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5 Concierge Recommendations for a Perfect Day Out in San Francisco

By admin |  October 29 2007


Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park

We asked San Francisco’s top concierges to share their personal recommendations for the perfect day in the city

Charisse Fazzari

Charisse Fazzari, Chief Concierge, Mandarin Oriental

“Begin your day at Sears Fine Food restaurant / diner (439 Powell St), a San Francisco institution since the 1930s. After breakfast enjoy a morning of shopping in Union Square where you will find Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Gump’s, Wilkes Bashford and Tiffany’s, to name just a few.

Climb aboard one of our world class cable cars and experience the ride of a lifetime, winding around the curves and the steep hills of San Francisco. Don’t forget to get off on Lombard to see the crookedest street in the world. Next, spend time in Ghirardelli Square and try some of the world famous chocolate before continuing on to explore the Fisherman’s Wharf area where you can enjoy some of the freshest seafood available. After lunch, head towards North Beach, our Italian quarter; by this point, you will be ready for dessert and an espresso pick-me-up! One block from North Beach is Chinatown, the perfect place to purchase fortune cookies or other San Francisco souvenirs to bring home. End the perfect day by enjoying dinner at one of the city’s many wonderful restaurants.”

BEST RESTAURANTS

Silk’s

Cuisine: Californian/Asian

+1 415 276 9619

Mandarin Oriental San Francisco, 222 Sansome Street, San Francisco, CA 94104

www.mandarinoriental.com

 

Gary Danko

Cuisine: Italian

+1 415 749 2060

800 North Point at Hyde Street, San Francisco, 94109

www.garydanko.com.

 

Acquerello

Cuisine: Italian

+1 415 567 5432

1722 Sacramento Street, San Francisco 94109

www.acquerello.com

 

BEST shopping:

Gump’s

+1 415 982 1616

135 Post Street, San Francisco, 94108

www.gumps.com

 

BEST TO DO / ACTIVITIES / LEISURE

Explore San Francisco by foot and cable car

Antonio Barrios

Antonio Barrios, Chief Concierge, The St. Regis San Francisco

“Stroll down to the Ferry Building on Saturday morning to experience San Francisco’s famous farmers’ market.”

“Enjoy an array of fabulous baked goods, cheeses and coffee for breakfast. Follow the best meal of the day by boarding a ferry and taking a beautiful bay cruise to Sausalito.”

 

BEST RESTAURANTS

Spruce

Cuisine: Contemporary American

+1 415 931 5100

3640 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, 94118

www.sprucesf.com

 

Gary Danko

Cuisine: Italian

+1 415 749 2060

800 North Point Street, San Francisco, 94109

www.garydanko.com

 

Benu

Cuisine: Modern Asian

+1 415 685 4860

22 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, 94105

www.benusf.com

 

BEST SHOP

Gump’s

+1 415 982 1616

135 Post Street, San Francisco, 94108

www.gumps.com

Kyle Yergenson

Kyle Yergenson, Chief Concierge, Taj Campton

Recommended Itinerary:

  • Breakfast: Boulette’s Larder in the Ferry Building at the Embarcadero
  • Sailboat charter to Sausalito on the Nohilani with Captain Danny
  • Lunch at Cavallo Point in Sausalito
  • Afternoon at the California Academy of Sciences
  • Dinner at Taj Campton Place

 

BEST RESTAURANTS

Taj Campton Place

Cuisine: Mediterranean / Californian

+1 415 955 5555

340 Stockton Street, San Francisco, 94108

www.camptonplacesf.com

 

Wayfare Tavern

Cuisine: American

+1 415 772 9060

558 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, 94111

www.wayfaretavern.com

 

BEST SHOP

Gump’s

+1 415 982 1616

135 Post Street, San Francisco, 94108

www.gumps.com

 

BEST TO DO

Golden Gate Park or Waterfront Tours

Stacy Sugarman

Stacy Sugarman, W Insider, W San Francisco

Stacy Su garman, W Insider W San Francisco

“Start your day by indulging your soul at Brenda’s French Soul Food (652 Polk Street).”

“Don’t miss the Crawfish beignets! After you’ve had your fill, explore San Francisco in style on a private tour with Blue Heron Custom Tours, where you will see all the city has to offer including Chinatown, Union Square, North Beach, The Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, and much, much more! Conclude your tour at the Ferry Building where you can lose yourself in a maze of local roach coaches, bakers, creameries, meat curers and produce stands. Be sure to visit ACME Bread, Cowgirl Creamery, Boccalone Salumeria, Miette bakery, and pre-heat the senses at Hog Island Oyster Company. Then, relax and recharge with a massage and mani-pedi at Bliss Spa. Once you are ready to hit the streets, take the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) to the Mission District and refuel at The Monk’s Kettle (3141 16th Street) with more beers on tap than you can dream, and feast at Hog & Rocks (3431 19th Street), where you find the perfect combination of dishes from the land and sea. What’s next? Head back into the heartbeat of San Francisco, where you can sip cocktails and let loose at Otis Lounge (25 Maiden Lane) where Megan Pattison spins R&B and Soul. End your night at the Living Room Bar of the W Hotel, where locals and visitors come to taste some of the most innovative and seasonal cocktails in SOMA.”

 

BEST RESTURANTS

Gitane

Cuisine: Western European

+1 415 788 6686

6 Claude Lane, San Francisco, 94108

www.gitanerestaurant.com

 

Wayfare Tavern

Cuisine: American

+1 415 772 9060

558 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, 94111

www.wayfaretavern.com

 

Benu

Cuisine: Modern Asian

+1 415 685 4860

22 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, 94105

www.benusf.com

 

BEST SHOP / PLACE TO SHOP

Anywhere on Union Street.

BEST TO DO

Indulge in Street Vender Food and Roach Coaches, some of the best food in SF

Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe, Chief Concierge, The Fairmont

Golden Gate Park

Breakfast at The Buena Vista Cafe (home of Irish Coffee in San Francisco) on Hyde Street. Hire a car and driver to visit the high points of the City, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Sausalito and Muir Woods. Lunch in Sausalito at The Spinnaker restaurant on Spinnaker Drive.

Visit Alcatraz in the afternoon (must book ahead as this is very popular.Try alcatrazcruises.com) Check out popular Beach Blanket Babylon – the world’s longest running musical revue.

 

BEST RESTAURANTS

Fleur de Lys

Cuisine: French

+1 415 673 7779

777 Sutter Street, San Francisco, 94109

www.fleurdelyssf.com

 

Perbacco

Cuisine: Modern Italian

+1 415 955 0663

230 California St, San Francisco, 94111

www.perbaccosf.com

 

Wayfare Tavern

Cuisine: American

+1 415 772 9060

558 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, 94111

www.wayfaretavern.com

 

BEST SHOPPING

Gump’s

+1 415 982 1616

135 Post Street, San Francisco, 94108

www.gumps.com

 

Wilkes Bashford

+1 415 986 4380

375 Sutter Street, San Francisco, 94108

wilkesbashford.com

 

BEST TO DO

Visit Alcatraz

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