Where West Coast vibe collides with the electric energy of the city.
How I See San Francisco
The 49 square miles that make up the City by the Bay are home to a vibrant culture that is truly one-of-a-kind. From the innovative food scene to the unexpected street art throughout the city, San Francisco will keep you wanting more.
Know Before You Go
Yes, we are in California, but San Francisco is known for its cold summers, fog, and windy weather year-round. The key to surviving Karl the Fog is layer, layer, layer.
Talk Like a Local
Learn the slang from the city.
Bay Area substitute for ‘extremely or ‘a lot of.’
It’s hella nice outside today. Let’s go hang out at Dolores Park.
Neighborhoods to Explore
When in San Francisco, do as San Franciscans do. Mingle with the locals, sip on Fernet and chill out at Dolores Park.
1. The Mission
Murals, hipsters, taquerias and expensive coffee—take your pick. The Mission District is one of San Francisco’s many melting pots, where you can shop at a high end boutique and cross the street to eat at an authentic taco stand.
2. Hayes Valley
Hayes Valley is not only one of the best districts to shop in San Francisco, but it also fosters a true neighborhood feel. Start at Hayes Street and Octavia Boulevard, grab a coffee at Ritual or ice cream at Smitten, and then explore the many boutiques of the neighborhood.
3. The Sunset
Though it's at the other end of the city, the Sunset District has so many hidden gems to explore. This is the place to go for authentic Asian cuisine or to catch a glimpse at the urban beach community in San Francisco. If you’re a real trooper, head to Sutro Bath and Land’s End for impressive views of the Pacific Ocean.
Ultimate Access to San Francisco
Live it up San Francisco like a local.
871 Sutter Street
Intimate reservation-only cocktail lounge featuring tropical cocktails and delicious bites.
600 Polk Street
Gin lovers, you’re in luck! Whitechapel hosts the largest selection of Gin in North America.
564 4th Street
Meat, meat and more meat. Top Chef Masters Champion Chris Cosentino makes a bold statement with his “head to tail” style of cooking. The best view at the restaurant is at the chef’s counter, where you can catch all of the kitchen action.
400 Eddy Street
Restaurant, bar and live jazz every night located in the heart of the Tenderloin district.
2973 16th Street
Detox with the locals at Yoga to the People, a unique studio with the goal of recapturing the essence of yoga made available to everyone.
W San Francisco
Retreat to the smart style, dynamic design and cool comfort of our
downtown San Francisco Hotel.
Spotted in San Francisco
2416 Fillmore St
Get a taste of Spain in the heart of SF with handcrafted leather shoes at Freda Salvador.
466 Brannan St
Always supporting emerging artists and creating community based program, Rocha Art stands out as a place to see and experience artwork in a truly inviting gallery setting.
1760 Polk St
Take a swig of cocktail culture at its best at 1760, where mixing drinks is an art form. Try the house gin and tonic with mint, cumin, and mezcal for a new twist on a classic.
Lead image by Jeremiah Higgins