Our Insider’s Guide to San Francisco
“One day if I go to heaven, I’ll look around and say, ‘it ain’t bad, but it ain’t San Francisco.” – Herb Caen
San Francisco is home to a little bit of everything. Whether you’re a first time visitor or a long-time devotee, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite spots in this eclectic city for you to enjoy a chic getaway.
Stay: Clift · 495 Geary Street · 415.775.4700
Old world elegance meets contemporary glamour at the luxurious Clift Hotel. The century-old Clift has been re-imagined into a stylish and cutting-edge boutique hotel, draped in decadence. Centrally located in Union Square, this hotel has a great lobby scene. The famous Redwood Room is one of the city’s chicest spots, and the adjacent Velvet Room offers dining as memorable as the décor.
Sip: Rickhouse · 246 Kearney Street · 415.398.2827
This fidi (financial district) hotspot boasts beautiful wood interiors, stunningly tall liquor shelves, live music and a great atmosphere. The delicious (and seemingly bottomless) punchbowls make it the quintessential San Francisco cocktail bar to mingle with après-work crowd.
Supper: Ella’s · 500 Presidio Ave · 425.441.5669
For the best brunch in the city, head to Ella’s. The cozy atmosphere captures the San Fran vibe completely, and the homestyle food is made fresh from scratch. Their menu changes weekly, to feature seasonal specials, but you’re guaranteed to find the best breakfast in the city here. Be prepared for a small line, but trust us, it’s well worth the wait.
Shop: Conifer · 2848 Webster Street · 415.922.1892
You’ll find the designer names and department stores in Union Square. But one of our favourite local gems is Conifer. Stocked with the latest merchandise from emerging designers in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, you’ll find clothing, accessories, art and gifts at Conifer. Besides, dresses totally count as souvenirs.See: Ferry Building · 1 Ferry Building · 415.983.8030
This is where foodies are born. Dozens of local vendors offer everything from cheese and chocolate to cupcakes. Lined inside the arcades of this historic waterfront building, this is pretty close to heaven. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the city’s best farmer market is set up out front.
Images from: Calyptic Creations, Travel & Leisure, James Fike Photography, Morgan’s Hotel Group, The Guardian, Refinery 29, Wall Street Journal, Flickr, Eat Live Run, SF Girl By Bay, Fresh Local and Best and UltraLinx.