sa). 3127 Fillmore St., 415.440.0460.
DELAROSACL0062948 Italian. Have your Roman holiday without ever leaving the city. Enjoy a lively scene and sophisticated Roman-style pizzas, seasonal antipasti and pastas plus a stellar selection of artisanal beer, wine and cocktails from the team behind the likes of Beretta. L, D (daily). 2175 Chesnut St., 415.673.7100. 37 Yerba Buena Ln., 415.872.7363.
tures simple, fresh preparations of locally sourced meats and seasonal produce. Dishes may include chilled tomato soup; seared squid with avocado, celery and pine nut mousse; and slow baked halibut with fried mussels, tomatoes and nasturtium. The airy, spacious dining room and patio exude rustic warmth. Brunch (Su), D (nightly). 3000 20th St., 415.826.7004.
ROAM ARTISAN BURGERSCL00685 American. Begin with a beef, turkey, bison or veggie patty, then add artisan toppings like roasted red peppers or a farm fresh egg at this family friendly burger bar. Don’t miss the truffled or maple syrup-doused sweet potato fries. Wash it all down with a salted caramel milkshake, Kombucha on tap, a house-made soda, or one of the many local brews. L, D (daily). 1785 Union. St., 415.440.7626.
CRAFTSMAN & WOLVESCL004504 Bakery. This modern and sleek patisserie in the hip Valencia corridor from James Beard-nominated chef William Werner features a rotating menu of breakfast pastries, cakes, confections, confitures, desserts, lunch and other savory fare. The bakery is famous for the Rebel Within, a savory breakfast muffin with asiago cheese, green onion and breakfast sausage baked into the mix and a full soft-cooked farm egg in the center. 746 Valencia St., 415.913.7713. 1598 Yosemite Ave., 415.423.3337.
MISSION DISTRICT 20 SPOTCL004503 American. Candlelit and elegant, the space is ideal for a date, but a measure of offbeat personality shines through too—in the vinyl playing on a record player, the postwar design of the furnishings and the eccentric art on the walls. The wines, mostly Old World in disposition, pair flawlessly with the menu of small plates that include deviled eggs, avocado toast, steak and salmon. 3565 20th St., 415.624.3140. CENTRAL KITCHENCL00406 California. The creative minds behind the wildly popular Flour + Water restaurant left Italian food behind in this venture, instead focusing on Northern California cuisine. The succinct, frequently updated menu fea-
DELFINACL0036574 Italian. This bustling neighborhood trattoria is a local favorite that pioneered San Francisco’s farm-to-table movement. It has received rave reviews since its opening in 1998 and still packs the house (and outdoor patio) each night. D (nightly). 3621 18th St., 415.552.4055. FLOUR + WATERCL00702 Italian. A haven (or heaven) for artisan pizza and pasta lovers, this incredibly popular, welcoming spot serves exceptional Neopolitan-style, wood-fired pizzas and house-made pastas. D (nightly). 2401 Harrison St., 415.826.7000.
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DINING FOREIGN CINEMACL00321 California. Never was the old dinner-and-a-movie done so artfully, or so deliciously. The vast, bohemian-chic space suits the always excellent California-Mediterranean cuisine. A heated, covered patio screens a rotation of classic, foreign and independent films projected onto one of three walls, and speakers on each table allow you to adjust the volume. Meandering through the changing exhibits in the adjacent gallery is the perfect way to wait for a table. Brunch (Sa-Su), D (nightly). 2534 Mission St., 415.648.7600. ICHI SUSHI Sushi. Celebrated as one of San Francisco’s top sushi destinations and izakayas, Ichi Sushi is the place to go for traditional nigiri, sashimi and an extensive sake list. Sustainability is a huge focus here, and the recently renovated space features a wall-sized mural with playful instructions on how to eat sushi correctly. D (M-Sa). 3369 Mission St., 415.525.4750. LAZY BEAR New American. This popular Mission District restaurant describes itself as a “modern American fine-dining dinner party.” It started as an underground venue in 2009 and opened its first permanent location in 2014. The tasting menu changes weekly and ranges from $165-$195 per person and features about 15 courses. Past menus featured dishes like halibut with asparagus, Perigord truffle and fingerling potatoes; and lamb with mustards, farro and garum. 3416 19th St., 415.874.9921. .
LITTLE STAR PIZZACL0037269 Italian. Famous for its deep dish, Chicago-style pizza with a slightly sweet, cornmeal crust, this place draws a stream of addicted regulars. Valencia St.: L, D (daily). Divisadero St.: L (FSu), D (nightly). 400 Valencia St., 415.551.7827. 846 Divisadero St., 415.441.1118. LOCANDACL006870 Italian. The masterminds behind the acclaimed Delfina and Pizzeria Delfina opened this modern trattoria that’s a local hotspot. Start off with antipasti like fried olives, then dig into saucy pastas like rigatoni alla carbonara and charcoal-grilled dishes featuring lamb, quail and spareribs. The wine and cocktail offerings are excellent, too. D (nightly). 557 Valencia St., 415.863.6800. LOLINDACL004049 Steaks. The team behind Beretta and Starbelly has created a new kind of steakhouse, one that marries the flavors of Argentina with the culinary sensibility of California. This stylish and moody Mission spot offers Latin-inspired small plates, but the real draw here is the assortment of grilled meats. D (nightly). 2518 Mission St., 415.550.6970. TARTINE BAKERY & CAFECL003678 Dessert/Coffee. This popular artisan bakery serves fresh-fromthe-oven pastries all day, as well as pies, cakes, artisan bread and coffee. Breakfast quiches, gourmet sandwiches, classic pastries and an addictive bread pudding keep folks lining up. B, L (daily). 600 Guerrero St., 415.487.2600.
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R & G Lounge has been serving San Francisco for over 30 years. Located between Chinatown and the Financial District, the restaurant is known for authentic Cantonese cuisine with innovative interpretations. It specializes in live tank seafood with signature dishes like peppered salt crab, nectar-glazed sea bass, R & G Beef and crafted Peking duck. R & G Lounge differentiates itself from other Bay Area Chinese restaurants by providing distinguished and unique San Francisco dining. Come visit for the R & G Lounge experience! Open daily 11:30am until 9:30pm. Two hours validated parking at Portsmouth Square Garage, located one block north.
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YUZUKI JAPANESE EATERY Japanese. The name of this understated yet welcoming Japanese restaurant that serves authentic cuisine in a serene setting in the Mission District means “healing moon.” Expect a meal with clean, subtle and elegant flavors from the former executive chef of some of Osaka’s top restaurants. 598 Guerrero St., 415.556.9898.
OSSO STEAKHOUSECL004324 Steaks. This swanky, sprawling steakhouse with a striking Art Deco interior is located just across the street from Grace Cathedral in the storied Nob Hill neighborhood. Menu standouts include dry-aged steaks and buttery Dungeness crab. D (nightly). 1177 California St., 415.771.6776. SWAN OYSTER DEPOTCL0093140 Seafood. Founded in 1912, this seafood market and oyster bar is a San Francisco institution. There’s almost always a wait at this intimate, 18-stool oyster bar, but you’ll be rewarded with a pint of Anchor Steam beer and a lunch of a dozen oysters on the half shell. L (M-Sa), closed Su. 1517 Polk St., 415.673.1101. THE BIG 4CL009315 American. The wood-paneled interior design, live piano music and historic memorabilia at this storied establishment (named after the founders of the Central Pacific Railroad) in the Scarlet Huntington hotel harken back to a bygone era. The menu is straightforward classic American cuisine with a few contemporary flourishes and a focus on local ingredients. Brunch (Su), B (daily), L (M-Sa), D (nightly). 1075 California St., 415.771.1140.
NOE VALLEY CONTIGO Spanish/Tapas. Changing nightly, the menu at this beloved California-style tapas spot in Noe Valley highlights the Bay Area’s farmers, ranchers, fishermen and artisans. The sleek design and friendly service make for a festive evening. Pick a glass of sparkling Cava or Rioja from the all-Spanish wine list and stay for the chocolate and churros dessert. D (nightly), closed M. 1320 Castro St., 415.285.0250. FIREFLYCL0038524 American. Adored by locals, this neighborhood spot with a homey feel has been a destination since its 1994 opening. The food is comfortable and creative, and vegetarians will find at least two meatless main courses on every menu in addition to multiple appetizer options. D (nightly). 4288 24th St., 415.821.7652.
NORTH BEACH H CAFE ZOETROPECL0048107 Italian. Owned by legendary film director and winemaker Francis Ford Coppola, this neighborhood Italian restaurant is named after his famous production company and located in the same steel-framed structure, the Sentinel Building. L, D (daily). 916 Kearny St., 415.291.1700. NORTH BEACH PIZZACL003215 Italian. Order one of the hand-spun pies online or by phone and have it quickly delivered straight to your room for free. L, D (daily). 1462 Grant Ave., 415.433.2444.
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H NORTH BEACH RESTAURANTCL004051 Italian. This classic restaurant serves generous portions of hearty Tuscan cuisine from its extensive menu. The award-winning wine list boasts over 500 bottles to pair with house specialties such as chicken al mattone with Italian herbs, filet of lamb alla Bruno and cioppino alla pescatora. The four dining rooms cater to a variety of occasions, from a power lunch to a first date. 1512 Stockton St., 415.392.1700. ORIGINAL JOE’SCL005241 Italian. Revived after a devastating fire, this 79-year-old local favorite offers a taste of San Francisco’s history. Saloon-styled waiters serve some of the best (and largest) Italian dishes in the city—and mix some of the strongest and most reasonably priced drinks. Brunch, L, D (daily). 601 Union St., 415.775.4877. PARK TAVERNCL0041526 American. A fashionable yet comfortable American bistro and bar, Park Tavern sits on the eastern edge of Washington Square Park. (Some tables have a direct view of the church steps where Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe were married.) The spacious brasserie boasts a market-driven menu of shareable plates, boldly flavored seafood and meat dishes and unique-cum-classic cocktails. Small plates are divided by raw, fried and smoked offerings. Valet parking. Brunch (Sa-Su), L (F), D (nightly). 1652 Stockton St., 415.989.7300. THE STINKING ROSECL0032158 Italian. Follow your nose to one of the city’s most interesting dining experiences, where garlic is king. This restaurant goes through more than 5,000 pounds of the pungent ingredient each month. Specialties include
40 clove garlic chicken, pork chops, roasted Dungeness crab and even garlic ice cream. L, D (daily). 325 Columbus Ave., 415.781.7673. TOMMASO’S Italian. Established in 1935, Tommaso’s boasted the first wood-fired brick pizza oven on the West Coast. The restaurant has since become a San Francisco insutituion and remains family-operated, serving the same famous wood-fired pizzas and Neapolitan dishes. D (T-Su). 1042 Kearny St., 415.398.9696.
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TONY’S PIZZA NAPOLETANACL006598 Italian. Dubbed the best pizzeria in America by Forbes magazine, Tony Gemignani’s pizzas are authentic, with ingredients imported from the pizza capital of the world, Naples. The diverse array of styles, from the famous pizza Margherita to the savory Cal Italia, require seven different ovens. L, D (W-Su). 1570 Stockton St., 415.835.9888.
PRESIDIO/PRESIDIO HEIGHTS ARGUELLO Mexican. This contemporary Mexican restaurant from acclaimed chef Traci Des Jardins is located in the Presidio’s historic Officers’ Club. The restaurant takes its name from Luis Antonio Arguello who commanded the Presidio in the early 19th century until he became the first Mexican Governor of Alta California. The interior features original pendants and wall sconces. Expect casual and traditional lunch options with a more complex dinner menu. 50 Moraga Ave., 415.561.3650.
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DINING THE PRESIDIO SOCIAL CLUBCL0032169 American. This restaurant feels like a scene straight out of a black-andwhite film. Cushy leather banquettes, retro ceiling fans and bartenders in crisp white jackets add to the atmosphere, which befits the sophisticated yet hearty American menu. Brunch (Sa-Su), L, D (daily). 563 Ruger St., 415.885.1888.
set restaurant is as celebrated as its food. The owners designed the space themselves, and a recent renovation has made the intimate space formerly notorious for long lines that much more accessible. The grilled cheese sandwich served with housemade levain bread is the menu standout, but the regular lineup of pastries, soups and cold and open-face sandwiches is always worth the trip. 4001 Judah St., 415.661.6140.
RUSSIAN HILL H BEACH CHALET BREWERY & RESTAURANTCL0032170 American. This restaurant in the historic Willis Polk-designed building on the western edge of Golden Gate Park specializes in seasonal cuisine and house-made ales. Upstairs, the Beach Chalet’s floor-to-ceiling windows provide commanding views of Ocean Beach. Downstairs, the restaurant opens onto a lawn furnished with chairs. 1000 Great Hwy., 415.386.8439. H CLIFF HOUSECL003217 American. Near Ocean Beach and Lands End Trail, this iconic historic site located on a headland above the coastal cliffs is home to two restaurants and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean (whale and sea lion spotting is a possibility) and Sutro Baths. The camera obscura on the deck is on the National Register of Historic Places. Sutro’s offers an upscale setting, while The Bistro offers a more casual experience, with burgers, sandwiches and other California favorites. B, L, D (daily). 1090 Point Lobos Ave., 415.386.3330. OUTERLANDS New American. The reclaimed wood interior of this Outer Sun-
SEVEN HILLSCL0041620 Italian. This intimate, family-run bistro delivers the flavors of Italy with a heavy emphasis on house-made pastas. Menu highlights have included classic fettuccini carbonara and red potato gnocchi with creamy tomato sauce and fried sage leaves. The team works closely with local farmers to provide a farm-to-plate dining experience. D (nightly). 1550 Hyde St., 415.775.1550. STONES THROW New American. This inviting casual-chic spot has one of the city’s most talented restaurant teams (including three Michael Mina alums). The seasonal menus here are outstanding—order the perfectly grilled, meltin-your mouth octopus and the puffed potato and eggs if they’re in the lineup. The artfully presented desserts are playful riffs on childhood classics, like peanut butter and jelly doughnuts. Neighborhood foodies rave about the Sunday brunch. 1896 Hyde St., 415.796.2901. ZARZUELACL0032187 Spanish/Tapas. This old-school spot with a seasoned waitstaff serves traditional Spanish tapas, pael-
la and its signature zarzuela (seafood stew). The large windows let you watch the Hyde Street cable cars ding by. Plan to wait, as they don’t take reservations. D (Tu-Sa).
SOUTH OF MARKET (SOMA)/CHINA BASIN H ALEXANDER’S STEAKHOUSECL005216 Steaks. Housed in a stylish brick and glass building, this fine interpretation of the classic American steakhouse reveals hints of Japanese influence throughout the menu. The dry-aged steaks are some of the best in the city, and a three-story wine wall showcases an award-winning 400-bottle collection. L (Tu-F), D (nightly). 448 Brannan St., 415.495.1111. 19379 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, 408.446.2222. BENUCL007321 American. This three Michelin star restaurant distills fine dining down to the elements most relevant to modern diners: exquisite ingredients, unique flavors, precise technique and attentive service. It offers inspired, progressive American cuisine in a historic, cleanly designed space. The a la carte menu allows for individualized customization, and the tasting menu varies between 8-12 courses, reflecting seasonality and evolution. D (Tu-Sa). 22 Hawthorne St., 415.685.4860. BLUESTEM BRASSERIECL004071 California. This upscale urban neighborhood restaurant in the heart of the museum district is a modern interpretation of the classic American brasserie. The menu features fresh, simple fare emphasizing a nose-totail cooking philosophy. Local ingredient sourcing extends to the wine
list. Dishes include grass-fed beef burgers and steaks, apple-fed pork with cheddar grits and several selections of house-made charcuterie and salumi. L, D (daily). 1 Yerba Buena Ln., 415.547.1111. DIRTY HABIT American. Located on the fifth floor of Hotel Zelos, Dirty Habit is a sexy, glamorous bar and restaurant with a film noir-inspired dining room and rooftop patio. While known for its craft cocktail menu (with an emphasis on brown spirits) and seasonal bar bites, it also features a limited dinner menu with seasonal dishes. 12 4th St., 415.348.1555. TAP(415) American. This modern urban eatery focuses on local ingredients to create a unique menu of fresh, handcrafted American favorites; including freshly baked breads, fine burgers, artisanal sandwiches and of course, taps with local craft beer, wine and cocktails. 845 Market St., 415.266.7900. ZERO ZEROCL00701 Italian. This new Italian restaurant specializes in their Naples-style pizzas. Their name, originating from the ‘secret ingredient’ flour used to make pizza and pasta in a small town in Italy for hundreds of years, Zero Zero is the newest craze South of Market Street. L, D (nightly). 826 Folsom St., 415.348.8800.
UNION SQUARE H BARTLETT HALL American. Located near Union Square, this is a comfortable eating, drinking and gathering establishment. The seasonally-driven
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and dynamic flavors. The happy hour includes favorites like the Blushing Geisha cocktail and pu pu platter. L (M-Sa), D (nightly), happy hour (MSa 3-6 pm) 314 Sutter St., 415.693.0303.
BOUCHECL004072 French. The creation of a Provence native, this rustic spot above the Stockton Tunnel is warm and inviting, offering a seasonally inspired French-Californian menu with a focus on small plates. The beer and wine list is centered on small producers from both France and California. Ask your server about the frequently-changing bill of fare. D (nightly). 603 Bush St., 415.956.0396.
H FARALLONCL003126 Seafood. This classic Pat Kuleto restaurant in Union Square has been enchanting guests for two decades with carefully crafted details that capture the life aquatic. Blending casual and high-end coastal cuisine, Farallon offers fresh seafood options and simple raw preparations from the oyster bar. Beyond the welcoming spot’s dinner menu, find an approachable wine list, one of the largest collections of single malt whiskeys in the city and inventive desserts. D (nightly). 450 Post St., 415.956.6969.
THE CAVALIERCL00495 British Pub Food. Located in Hotel Zetta near Westfield San Francisco Centre, this posh, atmospheric London-inspired brasserie, a 2014 James Beard Award semifinalist, was created by the duo behind the popular and critically acclaimed restaurants Marlowe and Park Tavern. B, L, D (daily). 360 Jessie St., 415.321.6000. COLIBRI MEXICAN BISTROCL0045208 Mexican. Located just a block west of Union Square in the heart of San Francisco’s bustling theater district, this restaurant combines the simplicity of authentic Mexican family recipes with fresh, high-quality ingredients in a charming, early 20th-century cantina setting. L, D (daily). 438 Geary St., 415.440.2737. E&O KITCHEN AND BARCL003124 Asian. Located in the heart of downtown, just steps away from Union Square, E&O has a festive atmosphere and serves shareable bites and creative cocktails featuring bold
H JOHN’S GRILLCL00310 American. Founded in 1908, this casual steakhouse is one of the city’s oldest restaurants, steeped in San Francisco history. It served as a setting for the classic book and movie, “The Maltese Falcon.” The framed black-and-white photographs and news clippings hung throughout serve as a veritable museum of San Francisco memorabilia. Live jazz every night. L, D (daily). 63 Ellis St., 415.986.0069. KIN KHAO Thai. A contender for Bon Appetit magazine’s list of the 10 Best New Restaurants in America for 2014, this authentic Thai spot serves dishes made from seasonal produce and sustainably raised or caught meat and fish. Expect plenty of unique dishes not found at many other Thai restaurants. 55 Cyril Magnin St., 415.362.7456.
H MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSECL0031 Steaks. One of the nation’s best known steakhouses, Morton’s specializes in classic, hearty fare, serving generous portions of USDA prime aged beef, as well as fresh fish, lobster and chicken. The menu features a variety of favorite cuts, including a 24-ounce porterhouse (the house specialty), a 20-ounce New York sirloin and a 14-ounce double cut filet. The bar lounge offers a potent combination of classic and inventive cocktails. D (nightly). 400 Post St., 415.986.5830. SONS & DAUGHTERSCL006853 California. The brainchild of two young chefs, this restaurant on the cable car line brings contemporary fine dining to Union Square. An open kitchen is centered in the middle of the sleek dining room, turning out inventive dishes like sweetbreads with lobster claw, lavender pork belly and scallop with mushrooms and veal tea. D (W-Su). 708 Bush St., 415.391.8311.
VAN NESS CORRIDOR H HARRIS’ STEAKHOUSECL0043974 Steaks. This iconic restaurant represents classic steakhouse dining, but chef Michael Buhagiar adds a California sensibility, The Kobe rib eye, cut from select Japanese cattle reared for optimal marbling, has a rich and delicate texture. A red cabernet butter melts on its seared surface, typifying a subtle flair for the unexpected. 2100 Van Ness Ave., 415.673.1888.
BAY AREA H ALEXANDER’S PATISSERIE Bakery. This high-end French-style bakery in downtown Mountain View from the Alexander’s Steakhouse team serves bread, pastries, sandwiches and coffee. 209 Castro St., Mountain View, 650.864.9999. H THE RESTAURANT AT WENTE VINEYARDSCL004619 California. Located at the famous Wente Vineyards, this restaurant features California wine country cuisine. Enjoy seasonal dishes made from ingredients sourced from the vineyard’s magnificent herb and vegetable garden, along with numerous wine pairings for each dish. L (M-Sa), D (nightly), brunch (Su). 5050 Arroyo Rd., Livermore, 925.456.2450. H THE SEA BY ALEXANDER’S STEAKHOUSE Seafood. This upscale seafood restaurant from the team behind the popular Alexander’s Steakhouse exudes glamour with a giant crystal chandelier, white leather chairs, waiters in suits and a glass-walled kitchen. Popular offerings include the hamachi shots, lobster risotto, seared mero and house-made bread. D (nightly). 4269 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650.213.1111
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This historic restaurant is one of the city’s oldest and most famous establishments. It is a favorite with local and national celebrities who enjoy great steaks, fresh seafood, salads and pastas with excellent service. The celebrity list includes Hillary Clinton, Alfred Hitchcock, George Lucas, Bill Gates, Johnny Depp, Francis Ford Coppola, Renee Zellweger and more. John’s Grill was a setting in author Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon. The restaurant’s interior is a masterpiece of original period furnishings, remaining a tribute to old San Francisco, as well as providing a virtual museum of authentic memorabilia. The dark oak paneled walls are covered with photos of well known patrons and San Francisco of the past. John’s Grill was chosen
as one of the 10 best by Esquire and featured in Gourmet. John’s Grill is within walking distance from all downtown theaters, major hotels, Union Square, Cable Cars and Moscone Convention Center. So come in and relax to the nightly jazz after a stroll around town. Dress is casual. John’s Grill has a full bar and is open daily. For spur of the moment occasions, private banquet rooms are available. Hours: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 9:45pm, Sunday 12:00pm - 9:45pm. 63 Ellis Street between Powell and Market
Seafood Cioppino A La Marinara: Stew of Jumbo Pacific Prawns, Filet of Sole, Scallops, Mussels, Bay Shrimp and Clams in a Marinara Broth with Toasted Garlic Sourdough Oysters Wellington: Creamed Spinach, Smoked Bacon, Baked in Puff Pastry on a Bed of Sherry Cream Sam Spade’s Lamb Chops John’s Featured Steaks John’s Steak: Bone-in New York Filet Mignon Porterhouse Steak
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FARALLON Take a deep dive into an immersive dining experience at Farallon, located right in the heart of San Franciscoâ€™s Union Square. Indulge in the bold, adventurous flavors of our seasonal menu, featuring the freshest, locally sourced seafood, meat, and produce, while taking in the decadent aromas flowing from our open kitchen. Whether you are sipping a happy hour cocktail in the whimsical Jellyfish Lounge underneath the floating jellyfish light fixtures, enjoying the daily selections at the raw bar, or dining in the elegant pool room inspired by the diverse marine life, we are looking forward to serving you. Make your reservation today. 450 Post St., San Francisco, CA 94102, Union Square
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LUAU LOUNGE The Luau Lounge, with vast views of San Francisco bay and an authentic tiki bar, is Pier 39â€™s hidden gem. Enjoy waterfront dining and unwind with hand-crafted island cocktails. The classic tiki cocktail menu features fresh-squeezed libations like the original 1944 Mai Tai and vintage versions of the Pain Killer, Zombie and Tropical Itch. Reservations need not apply for Aloha Happy Hour, an inviting experience with live music weekly and luau-inspired appetizers. House specialties include traditional ahi poke, slow-roasted Hawaiian BBQ riblets, kalua pork tacos, hand-made pot stickers and coconut shrimp. The closest piece of glass to Alcatraz, the Luau Lounge is located at the end of Pier 39 behind its sister restaurant Players Sports Grill & Arcade. Open for lunch and dinner. For reservations or to book a larger private party, please call. Visit our website or follow special events on Facebook. Luau Lounge Pier 39, San Francisco
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ALIOTO’S RESTAURANT, CAFE & CRAB STAND Voted #1 Seafood Restaurant on the Wharf by USA Today, Alioto’s serves world famous fresh seafood & Sicilian family recipes with SF’s finest views. Every table boasts a view: Golden Gate, harbor, Fisherman’s Wharf & Bay. Opened almost a century ago as a fresh fish stall, the Alioto family has been serving the freshest seafood on Fisherman’s Wharf since 1925. Our very own Nonna Rose Alioto is widely credited with bringing Cioppino to San Francisco; combining Sicilian flavors with local seafood. Alioto’s offers fresh Dungeness Crab year-round. Don’t miss San Francisco’s Finest Calamari or Nonna Rose’s Famous Dungeness Crab Cioppino. Also visit Alioto’s CAFE 8 for Clam Chowder in a Sourdough Bread Bowl, or their outdoor Crab Stand. Open daily 11am-10pm. FREE parking with validation directly across from Alioto’s. San Francisco’s landmark at Fisherman’s Wharf, serving the freshest seafood, family Italian specialities and the finest views since 1925. 8 Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco
NORTH BEACH RESTAURANT North Beach Restaurant has been serving authentic Tuscan cuisine for almost five decades. The generations of patrons include celebrities and politicians. The restaurant has come a long way from its beginnings. In 1970, Lorenzo Petroni and Chef Bruno Orsi bought a café with eight tables. The rest is history — the current North Beach Restaurant now seats 300 with a full bar. Customers have no shortage of favorites, including: fried calamari, spaghetti with vodka (their own specialty), and risotto con porcini (risotto with wild mushrooms). Top off your meal with their homemade tiramisu. North Beach Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner until 11:45 p.m. Valet parking is available.
THE BUENA VISTA As rich in history as the City itself, the venerable Buena Vista Cafe has served warming libations and hearty meals along Fisherman’s Wharf since 1886. One of San Francisco’s longest continuously operating businesses, the “BV” has persevered through the 1906 earthquake and fire, the Great Depression, Prohibition and the ebb and flow of ever-changing eras. In 1952, it gained fresh renown upon introducing its legendary Irish Coffee. Today, the BV remains a favorite of locals and visitors alike, who enjoy its bountiful meals—all-day breakfasts, as well as lunch and dinner featuring fresh Dungeness crab in season—spectacular views, and of course, its famous Irish Coffee. Open M–F 9 a.m.–2 a.m., Sa-Su 8 a.m.–2 a.m. All-day breakfast and full bar.
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ALEMBICCL00372 Offering a long list of both classic cocktails and original concoctions, this Haight Ashbury restaurant and bar is a great place to try something new, like the Blood and Sand. Homemade brews and local food are the specialty, making it a true San Francisco experience. 1725 Haight St., 415.666.0822. BOURBON & BRANCHCL00631 This Tenderloin speakeasy offers strong Prohibition-era cocktails in a 1920s private club atmosphere. Imbibe Champagne or bourbon-heavy libations at the library or book a booth in the main bar in the back. Check the website for reservations and read the rules before you go. 501 Jones St., 415.346.1735.
BURRITT ROOMCL006923 Named after the Nob Hill alley off Bush Street that was the scene of the murder in “The Maltese Falcon,” the Burritt Room at the Mystic Hotel brings well-crafted cocktails to the Union Square neighborhood. Pull up a red velvet bar stool and watch as expert mixologists shake and stir some of the best drinks around, like the Smoked Peach and Weissen Sour. 417 Stockton St., in the Mystic Hotel, 415.400.0561.
turn-of-the-century saloon fare. 155 Columbus Ave., 415.617.0071.
COMSTOCK SALOONCL0068041 Named after Henry Comstock and the famed Comstock Lode, which brought mining fortunes to the City by the Bay, this bar is a throwback to the city’s Barbary Coast era, located in a site that’s served as a San Francisco watering hole since 1907. Sip on carefully crafted classic cocktails and nibble on
LOCAL EDITIONCL0040928 Beneath Market Street, the local bar superstars behind Bourbon & Branch have created this classy underground cocktail bar that provides a sophisticated addition to the city’s nightlife scene. Inspired by the 1950s and ’60s newspaper industry, the vintage décor includes typewriters and archived
EL TECHOCL004831 Located in the Mission District, this expansive rooftop bar offers views of the city skyline. Drinks range from pisco-based cocktails to esoteric Brazilian beer. Dig into tasty nibbles like empanadas, ceviche and skewers or visit Lolinda downstairs for a more serious, meat-focused menu. 2516 Mission St., 415.550.6970.
news clippings that let you relive San Francisco’s past, and even the waitresses are dressed in time-period perfect outfits. And the drinks are equally on point: highballs, Gibsons and other updated classics rule here. 691 Market St., 415.795.1375. ★ LUAU LOUNGE Located at the end of Pier 39 behind its sister restaurant, Players Sports Grill & Arcade, Luau Lounge offers waterfront dining and hand-crafted island cocktails. The classic tiki cocktail menu features fresh-squeezed libations like the original 1944 Mai Tai and vintage versions of the Pain Killer, Zombie and Tropical Itch. House specialties include traditional ahi poke, slow-roasted Hawaiian barbecue riblets, kalua pork tacos, hand-made pot stickers and coconut shrimp. Pier 39, Space L11, 415.981.6300.
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MIKKELLER BARCL004329 Located on the ground floor of a 1907 Victorian building, this beer bar features 40 taps from some of the best breweries in the world, two cask handles, exclusive house beers and a full kitchen serving up tasty bar bites that pair perfectly with beer. The cellar is home to the Tivoli Sour Room, where lambics and sour beers are on tap. 34 Mason St., 415.984.0279. H PLAYERS SPORTS GRILL & ARCADECL004561 This waterfront sports bar features more than 35 HDTVs, 200 sports channels, 85 arcade games and 15 beers on tap. The menu offers bar bites and American fare. Luau Lounge, located inside, is San Francisco’s only waterfront tiki bar, with spectacular views of Alcatraz and the San Francisco Bay. Pier 39, 415.981.6300. RICKHOUSECL005981 Step into this bustling saloon and the sweet, musky odor of bourbon slaps you across the face. And for good reason. Launched by the owners of Bourbon & Branch, this place draws bourbon lovers from across the area. Groups of four should throw in their cards and order the Pisco Punch Bowl, a guaranteed party maker. 246 Kearny St., 415.398.2827. SMUGGLER’S COVECL0038142 Taste the past, present and future of rum here, from traditional drinks of the Caribbean islands to classic libations of Prohibition-Era Havana to exotic cocktails from legendary tiki bars. Modeled after both a pirate ship and a tiki hut and featuring a waterfall, this bar offers a whole new approach to rum, showcasing more than 400 varieties from around the world,
including rare and vintage finds. The drink menu includes more than 70 cocktails made from premium spirits and liqueurs, house-made ingredients and fresh citrus juiced in-house daily. 650 Gough St., 415.869.1900. TRICK DOGCL004701 Local bar stars The Bon Vivants opened this hot spot in the Mission District, focusing on hand-crafted, inventive drinks and late-night nibbles. The converted warehouse space features a dimly lit, downstairs bar with retro decor, and a small, loft-like restaurant upstairs serving multicultural elevated bar food. 3010 20th St., 415.471.2999.
CLASSICAL MUSIC & DANCE SAN FRANCISCO BALLETCL003841 America’s oldest professional ballet company performed one of the first American productions of both “Swan Lake” and “The Nutcracker,” as well as the first 20th century “American Coppélia.” A vital ensemble, it is one of the three largest ballet companies in the United States. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., 415.861.5600. SAN FRANCISCO OPERACL003861 Located in the historic War Memorial Opera House since 1932, this is the second largest opera company in North America, bringing exciting performances to the stage each season. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., 415.864.3330. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONYCL003871 Founded in 1911, the symphony is widely considered to be among the country’s most artistically adventurous art institutions, well known for its
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LIVE MUSIC BOOM BOOM ROOMCL003891 Self-proclaimed as “San Francisco’s home to blues, boogie, soul, groove and funk,” this sultry hot spot in the heart of the famed Fillmore District is the oldest blues club west of the Mississippi. Boogie to live music nightly. 1601 Fillmore St., 415.673.8000. SFJAZZ CENTERCL004095 This is the first stand-alone performance venue of its kind in the country built specifically for jazz. The 35,000-square-foot glass structure seating 300 to 700 people, located in Hayes Valley a block from Davies Symphony Hall, boasts the acoustic qualities of a great concert hall and the relaxed intimacy of a jazz club. 201 Franklin St., 866.920.5299.
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THEATER AMERICAN CONSERVATORY THEATERCL00381 Offering classical and contemporary theater productions, the A.C.T. is a large, highly respected nonprofit theater company located just outside Union Square. 405 Geary St., 415.749.2228. BEACH BLANKET BABYLONCL00381 Steve Silver’s “Beach Blanket Babylon” is a hilariously campy revue that has been a local favorite since 1974, known for its hats and wigs and spoofs of current events and celebrities in ever-evolving numbers. Persons under 21 not admitted to evening performances. 678 Green St., 415.421.4222.
SF PLAYHOUSECL0024015 Located on the second floor of the charming Kensington Park Hotel, this theater company is dedicated to presenting critically-acclaimed works in an intimate setting that allows the audience to really connect with the performance, whether it’s a world premiere or an invigorated classic.450 Post St., 415.677.9596. SHNCL006948 For more than 30 years, this has been the preeminent theatrical entertainment company in San Francisco, owning and operating two of the city’s major venues: the historic Orpheum and Golden Gate theaters. It delivers a range of theatrical experiences: original Broadway cast productions, pre-Broadway world premieres and current hits fresh from Broadway. 1182 Market St., 888.746.1799.
ATTRACTIONS & SIGHTS ALCATRAZ CRUISESCL0037412 This is the only way to get to “The Rock,” the famous former federal penitentiary that housed some of the nation’s most notorious criminals from 1934-1963. Now one of San Francisco’s most popular visitor attractions, ferries depart regularly for the island from Pier 33 starting at 8:45 am. The dynamic 45-minute cellhouse audio tour, offered in 11 languages, features the voices of former Alcatraz prison guards and inmates who recount escape attempts, prison riots and solitary confinement. The night tours include a narrated boat ride around the island. Tours sell out quickly, so be sure to make reservations in advance. Pier 33, 415.981.7625.
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AQUARIUM OF THE BAYCL003618 Visit San Francisco’s only waterfront aquarium to get up close and personal with the bay’s amazing marine life. Walk through crystal-clear tunnels of water filled with more than 20,000 aquatic animals, including sevengill sharks, the bay’s largest predators. You can touch leopard sharks, rays and sea stars. Daily events include animal feedings and naturalist presentations. Don’t miss the permanent river otter exhibit, where you can watch otters playing, swimming and eating. Pier 39, 415.623.5300. COIT TOWERCL0036187 Upon her death in 1929, socialite and art patron Lillie Hitchcock Coit bequeathed funds for the “beautification of the city.” Her heirs used the money to build Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill. Completed in 1933, the fluted column provides bird’s-eye views from an observation deck near the top. Local artists commissioned by the Works Progress Administration (a New Deal agency employing millions of unskilled workers to carry out public works projects) painted the murals inside in 1934. Admission to the ground-floor gift shop and murals is free. Open daily 10 am-6:30 pm. Guided mural tours 11 am Sa. 1 Telegraph Hill Blvd., 415.249.0995. CONSERVATORY OF FLOWERSCL0000016554 The botanical wonderland in Golden Gate Park is the oldest wood and glass conservatory in North America. The striking white exterior is as eye-catching as the inside, which houses nearly 2,000 plant species in five galleries. Closed M. 100 JFK Dr., Golden Gate Park, 415.831.2090.
CRISSY FIELDCL00364 A nationally protected former U.S. Army airfield, this strikingly scenic waterfront recreation area is now a favorite among active locals and visitors. A wide (stroller and wheelchair-friendly) trail between Marina Green and Fort Point is perfect for an easy walk, jog or bike ride. Offering unparalleled views of the Golden Gate Bridge in one direction and the city in the other, the shoreline is home to sandy beaches, picnic tables, tidal marsh overlooks and a nationally renowned windsurfing site, as well as cafes, bookstores and an environmental education center. 415.561.4323. DOLORES PARKCL003618 This generous square of grass on the Mission District’s west side is a great place to soak up some sun on most days and an even better place to get a glimpse of real San Francisco culture. Kids play on the monster playground, dogs romp together and adults in couples and groups lounge on the grass with picnics. Rallies and organized community events are not uncommon sights. 18th and Dolores streets, 415.554.9521. FERRY BUILDING MARKETPLACECL0036189 The historic, renovated ferry terminal at the foot of Market Street is now a world-class food market with more than 40 shops and restaurants featuring some of the area’s most prized artisanal treats: rich Cowgirl Creamery cheese, buttery Miette Patisserie madeleines and Recchiuti chocolates redolent of lavender and ginger. It is also the spot for one of the nation’s best and biggest farmers markets on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings, featuring colorful displays WHERE GUEST B OOK
ENTERTAINMENT of local produce, meat, cheese, flowers, cooking demos, food trucks and more. 415.983.8030. FISHERMAN’S WHARFCL0036190 You’ll find crab stands along the sidewalks, seafood restaurants and a bevy of souvenir shops in the historic heart of the city’s fishing industry. Several bay charter boats depart from the piers. Nearby is the bustling food and shopping center Ghirardelli Square, scenic Aquatic Park and historic Hyde Street Pier. 415.673.3530. GOLDEN GATE PARKCL0036192 Bigger than New York’s Central Park and encompassing over 75,000 trees, this horticulturally diverse urban oasis is home to countless attractions, including the de Young Museum; California Academy of Sciences; Japanese Tea Garden; Botanical Gardens; Stow Lake; Conservatory of Flowers; Garden of Shakespeare’s Flowers; two historic windmills; a bison paddock; and a rose garden. It’s also the city’s recreational headquarters, featuring polo, baseball and soccer fields; a nine-hole golf course; an 18-hole disc golf course; tennis, handball and basketball courts; an archery field; horseshoe pits; lawn bowling; fly-fishing; a running track; and more. Come here and join the city’s runners, cyclists, hikers, skaters, yogis, picnickers and swing dancers. Pick up a park map at McLaren Lodge at the east park entrance at Stanyan St. and JFK Dr., 415.831.2700. JAPANESE TEA GARDENCL0034851 Take a slow stroll among bonsai trees and koi fish in the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States. Originally built as the Japanese Village for the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition, the Jap-
anese Tea Garden boasts traditional monuments, bowed bridges, native Japanese plants and trees, serene ponds and some of the best photo opps in the city. Conclude your visit with a cup of tea or snack at the teahouse. 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., Golden Gate Park, 415.752.1171. LANDS ENDCL003982 Known for its shipwrecks and landslides, this is San Francisco’s wildest and rockiest coast, located on the edge of the continent. The headlands connect popular landmarks the Cliff House and the Palace of the Legion of Honor. The crown jewel is the jaw-droppingly scenic (and dog-friendly and partially wheelchair accessible) Coastal Trail, with postcard views of the Pacific coast and Golden Gate Bridge framed by windswept cypresses. Start the 3.5-mile out-and-back hike with an introduction to the area’s history and wildlife at the beautiful Lands End Lookout visitor center, complete with a gift shop, cafe and restrooms. Also located here are the historic Sutro Baths and a memorial to a WWII cruiser that sustained 45 hits and 25 fires during the Battle of Guadalcanal. 680 Point Lobos Ave., 415.561.4700. LOMBARD STREETCL002739 Eight hairpin switchbacks and the downward pitch of the so-called “crookedest street in the world” have made this block a must-drive for visitors. The quarter-mile downhill stretch is lined with gorgeous gardens and barriers to ensure that drivers maintain a speed of five miles per hour. Those who simply walk to the top of the hill are rewarded with sweeping views of Russian Hill and Coit Tower. Lombard and Hyde streets.
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PAINTED LADIESCL0027398 This row of seven perfectly pastel, ornate Victorian homes from the 1890s (made famous by the opening credits of the sitcom “Full House”) lines the eastern side of Alamo Square park. Victorian and Edwardian-style houses are among San Francisco’s most recognizable architectural features. From the top of the park, you’ll be treated to a view of the Painted Ladies in the foreground of downtown San Francisco that’s popular with photographers. This little stretch of homes is often also called Postcard Row. 710-720 Steiner St 415.218.0259. PALACE OF FINE ARTSCL0063741 Originally designed for the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition, this domed rotunda is all that remains from eight identical structures built to show the world that San Francisco had risen from the ashes after the devastating 1906 earthquake. The world’s fair honored the completion of the Panama Canal, and the construction of the Palace of Fine Arts turned the dilapidated Marina District into an exhibit of architectural beauty. Featuring a lagoon with swans, today this is a popular spot to stroll and take photos. 3301 Lyon St., 415.563.6504. H PIER 39CL0036197 This family-friendly shopping, dining and entertainment destination near Fisherman’s Wharf features more than 90 specialty shops and 14 restaurants serving seafood and casual fare with beautiful bay views, including Alcatraz, the Golden Gate and Bay bridges, Fisherman’s Wharf and city skyline. Learn about sea life in the Aquarium of the Bay and don’t miss the sea lions who laze on the west docks and the adjacent Sea Lion Center. 415.981.7437.
THE PRESIDIOCL0036198 A patchwork of eucalyptus groves, freshwater creeks, wildflower-splashed sand dunes and coastal prairie covers the Presidio, a historic former military post and modern-day national park in the northwest corner of the city. Exploring the 1,491-acre playground starts with 24 miles of trails and eight scenic overlooks with postcard-worthy views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay. Three installations by nature artist Andy Goldsworthy grace the park, inspired by 300 acres of pine, cypress and eucalyptus trees planted there in the late 1800s. The Presidio also draws outdoor enthusiasts with gems such as Baker Beach, Presidio Golf Course and Rob Hill Campground. Perched atop the park’s highest point, the latter is San Francisco’s only overnight campsite. Accessed via Washington Blvd., 15th Ave., 25th Ave., Arguello Blvd., Presidio Ave. and Chestnut St. SAN FRANCISCO BOTANICAL GARDENCL0035046 This internationally recognized urban oasis and self-described outdoor classroom includes 55 acres of gardens displaying more than 8,000 different kinds of plants, plus a library, bookstore, family activities and guided walks. The Bay Area’s mild temperatures, wet winters and dry summers, coupled with San Francisco’s famous coastal fog, provide this garden with a rare and advantageous range of climatic conditions that allow it to grow and conserve plants from all over the world, including plants from high elevation tropical cloud forests and plants that are no longer found in their native habitats. 1119 9th Ave., 415.661.1316.
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ENTERTAINMENT SAN FRANCISCO MARITIME NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARKCL003710 The historic park offers opportunities to tour several historic ships. The visitors center in the nearby Argonaut Hotel (499 Jefferson St.) features interactive exhibits. Join the free pirate party called Chantey Sing at 8 pm on the first Saturday of each month. Hyde St. Pier, 415.447.5000. YERBA BUENA GARDENSCL003715 The large complex next to Moscone Center has much to offer in the way of theater, restaurants, public art and formal gardens. Facilities include an ice rink, a 12-lane bowling alley and a historic carousel. Nearby museums include the Contemporary Jewish Museum, SFMOMA, the Museum of the African Diaspora, the Cartoon Art Museum and the Children’s Creativity Museum, an interactive art and technology center. The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts offers visual, performing and film arts, plus educational programs. The area also hosts the annual Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, offering free outdoor multicultural performances throughout the summer. 750 Howard St., 415.820.3550. THE SAN FRANCISCO ZOOCL003712 A vast array of wildlife awaits at this facility near the far edge of Ocean Beach. The attractions include a children’s petting zoo and a lemur forest. Sloat Blvd. at Great Hwy., 415.753.7080.
GOLF COURSES GOLDEN GATE PARK GOLF COURSECL003712 This nine-hole municipal course (1,350 yards, par 27) is on the western edge of the park, surrounded by
mature cypresses and near the Dutch windmill and Ocean Beach. Open sunrise to sundown. 970 47th Ave., 415.751.8987. HARDING PARK GOLF COURSECL003714 The only city-owned public golf course managed by the PGA Tour, this is one of the country’s top municipal courses and one of the best places to play in California. It consists of two courses: a nine-hole course (2,165 yards, par 30) and an 18-hole course (6,637 yards, par 72). 99 Harding Rd., 415.664.4690. PRESIDIO GOLF COURSECL003716 Located in the historic Presidio, a national park, amenities at this 18-hole course (6,424 yards, par 72) include a grass driving range, a spacious putting green and a full-service clubhouse with a pro shop and cafe. The former army facility, now operated by Arnold Palmer Golf Management, is open daily from dawn to dusk. 300 Finley Rd., 415.561.4661.
and powerhouse in Nob Hill, the small museum houses a collection of historic cable cars, photographs and mechanical displays. 1201 Mason St., 415.474.1887. CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCESCL003158 The academy is an international center for scientific education and research and the only museum in the world to house an aquarium, planetarium and natural history museum under one (living) roof. See what’s shaking at “Earthquake,” an exhibit exploring how seismology has shaped earth’s past and present. “Human Odyssey,” a dramatic addition to Tusher African Hall, traces the milestones of our species’ fascinating history. Thursday nights: “Nightlife,” the museum’s weekly 21-and-older event, invites visitors to drink, dance and experience world-class exhibits with topics ranging from the science of sex to the cosmos. 6-10 pm; non-members $15, members $12. 55 Music Concourse Dr., Golden Gate Park, 415.379.8000.
BEAT MUSEUMCL003157 Dedicated to the poetry and social movement that made San Francisco a part of literary history, this museum showcases artifacts from authors such as Jack Kerouac and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Located across the street from City Lights Books. Open 10 am-7 pm daily. 540 Broadway St., 415.399.9626.
CHILDREN’S CREATIVITY MUSEUMCL0043105 This hands-on, multimedia arts and technology experience for kids of all ages is located in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena neighborhood. The museum promotes 21st century skills—creativity, communication and collaboration—to inspire new ideas and a spirit of invention. 221 4th St., 415.820.3320.
CABLE CAR MUSEUMCL0068927 Unravel the mystery of exactly how the cable car, one of San Francisco’s greatest attractions since 1873, actually works. Located in the historic Washington-Mason cable car depot
H EXPLORATORIUMCL003168 Relocated to a spectacular waterfront location on Pier 15 as of 2013, this educational center offers an array of interactive scientific exhibits and hands-on displays that stimulate the
senses and minds of the young and old alike. Ongoing: “After Dark,” the Exploratorium’s 18-and-up event from 6-10 pm on the first Thursday of the month features cocktails, exclusive performances, films and cutting-edge technology exhibits. Closed M. Pier 15, 415.528.4444. GLBT HISTORY MUSEUMCL0072541 Celebrating 100 years of the San Francisco gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community’s history through dynamic and surprising exhibitions and programming, this museum is the only one of its kind in the U.S. and the second in the world. Located in the heart of the Castro, it features longterm and changing multimedia exhibitions. A display of Harvey Milk’s personal belongings pays tribute to the late San Francisco supervisor, who was the first openly gay politician elected in California. 4127 18th St., 415.621.1107. H WALT DISNEY FAMILY MUSEUMCL0065310 Storytelling was Walt Disney’s specialty, and now this museum tells the story of the man behind the Disney magic. The tale of Walt Disney’s life and career comes to life in interactive galleries full of voice clips, home videos and family photographs not seen anywhere else. Catch a glimpse of Disney’s early drawings, animation and live film camera inventions as well as the steam-powered miniature train Disney built in his backyard in 1950 that eventually inspired the life-size train in Disneyland. 104 Montgomery St. in the Presidio, 415.345.6800.
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ENTERTAINMENT SPORTS GOLDEN STATE WARRIORSCL004290 The Bay Area’s professional basketball team currently plays at the Oracle Arena in Oakland but has plans to move to a state-of-the-art, privately financed recreation and entertainment facility in San Francisco’s Mission Bay. Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, 510.986.2200. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERSCL009148 The NFL team has moved to Santa Clara to play at the new state-of-theart Levi’s Stadium, nearly two million square feet of cutting-edge technology, sustainable design, gourmet concessions and art exhibits that redefine the fan experience. Visitors can take a tour of the stadium and visit the 49ers Museum. 4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara, 415.464.9377. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTSCL0061578 One of the longest-established professional baseball teams, the 2010, 2012 and 2014 MLB World Series champions attract 3 million fans annually. Watch star players Madison Bumgarner, Hunter Pence and Buster Posey play ball at the beautiful waterfront 43,000-seat AT&T Park. 24 Willie Mays Plaza, 415.972.2000.
BAY CRUISES H BLUE AND GOLD FLEETCL003718 The premier provider of ferry and water excursion services on the San Francisco Bay, Blue & Gold Fleet offers the famous one-hour Bay Cruise Adventure, Escape from the Rock Cruise around Alcatraz Island and the ever-popular RocketBoat, the ultimate high-speed thrill ride along
San Francisco’s waterfront. A free multi-language audio tour is now available on Bay Cruise Adventure and Escape from the Rock cruises in nine languages. Bring your Wi-Fi enabled device to access the tour. Pier 41, 415.705.8200. H HORNBLOWER CRUISES & EVENTSCL00831 Enjoy beautiful views of the Golden Gate and Bay bridges, Alcatraz and San Francisco along with food and entertainment aboard Hornblower’s fleet of luxury vessels. Offerings include a weekend Champagne brunch cruise, a dinner or supper club cruise, a lunch cruise or a cocktail cruise. Hornblower also has yachts available for private events accommodating up to 1,500 people. Pier 3, Hornblower Landing, 415.788.8866. H RED AND WHITE FLEETCL003712 Founded in 1892, this historic fleet is legendary for its breathtaking San Francisco cruises. Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz aboard the one-hour Golden Gate Bay Cruise, narrated in 16 languages with up to 13 sailings daily. Enjoy gorgeous sunsets, twilight views, an appetizer buffet, complimentary beverages and live music aboard the relaxed 2-hour California Sunset Cruise (check the schedule online for seasonal times). The 90-minute Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise highlights San Francisco’s history, architecture and Native American culture on a sailing route past city icons from the Bay Bridge to the Golden Gate Bridge. All tours depart from Pier 43 1/2, Fisherman’s Wharf, 415.673.2900.
BIKE RENTALS BLAZING SADDLESCL0037410 Bike the bridge with this professional and accessible biking adventure company, offering eight San Francisco locations at Fisherman’s Wharf and a fun, family friendly way to combine sightseeing and fresh air. 2715 Hyde St., 415.202.8888.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION CABLE CARSCL0037154 These moving National Historic Landmarks run on three lines 6 am12:30 am daily: Powell-Hyde (line 60), Powell-Mason (line 59) and California Street (line 61). The Powell-Mason and Powell-Hyde lines run between Union Square and Fisherman’s Wharf; the California car runs between Market Street and Van Ness Ave. $6; Muni Passports and Clipper Cards accepted. 415.673.6864.
TOURS AT&T PARK TOURCL0039481 Home of the San Francisco Giants, AT&T Park offers a grand slam attraction for its fans when the dugout is empty. Walk through the places only the players and coaches go, including the Giants’ dugout, the visitors’ clubhouse and the field. 24 Willie Mays Plaza, 415.972.2400. SAN FRANCISCO CITY GUIDESCL00371 Volunteers from the San Francisco Public Library lead dozens of free neighborhood tours. There’s a tour for just about every interest or passion, including Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco; various 1906 retrospectives about the earthquake and fires
that leveled the city a century ago; and a Golden Gate Bridge walk, to name just a few. 415.557.4266. H ELECTRIC TOUR COMPANY SEGWAY TOURSCL0037124 Sign up for fully guided Segway tours of Fisherman’s Wharf and the waterfront, Golden Gate Park, Chinatown and Lombard Street. Experienced Segway riders can try the Advanced Wharf & Crooked Street tour. Participants must be 12 years of age or older and weigh 100-250 pounds. 757 Beach St 415.474.3130. Golden Gate Park office located behind the stage in Music Concourse near Japanese Tea Garden, 415.528.5837. H GRAY LINE OF SAN FRANCISCOCL0027386 A popular provider of travel experiences since 1916, Gray Line of San Francisco offers over 30 tours in the Bay Area and beyond, including Muir Woods and Sausalito, Napa and Sonoma, Yosemite National Park, Monterey and Carmel and more. Tours are multi-lingual. Pier 41 Marine Terminal, 415.353.5310. MISSION MURAL WALKSCL003712 The Precita Eyes Mural Arts & Visitors Center, a multipurpose, community-based arts organization that has played an integral role in the city’s cultural heritage and arts education, organizes a variety of artist-led cultural and historical walking tours. Explore more than 80 gorgeous murals and the stories behind them in an eight-block walk in the Mission District. Bicycle, private bus and group tours available by appointment. 2981 24th St., 415.285.2287.
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H SAN FRANCISCO HELICOPTER TOURSCL003712 These narrated tours offer bird’s-eye views of the city and popular attractions such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Treasure Island and more. Tours range from 20-minute flights over the city to half-day excursions to wine country, as well as dinner flights and Sausalito lunch flights. Complimentary shuttles pick up passengers from Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square and Nob Hill. Flights depart from the executive terminal at SFO and Sausalito. Reservations required. 800.400.2404. H SEAPLANE ADVENTURESCL004191 Get a bird’s-eye view of the city and the bay on this flying tour, which takes passengers above the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz and the Pacific coastline. Sunset Champagne flights are available. Daily departures on the hour from Sausalito, four miles north of the city. Reservations recommended. 242 Redwood Hwy., Mill Valley, 415.332.4843.
BAY AREA H JELLY BELLY FACTORY TOURSCL002465 Take a complimentary self-guided tour around a working candy factory as you learn the secrets behind the company’s world-famous candy making and play interactive games along the way. Finish off the tour with some samples of jelly beans at the sample bar, and stop in the store to pick up some sweets for the ride home. Tours run daily 9 am to 4 pm. 1 Jelly Belly Ln., Fairfield, 800.953.5592.
MARIN HEADLANDSCL005049 Windswept ridges, protected valleys and beaches offer opportunities for hiking, biking and picnics. Start at Marin Headlands Visitor Center and see an exhibit showcasing the history of the indigenous Miwok people. If you brought a canine friend, check out the dog-friendly Rodeo Beach for beautiful ocean views and a perfect picnic spot. Nestled at the end of Rodeo Beach is Fort Cronkhite, an old military fort now housing the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, Marine Mammal Center and Headlands Center for the Arts. 948 Fort Barry, Sausalito, 415.331.1540.
MUIR WOODS NATIONAL MONUMENTCL003984 The world’s most famous grove of virgin redwoods, this forest is full of trees that are 400-800 years old and grow to more than 250 feet high, as well as a plethora of other wildlife. Activities include a leisurely (wheelchair accessible) hike alongside a salmon-filled creek. Tip: Starting this year, parking ($8) and shuttle reservations ($3) are required. Visit gomuirwoods.com. 1 Muir Woods Rd., Mill Valley, 415.561.2850. H WINCHESTER MYSTERY HOUSECL00580 The Winchester Rifle heiress spent 38 years directing the construction of her 160-room Victorian home, a mansion full of inexplicable oddities. Stairs that lead to the ceiling, decor done in multiples of 13 and doors that open to nowhere are just a few of the spooky architectural surprises contained in the legendary house. 525 S. Winchester Blvd., San Jose, 408.247.2101.
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ENTERTAINMENT H GREEN MUSIC CENTERCL0042958 Located on the Sonoma State University campus in wine country, this is a world-class indoor-outdoor music complex hosting performances by symphonies and renowned artists like Itzhak Perlman, Lang Lang, Renée Fleming, Herbie Hancock, Yo Yo Ma and many more. 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, 866.955.6040. UPTOWN THEATRECL00738 This historic and recently renovated Art Deco entertainment palace opened in 1937 and was host to Hollywood legends such as Clarke Gable and Carole Lombard. Today, its 860 comfy theater seats afford patrons a truly unique experience whether they are laughing at Lewis Black or
jammin’ out to Boz Scaggs. 1350 3rd St., Napa, 707.259.0123.
607 St. Helena Hwy. S., St. Helena, 707.967.9980.
JIMTOWN STORECL003450 Part deli, part inspired five-and-dime shop, the Jimtown Store is the essential stop for small town souvenirs and tasty grilled eggplant-and-provolone box lunches. 6706 Hwy. 128, Healdsburg 707.433.1212.
THE BARLOW A sleek stretch of renovated warehouses (once part of an apple processing plant) in downtown Sebastopol is home to some of the best local food producers, winemakers, brewers and artisans. This space is one of the first business communities to connect customers not only with products and the people who make them, but also with the production itself. 6770 McKinley St., 707.824.5600. DEAN & DELUCACL004102 The gourmet supplier’s store has separate deli, meat, and bakery counters, as well as an on-site wine shop to ensure one-stop picnic packing.
OXBOW PUBLIC MARKETCL0034501 Visit this gourmet mall for the freshest local ingredients for an afternoon picnic before wine tasting. Or stick around and order from the selection of independent eateries offering elevated takes on pizza, burgers and tacos plus oysters and rotisserie chicken and then grab a seat on the patio overlooking the Napa River. 644 1st St., Napa, 707.226.6529.
SHEDCL0045038 Wine, dine and shop at this glasswalled, 10,000-square-foot locavore’s paradise in Healdsburg. You’ll find a store selling high-end kitchen and gardening equipment, local foodstuffs (including grains milled onsite) and books; a cafe with daily-changing menus inspired by neighboring produce and farms; and a coffee bar with its own espresso, house-made pastries and ice creams. Shed also has the only fermentation bar in the area, where local wines, beers, kombuchas, natural sodas and hard ciders are all available on tap. 25 North St., Healdsburg, 707.431.7433.
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The rolling hills of the Sonoma and Napa valleys are home to the world’s most coveted fruit. Tasting is de rigueur, as is soaking up the breathtaking vistas and the high art of hospitality.
WINE COUNTRY SPAS & RESORTS CALISTOGA SPA HOT SPRINGS This newly renovated soaking destination has four geothermally heated mineral pools. Mineral, steam and mud baths can be booked in the spa, as well as any array of massages. 1006 Washington St., Calistoga, 707.942.6269. INDIAN SPRINGSCL0069802 Open since 1863, Indian Springs Resort & Spa still offers the same core traditions and amenities are still thriving. During your stay in one of their charming cottages, play shuffleboard and croquet or take a dip in the mud pool (featuring pure volcanic ash) for the same experiences guests treasured more than a century ago. 1712 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga, 707.709.8139.
TOURS & ATTRACTIONS BIN 415 With over 900 wineries between Napa and Sonoma, deciding where to go can be overwhelming. Bin 415 offers unique excursions hosted by a certified sommelier to wineries offering the perfect combination of amazing wines, warm hospitality and beautiful scenery. Bin 415 also offers tours throughout San Francisco, Sausalito, Muir Woods and the Pacific Coast Highway. 1616 Grove St., 415.851.5711. CIA AT COPIA Located in Napa’s Oxbow district, The Culinary Institute of America’s CIA at Copia offers daily cooking and beverage classes, and is home to a lifestyle and home goods store, an 80,000 square-foot indoor and outdoor event and theater space, and the Restaurant at CIA Copia, offering Mediterra-
nean-inspired California cuisine and an extensive wine list. 500 1st St., Napa, 707.967.2500. CORNERSTONE GARDENSCL003916 Cornerstone Sonoma is an eclectic collection of shops, wineries and a gourmet cafe set amidst nine acres of garden installations created by the world’s leading landscape architects. 23570 Arnold Dr., Sonoma 707.933.3010. LIVERMORE WINE TROLLEY Located just 35 miles east of San Francisco, the Livermore Valley is one of California’s premier wine regions, with over 50 wineries. The Livermore Trolley’s all-inclusive, educational wine-tasting tour visits three wineries throughout the region and includes lunch. Must be 21 or older. Livermore, 925.989.0421. LONG MEADOW RANCHCL006379 Farmstead Restaurant anchors this sustainable food, wine and agriculture center in St. Helena, which also features a wine and olive oil tasting room located in a restored Gothic Revival farmhouse, demo and aroma gardens, a full organic nursery and a seasonal outdoor farmers market. 738 Main St., St. Helena, 707.963.4555. MA(I)SONRYCL00586 Housed in a beautifully maintained 1904 stone manor, this winery collective and art gallery feels like a luxurious home with rotating seasonal art collections that feature internationally acclaimed names as well as Napa Valley and Bay Area artists. The tasting room pours bottles from limited-production boutique wineries such as Blackbird Vineyards, Casa Piena Estate, Renteria Wines and more,
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which can be enjoyed with a bite in the landscaped gardens dotted with contemporary sculpture. 6711 Washington St., Yountville, 707.944.0889. H NAPA VALLEY WINE TRAINCL003918 Passengers sip select Napa Valley wines and indulge in gourmet cuisine as they ride past vineyards on these three-hour lunch and dinner tours aboard restored Pullman coaches. Reservations recommended. 1275 McKinstry St., Napa, 800.427.4124.
WINERIES ARROWOOD VINEYARDS & WINERYCL0038172 Award-winning wines here include Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The tasting room is located in a charming New England-style farmhouse. Tours by appointment. 14347 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen, 800.938.5170. ARTESA WINERYCL003817 Art and wine blend at this winery, seamlessly built into the highest hill of its 350-acre estate. Founded by a Catalan family that has been hand-crafting wines since the 16th century, this Carneros winery focuses on producing small, ultra-premium lots. Take time to admire the modern and sophisticated gallery-like space and the original works of sculpture, painting and mixed-media. Tasting room open daily; tours daily. 1345 Henry Rd., Napa, 707.224.1668. BALDACCI FAMILY VINEYARDS This family-owned-and-operated premium boutique winery is based in the historic Stags Leap District of
Napa and focuses on single vineyard, single varietal limited releases. Itâ€™s especially known for its Cabernets. 6236 Silverado Trail, 707.944.9261. B.R. COHNCL003810 Specializing in estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wines, this hillside winery also produces award-winning olive oils and vinegars. Tastings open to the public; tours by appointment. 15000 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen, 800.330.4064. BEAULIEU VINEYARDCL0038174 This more than 100-year-old winery is the longest continually operating winery in Napa Valley and is the production site for the flagship Cabernet Sauvignon. Beaulieu was founded on a four-acre ranch by a French winemaker who envisioned a company producing fine wine unparalleled to his native France. Daily tastings feature wines you canâ€™t find anywhere else. 1960 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. 707.967.5200. B CELLARSCL00710 Named for the first letter of the word brix, a wine term defining the optimal sugar/alcohol content in grape juice that produces great wine, B Cellars is a new winery and tasting lounge in Oakville. It uses a multi-vineyard winemaking strategy, blending grapes grown on nine Napa Valley vineyard sites to create unique wines with distinct character, depth and layers of flavor. The sophisticated new tasting room features food tastings to complement the wines and a scenic setting. Open daily, no appointment necessary. 703 Oakville Cross Rd., Oakville 877.229.9939.
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WINE COUNTRY BENZIGER FAMILY WINERYCL0038176 This family winery specializes in award-winning Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. All wines are certified sustainable, organic or biodynamic. Tastings and tours open to the public. 1883 London Ranch Rd., Glen Ellen, 888.490.2739. H BERINGER VINEYARDSCL003817 Napa Valley’s oldest continuously operating winery is also among its most accessible. Beringer is known for its Cabernet Sauvignons and bold, oaky Chardonnays. The large facility includes a gift shop that offers tableware, stemware and kitchen and home accessories. A variety of tours and seminars are available. Daily 10 am–5 pm. 2000 Main St., St. Helena, 707.257.5771.
Noirs, Chardonnays and Zinfandels. Tasting room open seven days a week, year round. Reservations recommended. 18000 Old Winery Rd., Sonoma, 800.926.1266. CAKEBREAD CELLARSCL00381 The winery is an enthusiastic advocate of pairing food with wine, frequently presenting vintners’ dinners to promote the concept. Cakebread Cabernets and Chardonnays are widely available, but the Zinfandel is sold only at the winery. Tastings by appointment. 8300 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford, 800.588.0298.
BREATHLESS WINES Three sisters—Sharon, Rebecca and Cynthia—founded this winery alongside renowned winemaker Penny Gadd-Coster (recently named Winemaker of the Year by the North Bay Business Journal). They make refreshing sparkling wine in the traditional French method, from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. 499 Moore Ln., 707.395.7300.
H CASTELLO DI AMOROSACL006951 For a one-of-a-kind experience in wine country, visit this 13th century Tuscan-style castle that took 15 years to build. Authentic features include hand-forged Italian ironwork, hand-painted frescoes, a 500-year-old fireplace, half-ton hand-hewn doors, a drawbridge, a courtyard and even a torture chamber. But the real treasure is inside: an award-winning collection of wines, including Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Don’t miss the daily cheese and wine pairing tour or the family-friendly tasting areas. 4045 N. Saint Helena Hwy., Calistoga, 707.967.6272.
BUENA VISTA WINERYCL00381 California’s first premium winery just completed its very first major renovation since its inception in 1857. Located just outside the town of Sonoma, this California Historic Landmark’s restoration included a renovation of the champagne cellars and caves as well as a new fountain, vineyard landscaping and stonemasonry detailing. Stop in for a tour, and taste world-class Cabernets, Pinot
CHARBAY WINERY & DISTILLERYCL006924 Named for its first drink—Chardonnay combined with brandy—Charbay now produces much more than just wine and brandy. Discover the artisan world of distilling many spirits like whiskey, vodka and rum from a family in the distillery business for 13 generations. Taste Charbay’s wines and ports, then enjoy a cigar in the rustic setting of Spring Mountain. Tastings
open to the public. 4001 Spring Mountain Rd., St. Helena, 707.963.9327. CHARLES KRUGCL007493 Since its opening in 1861, Charles Krug winery has produced award-winning Cabernets and renowned Sauvignon Blanc. Tasting room open daily. 2800 Main St., St. Helena, 707.967.2200. CHATEAU MONTELENA WINERYCL003815 The Napa winery whose Chardonnay earned California wines international recognition at the 1976 Tasting of Paris (portrayed in the movie “Bottle Shock”) is still producing great wines, like the Estate Cabernet, Estate Zinfandel and the limited production Potter Valley Riesling. Can’t get up to wine country? Stop by the tasting room in the Westin St. Francis hotel in Union Square, open five days a week (W-Su). No reservations needed. 1429 Tubbs Ln., Calistoga, 707.942.5105. CHATEAU ST. JEANCL003817 Founded in 1973, Chateau St. Jean is inspired by the estate gardens in the south of France. It specializes in white varietals, including Chardonnay, Fumé Blanc, Riesling and Gewürztraminer, and is the home of the iconic Cinq Cépages. Take in the vista from the patio and sip the reserve and single-vineyard wines. 8555 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood, 707.257.5784. CLIFF LEDE VINEYARDSCL00381 Known best for its Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon, this esteemed Stags Leap District winery pours its latest releases in an architecturally stunning craftsman-style tasting room. The
appointment-only Estate Tasting includes a guided tour of the property, leading through the vineyards to the state-of-the-art winery, where guests sip wines paired with a selection of seasonal canapes. 1473 Yountville Cross Rd., Yountville, 707.944.8642. CLINE CELLARSCL003819 This small-production winery produces Rhone varietals and Zinfandel from some of the oldest vines in California. Owner Fred Cline started with an inheritance from his grandfather, Valeriano Jacuzzi (of hot-tub fame). The 1850s farmhouse is surrounded by warm mineral springs and dozens of rose bushes. Tastings and tours open to the public daily. 24737 Arnold Dr., Sonoma 800.546.2070. CLOS DU BOISCL0038190 Chardonnay, Cabernet, and Merlot are the most popular selections at this large Alexander Valley winery. A scenic picnic area overlooks rolling vineyards. 19410 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville, 800.222.3189. CLOS DU VALCL006902 This winery is known for its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Its first vintage Cabernet was one of only six California cabs selected for the now-legendary 1976 Paris tasting. Tastings open to the public; tours by appointment. 5330 Silverado Trail, Napa, 707.261.5200. CUVAISON WINERYCARNEROS TASTING ROOMCL0036458 The rolling hills of the Carneros Estate vineyards surround this tasting room. Seated tastings are offered by
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appointment, featuring Carneros and Estate Selection wines and stunning views of the originating vineyards. Tours also by appointment. 1221 Duhig Rd., Napa, 707.942.2455. DE LOACH VINEYARDSCL003819 Since its first Zinfandel release in 1975, this vineyard has branched out into exceptional Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Gewürztraminer. Tasting-room staff are knowledgeable and friendly. Tours by appointment. 1791 Olivet Rd., Santa Rosa 707.755.3300. DEL DOTTO VINEYARDSCL006378 Take a candle-lit tour of Napa Valley’s second-oldest cave, where wine is carefully barrel aged in the perfect climate and humidity. Learn how different wood choices and barrel-making techniques impact a wine’s final flavor. Then top it off with a tasting right out of the barrel. 1445 St. Helena Hwy. S, St. Helena, 707.963.2134. DOMAINE CARNEROSCL0038192 Champagne’s famed Tattinger family founded this winery in the 1970s. The tasting room resembles a French chateau, with a deck providing sweeping views of the Carneros region. The famed Le Reve sparkling wine is compared to the top Cuvees from Champagne, while the Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs hold their own, too. 1240 Duhig Rd., Napa, 707.257.0101. DOMAINE CHANDONCL003819 Sample toast-worthy sparkling wines, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the tasting room. 1 California Dr., Yountville 707.944.8844.
DRY CREEK VINEYARDCL0038194 Modeled after a chateau from the Loire Valley of France, Dry Creek Vineyard was the first winery to come alive in the Dry Creek Valley after Prohibition ended. The winery’s flagship varietal is Fume¬¥Blanc, and signature wines include Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. 3770 Lambert Bridge Rd., Healdsburg, 800.864.9463. EHLERS ESTATECL00630 Featuring a unique fusion of outstanding wine-growing, environmental consciousness and international philanthropy, this is a California winery through and through. Organic and biodynamic farming techniques are used to produce a small portfolio of estate-grown wines. Tastings by appointment. 3222 Ehlers Ln., St. Helena, 707.963.5972. ETUDE WINES This winery transforms the very finest Carneros and Napa Valley grapes into world-class wines sought out by the most discriminating wine lovers. In addition to its widely acclaimed Carneros Pinot Noir and legendary Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Etude has also developed a loyal following for Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Merlot. 1250 Cuttings Wharf Rd., 707.257.5782. FAR NIENTECL0038196 The winery so committed to quality that it only produces one Chardonnay and one Cabernet Sauvignon each year just recently opened its doors to the public. Tours of the winery and tastings available by appointment. 1350 Acacia Dr., Oakville, 707.944.2861. WHERE GUEST B OOK
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FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA WINERYCL004089 Celebrate all the best things in life at this winery in the heart of picturesque Alexander Valley. Sip from more than 40 wines produced on site and eat authentic, Neapolitan-style pizzas and South American wood-grilled meats at the full-service restaurant Rustic and take a dip in the sparkling swimming pools (open seasonally). 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville, 707.857.1471. GLORIA FERRER CAVES & VINEYARDSCL0039105 Settle on the scenic Vista Terrace, where you can sip a glass of sparkling wine that was aged in Spanish-style caves or an elegant Pinot Noir, paired with savory cheeses and other delicacies. Gloria Ferrer produces some of California’s best sparkling wines, as well as estate varietal still Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from its 335acre estate. The visitor center is open 10 am-5 pm daily, with wine service available until 4:45 pm. Guided winery tours offered daily at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm; $25 per person, includes two sparkling wine tastes and one estate varietal taste. 23555 Hwy. 121, Sonoma, 707.933.1917. GRGICH HILLS ESTATECL0039106 Miljenko “Mike” Grgich, whose belongings were appropriated by the Smithsonian, gained international recognition in 1976 when judges at the Paris Tasting named his Chateau Montelena Chardonnay the best white wine in the world. In 1977, he partnered with Austin Hills (of the Hills Bros. Coffee family). Their winery produces Cabernet Sauvignons, Zinfandels, Fume Blancs and, of course, Chardonnays. Tastings and
tours open to the public. 1829 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford, 707.963.2784. GUNDLACH BUNDSCHUCL0039107 After more than 150 years, the sixth generation of this wine-growing family still produces quality estate-grownand-bottled Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon, to name a few. Check online for the seasonal cave tour, vineyard excursions and courtyard tasting availability. 2000 Denmark St., Sonoma, 707.938.5277. HALL WINESCL004912 This winery plants twice as many vines per acre in comparison to traditional practices, resulting in smaller vines that produce richer and more concentrated wines. It boasts five estate vineyards planted with 500 acres of classic Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. The monumental new LEED-certified visitor center features wine tasting, food and wine education, tours, gardens and an impressive contemporary art collection. 401 St. Helena Hwy. S., St. Helena, 707.967.2626. HAMEL FAMILY WINES Off Sonoma highway, the new Hamel Family Wines feels like a glamorous summer camp. Along with limited-production premium Bordeaux blends, it offers elegant boxed picnics, campfire concerts and movies and art installations in its wine caves. 15401 Sonoma Hwy., 707.996.5800. HESS COLLECTIONCL00391 A winding road near Mt. Veeder leads to this winery and art gallery. In the gallery, you’ll see works by Francis Bacon and Robert Motherwell; the tast-
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ing room serves award-winning Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons. 4411 Redwood Rd., Napa, 707.255.1144. INGLENOOK CHATEAUCL00391 Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola’s team produces five estate wines, including the renowned Rubicon, on this 19th-century estate. The wines are made from 235 acres of certified organically grown grapes. The grounds include two tasting salons, a wine bar where guests can enjoy wines by the glass and a museum featuring antique zoetropes and artifacts from the estate’s founder, Gustave Niebaum. Children can float small wooden boats in a courtyard reflecting pool free of charge. Reservations recommended for tastings and tours. 1991 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford, 707.968.1100.
2970 Monticello Rd., Napa, 707.255.5280. JCBCL005219 This tasing room and lounge located in St. Helena offers the JCB collection of rare, numbered-edition wines crafted by Jean-Charles Boisset. Embodying style and sophistication, the luxurious tasting room experience works to unite wine and fashion. 849 Zinfindel Lane, 707.473.9707. JORDAN VINEYARD & WINERYCL003912 The quiet retreat of this 18th century French chateau-style winery (built in the 1970s) is the perfect setting for enjoying its Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay—the only vintages it bottles. By appointment only. 1474 Alexander Valley Rd., 800.654.1213.
JAMIESON RANCH VINEYARDS Home of “Double Lariat” Cabernet, Jamieson Ranch Vineyards occupies 300 acres of gently rolling hills and terraced vineyards and is the southernmost winery in the Napa Valley. In addition to Cabernets, it’s known for award-winning Pinots and Chardonnays as well as wine pairing educational experiences. 1 Kirkland Ranch Rd., 707.254.8673.
KENWOOD VINEYARDSCL003914 Founded in 1970 in a refurbished 1906 winery, Kenwood produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, and other wines from grapes grown on the estate and elsewhere. Wines are produced in small lots for high quality. Tours by appointment. 9592 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood, 707.282.4281.
JARVIS ESTATE This Napa Valley winery is known for its estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Jarvis is home to a 45,000 square foot wine cave, making it the first winery built entirely underground. Tasting tours bring you into the parabola-shaped cave for a glimpse into the winemaking process and end with samples of six Jarvis Estate and Reserve Collection wines.
KENZO ESTATECL0069804 Owned by a prominent Japanese businessman, Kenzo Estate is Napa’s only winery with a tasting menu from famed chef Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Restaurant. Located on the high slopes of Mt. George, the winery produces beautiful varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon inside intricate caves that you can tour before relaxing with outstanding wine and food pairings. Tours and tastings by appointment.
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WINE COUNTRY 3200 Monticello Rd., Napa, 877.977.7704. KIEU HOANG WINERY Formerly owned by the Michael Mondavi Family, this 20-acre property in the coveted Carneros region was purchased by American businessman Kieu Hoang in 2014. The newly renovated winery makes Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Red Blends and Rose in vibrant packaged shaped bottles. 1285 Dealy Lane, Napa, 707.253.1615. KUNDE ESTATE WINERY & VINEYARDSCL003917 Located in the Sonoma Valley, the family’s scenic 1,850-acre sustainably farmed estate has been managed by five generations since 1904. The winery specializes in Chardonnay, Cabernet, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot. 9825 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood 707.833.5501. LADERA VINEYARDSCL00687 Located on Howell Mountain in Napa Valley, this historic stone winery was built in 1886, at almost 2,000 feet in elevation. Known for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Ladera offers tastings and tours that explore the extensive underground caves, both by appointment. 150 White Cottage Rd. S., Angwin, 707.965.2445. LIANA ESTATES Located among the rolling hills of Carneros with breathtaking views of the San Pablo Bay, this second-generation, family-owned and operated winery specializes in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Liana Estates also offers brunch and yoga overlooking the San Pablo Bay, gourmet picnics
in the vineyards, culinary experiences and more. 2750 Las Amigas Rd., Napa, 707.302.1160. MUMM NAPACL003912 The famed Champagne house’s California winery produces top-of-theline cuvees, including its premium DVX label. The on-site art gallery showcases photography, including a collection of Ansel Adams prints and rotating exhibits. 8445 Silverado Trail, Rutherford, 707.967.7700. NAPA CELLARSCL0039124 Surrounded by picturesque Oakville vineyards and coastal mountains, Napa Cellars is home to a comfortable tasting room that pours varietals from three sister wineries: Napa Cellars, Folie à Deux and Ménage à Trois. Kick back on the winery’s relaxing patio, bring a picnic lunch and enjoy one of Napa Cellar’s award-winning varietals, the most popular of which is its Chardonnay. 7481 St. Helena Hwy., Napa, 800.535.6400. ODETTE ESTATE Set on 45 acres of land under the dramatic palisades of the Stags Leap District, this stylish new winery is known for its high caliber Cabernets and contemporary design features including a living roof. 5998 Silverado Trail, 707.224.7533. OPUS ONE WINERYCL0039127 A joint venture between Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Robert Mondavi in the 1970s led to the creation of Opus One, the highly prized, limited-edition wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec. Tast-
ings and tours by appointment. 7900 St. Helena Hwy., Oakville, 707.944.9442. PATZ & HALLCL004076 This acclaimed artisan winery has been handcrafting its small-lot and single-vineyard Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs for more than 25 years. Sip in the modern and stylish tasting salon, which offers casual bar tastings in a convivial setting, as well as private tastings by appointment. Open Th-M. 21200 8th St. E., Sonoma, 707.265.7700. PEJU PROVINCE WINERYCL0039128 For more than 30 years in the Napa Valley, this winery has been a garden oasis along Highway 29 in the famed Rutherford appellation. Known for its legendary Cabernet Sauvignon, it produces many award-winning varietals, including Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Fifty/Fifty, a Bordeaux blend. Guests can make an appointment for a private wine tasting 50 feet up in the French Provincial tasting room tower. Tastings open to the public. 8466 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford, 707.963.3600. PETRONI VINEYARDSCL0047321 Occupying 37 acres in the scenic Sonoma Mayacamas mountains, Petroni Vineyards is a boutique, family winery that produces hand-crafted wines from terraced, estate vineyards as well as organic, Tuscan-style olive oil and grappa. Signature varietals include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah. Open by appointment only. 990 Cavedale Rd., Sonoma, 707.935.8311.
PLUMPJACK WINERYCL003910 The winery is best known for its highly rated Cabernet Sauvignons, though its other varietals are also worth a taste. The visitors center includes a patio with scenic views. 620 Oakville Cross Rd., Napa, 707.945.1220. PROVENANCE VINEYARDSCL00391 Provenance produces fine Cabernet Sauvignon from grapes grown in Rutherford, plus highly-regarded Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc, all of which reflect the distinctive vineyards from where they originate. The winery hosts a variety of tasting options and invites guests to enjoy wine on the patio looking out over the Napa Valley. 1695 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford, 707.968.3633. QUIVIRA VINEYARDSCL003912 Specializing in Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and GSM, Quivira affords scenic views from beneath the shade of its trees. Tours by appointment. 4900 W. Dry Creek Rd., Healdsburg, 800.292.8339. QUIXOTE WINERYCL0024587 The excellent Petite Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags’ Leap Ranch is matched by the eclectic design of Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Visits by appointment. 6126 Silverado Trail, Napa, 707.944.2659. RAM’S GATE WINERYCL005219 Just a 35-minute drive from San Francisco, this winery uncorks the best in wine, food, architecture and interior design. Its rustic yet elegant barn includes an open-air reception courtyard, a tasting pavilion, an open kitchen, a fireside lounge, a wine li-
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brary, underground dining alcoves and floor-to-ceiling glass walls that open to sweeping vineyard and bay views. 28700 Arnold Dr., Sonoma, 707.721.8700. RAVENSWOOD WINERYCL00391 Acclaimed for its Zinfandels and other big, bold red varietals, the winery’s motto—um Vinum Flaccidum (“No Wimpy Wines”)—characterizes its approach to winemaking. Picnic tables on-site. Tours daily at 10:30 am and by appointment. 18701 Gehricke Rd., Sonoma 707.933.2332. RAYMOND VINEYARDSCL004152 In the heart of the Napa Valley, nestled between Rutherford and St. Helena, Raymond Vineyards is one of the early pioneering producers in the valley. A visit to the 90-acre estate is to return to Napa’s roots, surrounded by the beauty of two mountain ranges amid vineyards planted to Napa’s classic varietals. A host of unique experiences await, from barrel tastings to food and wine pairings to the Theater of Nature—an excursion into the bounty of nature and an education on organic and biodynamic farming. 849 Zinfandel Way, St. Helena, 707.963.3141. ROBERT MONDAVI WINERYCL003914 At the winery founded by the man who put Napa Valley on the map, a full selection of Mondavi wines is available for tasting in the Le Marche room, while the To Kalon room pours reserves and limited-production wines. Reservations strongly recommended. 7801 St. Helena Hwy., Oakville, 888.766.6328.
RODNEY STRONG VINEYARDSCL003915 Depending on the season, a tour of this estate might include pruning vines, sugar-testing grapes, or tasting from the barrel. Wines include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and old-vine Zinfandel. Picnic areas offer lovely views. 11455 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg 800.678.4763. ROMBAUER VINEYARDSCL003916 Founder Koerner Rombauer’s greataunt was Irma Rombauer, author of "The Joy of Cooking." This small-production winery produces ultra-premium Chardonnays, Cabernet Sauvignons, Zinfandels, and Merlots. Tastings by appointment. 3522 Silverado Trail N., St. Helena 800.622.2206. ROUND POND ESTATE WINERYCL003918 Beyond vineyards, the Napa Valley is also renowned for its many olive groves, producing some of the best olive oil in the world. This winery joins a fabulous olive mill and features a stunning wine tasting room with dramatic views that complement the world-class cabernet sauvignons and sauvignon blancs. An educational 90-minute mill tour and tasting is available, which includes a sample of the delicate Meyer lemon blend. 875 Rutherford Rd., Rutherford, 707.302.2575. SCHUG CARNEROS ESTATE WINERYCL0039140 This winery’s Pinot Noir is internationally acclaimed. The picnic tables situated behind its German-style post-and-beam chalet offer great views of the valley. 602 Bonneau Rd., Sonoma, 707.939.9363. WHERE GUEST B OOK
WINE COUNTRY SCRIBE WINERY Owned by two young brothers, Scribe Winery is a photographer’s dream, with sun-dappled hills, colorful wildflowers and even a wooden swing. The friendly staff knows their stuff, and the wine, made with yeasts, is solid. 2100 Denmark St., 707.939.1858. SEGHESIO FAMILY VINEYARDSCL0039142 This long-standing Italian family winery produces top-notch Zinfandel, Sangiovese, and Pinot Noir on 400 acres of the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River valleys. 700 Grove St., Healdsburg, 866.734.4374. SIMI WINERYCL003914 With vineyards in both the Alexander and Russian River valleys, Simi produces acclaimed Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sauvignon Blanc at its charming winery. A picnic area is nestled in a scenic redwood grove. 16275 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg, 800.746.4880. ST. FRANCIS WINERYCL0039145 Three tasting options include wineand-food pairings. Enjoy breathtaking views, small-lot wines, and gracious Wine Country hospitality. 100 Pythian Rd., Santa Rosa, 888.675.9463. ST. SUPERY ESTATE VINEYARDS & WINERYCL Family-owned and sustainably farmed, this winery offers an art gallery, scenic grounds, tours and handson interactive wine experiences (offered daily by appointment). Two types of tastings are available at the tasting bar daily from 10 am-5 pm. 8440 St. Helena Hwy., Napa, 707.963.4507.
STAG’S LEAP WINE CELLARSCL0039147 Best known for its estate Cabernet Sauvignons, this family-owned winery gained international recognition in 1976, when its SLV Cabernet Sauvignon was judged the best red wine in the world at the Paris Tasting. The winery name comes from its location in Stags Leap viticultural district. 5766 Silverado Trail, Napa, 707.944.2020.
STONY HILL VINEYARD Founded in the 1940s when white wine was a rarity in Napa Valley, this small, family-run winery high on the northeast slope of Spring Mountain continues to produce elegant and balanced Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Reisling and most recently, Cabernet. Tours and tastings by appointment. 3331 Saint Helena Hwy. N, 707.963.2636.
STAGS’ LEAP WINERYCL0039148 Not to be confused with Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars (the name and placement of the apostrophe were the subject of a legal battle between Stags’ Leap and its neighbor), the winery produces Rhone varietals along with its Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot in the growing district from which the winery takes its name. 6150 Silverado Trail, Napa, 800.395.2441.
H SUTTER HOME WINERYCL00 Located on Highway 29 in the heart of Napa Valley, Sutter Home Winery was founded in 1874 and is one of the largest, independent family-owned wineries in the country. Sutter is known for creating the White Zinfandel varietal in the 1970s, and today, its portfolio features 20 different varietals. Sutter is also one of the only remaining Napa wineries to offer complimentary tastings daily. 277 St. Helena Hwy. S., St. Helena 707.302.3296.
STARMONT WINERY & VINEYARDS Established in 2006 by the Schlatter family as a sister property to the Bordeaux-focused Merryvale Vineyards, Starmont Winery, with its distinctive terroir, thoughtful farming and hands-on winemaking, results in serious yet approachable wines. 1451 Stanly Ln., 707.252.8001. H STERLING VINEYARDSCL003914 Take in exceptional panoramic views of Napa Valley on a tram ride to this winery’s visitors center, perched atop a 300-foot-tall hillside overlooking the valley. The winery specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and more. Tastings and self-guided tours open to the public; guided tours at 11 am. 1111 Dunaweal Ln., Calistoga, 800.726.6136.
H TRINCHERO NAPA VALLEYCL003915 The Trinchero family has been making wine in Napa Valley since 1948, and is best known for their Cabernet Sauvignon. The tasting room is a unique and inviting space where visitors can taste small-lot, single-vineyard wines from Trinchero’s premiere Napa Valley estates, and sample delectable food and wine pairings. Discover the art of winemaking through behind-the-scenes barrel tastings in Trinchero’s wine cave. 3070 N. St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena, 707.963.1160. VALLEY OF THE MOON WINERYCL003915 Situated on land that was at one point owned by William Randolph Hearst’s father and that has been used to grow
grapes for all but three years since the 1870s, Valley of the Moon Winery is now owned by Kenwood Winery. Visit the tasting room to try the award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and more. 777 Madrone Rd., Glen Ellen 707.939.4500. VIANSA WINERYCL0039154 One of the first wineries you’ll encounter on Hwy. 121 as you enter Sonoma County from the south, Viansa offers an endless variety of oils, dressings, and dips, in addition to its wines, at its marketplace. 25200 Arnold Dr., Sonoma, 800.995.4740. H WENTE VINEYARDSCL00685 The country’s oldest continuously operating family-owned winery offers wine tasting, vineyard and garden tours, educational workshops, an upscale restaurant and a scenic 18-hole championship golf course. Visit the Vineyard Tasting Room to learn about the rich history of California winemaking, book a class at the Winemakers Studio to blend your own bottle or make an appointment for a private group tasting in the historic wine caves. The winery’s summer concert series features musical performances on the beautiful outdoor lawn. 5050 Arroyo Rd., Livermore, 925.456.2300. WHITE OAKCL0052197 This winery in the heart of beautiful Alexander Valley is a premier destination for a variety of tastings or a picnic with friends among the vines. Special events like the crab feast and lobster fete offer opportunities to mingle. 7505 Hwy 128, 707.433.8429.
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ADVERTISER INDEX SHOPPING DEPARTMENT STORES
Bloomingdale’s ........................................ p.13 SHOPPING DESTINATIONS
Anchorage Square ................................. p.71 Embarcadero Center ............................. p.23 Ghirardelli Square .................................. p.67 Royal Hawaiian Center .........................p.69 Union Street Association ..................... p.75 HOME & DESIGN
Alexander’s Steakhouse ....................... p.88 Bob’s Steak & Chop House....................p. 91 Espetus Brazilian Steakhouse .............p.99 Harris’ Restaurant... ........ .......p.61, 104-105 Morton’s Steakhouse............................. p.98 BAY AREA
Visit Berkeley ........................................ p.101
Antique Traders...................................... p.79 ATYS ........................................................ p.77 Needlepoint Inc .................................... p.73 Omnivore Books ................................... p.75
ATTRACTIONS & SIGHTS
Na Hoku Jewelry. .................................... p.17 Shreve & Co. ............ Back Cover, p.3, 7, 79
Great Meadow at Fort Mason
Luau Lounge and Players Sports Grill & Arcade..............................................p.96, 107
ATTRACTIONS Exploratorium..........................................p.27 Marin County........................................... p.57 Pier 39 .......................................................p.111
Eres ..........................................................p.64 APPAREL
Alden Shoe Co........................................ p.68 SPA
Rejuvé Wellness Center and Spa. ...... p.72
MUSEUMS & GALLERIES ART GALLERIES
Bubble Street Gallery .......................... p. 87 Christopher-Clark Fine Art .................... p.9 CK Contemporary ................................... p.19 Martin Lawrence Galleries ...................p.80 Meyerovich Gallery ................................. p.21 Michael Fine Art & Antiques ................ p.31 Montague Gallery .................................. p.83 San Francisco Art Exchange.... ................... ................................ Inside Back Cover, p.63
TOURS & RENTALS
Blue & Gold Fleet.................................. p.110 Gray Line of San Francisco .................p.119 Hornblower Cruises & Events .............p.115 Jelly Belly Factory .................................p.112 Red and White Fleet ............................ p.114 Electric Tour Company Segway Tours....p.113 San Francisco Helicopters ...................p.112 Seaplane Adventures ............................p.115 Winchester Mystery House.....................p.117
WINE COUNTRY WINERIES
Beringer Vineyards ..............................p.123 Castello di Amorosa ...........................p.129 Sutter Home ..........................................p.126 Sterling Vineyards ................................p.122 Trinchero Family Estates..................... p.127 Wente Vineyards ....................................p.121
TOURS & ATTRACTIONS
Walt Disney Family Museum ............... p.85
Calistoga Chamber of Commerce ....p.126 Green Music Center .............................. p.29 Napa Valley Wine Train ..........p.58-59, 125
Bartlett Hall ............................................ p.98 Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant p.95 Bistro Boudin........................................... p.25 Buena Vista Café.................................. p.108 Cliff House ............................................... p.92 John’s Grill ...................................... p.62, 103
TRANSPORTATION PUBLIC TRANSIT
R&G Lounge ............................................ p.97 BAKERY
Alexander’s Patisserie .......................... p.88 ITALIAN
Café Zoetrope .......................................p.107 North Beach Restaurant.............. p.93, 108
Alioto’s ................................................... p.108 Farallon............................................p.60, 106 La Mar Cebicheria Peruana ................... p.11 The Sea by Alexander’s Steakhouse..p.88 SPANISH/TAPAS
Bask ......................................................... p.106
WHERE GUEST B OOK
Perspective Shift THE CIVIL WAR-ERA FORT POINT SITS DIRECTLY UNDERNEATH THE SOUTHERN END OF THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE. VISITORS CAN EXPLORE THE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE’S BRICK CASEMATES, GRAND ARCHES AND SPIRAL STAIRS. THE TOP LEVEL OFFERS FASCINATING VIEWS OF THE BRIDGE’S UNDERBELLY.
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WhereTraveler Guestbook San Francisco is the premier travel guide for discovering the best things to do and see in San Francisco, California...
Published on May 20, 2019
WhereTraveler Guestbook San Francisco is the premier travel guide for discovering the best things to do and see in San Francisco, California...