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2008 Trip Guide to Green San Francisco

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Photo: Amanda Marsalis

San Francisco is green, clean, and organic—the architecture is high-tech and eco-friendly, and the food is excruciatingly fresh and local. Is this the world’s first true 21st-century city?In the future, San Francisco will likely have a plethora of green landmarks.

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Inspired by: San Francisco’s Eco-Evolution — by Karrie Jacobs, Published Mar. 2008

Hotels (7)

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    Orchard Garden Hotel

    Set in San Francisco’s tiny, unofficial French Quarter, the Orchard Garden feels exactly like a spiffy little Left Bank hotel—one that’s LEED certi

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    St. Regis, San Francisco

    Unlike its predecessor in NYC, this St. Regis is modern—Jean-Michel Frank modern, that is—in both style and amenities: master panels that control a

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    Hotel Triton

    Part eco-friendly, part rock-and-roll, the Triton is most famous for its seven “celebrity suites,” individually designed by music stars like Carlos

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    Inn at Union Square

    With only 30 rooms, this narrow, six-story inn provides personalized service as well as a convenient location less than a mile from high-end Union

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    Hotel des Arts

    The hostel style of the Hotel des Arts does not draw customers with its luxury or amenities; instead, people come for the location and avant-garde

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    Hotel Vitale

    Location, location, location…the 199-room Vitale has it in spades. Not only is the hotel right on the Embarcadero—three minutes’ walk from the Ferr

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    Clift Hotel

    In 2001, Ian Schrager took over this 1915 Theater District landmark (it’s also close to the not-so-scenic Tenderloin), and the entire city agonized

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Restaurants (12)

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    Millennium Restaurant

    Millennium is a rare, high-end vegetarian restaurant, located just west of Union Square. Designer Charles deLisle captured Millennium’s eco-friendl

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    Medicine

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    Greens

    One of the country’s first and most renowned vegetarian restaurants, Greens opened in San Francisco in 1979. The waterfront restaurant, housed in a

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    Cafe Gratitude

    San Francisco’s Café Gratitude was founded by Matthew and Terces Engelhart after Terces read a book about live foods (foods that have not been expo

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    Range

    Located in the Mission District, Range serves contemporary American and Californian cuisine crafted by executive chef Phil West and his wife Camero

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    Solstice

    Located on California Street at Divisadero, the Solstice Restaurant & Lounge beckons diners with its name lit up in the window and a sun emblem. In

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    farmerbrown

    In the same building as Hotel Metropolis on Mason Street, farmerbrown is where chef-owner Jay Foster creates Southern cuisine using organic and sus

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    Hog Island Oyster Co

    The most famous of the Marshall oyster purveyors sells unshucked oysters—but unfortunately they charge $5 per person merely to sit at a picnic tabl

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    Chez Panisse Café

    As Alice Waters travels the world, spreading her gospel of “local, seasonal, sustainable,” Chez Panisse chugs steadily along in its two-story Craft

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    Michael Mina, San Francisco

    The flagship restaurant of the eponymous chef (who runs nine other hotel restaurants around the country) has one of the most showstopping dining ro

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    Imperial Tea Court

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    Citizen Cake

    Local icon Elizabeth Falkner has reopened Citizen Cake in the Pacific Heights. The fire-engine red store front gives way to a sparse interior with

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Activities (7)

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    Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market

    The Spread: Some 85 vendors and growers spread out around the waterfront Ferry Building on Saturdays in San Francisco, the No. 7–ranked city for ma

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    Berkeley Farmers' Market

    Started in 1987, the Berkeley farmers' market has since grown into three year-round markets in three neighborhoods. Live musicians, food stands, an

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    SF Recycling & Disposal Inc.

    Not only do they recycle everything from beer cans to house paint (which its workers pick up in alternatively fueled trucks, remix, and give away t

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    Flora Grubb Gardens

    The newly relocated plant store is run by Flora Grubb, well-known for her selection of palm trees. She also stocks a fascinating collection of plan

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    California Academy of Sciences

    The Museum, in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, extends green, sustainable architecture in unprecedented ways. Pritzker laureate Renzo Piano's air

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    Yield Wine Bar

    At Chris Tavelli’s wine bar, located in southeast San Francisco’s up-and-coming Dogpatch neighborhood, it isn’t enough just to serve certified-orga

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    M.H. de Young Museum

    Although its collection is a tad out of balance (strong on New Guinea art, historical American paintings, and Anatolian kilims; light on anything c

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Similar Trips (6)

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  • Guide to San Francisco's Retro Sweets

    Union Square, Nob Hill + Russian Hill, Marina, Hayes Valley

    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 down memory lane.

  • Green Travel in San Francisco

    San Francisco, Outside San Francisco, Napa Valley, Union Square, Financial District

    LEED-certified hotels, restaurants using organic produce, and iconic (and very energy-efficient) cable cars make The City by the Bay one of America's greenest.

  • Mini Trip: San Francisco's Music Events

    Theater District/Tenderloin/Civic Center, SoMa, Financial District, Hayes Valley

    The San Francisco Opera has presented world premieres, innovative productions, and dazzling singersfor more than 80 years—while the San Francisco Jazz Festival is a veritable who's who of jazz and

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  • Driving North of San Francisco

    Inverness, Point Reyes, Outside San Francisco, Marshall

    Just north of the city and past Muir Woods, the roads wind through deep forest and deer-, sheep-, and cow-studded farmland—and then cliffs with the Pacific spread out below.

  • An Affordable Family Trip San Francisco

    San Francisco, SoMa, Richmond and Sunset Districts, The Haight, Fisherman's Wharf

    On Sundays, a large stretch of Golden Gate Park is closed to cars and turns into a sea of cyclists and in-line skaters. Cable cars are for tourists. Locals use the city's bus and streetcar system,

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  • Romantic San Francisco

    Union Square, North Beach/Telegraph Hill, Nob Hill + Russian Hill, Pacific Heights, Embarcadero

    Even as the City by the Bay welcomes an ultramodern era, its vintage hallmarks—the camera obscura at Cliff House, the WPA murals in Coit Tower—continue to impress.

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