There’s a lot to love about San Francisco, it hard to know where to start. If panoramic parks, handmade pasta, stiff drinks and packed dance floors are your jam, San Fran is for you. We caught up with bonafide San Francisco veteran, associate editor of San Francisco magazine, Jenna Scatena, for her inside scoop on what’s to love most about the city.
Cotogna – Next to the upscale Quince, you’ll find the newer, more casual Cotogna, serving the best handmade pasta with some of the freshest local ingredients in town.
Yuet Lee – This old-school Cantonese restaurant on Chinatown’s Stockton Street is my favourite for Chinese food, and Original Joe’s on Union Street is my top pick for Italian.
Monarch – San Francisco isn’t known for a large club scene, but with stiff drinks and a packed dance floor (and even sexy acrobats some nights), Monarch is always going off.
The Saloon – This North Beach bar has been open since 1861. You’ll find live blues, cheap drinks and great bartenders. On Sundays, the awesome Chicago Blues Power plays from 4pm to 8pm.
Dolores Park – The grassy slope has panoramic views of the skyline and is blanketed with locals picnicking, drinking beer and playing music.
The Mission District – Hop on the cable car to Powell and Market streets – cars leave every five to 10 minutes at peak times – and head over to the Mission to shop ’til you drop.
Oakland Art Murmur – An easy 10-minute BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) ride from San Francisco land and you’re a few short blocks from Oakland’s burgeoning art epicentre. Get off at 19th Street station and walk uptown, where you’ll find a row of galleries, studios and murals.
Pacifica – Drive down to Pacifica (which takes about 20 minutes) and stop at Nick’s at Rockaway Beach for awesome Pacific views. Stay overnight at the Sea Breeze Motel or have a drink at the pier on the weekend.
Insider info #1 – Wear layers. It might be warm and sunny in the morning, but you never know when ‘Karl the Fog’ will creep in.
Insider info #2 – Have a bloody mary at Gino and Carlo on Green Street before breakfasting at one of the outdoor cafes on Columbus Avenue.