Lifestyle & Parenting

Here’s the Plan: San Fran!

April 29, 2011

The City by the Bay is the ultimate big-city-boho getaway.


In a city revered for its restaurant scene, new spots
better be ready to play with the big boys. Flour
+ Water
serves up rustic Italian fare (Neopolitan pizzas and
homemade pastas) in a hip industrial setting. The menu was so fantastic
we opted for over half of it: farro garganelli with braised pork
shoulder and fennel ($17), boartadella pizza (pea tendrils, spring
shallots, pecorino and fresh horseradish ($17)and nettle cappellacci dei
briganti with boar sugo, carrot & pine nut ($17). Not a forkful was
left. This super busy spot now takes reservations, and be sure to make
them (rumour has it Steve Jobs wasn’t able to skip the line). 2401
Harrison St., San Francisco,

Take a walk to Chinatown and find the bustling R&G
, featured on Anthony Bourdoin’s No Reservations and
one of the Michelin Guide’s favourite places. The lunch specials are
cheap and cheerful (starting from $6)the chicken cashew was tasty and
worth a tenner. 631 Kearney St., San Francisco, 415-982-7877,


Some clothes are worthy of reincarnationat least the
clothes at Afterlife
are. Mixing the kitsch (old boy band concert tees) with high-end
reconstructed pieces, this breezy boutique doesn’t require a PhD in
vintage shopping to score something greatand wearable. Afterlife, 988
Valencia St., San Francisco,


Atop the hill where the city’s iconic cable cars meet,
the opulent and historic Fairmont
San Francisco
is the perfect spot to rest (on Frette linens, no
less) after exploring the city’s endless niches. Seeing as it was the
first hotel in the US to have concierges, it’s no wonder the staff is
attentive and knowledgable, with spot-on recommendations for everything
from breakfast diners to late-night drugstores. We loved the hallways
lined with black and white photos of dignitaries who have spent time at
the hotel, from presidents JFK to Obama. From $179/night,




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