Monday, September 27, 2010

Get away in style: San Francisco

If you are going to San Francisco...

5 Reasons to go

1. Golden Gate Bridge 

I know this is a cliche, but you will seriously regret it if you fail to cross the Golden Gate Bridge! Its sheer size and rusty red colour combine to form a magnificent spectacle. Cross the bridge, take the second exit, pass under the highway and follow the narrow road which will take you to the best viewpoint on the west side of the bridge with San Francisco in the background (photo above from my last trip to SF).

Before heading back into the city, get back on the highway and make a few extra miles to drive through Sausalito, San Francisco's Amalfi Coast, right across the bay from the city of San Francisco.

2. Take the cable car / Lombard Street 

The first cable car service operated in 1873! More than 130 years later the cable car has been transformed from an essential public transport system to one of the city's most popular tourist attraction. 
Make sure to get off at Lombard Street (the most crooked / winding road in the world) and stroll downhill along Hyde Street, with Alcatraz in the background.

3. Dinner at the Slanted Door and at Chez Panisse 

The Slanted Door is the best Vietnamese restaurant in the Bay Area! Located in the famous Ferry Building it is the result of a collaborative effort led by executive chef Charles Phan. It's name has remained somewhat of a mystery, with rumours saying it's an inside joke between its owners...

If you're looking for something more personal, romantic and cosy book a table at Chez Panisse, a small gourmet restaurant across the Bay Bridge in Berkeley. There's a different fixed menu every day in a "dinner party at home" atmosphere. The chef prepares the 4-course dinner in the open kitchen using the best organic and locally grown produce! Here's the menu from my last visit.


"Founded in 1935, SFMOMA was the first museum on the West Coast devoted to modern and contemporary art. From the outset, the museum has championed the most innovative and challenging art of its time, and it continues to exhibit and collect work by both modern masters and younger, less-established artists."

5. Sacramento Street Shopping

"Located in an elegant section of San Francisco, the Sacramento Street Shopping district occupies 12 blocks in one of the country's most exclusive residential neighborhoods. A stroll through the extended neighborhood reveals San Francisco's finest architectural gems, in addition to some of the best views of San Francisco Bay. You will find a great mix of shops, eateries, and other businesses and services up and down the street. Sacramento Street could be most noted for antiques, home furnishings and trend-setting clothing."

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much Thetis! Haven't been to Sacramento street yet, so good to know! The SFMOMA is celebrating its 75th anniversary and numerous exhibitions and events are running throughout the year! I would also suggest visiting Yoshi's jazz club and japanese restaurant for its incredible live music.