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The Comprehensive San Francisco Trip

Blue Bottle, San Francisco, California, 50 New Restaurants

Photo: Copyright 2008 frankeny images

Welcome to San Francisco 2.0. Nearly a decade after the dot-com bust, the city is getting ready to unveil its upgrade. The astonishing slew of rising towers comes thanks to the latest in superflexible (read earthquake-friendly) materials. These sudden heights are complemented by inventive, headline-grabbing restaurants. But what feels newest is the city's sprightly pace - so much the better for taking it all in.

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Hotels (4)

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    Hotel Vertigo

    Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo was filmed at this lower Nob Hill landmark, formerly the York Hotel. Reopened as Hotel Vertigo in 2008, the renovated bu

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    InterContinental San Francisco

    Situated in SoMa, the InterContinental San Francisco hotel is housed in a 32-story blue glass tower just down the street from Moscone Center. Insid

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    Hotel Tomo

    Named after the Japanese word for “friend,” Hotel Tomo is a colorful, anime-themed boutique property located in Japantown. Inside, the light wood l

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    Cavallo Point—The Lodge at the Golden Gate

    Opened in 2008, with a prime location half a mile north of the Golden Gate Bridge in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Cavallo Point blends

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Restaurants (10)

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    Presidio Social Club

    Housed in a 1903 military barrack, the Presidio Social Club restaurant combines original furnishings, such as stainless-steel medicine cabinets now

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    Warming Hut Bookstore & Cafe

    Located at the north tip of the Presidio National Park, Crissy Field offers one of the city’s best views of the Golden Gate Bridge, making it a pop

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    Conduit

    At Conduit, the copper pipes winding through the dining room make you feel as if you've stepped inside the world's chicest computer. The food lives

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    Yoshi's

    Located in the Western Addition, this Japanese restaurant and jazz club is an offshoot of the Oakland original, which hosted such celebrated musici

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    Epic Roasthouse

    With 29 years of experience under his belt, chef Jan Birnbaum opened Epic Roasthouse in 2008 along with co-owner and acclaimed restaurant architect

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    Waterbar

    Located at the south end of Rincon Park on Embarcadero, this two-story restaurant, designed as an oceanic brasserie, has 19-foot-tall floor-to-ceil

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    Orson

    At Orson in the city’s SOMA neighborhood, chef Elizabeth Falkner is often recongized by more than just locals; a judge on Bravo network’s Top Chef,

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    Blue Bottle Café

    What could be better than waking up to the startlingly fragrant coffee made from freshly roasted single-origin beans? This airy, industrial-chic pl

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    Coi

    Coi's chef (and F&W Best New Chef 1997) Daniel Patterson combines his passions for local ingredients and avant-garde experimentation. With these se

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    SPQR

    A16’s sister restaurant, SPQR, opened in September 2007 and serves—as you might guess from its name, which refers to the seat of government in anc

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Activities (14)

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    Inspiration Point

    Located in the Presidio National Park, Inspiration Point is a spacious sandstone plaza featuring panoramic views of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz, an

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    Ecology Trail

    Leading down from Inspiration Point in the Presidio National Park is the 1.4-mile Ecology Trail. Used as a refugee camp after the 1906 earthquake,

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    SenSpa

    After sustaining injuries in a car accident, Dave Spencer began a personal quest for wellness, which led him to create SenSpa—a holistic healing ce

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    Foggy Bridge Winery

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    Bay City Bike

    At this family-owned bike shop in Fisherman’s Wharf, a variety of 24-hour rental options are available, including comfort, performance, and electri

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    Le Club San Francisco

    Le Club's silk curtains and onyx-topped tables keep an old-school style that's not out of touch (check out the pool table with purple felt). Shoot

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    Vessel, San Francisco

    State-of-the-art LED lighting, an award-winning Funktion One sound system, and high-profile DJ’s make Vessel one of the city’s most popular clubs,

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    MARCH

    Behind a glass storefront in Lower Pacific Heights, Sam Hamilton’s MARCH sells kitchen, pantry, and tabletop items in the spirit of Ralph Lauren. T

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    Carrots

    Located in Jackson Square, this high-end clothing boutique is owned by sisters Melissa and Catie Grimm, whose family runs Grimmway Farms, the world

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    Harputs

    Proprietor Gus Harput turns out avant-garde pieces that look deceptively simple on the rack. Most can be worn a multitude of ways; the three-hole b

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    Miette Confiserie

    Miette translates to “crumb” in French, and is a small, boutique-style pastry shop with four California locations. At this Hayes Valley branch, the

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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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    Ferry Building Marketplace

    Even if you miss the famed farmers’ market held here every Saturday, there are plenty of other reasons to swing by the beautifully refurbished 1898

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    Bourbon & Branch

    You’ll have to jump through plenty of hoops to drink at this nouveau speakeasy. After reserving a table online, you’re emailed a secret password to

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