Gloria always comes back from her travels with a little gift. This time it’s a list of must sees for your next San Francisco visit
San Francisco, the filming location of countless sitcoms and home of the world’s best-known bridge, is a city with many faces. The popular promenade at Fisherman’s Wharf, the hippy quarter in Haight-Ashbury, and the unbelievably hilly streets – this city on the west coast of the USA is certainly diverse. Here’s a colorful selection of activities for your to-do list:
Hotel: Cavallo Point Lodge
Located just 10 minutes away from the city in Fort Baker near Sausalito you’ll find the encanting Lodge Cavallo Point, a former military base that has been transformed into a luxury hotel. Alongside classic spa offerings, the hotel offers treatments in its own “Healing Art Center” as well as exclusive cookery classes in which exclusively regional products are used.
Museum: De Young Museum
The De Young Museum is found in the middle of beautiful Golden Gate Park. After it was nearly completely destroyed by a large earthquake in 1989, it was reopened in 2005. Alongside permanent exhibitions, the museum is constantly curating great special exhibitions like the recent Oscar de la Renta retrospective or “Ed Ruscha and the Great American West” coming up next month.
Favorite Place: Conservatory of Flowers
Built in the Victorian style, this greenhouse is also located in Golden Gate Park and is a feast for the eyes before you even get inside. Once you’ve entered, you feel like you’ve booked a quick trip to the tropics. Surrounded by exotic plants, palms, and banana trees, here you can flea the chaos of city life and find a moment of peace.
Excursion: Sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge
Anyone who isn’t into exploring the Golden Gate Bridge the classic way – that is, on bike or by foot – can book a sailing trip on the Bay and take a catamaran around Alcatraz. In good weather you’ll have a great view of the whole coast and you even sail under the bridge from one side to another. For me personally, it’s the most spectacular view I’ve ever had of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Restaurant: Al’s Place
With a bright blue façade, this local restaurant on Valencia Street is the city’s new hotspot. You’ll see people every night lining up to get one of their sought-after seats for the evening. No wonder! Michelin-starred chef Aaron London’s menus are irresistibly good and an evening at his establishment is an absolute must!
SEE MORE IMPRESSIONS BY GLORIA ON “COME FLY WITH ME“.
TRANSLATION: MELISSA FROST
Gloria Brachmann lives in Berlin and travels the world as a flight attendant. Before she turned her profession into her passion and started the blog "Come fly with me", she worked as a Contributor for L'Officiel Homme and as freelance Styling-Assistant.