#EatDrinkStay: San Francisco
Here’s the thing about San Francisco: with one of the most vibrant food and nightlife scenes in the country, every time I think I’ve seen it all, the city still manages to surprise me. I know this city pretty well, so here’s some of my latest fave places to eat, drink and stay.
1. SOMA: San Francisco Proper
Postcard-perfect views, inside and out, are reason enough to linger all day in this Modernist-inspired rooms and exuberant suites. All outfitted with amenities like walk-in rainshowers, Aesop bath products, and an intoxicating assemblage of painterly wallcoverings.We all know how much I LOVE bathrooms… Finely attuned to the demands of city travel, their most obsessive attention, however, is to wellness, connective ease and curating a cloud of a bed for a proper night’s rest. Don’t worry; We’ll get some.
This bar-within-a-bar is one of the best cocktail experiences in the city. SRO, Standing Room Only, is a hidden Art-Deco gem where menus don’t exist— we tell the bartender what we like and they craft a drink for us using obscure, unusual liquors and ingredients. Absinthe anyone?
2. Embarcadero: Hotel Vitale
Tony Gemignani, a 12-time World Pizza Champion, owns this casual pizzeria by the ballpark called Slice House. Don’t miss the gorgonzola, fig and prosciutto pizza, for which he won gold in Food Network’s Pizza Champions Challenge.
3. North Beach: Hotel Zephyr
Time to hit the reset button on San Francisco’s coolest part of town. This Fisherman’s Wharf hotel offer necessities like smart TVs with in-room multimedia streaming, a private car and limo service, and even pet-friendly accommodations. They’ve got everything we want…and a few surprises!
Hotel Zephyr’s brand-new guest rooms and suites have the city buzzing; accommodations feature postcard-perfect views of San Francisco Bay and the city skyline. Their hip outdoor space offers numerous perks including a fire pit surrounded by cushy chairs, shuffleboard and high-top tables. And Pier 39!
Described as ‘Shanghai-meets-Blade-Runner,’ this sleek bar is a must for scotch-lovers. And I am one of them this we know. Keep it simple with the good stuff on the rocks, or pick a Chinese-inspired cocktail, like the Sometimes Old-Fashioned with Peking duck fat-infused scotch (Yes, it actually works).
4. Union Square: Hotel Zeppelin
Hotel Zeppelin rebelliously celebrates the collision of San Francisco’s countercultural tradition with a mischievous approach to contemporary hospitality. Set in a historic downtown San Francisco, walking distance from renowned Union Square, the hotel celebrates the city’s progressive mindset and transforms it into a living story with a revolutionary attitude. A mind-altering experience with a stylish delivery inspired by those who’ve broken the mold, Zeppelin defiantly invites their guests to do the same.
Hawaiian cuisine with a Californian flair: think fresh, local ingredients and spins on the classics. The ribs with kimchi-pineapple glaze are to die for, the roasted octopus is the best I’ve had, and the Baked Hawaii, a tropical (and Insta-worthy) twist on the Alaska, is the perfect ending to a fun meal.