Business

USA,
San Francisco

Introduction

A vibrant tech scene has breathed new life into the city by the bay. A paradise for foodies, hipsters and hippies, this hilly metropolis also has a spectacular setting, with water on three sides. However, you'll want to skip the touristy Fisherman's Wharf to feel the authentic multicultural pulse.

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Essentials

  1. Even the sunniest days can end in a blanket of chilling fog so don’t forget a jacket, especially after 16.00.
  2. The trendiest areas are also ground zero for tech start-ups: the Mission district, SoMa and the Dogpatch.
  3. A new city bike-share scheme offers a convenient way to get around town. Street-gradient maps are available online.
  4. Stroll through Golden Gate Park or drive across the Golden Gate Bridge for a hike through Muir Woods' giant sequoias.
  5. Head across the new Bay Bridge span to Oakland, which is enjoying a renaissance as shops and restaurants open downtown.

Two-hour tour

  • The California Academy of Sciences — A natural-history museum, planetarium and aquarium all in one, topped with a “living” roof.

    55 Music Concourse Drive

    +1 415 379 8000

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  • Golden Gate Park

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Hotels

  • Independent and easy

    Hotel Vitale

    8 Mission Street

    +1 415 278 3700

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  • Dependable chain

    W Hotel

    181 Third Street

    +1 415 777 5300

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  • Premium

    Mandarin Oriental

    222 Sansome Street

    +1 415 276 9888

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Dining

  • Fast breakfast

    Ferry Building Marketplace

    1 Ferry Building

    +1 415 983 8030

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  • Business breakfast

    Vitrine

    4F, St Regis Hotel, 125 Third Street

    +1 415 284 4049

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  • Mid-morning coffee

    Four Barrel Coffee

    375 Valencia Street

    +1 415 896 4289

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  • Lunch with colleagues

    The Slanted Door

    1 Ferry Building #3

    +1 415 861 8032

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  • Need-to-impress clients lunch

    Ame

    689 Mission Street

    +1 415 284 4040

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  • Lunch on your own

    Tadich Grill

    240 California Street

    +1 415 391 1849

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  • Afternoon tea/drink

    Tartine Bakery

    600 Guerrero Street

    +1 415 487 2600

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  • Dinner on your own

    Beretta

    1199 Valencia Street

    +1 415 695 1199

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  • Dinner with colleagues

    Frances

    3870 17th Street

    +1 415 621 3870

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  • Private dinner

    Atelier Crenn

    3127 Fillmore Sreet

    +1 415 440 0460

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  • Big dinner with clients

    Spruce

    3640 Sacramento Street

    +1 415 931 5100

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  • Late drinks

    Smuggler's Cove

    650 Gough Street

    +1 415 869 1900

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  • On the tiles

    Bourbon & Branch

    501 Jones Street

    +1 415 346 1735

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  • Drink after dinner

    Comstock Saloon

    155 Columbus Avenue

    +1 415 617 0071

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Reading

  • Newsstand

    Fog City News

    455 Market Street

    +1 415 543 7400

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  • Bookstore

    The Booksmith

    1644 Haight Street

    +1 415 863 8688

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Thank yous

  • Designer goods

    Heath Ceramics

    2900 18th Street

    +1 415 361 5552 ext. 13

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Shopping

  • Something you can't get anywhere else

    Chronicle Books

    165 Fourth Street

    +1 415 369 6271

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  • Lost luggage - where to buy shirts

    Neiman Marcus

    150 Stockton Street

    +1 415 362 3900

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  • Something for the kids

    Paxton Gate's Curiosities for Kids

    766 Valencia Street

    +1 415 252 9990

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  • Something for someone you love

    A customised scent from Yosh Olfactory Sense — Four locations around the city; visits are by appointment only.

    +1 415 645 7456

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  • Something for yourself

    Exotic kitchenware from March

    3075 Sacramento Street

    +1 415 931 7433

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Transport

  • Buy a pass — One, three, or seven-day Muni Passports – $14 (€10), $22 (€16) and $28 (€20) offer unlimited rides, including cable cars.

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  • Transport — With scant parking and hills aplenty, San Francisco’s better travelled on a bus, vintage trolley or cable car.

Limousine/car

Fitness

  • Good gym

    Equinox

    301 Pine Street

    +1 415 593 4000

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  • Good running route

    Golden Gate Park's inner route

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