San Francisco

San Francisco has it all, destination dining, professional sports, world-class museums, culturally defined neighborhoods, and views for days. No other U.S. city boasts the diversity and variety found within its 46 square miles.

America’s most radical city is also the most trendsetting. From the social movements of the 60s and that decade’s Summer of Love to present day technological innovation, San Francisco has always been a haven for dreamers and creatives drawn to its beauty, tolerance, and inclusiveness. Boasting world-class cuisine, noted cultural institutions, architecturally and socially diverse neighborhoods, and some of the most breathtaking views anywhere on earth, San Francisco charms even the most well-travelled adventurer. Tony Bennett isn’t the only one to have left his heart in San Francisco.

Where to Stay

Experience one of San Francisco’s most established neighborhoods with a stay at Hotel Drisco. This Pacific Heights boutique inn blends seamlessly with the palatial mansions that surround it. Bespoke service matches the elegant environ. Enjoy the more pastoral side of San Francisco with a stay at The Inn at the Presidio or The Lodge at the Presidio located within a former U.S. military fort that is now a 1,500-acre park adjacent to The Golden Gate Bridge. Few hotels can claim to be quintessential examples of their host towns, yet for nearly 110 years, The Palace has retained its Grand Dame stature by gracefully marrying its rich history with current trends. Nob Hill is known for its historic mansions and luxury hotels, such as The InterContinental Mark Hopkins where guests head to The Top of the Mark for a classic martini and 360° views of the San Francisco skyline. For a different kind of view, try Hotel Via, a hip option located in the South Beach district directly across from AT&T Park. Scope the Giants from the hotel’s chic indoor/outdoor Rooftop at Via bar.

Where to Eat

In a city that boasts nearly 4,500 restaurants within its seven-mile boundary, a great meal awaits around every corner, in every district. From Michael Mina’s cache of popular downtown spots (don’t miss his flagship, Michael Mina, in the financial district) to modest neighborhood eateries such as Hong Kong Lounge 2 in the Richmond, a variety of options exists for every pocketbook. Perennial favorites include Gary Danko where a luxurious dining room and elegant service make everyone feel like a star, Kokkari, a Grecian sanctuary hidden amongst the antique shops of Jackson Square, and Boulevard, the bay-adjacent, belle-epoch beauty where Chef Nancy Oakes has held court for 20 years.

What to Do

Take an Uber ride to the top of Twin Peaks for amazing views. Rent bikes on Stanyan Street for a pedal through Golden Gate Park, the city’s urban oasis. Once there, stop at the Japanese Tea Garden for a proper pot of the good stuff, and head to the de Young Museum to ogle its American, African and Oceanic fine arts. Enjoy a cocktail at the iconic Cliff House with its panoramic views of Ocean Beach. Shop the boutiques at Ghiradelli Square and indulge in a hot fudge sundae. Inspect the new Transbay Transit Center’s 5.4-acre roof garden before heading to the Ferry Building for fine home goods and good eats (don’t miss the Tues., Thurs., and Sat. morning farmers market). Jump on a Cable Car at the Embarcadero and take a short walk to Lombard – the ‘crookedest street in the world.’ Head to North Beach, San Francisco’s Italian district, and pick-up some focaccia at Longoria’s Bakery and dry salami and cheese at Molinari’s Delicatessen. Walk the stairs to Coit Tower and enjoy your food haul as you enjoy the view. Head to the top of Broadway in Pacific Heights and walk the Lyon Street Steps to the bay and back. Along the way, enjoy the beauty of the Palace of Fine Arts, designed by Bernard Maybeck for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition.

The JustLuxe City Guides have been created for you, our discerning readers, to highlight the most sophisticated, the most popular and the most elegant locations in every destination.

Our local concierge continuously strives to ensure we feature the best of the best in luxury services, dining, hotels and more. Every city offers new things to enjoy, cultures to immerse yourself in and sights to see. We have sought out the best places to see, be seen or just be.

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