With its eclectic neighborhoods, unique culture, and eccentric charm, there’s something incredibly special about The City by the Bay. Whether you already have a trip to San Francisco in the works or are considering a visit, make sure to add some of our favorite spots to your itinerary.
Where to Stay and Spa
Hotel Vitale, 8 Mission Street, 415-278-3700
Even for San Francisco natives, looking out onto the Embarcadero waterfront at the Bay Bridge and historic Ferry Building never seems to get old. Enjoy the incomparable view from your modern, sanctuary-like room at the Hotel Vitale, situated amid the urban excitement of the Financial District. Take a trip up to the penthouse floor for a “treat-yourself” type of appointment during your visit at the intimate in-house spa. Using organic products from Juice Beauty, the attentive and professional staff will help you refresh and reenergize for your stay in the city.
Where to Get Your Beauty On
The DryBar, Union Square, 123 Kearny Street, 415-347-8908 or 1908 Fillmore Street, 415-347-8908
For a quick and affordable, no-nonsense blowout or updo, the DryBar is the only place to go. Whichever San Francisco location you end up at, you can’t go wrong. Choose between the salon in the iconic Union Square area or the one on stylish Fillmore Street.
Complexion Skin Care Clinic, 1802 Union Street, 415-400-4252
Complexion proves that not all skin-care studios are created equal. Whatever question or goal you may have concerning your skin, professional aestheticians Tim and Kaoutar are dedicated to providing clients with the best advice for a more wonderful complexion. The inviting and professional space is a definite must for your next facial or peel in San Francisco.
Lux SF, 490 Hayes Street, 415-255-4589
Once you go Lux, no mani-pedi will ever compare. This boutique salon in trendy Hayes Valley pampers guests with Bliss Spa products and a range of gorgeous polishes from its own line as well as from brands like Deborah Lippmann and RGB. Make sure to add the heated Soyaffin wrap treatment to your service for the softest skin you’ve ever had.
Where to Squeeze in a Workout
Burn SF, 1463 Broadway, 415-345-8355
A Glam-girl favorite here in San Francisco, Burn’s group classes are a must-try while in the Bay Area, with single sessions priced at $19. Combining cardio and muscular workout techniques, Burn strengthens and tones the entire body with a combination of heart-rate-increasing movements, weights, and a Pilates springboard.
Koo, 408 Irving Street, 415-731-7077
Koo’s nontraditional fusion menu features excellent sushi and sashimi in a fresh and elegant atmosphere. Having grown up in Tokyo, chef Kiyoshi Hayakawa holds on to old-world Japanese cuisine while including more contemporary items as well.
Foreign Cinema, 2534 Mission Street, 415-648-7600
Whether you’re stopping by for Friday-night dinner or Sunday brunch, Foreign Cinema’s dishes are delightful. Enjoy California/Mediterranean-inspired cuisine featuring local, fresh, and organic ingredients while independent films are screened on the patio.
The Slanted Door, 1 Ferry Building Marketplace #3, 415-861-8032
The Slanted Door’s creative menu shows off Vietnamese-inspired dishes using organic produce, ecologically farmed meat, and modern preparation. Favorites include the Grass-Fed Estancia Shaking Beef, the Cellophane Noodles With Crab, and the Cotton Candy (yes, cotton candy) for dessert. Just be sure to make a reservation.
Alembic, 1725 Haight Street, 415-666-0822
This cool gastro-pub on famous Haight Street is the place to go for amazing ambience and delicious, unique cocktails. If you’re a whiskey fan, prepare to have a field day at Alembic. Everyone else should try the Southern Exposure, a refreshing, creative drink featuring—crazy enough—celery, mint, and gin.
Fig & Thistle, 313 Ivy Street, 415-617-9825
With a beautiful beer and wine selection, this cozy bar is a hidden gem, tucked away in an alley in Hayes Valley. Come here after your nail appointment at nearby Lux SF.
Where to Catch a Show
The Independent, 628 Divisadero Street, 415-771-1421
While in town, make sure to check out the Independent’s show schedule for any concerts that may be happening. This premier venue is casual, intimate, and one-of-a-kind, playing host to epic bands of both widespread fame and up-and-coming caliber.