San Francisco Luxury City Guide: The City by the Bay has a lot of people leaving their hearts among its picturesque hills and mile-long bridges.
Originally a fort built by the Spanish, San Francisco's big city roots began to grow during the California Gold Rush. After the devastation of the 1909 Great Earthquake, San Francisco was quickly rebuilt to become the international culture center it is today.
Easily recognizable for its chilly summer fog, steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture and its famous landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, the cable cars, and Chinatown, today San Francisco is a bastion of luxury.
San Francisco is divided into a large array of neighborhoods, each with their own flavor.
Haight-Ashbury is still most often associated with 60s hippie culture, and while it does still retain a bohemian flair, it is now home to eclectic boutiques and swanky restaurants. Once upon a time, the Grateful Dead lived at 710 Ashbury St. and Janis Joplin at 112 Lyon St.
Pacific Heights can be found on the north side of California Street. Originally built in the 1870s, the Victorian mansion area is now home to young urban professionals and some of San Francisco's wealthiest citizens. Some famous inhabitants of the region include musician Lars Ullrich of Metallica, designer Jessica McClintock, and Senator Dianne Feinstein.
Billionaire's Row in San Francisco can be found along Broadway, and is home to several heirs and heiresses.
Must Sees & Do's:
San Francisco's diversity and unique setting have a wealth of attractions. Just a few of the more popular include:
Alcatraz Island was once a prison and it is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. Visitors can take a tour of the prison, a popular setting of many films or tour the beautiful surrounding bay.
The Aquarium of the Bay offers 300 feet of crystal clear tunnels filled with 20,000 amazing marine animals and a special exhibit where you can pet sharks and rays. Located in the Embarcadero area, where you can enjoy other fun activities, including a wine tasting aboard Franklin D. Roosevelt's historical presidential yacht, the USS Potomac.
San Francisco also offers a wide array of cultural events, including museums, theater and opera.
Wining and Dining:
San Francisco is a bastion of fine dining. Its location near California's wine country region and agriculture make it a perfect place to indulge in some of the best food anywhere in the world.
Chef Nancy Oakes' Boulevard has become nearly legendary, thanks to its large wine cellar, elegant atmosphere and flavorful food.
Posterior has been Wolfgang Puck's San Francisco restaurant for more than 20 years. It is still one of the best eateries in a city packed with restaurants.
The Radish Grill has been serving San Franciscans for more than 100 years. Thought to be the city's first restaurant, the old school eatery is the city's best bet for a wide assortment of seafood from a menu that changes daily.
At night, check out some of the hottest nightclubs anywhere in the world, like The Bubble Lounge is conveniently located next to North Beach and the Financial District and serves some of the finest in Champagnes and bubbly drinks.
Designed by Hong Kong's hottest designer, Kinney Chan, the Infusion Lounge is in the heart of Union Square. The Asian-inspired space caters to dancing hipsters and young professionals alike. Whether you're in the mood to dance or relax, the small Cal-Asian fusion small plates and ambience offer something for everyone.
For the VIP:
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