Nicknamed the ‘Paris of the West’, San Francisco is one Northern Californian city that undeniably has a certain je ne sais quoi about it. From the moment you touch down here, you’ll know that everything you’ve heard about San Fran is no exaggeration – it really is one of the best places to travel to in the United States. Combining a laid-back friendly persona with a passion for technology and innovation, all against a stunning backdrop of the beautiful Bay Area, it is a city of liberating contradictions – a place with something for everyone. Oozing through the streets is a quirkiness and eclecticism underpinned by a refreshingly welcoming counterculture that is nothing short of contagious. With cafes, art galleries, event spaces and boutiques on every corner, it’s a wonderful city to explore by foot – just be prepared for those notoriously steep hills.
A most dreamy place in the heart of the city, Proper Hotel is a boutique hotel housed in a stunning flatiron landmark building. Catering to the global creative nomad, the Proper prides itself on being a place of both rejuvenation and inspiration, with service so intuitive you’ll find needs met without having to say a word. The Modernist-esque interiors, courtesy of famed-designer Kelly Wearstler, take inspiration from the city beyond its walls with a bold colour palette and interesting materials reflecting the vibrancy and eclecticism of San Francisco. Cloud-like beds, picture perfect views, walk-in rain showers and luxury amenities such as Aesop bath products, make Proper Hotel as luxurious as it is eclectic – the perfect retreat after a long day of visiting the travel destinations around the city.
San Francisco is in no shortage of Mexican restaurants but nothing quite beats the burritos at La Taqueria in the Mission District. Repeatedly voted as home of the best burritos in the city (and even the country), La Taqueria is an unassuming hole in the wall restaurant with some of the best and freshest Mexican food you could hope for. Don’t expect any frills here. It’s all about the flavour. Get in line, order yourself a serving of tacos, a burrito and a beer and let the flavours hit you – we definitely suggest opting for that extra serving of guacamole, it’ll be some of the freshest you’ve ever had.
Souvla: Delicious Greek street food made with fresh local ingredients.
Devil’s Teeth Baking Company: Locally-loved bakery serving delicious sweet and savoury treats.
Kingdom of Dumpling: Hole-in-the-wall Chinese eatery in the Sunset District specialised in homemade dumplings.
The Mission District is a mishmash of the old and the new, an area that strikes a balance between staying true to its vibrant Latino history and keeping up with the current global trends. It is certainly one of the top areas to visit while in San Francisco. You’ll see upscale shops and sleek bars popping up next to authentic taquerias and lively clubs blasting Latin music throughout the night and into the early hours of the morning. The area is a wonderful celebration of contrasting cultures and not one to be missed when in San Francisco. As you explore this neighbourhood, be sure to look down alley ways coming off the main streets and see the culturally and politically charged murals that make a strong statement on the city’s identity.
Foreign Cinema: An ambient restaurant offering diners a unique experience of taking in a classic film while enjoying their meal al fresco.
Conservatory of Flowers: A Stunning Victorian-Era Greenhouse in the Golden Gate Park.
Twin Peaks: Take this urban hiking route up to the vantage points offering for some of the best views of the city.
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