Tips and Articles for San Francisco

Amanda Marsalis

StaySet in an 1872 mansion, the 21-room Inn San Francisco (doubles from $175) brims with authentic Victorian details—ornate woodwork; marble fireplaces;... Read More

celebrating the 20th centuryLONDON THE YEAR 1900: ART AT THE CROSSROADS ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS (JAN. 16-APRIL 3). A reassessment of the birth of modern... Read More

The city’s cultural terroir is on view in two remarkable exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. “How Wine Became Modern: Design + Wine... Read More

With hotel occupancy rates on the rebound, are last-minute bookings still a bargain? To find out, we reserved a standard room for one night at hotels in... Read More

My parents tasted their first kiwi at Trader Vic’s in San Francisco in the spring of 1962. My mother grew up in Minneapolis, and Vic’s was the most... Read More

Philadelphia: Pizzeria StellaDinner for two $31.The Scene: A Naples-meets-NYC-style pizzeria from restaurateur Stephen Starr.The Dish: Pizza topped with... Read More

I’ll wager you two bits your bartender’s wearing muttonchops and a waistcoat. If not you should ask for your money back, order your Sazerac elsewhere.A... Read More

Michael Fagnoni and Molly Hawks, now co-chefs at Hawks Restaurant in Granite Bay, California, remember the first time they worked together to perfect a... Read More

In Brussels’s main square, 10 master Belgian chocolate makers are showcased at La Maison des Maîtres Chocolatiers Belges boutique, where they host daily... Read More

See our slideshow of the 50 Best New U.S. Restaurants.You know the American restaurant paradigm is shifting when communal benches become more desirable... Read More

City guides are a natural for the Web— how better to get good information fast?— and some smart money is betting on them. Microsoft has snapped up top... Read More

“The id spews! That’s what it feels like when my brothers and sisters are all in one room! The id spews.” I find myself in an instant mind meld with a... Read More

Indian industrialist Ajit Gulabchand has spent the past eight years developing a hill station, a leafy mountain retreat of the sort that India hasn’t... Read More

They have your keys. You have theirs. They shop at your supermarket. You fall in love with their pizza joint. You're essentially strangers, making... Read More

Palm Springs (285 miles round-trip from Los Angeles)A nouveau–Rat Pack oasis on the desert floor of California’s Coachella Valley, Palm Springs draws... Read More

Japanese pop culture has found its way here in the form of New People. On three floors it stacks four Harajuku fashion boutiques, a café, an art gallery... Read More

When you travel into nature, finding an eco-lodge or eco-friendly resort is becoming easier and easier. But what happens when you travel through America... Read More

More than 8.25 billion gallons of bottled water were sold in the United States in 2006, creating 1.5 million tons of plastic waste. The good news?People... Read More

San Francisco’s playful Good Hotel (doubles from $99) has glow-in-the-dark ceiling messages and vending machines selling FedEx-envelope wallets. At the... Read More

Les Touilleurs, MontrealThis sleek white shop in Mile End sells a global range of gear for making the soufflés and terrines of the classic Gallic... Read More

See our slideshow of the World’s Strangest Restaurants.You cross a wooden walkway, walk down some steps, and find a restaurant with just six tables. Not... Read More

Chicago: The Look of the NewOne of America’s greatest encyclopedic museums, the Art Institute of Chicago, is breathing new life into its hallowed halls... Read More

Beginning November 4, visitors to San Francisco's Conservatory of Flowers (415/666-7001; www.conservatoryofflowers.org; through Feb. 26) can admire... Read More

Cultural Hit ListArtEuropeLondon "Louise Bourgeois," at Tate Modern (Oct. 10–Jan. 20; tate.org.uk). Surrealist, Expressionist, and conceptual artist... Read More

“I had hoped to visit a friend in Africa this summer,” admits Susan McCombs, of Kensington, California. “But with recent increases in fuel and ticket... Read More

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