Presidio Heights is a serene, tree-lined area featuring many styles of high-end single-family homes, including the Tudor-inspired 1909 Roos House. The vast Presidio park borders the neighborhood, offering residents access to the Julius Kahn Playground, plus hiking and golf. Sacramento and California streets offer a mix of elegant eateries, old-school markets and stylish outposts for fashion and home goods..
Located just south of the Presidio, this immaculate neighborhood is mere steps away from some of San Francisco’s most alluring hiking trails and parks. Presidio Heights offers seclusion amid the hustle of the Bay Area..
Pacific Heights is a posh residential enclave known for its architecturally significant homes, including the opulent Spreckels Mansion and the 1886 Haas-Lilienthal house, a Queen Anne Victorian that’s open to the public. A pair of grassy hilltop parks, Lafayette and Alta Plaza, and the Lyon Street Stairs provide sweeping views of the bay. Fillmore Street is a lively hub with high-end fashion boutiques and cafes..
With its shopping options, scenic views and pretty side streets, Pacific Heights was made for sunny weekend afternoon strolling and coffee sipping. Though the area quiets down considerably in the evening, a crop of excellent restaurants have opened in recent years, giving night crawlers a reason to stick around after dark..
Birthplace of the 1960s counterculture movement, Haight-Ashbury draws a lively, diverse crowd looking to soak up the historic hippie vibe. Upper Haight Street is a hodgepodge of vintage clothing boutiques, record shops, bookstores, dive bars and casual, eclectic restaurants. Bordering Golden Gate Park, the neighborhood features many colorful, well-preserved Victorian homes, including the storied Grateful Dead House…
The “Summer of Love” lives on throughout this charming Victorian sector, the location of one of the world’s top medical schools. Alamo Square, Cole Valley, Lower Haight, Parnassus Heights One of the most photographed scenes in San Francisco, Alamo Square’s famous “postcard row” at Hayes and Steiner streets is a tight formation of Victorian houses back-dropped by downtown skyscrapers, providing a stunning contrast.
The best sushi.
Though San Francisco is a ten-hour flight from Japan, you wouldn’t know it by the volume of precious, ice-packed chests arriving daily from Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market to create the city’s best sushi. San Francisco is home to an impressive network of master sushi chefs, trained at acclaimed Japanese restaurants, and opening their own seafood restaurants in the Bay Area. Whether your ideal meal is super-fresh, simply prepared nigiri or wildly inventive omakase, there’s a sushi bar for every taste..
This upscale restaurant serves omakase (chef’s choice) only: $98 for seven courses or $165 for 10. The carefully calibrated progression of dishes is designed to achieve a distinctive balance of tastes, colors, and cooking methods (roasting, steaming, frying, simmering and served raw). Mitsunori Kusakabe, an alum of Nobu Tokyo, New York and Miami Beach, oversees the sushi bar. After leaving Miami, Kusakabe honed his skills at Sushi Ran, the revered Sausalito sushi restaurant. He’s is an expert in traditional Edomae sushi techniques, as well as a certified blowfish butcher—order accordingly..
The best steakhouses.
Flanked by lush Napa Valley wineries and sprawling cattle ranches to the north, the Bay Area is rich in high-quality meat and unparalleled wine. Unsurprisingly, there’s no shortage of serious steakhouses in San Francisco. Some of the best restaurants in San Francisco are butchering, dry-aging and searing beef to a juicy, tender finale (and serving it alongside an expertly paired local cabernet, naturally).
This beloved mainstay started out as a 14-stool counter in 1937. Following a fire in 2007, the family-owned establishment moved to North Beach and rebuilt with an open kitchen. As the checkerboard floor and red leather booths suggest, the spot is known for classic Italian-American fare. That includes the generously-sized steaks, served alongside your choice of sides. Go for the 10-ounce flank steak or the New York steak—both are dry-aged and seared for a rich, lightly charred flavor.