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attractions

Official concessioner for the National Park Service. See Alcatraz, one of San Francisco’s most popular attractions, or take a combo tour of Alcatraz and Angel Island. Ticket Booth: Pier 33, 415.981.7625, alcatrazcruises.com

This small island just off the Tiburon Peninsula offers hiking and biking trails, campsites, picnic facilities and spectacular views of the city. Purchase tickets from Blue and Gold Fleet or the Tiburon Ferry, 415.435.3972, angelisland.org

Visit San Francisco’s only waterfront aquarium to get up close and personal with the bay’s amazing marine life. The aquarium features over 180 unique local species. Learn about what makes the San Francisco Bay a welcoming home for wild marine life! Pier 39, 415.623.5300, aquariumofthebay.org

Blue and Gold Fleet offers tours of the Bay and Alcatraz. A free audio tour is available on select tours in nine languages. Bring Wi- Fi-enabled devices to access the tour. Pier41,415.705.8200, blueandgoldfleet.com

Lillie Hitchcock Coit bequeathed funds for the “beautification of the city.” Her heirs used the money to build Coit Tower. 1 Telegraph Hill Blvd., 415.249.0995, sfrecpark.org

This botanical wonderland in Golden Gate Park is the oldest wood and glass conservatory in North America. The inside houses nearly 2,000 plant species. 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, 415.831.2090, conservatoryofflowers.org

Waterfront recreation area, beach and wetlands is popular among locals and visitors. Great views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Located along Mason Street in the Presidio. Warming Hut Park Store & Cafe: 983 Marine Drive, 415.561.3042, parksconservancy.org

Find crab stands along the sidewalks, seafood restaurants and shops in the historic heart of the city’s fishing industry. Pier 43, 415.674.7503, fishermanswharf.org

Once the embarkation point for soldiers going to war in the Pacific, the 13-acre campus now is home to theaters, galleries and museums. 2 Marina Blvd., 415.345.7500, fortmason.org

Former chocolate factory site is home to boutiques, restaurants and the Ghirardelli Ice Cream and ChocolateShop. 900 North Point St., 415.775.5500, ghirardellisq.com

One of the most iconic landmarks in the world, the Golden Gate Bridge defines the city. A stroll down the east side offers views of the city and the bay. Lincoln Boulevard and Armistead Road in the Presidio, welcome center: 415.426.5220, goldengatebridge.org

This park is home to the de Young Museum, California Academy of Sciences and the Conservatory of Flowers, with soccer fields, a golf course, tennis courts and more. Pick up a park map at McLaren Lodge, 501 Stanyan St., 415.831.2700, goldengatepark.com

Cathedral, inspired by the architecture of Paris’ Notre Dame, serves as a diverse gathering place for worship, celebration and activities. 1100 California St., 415.749.6300, gracecathedral.org

Dining, shopping and entertainment plaza named author Jack London, who spent much of his boyhood on Oakland’s waterfront. Water Street and Broadway, Oakland, 510.645.9292, jacklondonsquare.com

Stroll among monuments, bridges, native Japanese plants and koi ponds in the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States. 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, japaneseteagardensf.com

Known for its shipwrecks and landslides, this is San Francisco’s wildest and rockiest coast. The crown jewel is the scenic Coastal Trail, with views of the Pacific coast and Golden GateBridge. VisitorCenter:680 Point Lobos Ave., 415.426.5240, parksconservancy.org

This famed landmark has eight hairpin switchbacks on a downward pitch, making it the “crookedest street in the world.”
Lombard and Hyde streets

This famous chain of wax museums is filled with celebrities. You can now get up close and personal with the figures—no more ropes— and snap a pic with your favorite celebrity. 145JeffersonSt., 415.757.2707, madametussauds.com

Completed in 1791, Mission Dolores is the oldest intact building in San Francisco and was the city’s first church. 3321 16th St., 415.621.8203, missiondolores.org

Marin County’s highest peak (2,500 feet) is ideal for hiking, cycling and offers breathtaking views. Panoramic Highway, 415.388.2070, parks.ca.gov

Famous grove of 400- to 800-year-old virgin redwoods that grow more than 250 feet tall. 1 Muir Woods Road, Mill Valley, 415.561.2850; parking/shuttle; reservations: 800.410.2419, nps.gov

The Oakland Zoo is home to more than 750 native and exotic animals and is recognized for its outstanding animalcare. 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, 510.632.9525, oaklandzoo.org

This row of seven Victorian homes (made famous by the opening credits of Full House) lines the eastern side of Alamo Square Park and is often called “Postcard Row.” 710-720 Steiner St.

This domed rotunda is all that remains from the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition. Today this is a popular spot to stroll, take photos or attend events at the theater. 3301 Lyon St., 415.563.6504, palaceoffinearts.org

Popular shopping, dining and entertainment destinationnearFisherman’s Wharf features more than 50 shops and 14 restaurants with bay views. Beach Street and the Embarcadero, 415.981.7437, pier39.com

Former Army base is now a national park with forests, trails, historic structures, restaurants and the Walt Disney Family Museum. Visitor center at 210 Lincoln Blvd., 415.561.4323, presidio.gov

Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz aboard the one-hour Golden Gate Bay Cruise. All cruises depart from Pier 43 1/2, Fisherman’s Wharf, 415.673.2900, redandwhite.com

Explore the San Francisco Bay and taste wines aboard the city’s only floating tasting room. Sip from a large selection of California wines. Pier 39, 415.859.7052, sanfranciscobayboatcruise.com

This internationally recognized urban oasis includes 55 acres of gardens displaying almost 9,000 different kinds of plants, plus a library and a bookstore. 1119 9th Ave., 415.661.1316, sfbg.org

Home to more than 2,000 exotic, endangered and rescued animals, among peaceful gardens full of native and foreign plants. Sloat BoulevardatGreatHighway, 415.753.7080, sfzoo.org

The 34-acre botanical garden at UC Berkeley exhibits over 10,000 types of plants. It features nine regions of plantings from Italy to South Africa, as well as California native plants. 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, 510.643.2755, botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu

The Yerba Buena Gardens offer nine different types of gardens, a center for the arts, a carousel, an MLK memorial, an ice skating rink and bowling center, plus child care facilities. 750HowardSt.,415.820.3550, yerbabuenagardens.com

The Winchester Rifle heiress spent 38 years directing construction of the 160-room home, which is full of bizarre and unorthodox features, including doors that open to nowhere. 525 S. Winchester Blvd., San Jose, 408.247.2000, winchestermysteryhouse.com

Spectacular mural by seven women artists. conveys the healing power of women’s wisdom and the contributions of women. 3543 18th St., 415.431.1180, womensbuilding.org

Explore

Don’t waste time searching for a place to park. Easily find available parking or a place to charge your electric vehicle with Ace Parking. Check online for locations. 855.223.7275, aceparking.com

Bay Area Rapid Transit trains serve the city of San Francisco, as well as San Francisco and Oakland International airports, Berkeley, Oakland and other Bay Area destinations. 510.464.6000, bart.gov

Explore San Francisco with Bay Wheels, a bike-share system with docking stations around the Bay Area. Rides start at just $2. Requires the Lyft app. San Francisco and Bay Area, 855.480.2453, lyft.com

Bike on your own or take a tour with this biking adventure company, offering locations at Fisherman’s Wharf, the Financial District and Union Square. 415.202.8888, blazingsaddles.com

Offering commuter rail service along the San Francisco Peninsula, through the South Bay to San Jose and Gilroy. One-way tickets range from $3.75-$15. 800.660.4287, caltrain.com

Save 46% or more at the Bay Area’s major attractions. Choose between a booklet of four preset and one option tickets or a booklet of three tickets to attractions of your choice. citypass.com

Available for use on Muni, BART, CalTrain and more, this is an all-in-one transit card that keeps track of any passes, discount tickets, ride books and cash value loaded onto it. clippercard.com

From sports cars to sedans and SUVs, this is one of the largest selections of high- end vehicles from some of the world’s top luxury manufacturers. 233 Ellis St., 415.542.6023; SFO: 780 N. McDonnell Road, 650.933.0124, enterprise.com

Golden Gate Ferry offers trips to Sausalito, Larkspur and Tiburon. Blue and Gold Fleet offers trips to Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island, Vallejo and Alameda/Oakland. San Francisco Bay Ferry offers trips from Pier 41, SF Ferry Building, Oracle Park, South San Francisco, Mare Island, Vallejo, Richmond, Oakland, Alameda and Harbor Bay. sfport.com

Visitors information on where to stay, who to meet, things to do and places to explore in Marin County. 1 Mitchell Blvd., San Rafael, 415.925.2060, visitmarin.org

Citywide bus and light-rail service. Muni Passports, good for unlimited rides for one, three or seven days, are available at the Visitor Information Center at the BART station on Powell and Market streets. 415.701.2311, sfmuni.com

The closest parking lot to the San Francisco International Airport, Park ‘N Fly offers valet parking, door-to-door shuttle service, luggage assistance and 24-hour security. Open 24/7. 160 Produce Ave., South San Francisco; lot contact: 650.877.8438; reservation help: 800.325.4863, pnf.com

The Center is home to a large-scale Presidio model, as well as a variety of exhibits and interactive displays focusing on the nature, culture and history of the former military base. 210 Lincoln Blvd., 415.561.4323, presidio.gov

Reach Sausalito over the Golden Gate Bridge
or by 30-minute ferry ride. Special holiday events include the 13th Annual Gingerbread House Tour, Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks, and the Jingle Bell 5K Run and Pancake Brunch. 1913 Bridgeway, Sausalito, 415.331.7262, sausalito.org

Staff at the San Francisco Visitor Information Center can help with maps, guides, tour and attraction tickets and passes for Muni and the Cable Car. Inside the Moscone South Building, Fourth and Howard streets, sftravel.com

Tuolumne County is the place for Yosemite explorations, Gold Country discoveries and High Sierra adventures, just two and a half hours east of the San Francisco Bay Area. 193 S. Washington St., Sonora, 209.533.4420, visittuolumne.com

Less than a 30-minute drive from San Francisco, Berkeley is your destination for arts and culture, with more than 100 cultural organizations, and for dining, with more than 350 restaurants citywide. 2030 Addison St., Berkeley, 510.549.7040, visitberkeley.com

Galleries

This shop has a fine collection of original art nouveau antique items, which includes lamps and art glass, chandeliers, stained and beveled glass windows, bronzes, sculptures and furniture. 4310 California St., 415.668.4444, theantiquetraders.com

ArtHaus specializes in contemporary works by established and midcareer Bay Area and New York artists. It also provides an intimate setting for cocktail receptions. 228 Townsend St., 415.977.0223, arthaus-sf.com

Caldwell Snyder is a contemporary art gallery representing many significant international painters and sculptors from the 21st century. It has introduced many artists to the Bay Area for the first time. 341 Sutter St., 415.392.2299; 1328 Main St., St. Helena, 707.200.5050, caldwellsnyder.com

This is a gallery with attitude. It specializes in contemporary painting and new media installation art by emerging artists, often with social and political themes. 248 Utah St., 415.399.1439, cclarkgallery.com

The California College of the Arts’ Wattis Institute provides two floors of contemporary exhibition space that are free to the public, in addition to its artist residency and research programs. 360 Kansas St., 415.355.9670, wattis.org

This premier gallery features paintings, drawings and original prints by European masters. Find art by Gauguin, Renoir, Manet, Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Kandinsky and Dalí, plus Frankenthaler, de Kooning and Lichtenstein. 377 Geary St., 415.397.7781, clarkfineart.com

This gallery space is home to original paintings by noteworthy American and European contemporary artists. The gallery also works closely with collectors to assist clients in finding the perfect pieces for their home. 246 Powell St., 415.397.0114, ckcontemporary.com

Bubble Street Gallery offers an eclectic mix of fine arts and crafts. Contemporary surrealist Daniel Merriam’s collection reflects styles from steampunk to neo-Victorian and pop surrealism. 565 Bridgeway Blvd., Sausalito, 415.339.0506, bubblestreetgallery.com

Founded in 1979, this world-class gallery at 49 Geary focuses on photography, with rotating shows that span the medium’s history from the beginning to modern-day. 49 Geary St., Fourth Floor, 415.981.2661, fraenkelgallery.com

Hackett Mill represents the contemporary artists David Beck, Masatoyo Kishi, Manuel Neri, Raimonds Staprans, and Brian Wall and is the exclusive representative of David Park and Robert Schwartz. 145 Natoma St., 415.362.3377, hackettmill.com

Hashimoto Contemporary is home to an eclectic blend of new contemporary artists. The gallery focuses on a range of painting, sculpture and installation-based work. 804 Sutter St., 415.655.9265, hashimotocontemporary.com

This gallery showcases works by 20th-century contemporary American and European painters and sculptors such as Richard Serra and Julie Mehretu, as well as historic exhibits of Georgia O’Keeffe and Matisse. 10 Hawthorne St., 415.781.4629, berggruen.com

This all-media gallery offers a mix of young urbanism and new traditional media. It focuses on exposition, showing works that encourage audiences to perceive visuals in new ways. 555 Sutter St., 415.369.9404, wolfecontemporary.com

This gallery specializes in original paintings, sculptures and limited-edition graphics and features works by Basquiat, Dalí, Warhol and emerging artists. 366 Geary St., 415.956.0345, martinlawrence.com

One of the country’s leading galleries, Meyerovich specializes in American and European paintings, works on paper, graphics and sculpture by contemporary masters such as John Baldessari, Guy Dill, Alex Katz, Roy Lichten- stein, Robert Motherwell, Chuck Arnoldi, Ross Bleckner, Deborah Kass, Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Donald Sultan and Bernar Venet. The gallery has extensive experience in working with museums and international clientele. 251 Post St., Suite 400, 415.421.7171, meyerovich.com

This gallery's museum-quality program emphasizes historical exhibitions of significant artistic movements, foremost the Russian Avant-Garde 1910-1930. This was the first gallery to exhibit Andy Warhol in the Bay Area. 724 Ellis St., 415.541.0461, modernisminc.com

The only gallery of its kind in San Francisco, Montague Gallery specializes in contemporary fine art glass with an expansive roster of world-renowned
artists including Dale Chihuly and Dante Marioni. 445A Sutter St., 415.964.4978, montaguegallery.com

This Jackson Square gallery offers works ranging from old masters to 20th-century modern, European and American impressionism, and 19th- and 20th-century Californian. 545 Sansome St., 415.788.8300, montgomerygallery.com

Gallery includes established and emerging artists—such as Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Vik Muniz, Henry Wessel and Ron Nagle—whose work engages with contemporary social and cultural climates. 1275 Minnesota St., 415.982.3292, renabranstengallery.com

This gallery offers a wide range of exemplary photography that spans from the 19th century to the present, exhibiting works by artists such as Isaac Abrams, Alex Webb and Debra Bloomfield. 49 Geary St., Fifth Floor, 415.421.0122, kochgallery.com

San Francisco Art Exchange is a worldwide leader in art and photographs from pop culture, offering original photographs, paintings and limited-edition prints of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and more. 458 Geary St., 415.441.8840, sfae.com

This gallery showcases every artistic aspect of books, from the antique to the experimental. Ponder exhibitions on censorship and literary forms, or take a workshop on bookmaking. 375 Rhode Island St., 415.565.0545, sfcb.org

This gallery shows vintage and contemporary photographs by established and emerging artists. It’s home to an extensive inventory of photographs by iconic California photographers such as Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange. 450 1st St.
E, Sonoma, 707.343.1928, scottnicholsgallery.com

Located in Union Square, this gallery features postwar and contemporary art by acclaimed American and European artists, including Hunt Slonem, Ross Bleckner and Miguel Condé. 345 Sutter St., 415.421.7770, sorokko.com

This gallery showcases works from American and international artists that present new approaches to traditional media and challenge viewers’ perception. 373 Geary St., 415.956.9999, tangentart.com

Bardot St. Tropez RoseThis contemporary and modern art gallery exhibits internationally renowned and emerging artists, as well as traditional and hybrid media, printmaking, sculpture and photography. 213 Jefferson St., 415.632.1036, zkgallery.com

Museums

Home to over 18,000 exquisite art objects spanning 6,000 years of history and culture throughout Asia, this museum is one of the largest in the Western Hemisphere devoted exclusively to Asian art. 200 Larkin St., 415.581.3500, asianart.org

This museum has rotating art exhibitions that range from classical Chinese painting to abstract expressionism to pro- vocative multimedia work, plus a film archive that offers screen- ings. 2155 Center St., Berkeley, 510.642.0808, bampfa.org

Interactive learning center lets children play outdoors, design and create high-tech projects and oversized structures. 557McReynolds Road, Sausalito, 415.339.3900, bayareadiscoverymuseum.org

Dedicated to the poetry and social movement that made San Francisco part of literary history, this museum showcases artifacts from Jack Kerouac, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and others. 540 Broadway, 800.537.6822, front desk: 415.399.9626, kerouac.com

Museum in the historic Washington-Mason cable car depot and powerhouse that houses historic cable cars, photographs and mechanical displays. 1201 Mason St., 415.474.1887, cablecarmuseum.org

The academy is an international center for scientific education and research and the only museum in the world to house an aquarium, planetarium and natural history museum under one (living) roof. 55 Music Concourse Drive, 415.379.8000, calacademy.org 

This hands-on, multimedia arts and technology experience for kids promotes 21st-century skills. 2214thSt., 415.820.3320, creativity.org

Located in a Daniel Libeskind-designed building, the CJM explores contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art and ideas. 736 Mission St., 415.655.7800, thecjm.org

Founded in 1895, this impressively varied museum showcases collections from the Americas, Pacific Islands and Africa, as well as photography, graphic art and textiles. Free general admission first Tuesday of each month. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, 415.750.3600, deyoung.famsf.org

This educational center offers an array of interactive scientific exhibits and hands-on displays that stimulate the senses and mind. Pier15,415.528.4444, exploratorium.edu

Celebrating the San Francisco gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community through dynamic exhibitions and programming. 412718thSt., 415.621.1107, glbthistory.org

This grand art museum is a three- quarter-scale adaptation of the 18th-century Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris. The museum was built to commemorate soldiers who died in World War I. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave., 415.750.3600, legionofhonor.famsf.org

The MCCLA promotes and preserves arts that reflect the traditions of Chicano, Mexican, Central and South American and Caribbean societies. 2868 Mission St., 415.821.1155, missionculturalcenter.org

Come see one of the world’s largest privately-owned collections of coin-operated mechanical music boxes and antique arcade games in working conditions. Free admission daily. Pier 45 at Taylor Street on Fisherman’s Wharf, 415.346.2000, museemecanique.com

This cultural institution celebrates the richness of black culture and is one of the few museums in the world that exclusively examines the African diaspora. 685 Mission St., 415.358.7200, moadsf.org

This is San Francisco’s only museum devoted exclusively to modern and contemporary craft and design. 2569 3rd St., 415.773.0303, sfmcd.org

Step inside an immersive experience, painted neon pink and populated with cookie carousels and a swimming pool filled with rainbow sprinkles. 1 Grant Ave., 855.258.0719, museumoficecream.com

SFMOMA is the largest modern art space in the nation. See painting, sculpture, photography, architecture and design, and media arts. Most of the museum’s ground floor is free. 151 3rd St., 415.357.4000, sfmoma.org

This museum tells the story of the man behind the Disney magic. The tale of Walt Disney comes to life in galleries with voice clips, home videos and family photographs. 104 Montgomery St. in the Presidio, 415.345.6800, waltdisney.org

This contemporary art center highlights multicultural issues through artwork, performing arts, film and civic engagement. 701 Mission St., general: 415.978.2700, tickets: 415.978.2787, ybca.org

nightlife

This SoMa brewpub delivers reasonably priced, home-brewed beer in unique flavors alongside dependable standards like cheeseburgers and housemade chili. 563 2nd St., 415.369.0900, 21st-amendment.com

One of the best bars in the city for a perfectly crafted cocktail, this hidden spot in an alley off the North Beach strip also serves well-priced bar bites. 15 Romolo Place, 415.398.1359, 15romolo.com

This bar and lounge mixes S.F.’s famed speakeasy-style bar scene (classic cocktails served in an off-the-beaten-path second-story location) with a hipster vibe in the SoMa district. 679 3rd St., 415.746.9968, alchemistsf.com

This modern French-style wine bar has a wine menu that changes daily. Try the thoughtfully paired small plates to complement your wine. 1754 Polk St., 415.292.6916, sfamelie.com

This modern brewpub has a giant torpedo behind the bar, which serves as the base of the bar tap. Barrel Head offers over 30 rotating craft beers, plus cocktails and a full menu. 1785 Fulton St., 415.416.6989, barrelheadsf.com

Self-proclaimed as “San Francisco’s funkiest club,” this hot spot in the famed Fillmore District offers funk, soul, blues, jazz, rock and more. Shows are 21 years and older only. Check online for an up-to-date schedule. 1601 Fillmore St., 415.673.8000, boomboomroom.com

This beer bar features 42 taps and over 100 bottles from the best breweries in the world, exclusive house beers and a kitchen serving bar bites, sandwiches and a limited selection of entrees such as mussels. 34 Mason St., 415.984.0279, mikkellerbar.com/sf

Lauded by Rolling Stone as “the best place to hear live music in San Francisco,” this spot is open seven nights a week and showcases an array of styles, from hard rock and punk to folk and pop. 1233 17th St., 415.626.4455, bottomofthehill.com

This Tenderloin speakeasy offers strong Prohibition-era cocktails in a 1920s private club atmosphere. Imbibe Champagne or bourbon- heavy libations in the library, or book a booth in the back. 501 Jones St., 415.346.1735, bourbonandbranch.com

Cityscape Lounge offers 360-degree views of the Bay Area and San Francisco’s iconic landmarks. The menu features small plates and appetizers. Hilton San Francisco Union Square, 46th Floor, 333 O’Farrell St., 415.923.5002, cityscapesf.com

Named after Henry Comstock and the Comstock Lode, this historic watering hole offers classic cocktails and live jazz, plus upscale bar food. 155 Columbus Ave., 415.617.0071, comstocksaloon.com

Serving since 1858, this Mission Dolores bar is the second-oldest continually operating saloon in San Francisco. There’s no better spot for handmade fresh fruit cocktails and a huge selection of whiskey. 3200 16th St., 415.552.1633, elixirsf.com

Drinks range from pisco-based cocktails to Brazilian beer at this expansive rooftop bar. Dig into tasty bites such as empanadas and meat skewers. 2516 Mission St., 415.550.6970, eltechosf.com

This legendary historic venue has hosted acts such as James Brown, the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, the Smashing Pumpkins, the Cure, Sonic Youth, Prince and many more. 1805 Geary Blvd., 415.346.3000, thefillmore.com

Horsefeather has a late-night food menu (serving until 1 a.m.) and stellar lineup of cocktails made with fresh ingredients and housemade syrups. 528 Divisadero St., 415.817.1939, horsefeatherbar.com

This classy cocktail bar is inspired by the 1950s and ’60s newspaper industry. The vintage decor includes typewriters and news clippings; the staff are dressed in period outfits too. 691 Market St., 415.795.1375, localeditionsf.com

This gastropub specializes in craft beer, serving 28 drafts and over 150 bottles. The kitchen serves upscale seasonally driven pub food. Be prepared to wait—they do not take reservations. 3141 16th St., 415.865.9523, monkskettle.com

This jazz bar is hidden in a back alley in the Mid-Market neighborhood. The bar features live jazz nightly with no cover, a sharp list of rotating cocktails and under-$10 snacks. 39 Fell St., 415.384.9365, mrtipplessf.com

Nihon is a sophisticated twist on the traditional Japanese izakaya and a seductive whisky bar, serving over 500 selections of whisky. 1779 Folsom St., 415.552.4400, dajanigroup.net

Offering seasonal cocktails, an array of wine and a menu of elevated comfort food, Noir Lounge channels a 1940s jazz club with live piano Sundays through Wednesdays. It regularly screens noir films in a dedicated room. 581 Hayes St., 415.431.6647, noir-sf.com

Novela is a book-themed bar where classic literary references present themselves in new and intriguing ways. Enjoy original house libations and historically inspired punches. 662 Mission St., 415.896.6500, novelasf.com

This sports bar features San Francisco’s only waterfront Tiki bar, plus over 35 HDTVs, 200 sports channels, 85 arcade games and 15 beers on tap. The menu offers bar bitesandAmericanfare. End of Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, 415.981.6300, playerssf.com

In2015, Food & Wine magazine named Rickhouse one of the best bars in the world. Dedicated to whiskeys from around the world, the bar also offers beer, wine and cocktails made from local ingredients. 246 Kearny St., 415.398.2827, rickhousebar.com

This historic bar’s motto is “Craft beer, done well.” Enjoy craft beer, wine and cider, plus pool tables; you can bring your own food and your dog. 3349 20th St., 415.506.7305, shotwellsbar.com

Modeled after a pirate ship and Tiki hut and featuring a waterfall, this bar showcases more than 550 varieties of rum from around the world. 650 Gough St., 415. 869.1900, smugglerscovesf.com

The first and only organic brewery in San Francisco serves housemade ales that complement Spanish-inspired cuisine, with dishes served in tapas-sized portions. 661 Howard St., 415.974.0905, thirstybear.com 

This Castro neighborhood landmark has seen the birth and growth of the gay movement through its large glass windows. 401 Castro St., 415.864.9470, twinpeakstavern.com

This historic North Beach dive bar, located just next door to City Lights Bookstore, used to quench the thirst of Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady. 255 Columbus Ave., 415.362.3370, vesuvio.com

Featuring the largest gin selection in North America, Whitechapel’s cocktail menu celebrates the history and traditions of this versatile spirit. The limited food offerings include vegan options. 600 Polk St., 414.292.5800, whitechapelsf.com

Yield specializes in sustainable vintage practices. The menu, which rotates monthly, consists entirely of “green” wines. 2490 3rd St., 415.401.8984, yieldandpause.com

Performances

Offering classical and contemporary theater productions, the A.C.T. is a large, highly respected nonprofit theater company. The Geary Theater: 405 Geary St., 415.749.2228; The Strand Theater: 1127 Market St, act-sf.org

Formerly SHN, this theatrical entertainment company operates the Orpheum and Golden Gate theaters. 1192 Market St., 888.746.1799, broadwaysf.com

Classic 1922 theater that hosts national productions of Broadway hits. The venue has been modified for the current run of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which runs now through Aug. 2. 445 Geary St., 415.358.1220, sfcurran.com

New Conservatory Theatre Center has been San Francisco’s premier LGBTQIA and allied performing artsinstitutionsince1981. 25 Van Ness Ave., 415.861.8972, nctcsf.org

America’s oldest professional ballet company and one of the three largest ballet companies in the United States performed one of the first American productions of both Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., 415.861.5600, tickets: 415.865.2000, sfballet.org

This theatrical experience retells the city’s Barbary Coast and Gold Rush-era history through actors and special effects. Open Thursday through Monday. 145 Jefferson St., thedungeons.com

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus is an international standard bearer for a mix of extraordinary musical excellence and mission-driven activism and is an icon among LGBT organizations. 170Valencia St., 415.865.3650, sfgmc.org

Located in the War Memorial Opera House since 1932, this is the second-largest opera company in North America. It brings exciting performances to the stage each season. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., 415.864.3330, sfopera.com

Founded in 1911, the symphony is widely considered to be among the country’s most artistically adventurous art institutions, well known for its conductor, Michael Tilson Thomas. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., 415.864.6000, sfsymphony.org

This is the first stand-alone performance venue built specifically for jazz in America. The 35,000-square-foot building seats 700 people and boasts the acoustic qualities of a concert hall with the intimacy of a jazz club. 201 Franklin St., 866.920.5299, sfjazz.org

Shopping

This pirate supply store serves as a front for a nonprofit dedicated to supporting students’ writing skills. You can buy message bottles and spy glasses. 826 Valencia St., 415.642.5905, 826valencia.org

This shoe company offers classic men’s footwear that represents New England’s tradition of custom boot-making at its finest. Find a complete line of shoes made with premium calfskins, luxurious suedes and genuine shell cordovan. 170 Sutter St., 415.421.6691, aldenshop.com

Find toys ranging from science-themed to traditional old world toys, books, arts and crafts, collectibles and puppets. 186 W. Portal Ave., 415.759. TOYS; 2 Embarcadero Center, Lobby Level, 415.345.TOYS, ambassadortoys.com

This institution has one of the largest selections of CDs, DVDs, videos, vinyl records, enamel pins, turntables, stickers and vintage rock posters anywhere. It also hosts live music performances that range in genre and are all-ages. 1855 Haight St., 415.831.1200; 2455 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, 510.549.1125, amoeba.com

This dispensary emphasizes education and customer service for seniors, first-time visitors and patients with serious medical conditions. Flow Kana products are available here. 2029 Market St., 415.500.2620; 2414 Lombard St., 415.408.6986; 527 Howard St., 415.741.0741, apothecarium.com

This eco-fashion brand plants a tree for every purchase. This company has set a new standard for socially responsible clothing.
437 Hayes St., 415.800.8576; 2110 Chestnut St., 415.654.5385; 1840 4th St., Berkeley, 510.898.1870, amourvert.com

The modern items at this store are designed by architects and industrial designers. Most of the sleek pieces are imported from Denmark, Germany, France and Italy. 2149B Union St., 415.441.9220, atysdesign.com

This youthful, trendy boutique offers designs for men and women by the likes of Alexander Wang, A.P.C. and Richer Poorer, as well as an impressive inventory of denim. 411 Hayes St., 415.861.9888; 956 Valencia St., 415.682.6988, azaleasf.com

The secret of Biordi’s success is to maintain a clientele with taste and a fond appreciation for Italian Renaissance-style majolica: exquisite objets d’art, hand-painted dinnerware and much more. 412 Columbus Ave., 415.392.8096, biordi.com

This is the second largest Bloomingdale’s store in the country, offering the latest fashions for women, men and kids, plus home decor. 845 Market St.,415.856.5300, bloomingdales.com

Cable Car offers classic British-made menswear, plus robes, boxer shorts, hats and scarves. Don’t miss the barbershop.
110 Sutter St., 415.397.4740, cablecarclothiers.com

This company’s mission was simple: create bags that are practical and functional. Street-tested by professional messengers and urban commuters, Chrome makes bags, footwear and apparel that adapt to unpredictability. 962 Valencia St., 415.874.9232, chromeindustries.com

Co-founded by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, this independent book store and publishing house has been a hub for writers and artists since the Beat era. 261 Columbus Ave., 415.362.8193, citylights.com

One of the oldest businesses in the heart of the Castro is a traditional variety store (hardware plus all manner of home necessities), but with some decidedly non-traditional goods, especially around holidays and Pride month. The annex next door is full of costumes, crafts, housewares and novelties. 479 Castro St., 415.212.8400, cliffsvariety.com

Cuyana (“to love” in Quechua) creates premium apparel and accessories, designed with a classic, modern aesthetic, sourced from the world’s highest- quality materials and crafted to last. 291 Geary St., Second Floor, 415.445.3001, cuyana.com

Dandelion is a bean-to-bar chocolate factory that only uses two ingredients, beans and sugar, and is meticulously sourced.
740 Valencia St.; 1 Ferry Building; 2600 16th St., 415.349.0942, dandelionchocolate.com

The office towers known as 1, 2, 3 and 4 Embarcadero house more than 70 retailers, 50 restaurants and a movie the- after. Sacramento and Davis streets, 415.772.0700, embarcaderocenter.com

Located at the foot of Market Street, this marketplace is home to abundant food shops, ceramics, gardening supplies and skincare. 1 Ferry Building, ferrybuildingmarketplace.com

If you tend to shy away from going to a physical dispensary, Ganja Goddess is the perfect solution, offering deliveries of curated cannabis products ranging from edibles to concen- trates to tinctures. Free ship- ping on orders over $75; most deliveries arrive within one businessday. 855.426.5246, goddessdelivers.com

Hip European fashion oasis featuring cool clothing with a rock-star twist. 3687 Sacramento St., 415.928.3615

Retail giants like Nordstrom and Macy’s anchor this large shopping center approximately 20 miles south of the city, which also features about 120 more specialty shops to boot. 6031st Ave., San Mateo, 650.571.1029, hillsdale.com

Find fine jewels from every important design period, as well as estate diamond engagement rings, at this quaint little shop. 309 Sutter St., 800.924.2213, langantiques.com

The flagship store is housed in two buildings between O’Farrell and Geary streets on either side of Stockton Street and encompasses an entire city block. 170 O’Farrell St., 415.397.3333, macys.com

This clothing company sells luxuriously soft sweatshirts, tees and scarves that are made in SanFrancisco from sustainable materials 2106 Chestnut St., 415.400.4136; 1572 California St., 415.970.5785; 498 Hayes St., 415.829.7519, marinelayer.com

Chic, industrial storefront in the Missionwithitsownbrandof “technical lifestyle cycling bags and apparel” that is all designed and made in San Francisco. Clothing, bags and accessories are both rugged and stylish. 541 Valencia St., 415.864.7225, missionworkshop.com

This dispensary claims to be a “place where you can bring your mother” and offers three different lounges: a vaping lounge, an extracts lounge and a lounge with large booths. Flow Kana products are available here. 1276 Market St., 415.762.4255, moegreens.com

For the best in hand-painted needlepoint designs, visit this shop in the heart of Jackson Square. Needlepoint Inc. carries a wide assortment of original canvases, fibers and stitching accessories. 326 Jackson St., 800.345.1622, needlepointinc.com

This shopping mecca features couture and accessories departments for men and women, plus high-end lingerie and cosmetics. Enjoy a lobster club sandwich or high tea inside the Rotunda restaurant overlooking Union Square. 150 Stockton St., 415.362.3900, neimanmarcus.com

Featuring new, antiquarian and collectible books by and for culinary gurus, this bookstore is a wonderland for readers interested in food and drink. 3885A Cesar Chavez St., 415.282.4712, omnivorebooks.com

Michael Recchiuti’s chocolates come in unusual flavors and designs. The company has been creating hand-made chocolates for 20 years. 1 Ferry Building Marketplace, Shop 30, 415.834.9494; 801 22nd St., 415.489.2881, recchiuti.com

When traveling through SFO, make sure to pick up your holiday gifts for everyone on your list. Find everything from local specialties to international favorites. flysfo.com 

One of the city’s leading purveyors of fine jewelry, watches and crystal, this San Francisco institution features an in-store Mikimoto pearl boutique, Rolex watches and more. 150 Post St., 415.421.2600; 329 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, 650.327.2211, shreve.com

This hip children’s shop carries a variety of local brands, eco-friendly and organic items, accessories and baby essentials. 3985 24th St., 415.648.3954, smallfrys.com

Browse more than 140 boutiques and admire the gardens and picturesque sculptures. 660StanfordShopping Center, Palo Alto, 650.617.8200, stanfordshop.com

A Valencia Street staple, this family-owned store offers men’s and women’s clothing, handmade cards, books and a large supply of novelties and oddities. A portion of profits goes to local food banks and charities. 545 Valencia St., 415.865.0981, shopattherapy.com

This boutique carries messengers, laptop bags, backpacks, luggage, totes and accessories in limited-edition designs. Customerscanchoosetheirown color combinations and play with specialty fabrics. 506 HayesSt., 415.252.9860; 587 Shotwell St., 415.321.6806, timbuk2.com

Founded in 2004, this cannabis dispensary has been at the forefront of the industry and provides a caring and friendly service. Dogs are welcome. Flow Kana products are available here. 79 9th St., 415.626.2100, vaporroom.com

For over 20 years, this upscale vintage shop has been San Francisco’s go-to for high-quality finds. The exquisite collection offers everything from ‘50s sundresses to ‘60s Chanel baubles to ‘70s Gucci bags. 526 Hayes St., 415.621.6259

The affordable eyeglasses retailer has limited-edition styles you can’t find anywhere else. 357 Hayes St., 415.906.5313; 216 Stockton St., 415.528.2698, warbyparker.com

High-end boutique for men’s apparel and shoes that are a curious blend of “rugged” (including brands typically associated with construction and farming) and hipster chic. Fits in well with the evolving Hayes Valley collection of hip shops. Stylish grooming products also on the menu. 460 Gough St., 415.864.2079, welcomestranger.com

This nine-story shopping mall features Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and more than 200 shops and restaurants such as Aveda, Coach, Godiva Chocolatier, Kate Spade and Sephora. 865MarketSt., 415.512.6776, westfield.com/sanfrancisco

Sports

Chase Center is an indoor arena in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco, California. The building is the home venue for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association and occasionally for San Francisco Dons men's basketball. 1 Warriors Way, San Francisco, 888.479.4667, chasecenter.com

Earthquakes Stadium is a soccer stadium in San Jose, California, United States, and is the home of Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes. The stadium is located on the Airport West site that is located to the west of San Jose International Airport. 1123 Coleman Ave, San Jose, sjearthquakes.com

Levi's Stadium is an American football stadium located in Santa Clara, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. It has served as the home venue for the National Football League's San Francisco 49ers since 2014. 4900 Marie P DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara, 415.464.9377, levisstadium.com

Oracle Park is a baseball park located in the South Beach neighborhood of San Francisco, California. Since 2000, it has served as the home of the San Francisco Giants, the city's Major League Baseball franchise. 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F., mlb.com

The Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, or Oakland Coliseum for short, is a multi-purpose stadium in Oakland, which is home to the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball. 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, theoaklandarena.com

The SAP Center at San Jose is an indoor arena located in San Jose, California. Its primary tenant is the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League, for which the arena has earned the nickname “The Shark Tank.” It is also home to the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League. 525 W Santa Clara St., San Jose, 408.287.7070, sapcenter.com 

Tours

This cultural, historical and culinary walking tour of Chinatown includes a look into architectural history, an herbal pharmacy and a fortune cookie factory. Tours depart from Old St. Mary’s Cathedral at 660 California St., 415.982.8839, allaboutchinatown.com

Visit some of the city’s best eateries and bars and take in the sights as your guide shares engaging historical anecdotes. 415.355.4044, avitaltours.com

The Barbary Coast Trail is a 3.8-mile walk through the heart of historic San Francisco and leads to 20 of the city’s most important historic sites. 415.537.1105, barbarycoasttrail.org

Take a tour through San Francisco and learn about its rich history and culture aboard an open-top bus, hopping on and off at any of the 20 stops located throughout the city. 855.854.8687, bigbustours.com

Learn about San Francisco and its role in the gay rights movement on this walking tour that explores one of the oldest and largest LGBTQ neighborhoods in the country. Tours meet at the Rainbow Flag pole near 400 Castro St., 415.550.8110, cruisinthecastro.com

Sign up for fully guided Segway tours of Fisherman’s Wharf and the waterfront, Golden Gate Park, Chinatown and Lombard Street. One-on-one training is provided. Participants must be over 12 years of age and weigh 100-250 pounds. 757 Beach St.; 82 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, 415.474.3130, electrictourcompany.com

Offers more than 30 tours in the Bay Area and beyond, including Muir Woods and Sausalito, Napa and Sonoma, and Yosemite National Park. Pier 41 Marine Terminal; 478 Post St., 415.353.5310, graylineofsanfrancisco.com

Learn the secrets behind the company’s famous candy on guided and self-guided tours of the candy factory. 1 Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield, 800.953.5592, jellybelly.com

These modern-day rickshaws go where buses can’t. See the city up close on the 2.5-hour guided Ultimate SF City Tour; taste craft beer on the Craft Beer Crawl. Pickup locations: Fisherman’s Wharf on Taylor Street in front of Applebee’s, or Union Square on Post Street at side entrance for Westin St. Francis Hotel, 415.851.9190, lucky-tuk-tuk.com

Guide Rick Evans leads a two-hour tour of San Francisco’s most famous downtown buildings and historic landmarks. Reservations required. Tours begin in the lobby of the Galleria Park Hotel, 191 Sutter St.; text only: 415.264.8824, architecturesf.com

Sponsored by the San Francisco Public Library, guided free tours for a range of interests, from Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco to a Golden Gate Bridgewalk. 415.557.4266, sfcityguides.org

Watch clips from dozens of movies shot in San Francisco as you pass the actual film locations on this three-hour bus tour. 888.217.1871, sanfranciscomovietours.com

Get a bird’s-eye view of the city and the bay on this flying tour, which takes passengers soaring above the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz and the Pacific coastline. 242 Redwood Highway Frontage Road, Mill Valley, 415.332.4843, seaplane.com

Get in a workout and take advantage of San Francisco’s great hiking in city limits. Trek hills, stairways and trails and take in incredible views. 415.669.4453, urbanhikersf.com

Wine Country

Founded by a Catalan family that has been handcrafting wines since the 16th century, this Carneros winery focuses on producing small, ultra-premium lots. 1345 Henry Road, Napa, 707.224.1668, artesawinery.com

Specializing in estate-grown cabernet sauvignon and merlot wines, this winery also produces award-winning olive oils and vinegars. Tastings open to the public; tours by appointment. 15000 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen, 707.938.4064, brcohn.com

A stretch of renovated warehouses is home to some of the best local food producers, winemakers, brewers and artisans. 6770 McKinley St., Sebastopol, 707.824.5600, thebarlow.net

This over-100-year-old winery is the production site for the flagship cabernet sauvignon. A French winemaker founded Beaulieu to produce wine that rivals France’s. 1960 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford, 707.257.5749, bvwines.com

Beringer is known for its cabernet sauvignons and bold, oaky chardonnays. 2000 Main St., St. Helena, 707.257.5771, beringer.com

Bin 415 offers excursions hosted by a certified sommelier to wineries in Napa and Sonoma. Bin 415 also offers tours throughout San Francisco, Sausalito, Muir Woods and the Pacific Coast Highway. 415.851.5711, bin415.com

This California Historic Landmark (founded in 1857) offers world-class cabernets, pinot noirs, char- donnays and zinfandels. Tasting room open seven days a week, year-round. 18000 Old Winery Road, Sonoma, 800.926.1266, buenavistawinery.com

A Napa Green Certified Winery since 2008, this winery is an enthusiastic advocate of pairing food with wine. Cakebread cabernets and chardonnays are well-known and delicious. 8300 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford, 800.588.0298, cakebread.com

Visit this 13th-century Tuscan-style castle that took 15 years to build. Find an award-winning collection of wines, including san- giovese, merlot and cabernet sauvignon. 4045 St. Helena Hwy. N., Calistoga, 707.967.6272, castellodiamorosa.com

Since its opening in 1861, Charles Krug winery has produced award-winning estate-grown cabernets and renowned sauvignon blanc. Tasting room open daily. 2800 Main St., St. Helena, 800.682.5784, charleskrug.com

The Charter Oak is centered on a celebratory, family-style dining experience, with simple, approachable and seasonal food–grilled meats, beautiful vegetables from our farm, local wines and unparalleled cocktails. thecharteroak.com

This Napa winery’s chardonnay earned international recognition at the 1976 Tasting of Paris when it won best white wine in the world, and the winery still produces great wines. Visit the tasting room in the Westin St. Francis hotel. 1429 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga, 707.942.5105, montelena.com