Tips and Articles for San Francisco

Amanda Marsalis

Some people unpack when they first arrive in a city. Me, I look for Chinatown. It started, I suppose, with my grandparents. Traveling halfway around the... Read More

"San Francisco these days?It's like a groovy Mayberry!" Ben Ospital tells me on my first night in town. We are lingering over a three-hour dinner with... Read More

Detailed street grids, uncluttered graphics, and indexes to streets and attractions make Insight Flexi-Map ($7.95) ideal for drivers. The laminated... Read More

THE HUDSON | NEW YORK CITY Manhattan is deservedly notorious for obscene hotel rates; the average tariff recently topped $250, and even that sounds low... Read More

When San Francisco's De Young Museum reopens on October 15 after nearly four years of construction, a city that fights doggedly to preserve its... Read More

It's not always the four-star meals that stick in our memories when we travel. Sometimes the most evocative foods are simple, local dishes with everyday... Read More

Every day, Americans drink about 400 million cups of coffee, and I am nothing but grateful for my generous share. I got my first intoxicating taste as... Read More

What is "American cuisine" now?In search of answers, we traveled to 10 of our most forward-thinking food capitals to bring you the best examples and the... Read More

BedsNew York City’s Benjamin (125 E. 50th St.; 866/222-2365; thebenjamin.com; doubles from $409) has a money-back sleep guarantee and a specialized... Read More

We all look forward to the New Year to get a fresh start, make resolutions, and of course to peer into our crystal ball and figure out what will happen... Read More

San Francisco’s Japantown, America’s largest, is in the midst of a makeover, complete with direct-from-Tokyo bookstores and toy shops, and soon, a three... Read More

Q: My family and I are renting a country house in England. Do we need to follow any specific recycling guidelines? —Charlotte Gandossi, Jacksonville,... Read More

See our slideshow of 2009 Travel Horoscopes.Matt Murphy, 38, a Capricorn from New York City, is planning a big trip in 2009 but agonizing between a... Read More

Even dance clubs around the world are putting their own spin on going green. At Surya, in London, the floor is piezoelectric—it harnesses the power of... Read More

See our slideshow of Must-See Green American Landmarks.From atop the High Line, the old elevated freight track that is about to debut as New York’s most... Read More

The Just-opened California Academy of Sciences (55 Music Concourse Dr.; 415/379-8000; calacademy.org ), in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, extends... Read More

Some news doesn’t need to be sugarcoated: retro candy stores are back in style. In San Francisco, a handful of brightly colored shops trigger a trip... Read More

Last year a lot of travelers found that their favorite hotels--and sometimes an entire city's worth of rooms-were sold out for the dates they... Read More

Brian Barneclo (www.brianbarneclo.com) has literally painted his town red—and black and yellow and blue. The 34-year-old San Francisco artist’s massive,... Read More

ArtEuropeLondon"Hogarth" at Tate Britain (through Apr. 29). This wide-ranging retrospective, the most comprehensive devoted to the 18th-century British... Read More

Dodge dim sum. Hold the raves on risotto. Here's the lowdown on Stars and Stripes for the taste buds. Sure, you might have to drive out of the comfort... Read More

New OrleansBarLe Phare 523 Gravier St.; 504/636-1890; drinks from $7.The ClassicSazerac Absinthe, rye, or bourbon; simple syrup; Peychaud’s bitters;... Read More

ArtEuropeLondon“From Russia: French and Russian Master Paintings, 1870–1925, from Moscow and St. Petersburg,” at the Royal Academy of Arts (through... Read More

Hog Island Oyster Co. This Tomales Bay grower serves up to seven varieties—from sweet Kumamotos to briny French Hogs—at the counter.Acme Bread Co.... Read More

ShoppingU.S. + Canada1. GREAT VALUE San Francisco The Four Seasons makes luxury shopping in nearby Union Square even more enticing. Their partnership... Read More

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