I left my heart in San Francisco, and you no doubt will too. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, this small 7x7 Mile city has something for everyone. Beaches, bridges, shopping and towering hills (Yes it's true what you've heard, bring sensible shoes and plenty of layers.) Despite being in California, where everyone thinks the sun always shines, that's not always the case in this city. Mark Twain once said "The coldest winter I spent was a summer in San Francisco" but despite the chilly summer fog, San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities you'll ever visit.
1. Clift Hotel
This boutique luxury hotel is located just steps away from the hustle and bustle of Union Square, blending old-world glamour with modern chic. The Clift was designed by Philippe Starck and features a host of iconic furnishings from designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, Salvador Dali and Rene Marguerite. Start your evening with a classic cocktail at the legendary Redwood Bar, before dining at the striking restaurant- The Velvet Room.
495 Geary Street,CA 94102
2. Hotel Vertigo
Hotel Vertigo's cameo apperance in the legendary film of the same name, will leave no Alfred Hitchcock fan disappointed. The hotel is playful and whimsical in style, walls are white with orange pops accentuated by the the iconic movie poster. The film plays on loop in the hotel lobby. Situated midway up Nob Hill, and only a few blocks away from Union Square, Hotel Vertigo is a slice of cinematic history.
940 Sutter Street, CA 94109
3. Inn At The Presidio
Just moments away from the Golden Gate Bridge, this luxury boutique hotel is located in the heart of San Francisco's national park, the historic Presidio. The elegant Georgian Revival-style building was built in 1903 as a U.S. army post, and was once a handsome barrack for unmarried officers. Transformed in 2011, the hotel offers 22 spacious rooms- most featuring fireplaces, stunning views of the San Francisco bay and Marin headlands from the top floor. Come and experience the unique and authentic history for yourselves.
42 Moraga Ave, CA 94129
4. Phoenix Hotel
For those looking for a touch of Rock 'n' Roll glamour, The Phoenix Hotel is the perfect choice. A stunning mid-century motor lodge with a chic exterior, heated pool, and funky tropical courtyard (Famous for hosting the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Pearl Jam and The Killers.) Rooms feature 1950's interiors including an eclectic mix of retro decor. Enjoy fabulous food and drinks at their sexy restaurant- Chambers Eat + Drink.
601 Eddy Street, CA 94109
5. The Fairmont
This striking luxury hotel sits high atop Nob Hill, with panoramic views of the city and out across the bay. It is one of the few buildings to survive the devastating 1906 earthquake and remains an iconic landmark of San Francisco. As if the Fairmont's old world grandeur wasn't enough, transport yourself to the South Pacific at the high style tiki lounge, The Tonga Room. Thunder cracks and lightning flashes over the darkened lounge, but don't worry this tropical storm only means it's time for the live band to come floating out into the Tonga Room Lagoon on a festive covered raft. Grab a frosty Mai Tai, sit back and enjoy.
950 Mason Street, CA 94108
A favorite of San Francisco locals, specializing in organic wood-fired cuisine and urban rustic food. It is nearly impossible to get a table without a reservation, so be sure to call ahead. This is an experience in decadence you don't want to miss.
560 Divisadero, CA 94117
Located by Ocean Beach in the Sunset district, Outerlands offers laid-back seasonal dishes in an unpretentious setting. Weathered reclaimed wood walls give the small eatery a surf vibe, Arrive early to catch amazing sunsets (those days can be a rarity with the infamous fog) and enjoy hand crafted cocktails before supper. Plan ahead and beat the long weekend lines for brunch that is well worth the wait.
4001 Judah Street at 45th Ave
8. Slanted Door
Chef Charles Phan prepares insightfully modern twists on Vietnamese classics, using only the best organic and seasonal ingredients. Housed in San Francisco's historic Ferry Building the food is served "family style" in a contemporary setting. Reservations are advised. Other locations include Out The Door, in lower Pacific Heights where they serve a similar menu in a less crowded space.
Slanted Door Ferry Building #3, CA 94111
OTD 2232 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Simply the best bread you will ever taste! 240 loafs are baked daily along with pastries, cookies and buns. The bakery is small and the lines can be long, but chance it for breakfast or lunch (or both) and you won't be sorry. You can also experience dinner and brunch at their Mission restaurant Bar Tartine, and enjoy a flavorful mix of asian and eastern european influenced cuisine and even more freshly baked bread.
600 Guerrero Street, CA 94110, CA 94110
Bar Tartine- 561 Valencia Street, CA 94110
An exceptional dining and brunch spot popular with locals offering an ever changing California/Mediterranean- inspired menu. The outside courtyard plays indie/foreign films projected on the wall to accompany your meal.
2534 Mission Street, CA 94110
11. Twenty Five Lusk
Selected by Architectural Digest for their "Best New Restaurant Design" list, and popular with celebrities, you can see why it maybe hard to secure a table at this trendy spot. But don't let that discourage you from enjoying drinks in their swanky lounge area. The updated architectural details blend with the history of this building that was a meat packing house built in 1971. Huge stainless steel "fire orbs" hang from the ceiling offering warmth on a typical foggy San Francisco evening. Take in the atmosphere while you sip on a Manhattan. Arrive early to beat the crowds.
25 Lusk Street, CA 94107
12. Bar Agricole
Located in SOMA this bar and restaurant serves up amazing dishes and some of the best cocktails in the country (in 2014 it was nominated for the "James Beard" award for outstanding bar program.) Designed by Aidlin Darling Design, the beautiful space features a 1,600 square-foot courtyard and organic garden, where they grow their own herbs for the artisanal cocktails. I personally recommend the flavorful 'Tequila Fix.'
355 11th Street, CA 94103
13. Bourbon & Branch
This bar was originally a prohibition speakeasy in the 1920's and has been fully restored into a high-end, beverage parlor. Make reservations online and receive a password to reserve your spot. If you are feeling more spontaneous, you can gain access to their secret library section with the password 'books,' no reservation required.
501 Jones Street, CA 94102
14. Comstock Saloon
A Saloon on the boarder of the Financial district and North Beach serving up classic turn-of-the-century cocktails in an ambient historic atmosphere (the space has served as a watering hole since 1907.) If the menu overwhelms ask for the 'Barkeep's Whimsy, and let the b a surprise.
155 Columbus Avenue, CA 94133
15. Blue Bottle Coffee
Born across the bay in Oakland, Blue Bottle has been going strong for over ten years, sourcing and roasting the finest beans from around the world. Find this delicious coffee throughout the city and choose the roast that best suits you.
66 Mint Plaza, CA 94103
16. Heath Ceramics
Founded in 1948 by Edith Heath, this famous ceramic studio continues to produce her unique mid-century designs. The original factory in Sausalito is still open for visits and weekend studio tours. Heath recently opened a second location in the city, which functions as a working studio space and store, along with a smaller retail space in the ferry building.
400 Gate Five Road, Sausalito, CA 94965
2900 18th Street, CA 94110
One Ferry Building, Suite 12, CA 94111
17. The Mission
A trip to San Francisco would not be complete without a walk down Valencia Street in the Mission district. Expect to find an assortment of vintage clothing and trendy furniture stores (check out Monument for fabulous mid-century finds) along with one off boutiques, art and curiosities. Top it off with a java jolt at FourBarrel coffee.
Valencia Street (Between Duboce Ave and 24th Street
18. Fillmore Street
This vibrant street in Pacific Heights is home to many boutiques and well known stores. Amazing interior design ideas at Jonathan Adler, Zinc Details and Design Within Reach. Fabulous fashions at Asembly Hall, Scotch & Soda, Rag & Bone, Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs and Steven Alan. Enjoy coffee and treats at Jane, fine dining at SPQR, and bountiful Cajun inspired brunch at Elite Cafe.
19. Hayes Valley
This hip and trendy neighborhood is nestled between Civic Center, the Mission and Lower Pacific Heights and is home to a delightful collection of boutique shops and restaurants. On Hayes Street you will find Gant Rugger, Steven Alan and other trendy independent stores. Stop and recharge at Arlequin Cafe, where on a sunny day you can enjoy a great assortment of wines from their neighboring store Arlequin Wine Merchant on the beautiful patio out back.
Hayes Street (between Webster & Gough)
20. SF Flower Mart
This incredible flower market opened its doors in 1956 (and is the second largest flower markets in the United States.) Open to the public Mondays-Saturdays from 10am - 3pm. Come and smell exotic and colorful displays.
640 Brannan Street, CA 94107
21. De Young Museum
Nestled in the heart of the Golden Gate Park, stands the De Young museum, beautifully integrating art, architecture and the natural landscape. The De Young regularly hosts unique modern exhibitions and showcases it's permanent collection. Most notable is the American art from the 17th-20th centuries, textile arts, and exquisite displays of artistic artifacts from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. Enjoy the spectacular 360* veiws from the 144ft observation deck and extended hours on Friday nights (March- November) when you can enjoy drinks and live entertainment.
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, CA 94118
22. Coit Tower
Built in 1933, Coit Tower is an iconic landmark of the San Francisco skyline. The majestic views of the bay make the ambitious hike up the precarious Filbert stairs well worth the effort. High atop historic Telegraph Hill the San Francisco bay lies sparking below you; from the stalwart Bay Bridge to the iconic fog shrouded Golden Gate. Take your time and wander the garden trails, if you are lucky you may encounter the famous and nosey green parrots of Telegraph hill.
1 Telegraph Hill Blvd, CA 94133
23. Lands End
Take in the breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands and the Pacific Ocean from this amazing piece of rugged and windswept coastline, stretching from the Sutra Baths/Ocean Beach to the grandeur of the Sea Cliff neighborhood. Start your day with a spectacular breakfast at Cliff House (or end it with a stunning sunset on a clear night.) Be sure to seek out the cliff side Hidden Labyrith (perfect for a solstice stroll and meditation, or just some fun) on route to Mile Rock beach.
Cliff House, 1090 Point Lobos Ave, CA 94121
24. Ferry Building
Once the gateway to the city, this iconic San Francisco landmark was the hub of the bay activity until rendered obsolete by the Golden Gate and Bay Bridge. After extensive renovation the Ferry Building is now home to a market space selling artisan food including cheeses, bread, local fish, and fine wine. You'll also find great restaurants The Slanted door, and Hog Island Oyster Company and Blue Bottle Coffee. A Heath Ceramics retail space is also located here. Don't miss the stunningly beautiful and wildly popular farmers market held year round every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
One Ferry Building, CA 94111
25: Legion of Honor
The Legion of Honor is situated above Lincoln Park near the ocean with views of the Golden Gate bridge. The gift of Alma de Bretteville Spreckles to the city of San Francisco. Completed in 1924, the museum is a replica of the Palais de la Legion d' Honneur in Paris. Hosting a display of ancient and European art that spans more than 6,000 years.
Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave, CA 94121