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Nobody knows the SWISS destinations better than our staff. A restaurant that is not listed in every travel guide, an original bar, a charming café, or great tours with spectacular lookout points. Let our travel professionals inspire you with their tips.

Whenever I am in San Francisco, I eat at Bun Mee on Market Street. It always reminds me of my travels to Hanoi, Vietnam, when I often enjoyed delicious French-inspired food. The word «bun mee» is inspired by the Vietnamese word for bread, and you definitely feel the Vietnamese background of the restaurant: inside, with the open busy kitchen as well as the light bulbs and their wires, you feel like you are in the middle of a Vietnamese street. Luckily. Like in the busy streets of Hanoi, you can either enjoy your food «to go», outside watching the busy street or in the restaurant as self-service. Make sure you try the five-spice chicken salad: it’s super delicious!

(Maître de Cabine)
Bun Mee
650 Market Street
San Francisco, CA
+1 415 362 8663

The Napa Valley is highly recommendable as a day trip for gourmets who want to enjoy something outside San Francisco. The valley is a wonderful wine-growing region around 1 ½ hours from the city. Thanks to the Mediterranean climate, the Napa Valley produces wines that are some of the world's best. There is a myriad of vineyards that offer wine tasting. The visitor centre in the beautiful town of Napa provides a map showing all the wineries. My favourite is Pine Ridge Vineyards. The interesting tour, which lasts around two hours, includes a visit to the vineyards, the wine caves and a tasting of the best wines that Pine Ridge produces.

(Manager HR Recruitment)
Day trip to the Napa Valley
5901 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94558
+1 800 575 9777

If you're in San Francisco and looking for a good Italian restaurant, the Trattoria Pinocchio is a great choice. The food is good and the staff are very attentive. It's also reasonably priced: Starters (bruschetta for example) cost about 9 Dollars, pasta and pizza cost about 16 Dollars. The Trattoria's selection of wines is also impressive.

(Service Oriented Architecture PM)
Trattoria Pinocchio
Restaurant Trattoria Pinocchio
401 Columbus Ave
CA94133 San Francisco

+1 415 392 1472

There are no conveyor belts here, instead boats travel along a little river to bring freshly prepared sushi, sashimi, etc., to the diners. In terms of quality, I am sure there are better sushi restaurants in San Francisco, but the boat thing is a unique experience, and well worth the visit.

(Performance Marketing)
Sushi Boat
1737 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94115
+1 415 563 1030

The Columbus Cafe is a good and reasonably priced establishment in a top location. It is situated directly on Lombard Street. The cafe is charmingly furnished and has a very friendly atmosphere. If you fancy a snack there's bagels, sandwiches, focaccia, salad – all at moderate prices. The recommended place to go if you're looking for American flair. And free wifi too!

(Service Oriented Architecture PM)
Columbus Cafe
562 Green Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
+1 415 274 2599

Finding good coffee in the USA is not easy. Places often serve a weak, fairly tasteless filter coffee and the Starbucks alternative isn't very exciting either. On my quest for a good cup of coffee, I ended up in San Francisco's very laid-back and original Café Sightglass. The purist timber building is home to a huge coffee roaster and each coffee is lovingly brewed by hand. A range of different coffees are on offer and customers can choose between a hand-brewed cup or one from the machine. This is a wonderful place to sit back, relax and watch the busy world go by.

(Manager HR Recruitment)
Café Sightglass
Sightglass Coffee Roasters
270 Seventh Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
+1 415 861 1313

My tip for San Francisco is what is without doubt the most special restaurant I know. The Stinking Rose. And although the recipe for its success is simple, it is definitely only for die-hard garlic enthusiasts: the restaurant, which is close to Chinatown, seasons its dishes with more than 3000 pounds of garlic – each month. The Stinking Rose serves garlic dishes: from starters to main courses to desserts. Even the cocktails are garlicky – instead of a Bloody Mary, there’s a Vampire Mary. Simply brilliant! An absolute must for any garlic-lover – and no need to worry: peppermint sweets are served at the end to freshen your breath.

(Maître de Cabine)
The Stinking Rose
325 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
+1 415 781 7673