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DEARSUGAR's Guide To San Francisco

DEARSUGAR's Guide To San Francisco

Dear Sugar
I am taking my first trip to San Francisco this weekend and I was wondering if you could help with an itinerary. What are the "must see" sights? I am also shopaholic and I am definitely interested in finding out where all of the hot shops, hotels, restaurants and insider secret spots are! Born to Shop Sienna

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Dear Born to Shop Sienna
San Francisco is a great city for a vacation! I have no doubt that you will have a great time! I've included info on: shops, spas, hotels and sights for you to see. First, let's start with a place for you to stay:

Hotel Vitale is a trendy new hotel on the Embarcadero that has great rooms overlooking the bay or the city. The popular Americano Baris conveniently located in the lobby of the hotel and is perfect for happy hour after a long day of shopping. If you are looking for a more low key, neighborhood feel, try Hotel Del Sol in the heart of the Marina district. It is walking distance from the Balboa Cafe where you can bite into the best burger in town.

After hitting all the must see tourist spots, it's time to shop til you drop. The Marina has three streets chock full of adorable, trendy yet unique boutiques. Don't miss Dress,Two Skirts on Chestnut street, Sister 6 and Abigail Morgan on Union street. On Fillmore street, you'll definitley want to pop into Heidi Says and Margaret O'Leary.

Sacramento Street is another quaint neighborhood lined with amazing shops. Susan's, The Grocery Store, and Bettina are must stop shops. Hopefully you will have a chance to drive over to Marin Country as Mill Valley has one of my favorite destination stores, Canvas.

San Francisco's Union Square has everything from large department stores like Neiman Marcus to Zara, but make sure to stop by Metier, a smaller boutique where you will find fabulous designer clothing and gorgeous one of a kind jewelry.

After all this shopping, your body and feet are most likely going to be screaming for some much needed R&R at one of San Francisco'stop rated, fabulous spas. I hope these suggestions are helpful for you. Have a great trip.

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Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
I'd love to go someday!
lickety-split lickety-split 10 years
it would be fun to have travel pages on pop that the "owners" could post about and then locals or posters who have recommendations or comments could add to the info. i live in the bay area and have no idea what to do outside of the standard stuff. i'd actually never heard of the stuff pop posted. but san diego; i could post some cool stuff for that city. 2007?
Marci Marci 10 years
It's very touristy, but Lombard Street is worth seeing. And The Cannery and Ghiradelli Square down on the Wharf are fun. Check out the seals lolling about. Coit Tower is popular but I didn't find it worth the wait. And the view from the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge is great. Oh, and China Town! The ferry to Sausalito makes for a great day out, as well. LOTS to do in San Francisco. I've been there many times.
malzie89 malzie89 10 years
me too
yayita yayita 10 years
never been, but would love to go
puddinpie puddinpie 10 years
I highly recommend Chez Panisse Cafe, which is upstairs from the more-famous restaurant. Chez Panisse only serves one set menu for the evening, whereas you can choose what you want to eat in the slightly more casual upstairs cafe. It's great food, moderately-priced (around $150 for 2 with a modest bottle of wine), and has a very cozy atmosphere. You don't want to go to San Fran and miss out on Alice Waters' food! I also highly recommend Tartine Bakery (especially their almond croissant and their Niman ranch ham and cheese croissant). If you're heading out to Yountville, try to get into Bouchon or Bouchon Bakery (and good luck with the French Laundry unless you're booking 3 months in advance!)
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