City Guide – San Francisco


This is my home.

I hope you enjoy.


Kokkari – excellent Greek food downtown, nice wine list

Flores – great Mexican in the Marina/Pacific Heights [carnitas are delicious]

Foreign Cinema – very good French/California cuisine in the Mission [good bar]; great date spot

Lolinda – excellent Argentinian steakhouse in the Mission [good bar]

NOPA – good, modern California cuisine on the Panhandle 

Nopalito – casual, sister restaurant of NOPA [2 locations = North of the Panhandle + Inner Sunset]

Montesacro – excellent, Italian pizza

Lavash – excellent, family owned Persian restaurant in the Inner Sunset 

The Alembic – nice dining at a practical price [great bar]

Blue barn – if you want a fresh, $20 farm-to-table salad

Ryoko’s Sushi – open late, you’ll likely wait for a table

Akikos – delicious, fresh sushi downtown 

Tsunami sushi – fresh sushi on the Panhandle with a great whisky bar

Waterbar – fine dining on the Embarcadero with amazing views of the Bay Bridge, they have a great $1 oyster H.Hr

Petit Crenn – Dominique Crenn’s more casual [and less expensive] restaurant, you’ll likely need a reservation 

Bars + lounges

Rickhouse – great drinks, speakeasy vibe

Treasures – they have a great smoky whiskey drink 

Press Club – nice, large wine bar 

Chambers – nice bar at the Phoenix hotel

Jones – rooftop bar in the TL

Novela – nice cocktail bar in SOMA

Anina – outdoor seating in Hayes Valley 

15 Romolo – great Pimm’s Cup near North Beach [Italian district]

The Redwood Room – sophisticated cocktail bar in the Clift Hotel near Union Sq 

Bergerac – this place was my jam ;-) 

Cafes + bakeries

Tartine – amazing bakery. They have a seasonal warm brioche bread pudding. It’s divine. They’ve also opened a cafe since I left – I’m sure it’s amazing

Arizmendi – co-op owned, delicious bakery [2 locations = Inner Sunset + Mission]

Devils teeth – bakery in the Outer Sunset. They have an amazing breakfast sandwich

Coffee = Four Barrel, Blue Bottle, Ritual and Saint Frank 


Grace Cathedral – beautiful church located at the top of Nob Hill [they host yoga Tuesday nights]

Lion steps – great workout with an even better view of the marina

Ferry Building + Embarcadero – lovely stroll with picturesque views + amazing [expensive] Tu/Th/Sat farmers' market 

Golden Gate Park – beautiful, park that spans nearly 5 miles 

California Academy of Science – awesome museum with an adult only Thursday night [in Golden Gate Park]

Fort Mason – great views of the bay

Lands End – beautiful hike with incredible views

Mount Sutro Forest – nice hike behind UCSF that leaves you feeling like you just stepped into FernGully

DeYoung Museum – great museum [in Golden Gate Park]

SF MOMA – if modern art is your thing

Delores Park – the place to be on a sunny day

Yoga +

The Pad – a large studio with a variety of classes

Laughing Lotus – what a yoga studio should be

Satori – lovely studio in the financial district

Yoga tree – several locations around the city with great teachers

Mercury Pilates – a real pilates studio

Pilates ProWorks – great pilates classes but an even better MatBox class

Mighty Pilates – form, form, form

Barry's bootcamp – Tuesday is butt + leg day if you want to get your ass kicked

Core 40 – you'll start sweating 5 min in

Burn – a blend of cardio, spring board pilates and weights

36 hours in San Francisco



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