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My Curated List for a
Luxurious Stay in San Francisco
When it comes to a mix of work and play, San Francisco has it all. Grand hotels with elegant event spaces, chic cocktail lounges worthy of both business meetings and drinks with the girls, fabulous restaurants for date night, and plenty of luxury shopping. Enjoy our curated list of all my favorites, and have a ball on your next Bay Area adventure!
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The Fairmont San Francisco
950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 772-5000

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I loved staying at this historic luxury hotel in San Francisco’s upscale Nob Hill neighborhood. The beautiful accommodations, top-notch service, and fabulous central location totally won us over—plus our sneak-peak inside the hotel’s exclusive Penthouse Suite was mega inspiring.

 

The St. Regis San Francisco
125 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 284-4000

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The St. Regis has gone mod for their spectacular hotel in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood. Think classic elegance with a contemporary, big-city flair, amplified by skyline views through the massive floor-to-ceiling windows.

 

The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco
600 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 296-7465

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As the only AAA 5-Diamond hotel in the city, the Ritz Carlton in Nob Hill sits a cut above the rest. Inside the hotel’s stunning neoclassical building, you’ll find sprawling lounges, elegant dining options, a world-class spa, and plenty of luxe event spaces.

 

The Battery
717 Battery St, San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 230-8000

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Stay at this members-only club to gain access to a high level community of influencers and entrepreneurs, plus all of the club’s fabulous amenities. The Battery’s exclusive rooms and suites have a boutique vibe, with high-end vintage furniture and carefully curated art in every room.

 

Hotel Vitale
8 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 278-3700

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If waterfront views are a top priority, this elegant boutique hotel on the Embarcadero is a fabulous option. Spend the afternoon unwinding at the rooftop spa, and enjoy cocktails out on the restaurant’s glorious outdoor patio.

 

Cavallo Point
601 Murray Cir, Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 339-4700

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Located on a former military base overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge in Sausalito, staying at Cavallo Point is a special experience. The unique hotel offers historic luxury lodgings as well as modern “green” lodgings with splendid views of the bay.

 

Hotel Zetta
55 5th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 543-8555

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A boutique hotel on Union Square in the heart of downtown, Hotel Zetta has a hip, sophisticated vibe that’s right in step with the city. It’s a great spot to get in the mix with style-savvy jet-setters and local innovators.

 
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The Slanted Door
1 Vallejo – Ferry Building #3, San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 861-8032

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I never pass up on my chance to dine at the Slanted Door. Serving elevated Vietnamese cuisine in a sleek, contemporary space with sweeping bay views, it’s a unique dining experience not to be missed.

 

Zuni Café
1658 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 552-2522

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Beloved for decades, this delightful Mediterranean restaurant is a San Francisco institution that still feels current. The nightly one-page menu highlights local ingredients and meats roasted in a wood oven, while the lofty, industrial space is warmed up by a grand piano, fresh flowers, and paintings from local artists.

 

Tosca Café
242 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 986-9651

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Revamped by the owners of NYC’s Spotted Pig, this iconic bar has become a chic spot for enjoying yummy Italian food with a round of craft cocktails. It’s just the place to satisfy your pasta cravings in style.

 

Central Kitchen
3000 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 826-7004

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If you’re looking for a meal that leans healthy, you might enjoy a night at Central Kitchen. A daily-changing seasonal menu features Northern Californian cuisine, sourcing from regional organic farms and winemakers. The minimal space comes to life with plenty of greenery, wood furniture, and copper accents.

 

Akiko’s Sushi
431 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 397-3218

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This stylish sushi restaurant in the heart of downtown serves classic Japanese cuisine with a unique twist. The space is intimate, so you’ll definitely want to make a reservation for a table—though walk-ins might like to pull up a seat at the bar and see the chefs in action.

 

Tartine Bakery
600 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 487-2600

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Tartine is globally renowned in the world of artisan bread and pastry. You’ll frequently find people lined-up around the block to snag one of the bakery’s delicately crispy butter croissants, pick up a couple of their handmade sourdough baguettes, or sit down to brunch and a latte. 

 

Aster
1001 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 875-9810

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Serving high-end Californian cuisine in a casually elegant setting, it never feels like a bad time to book a table at this Michelin star restaurant. You can go a la carte or opt for a four-course tasting, but whatever you do, be sure and start with an order of the sourdough bread and house cultured butter.

 

Foreign Cinema
2534 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 648-7600

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A unique hybrid of restaurant, gallery, and theatre, Foreign Cinema recently celebrated 15 years in San Francisco’s Mission District. Every night the restaurant screens films in the outdoor patio, while various lounge spaces invite you to make yourself at home, order another drink, and take in the artwork.

 

Outerlands
4001 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 661-6140

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Outerlands’ stunning wood-paneled dining room is a cozy spot to enjoy the restaurant’s elevated comfort food. The kitchen is perhaps best known for their house-made breads and baked goods, which make breakfast and brunch especially fabulous.

 

SPQR
1911 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 771-7779

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Inspired by Italy but firmly rooted in California, this highly acclaimed restaurant features nightly dinner and weekend lunch. The space has an intimate bistro vibe that always feels welcoming.

 

Samovar
Multiple locations
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Samovar’s distinct tea and food concept is a uniquely San Francisco experience. Visit their futuristic tea bar on Valencia in the Mission for a quick bite and a luxe tea latte, lounges in the Castro or in the gorgeous Yerba Buena Gardens to sit down for a full meal.

 

Fish
350 Harbor Dr, Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 331-3474

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When spending the day in Sausalito, here’s where to stop for a delicious, casual lunch with beautiful harbor views. The kitchen sources the best local, sustainable seafood and serves all the classic favorites like fish & chips, squid pasta, clam chowder, and crab rolls. It’s cash-only and dishes range from $12-40, so come prepared.

 

Tony’s Pizza Napoletana
1570 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 835-9888

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In the heart of San Francisco’s little Italy, this classic Neapolitan pizza restaurant was founded by Tony Gemingnani, 11-time winner of the World Pizza Championship. Along with the award-winning pies, the restaurant also serves pastas and Italian entrees, plus specialty cocktails and fine wines.

 

Saison
178 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 828-7990

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Every night, this three star Michelin restaurant serves a prix-fixe chef’s dinner with over 16 courses. At $398 per person, it’s one of the most expensive meals in California and known to be absolutely sublime.

 

Quince
470 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 775-8500

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This luxurious restaurant on Jackson Square has received two Michelin stars for its finely plated tasting menus. The flavors are Italian and French while the ingredients are of course local and seasonal.

 

Benu
22 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 685-4860

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An ultra-minimalist restaurant in the swanky SoMa district, Benu is one of the latest spots in town to earn three Michelin stars. A 20-course tasting menu incorporates Korean and Chinese influences to create a truly unique fine dining adventure.

 
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Remède Spa at The St. Regis San Francisco
125 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 284-4060

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This modern oasis of relaxation in the heart of downtown includes a salt water lap pool, luxurious cedar saunas and whirlpools, and treatments from renowned skincare brand Laboratoire Remède. Enjoy Champagne, artisanal cheeses, and truffles as you unwind in the spa’s pristine lounge spaces.

 

International Orange
2044 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 563-5000

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Part spa, part private yoga studio, this holistic wellness club is a simple, elegant sanctuary in the heart of the city. The spa uses exclusively organic products for its treatments, including the studio’s proprietary body care line.

 

Spa Vitale
8 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 278-3788

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At Spa Vitale your massage comes with sweeping city views and if you so choose, a bathing ritual. Luxuriate in a deep soaking tub in the private bamboo garden for a uniquely relaxing experience.

 

Barrow Salon
256 Sutter St #4, San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 732-0356

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If Zooey Deschanel and Siena Miller are among your hair icons, don’t hesitate to book yourself an appointment at this hip hair-salon founded by renowned Celebrity Stylist Michelle Snyder.

 

Cavallo Point Healing Arts Center & Spa
601 Murray Cir, Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 339-4700

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Cavallo Point offers a bit of an escape into nature just across the bridge in Sausalito. After your treatment, you can grab a pot of tea or a healthy tonic at the tea bar, and take a soak in a heated outdoor meditation pool beneath the pines.

 

SenSpa
1161 Gorgas Ave, San Francisco, CA 94129
(415) 441-1777

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This luxurious health spa in the Presidio offers eastern wellness practices like acupuncture and Thai massage along with traditional spa treatments. Melt away tension in the eucalyptus steam room, rinse off in the Swiss showers, and then kick back and enjoy an organic meal from The Plant.

 

Melissa Hoffman Hair and Make-up
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I loved working with Melissa Hoffman on hair and make-up for this issue. The fresh, natural look she created was perfect for San Francisco!

 

Spa Radiance
3011 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 346-6281

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One of San Francisco’s leading spas for results-oriented skincare like advanced anti-aging treatments, botox, laser hair removal, and more, plus regular spa treatments and essential beauty services.

 

Earth Body
534 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 552-7200

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This award-winning organic day spa in the city’s trendy Hayes Valley district is a lovely place to escape to. Enjoy deeply relaxing massages, rituals, facials, and body scrubs using luxurious Ayurveda-inspired products.

 
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Spruce
3640 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 931-5100

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The bar and lounge at this chic Presidio Heights restaurant is a casual yet sophisticated place to sip craft cocktails, nibble on small bites, or peruse the award-winning wine list.

 

Redwood Room at Clift Hotel
495 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 929-2372

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The historic redwood-paneled lounge at the Clift Hotel is a glamorous place to meet for drinks and gourmet bites. The scene is liveliest Thursday through Sunday nights, when well-known local and international DJs work the room.

 

Press Club
20 Yerba Buena Ln, San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 744-5000

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Showcasing California’s finest wines and beers alongside seasonal small plates, this mod underground lounge near Union Square has an irresistibly intimate, glamorous vibe.

 

Jardinière
300 Grove St, San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 861-5555

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This beautiful cocktail lounge features a short menu of opulent bar bites like caviar, local oysters, sea urchin and steak tartare, plus top-notch signature cocktails.

 

Absinthe Brasserie & Bar
398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 551-1590

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A California twist on an upscale French bistro, this Hayes Valley mainstay is all about the neighborhood vibe. A solid wine selection and elegant private dining options make it just right for a celebration.

 

Novela
662 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 896-6500

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Literature inspires this glamorous Mission District cocktail lounge, where the high-end house libations take names like Jay Gatsby and Juliet Capulet.

 

Bar Agricole
355 11th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 355-9400

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Twice-nominated for the James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program, Bar Argricole is known for shaking up some of the best cocktails in the country.

 

Nopa
560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 864-8643

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The lively bar scene at this lofty duplex restaurant is always a blast. It’s also one of those rare spots that serves food until 1 am, perfect if you need a bite with your nightcap.

 

Mission Cheese
736 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 553-8667

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An adorable place to enjoy wine and cheese in the heart of the Mission District on Valencia. Try their “Monger’s Choice” cheese flights, yummy house-made snacks, and sandwiches with the best California wine and beer.

 

The Battery
717 Battery St, San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 230-8000

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San Francisco’s hottest members only club boasts several stylish bar and lounge spaces where creatives and entrepreneurs gather to mix and mingle. You’ll have to be invited by a member, or be staying at the hotel to get access.

 

Golden Gate Park
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Did you know Golden Gate Park is even bigger than Central Park in New York City? You could spend several days exploring the park’s many spectacular gardens, lakes, tree-lined paths and picnic-worthy meadows which stretch from the city center all the way to the ocean.

 

The Ferry Building
One Ferry Building, San Francisco, California 94111
(415) 983-8030

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This gourmet marketplace in a historic building on the waterfront is home to many of the Bay Area’s best local farmers, artisan producers, and independent food businesses. In other words, it’s a foodie’s paradise.

 

Golden Gate Bridge
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Built in 1937, this beautiful suspension bridge is one of the most iconic architectural marvels of the modern world. Go for a stroll or bike across to experience it up close.

 

De Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 750-3600

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This futuristic building in Golden Gate Park houses a massive collection of paintings, sculptures, artifacts, crafts and textiles from around the world. And if you’re like me, you might be excited to hear the current special exhibition (until May 30th 2016) happens to be an Oscar de la Renta retrospective!

 

Painted Ladies
Steiner St, San Francisco, CA 94117
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It’s always a delight to stop by Alamo Square and get a look at these iconic Victorian houses painted in vibrant colors, with the sweeping skyline rising behind them.

 

Crissy Field
1199 E Beach, San Francisco, CA 9412
(415) 561-7690

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For an active day by the Bay, why not go for a stroll or bike ride along this gorgeous waterfront promenade. You’ll pass beaches, picnic areas, and scenic overlooks as you approach the Golden Gate Bridge toward the end of the park.

 

MoMa
151 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 357-4000

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When it reopens in May of this year, San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art is destined to be bigger and better than ever. The impressive renovation will double the exhibition space, add more free-to-the-public galleries, and better integrate the museum into the surrounding neighborhood.

 

Palace of Fine Arts
3301 Lyon St, San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 563-6504

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Built in 1915 in San Francisco’s now-fabulous Marina District, this monumental structure is one of the city’s most prominent sights. Come to see the beautiful buildings, or stay for a comedy show or seminar.

 
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Union Square
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Home to all your favorite stores, Union Square is the city’s most vibrant and bustling shopping district. You’ll find the essential nexus of Barney’s / Neiman’s / Sak’s, plus all the luxury boutiques your heart desires alongside high-street fashion favorites.

 

Fillmore Street

Fillmore Street is a more boutique-y alternative to big-brand-centric Union Sqaure. Located in the elite neighborhood of Pac Heights, this chic stretch is home to brands like Alice + Olivia, Marc Jacobs, Rag & Bone, and Ralph Lauren, plus plenty of fab dining options.

 

Wilkes Bashford
375 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 986-4380

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Founded by the legendary fashion icon of the same name, Wilkes Bashford has defined Bay Area style for 50 years. With curated merchandise from many of the hottest names in luxury, you’ll love perusing this beautiful Union Square store.

 

Shreve & Co
117 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 421-2600

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This Bay Area fine jewelry retailer carries a chic mix of international designers, including DL favorite John Hardy. Founded in 1894, the company also happens to be the oldest commercial establishment in town.

 

Rand + Statler
425 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 634-0881

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Perhaps a step hipper than Barney’s, this luxury boutique in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley buys with a focused minimalist perspective, carrying brands like Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, A.P.C. and Acne.

 

Williams-Sonoma
340 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 362-9450

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You all know how obsessed I am with Williams-Sonoma, and their flagship Union Square store is kind of the ultimate, with three levels of fabulous cookware, dinnerware, wine, gifts, and gourmet delicacies!

 

Maiden Lane
Between Stockton and Kearny Streets
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Tucked away a few blocks from the Union Square bustle, this adorable street is a hidden luxury enclave. During the day it closes to traffic, allowing you to more leisurely peruse shops like Chanel, Marc Jacobs, and Yves Saint Laurent.

 

Heath Ceramics
Multiple locations
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This iconic Bay Area company makes elegant, simple, and high-quality pieces for your home and kitchen, all designed and manufactured in California.

 

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