Inspired by the artisanal shops and diverse restaurants of San Francisco's just-inaugurated Ferry Building Marketplace, two city hotels have introduced food tours. At the Four Seasons San Francisco (415/633-3636;; tours from $175), an epicurean concierge guides guests through the market, and the W San Francisco (415/777-5300;; doubles from $499) has a tour led by the hotel's executive chef, Paul Piscopo. Both itineraries culminate in an elaborate feast. Should you venture into the marketplace on your own, there are five spots worth a visit. Celebrity chef Traci Des Jardins concocts Mexican comfort food with a sophisticated twist at Mijita (415/399-0814; dinner for two $20). Try the Niman Ranch pork carnitas wrapped in tortillas. • The high-concept Vietnamese Slanted Door (415/861-8032; dinner for two $65), with unbeatable views of the Bay Area, serves succulent lamb topped with tamarind sauce. • Boulette's Larder (415/399-1155; lunch for two $25) creates French nibbles such as steaming choucroute (cabbage) and hearty pork meatballs. • Cowgirl Creamery (415/362-9354) carefully selects hundreds of regional and international dairy products (wasabi goat cheese disks, Cabrales blue cheeses). • Don't skip confectioner Michael Recchiuti's namesake store (415/834-9494), which sells fine handmade chocolates. His burnt-caramel truffle with bittersweet ganache is sublime.
—David Kaufman