From eye-popping murals to the tastiest dim sum, San Francisco is a
feast for the senses.
Just minutes away from Amoeba Records (one of
the worlds best music stores), Stanyan
Park is a restored Victorian brimming with bygone charm. Ask for a
corner room with a view of the Golden Gate Park. 750 Stanyan St.,
415-751-1000; from $139, www.stanyanpark.com
For a smattering of chic boutiques (Le Boudoir,
Oceana Rain, Heidi Says) head to Fillmore. Harputs
Market was our favourite with vintage Ted Lapidus sunnies, Martin
Margiella baubles and scents from Etat Libre D’Orange. 1525 Fillmore
St., San Francisco, 415-922-9644, www.harputsmarket.com
Lace up your Chucks and challenge yourself to
some serious incline walking (dont miss Lombard Street). Pretty rest
stops include the Japanese Tea Garden and the maze at Grace Cathedral.
If you make it to North Beach be sure to check out City Lights
Bookstore, once a hangout to Kerouac, Ginsberg and Corso.
Located in a 1930s printing press, the menu at Salt
House features unpretentious pub bites such as poutine, ($11)
parsnip soup ($8.50) and suckling pig with lentils and roasted garlic
($13). 454 Mission St., San Francisco, 415 543 8900, www.salthousesf.com