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You want to try out the best gourmet restaurant? You’re looking for a cosy café? You’re looking forward to relishing local specialities? Or you want to turn the night into day at a cool club? Let our select choices inspire you.

    • E&O Kitchen and Bar

      Fusion cuisine
      The E&O Kitchen and Bar serves up modern pan-oriental dishes in a hip venue. Spread over three floors, this restaurant's high ceilings and minimalistic design creates a unique ambiance. The food is original – best described as a mixture between American and oriental cuisine. The restaurant is open late in the evening. Anyone who wants a drink after dinner can move to a table in the lounge and enjoy one of the delicious cocktails.
      314 Sutter Street
      San Francisco, CA 94108
      +1 415 693 0303
      eosanfrancisco.com
    • The Alembic

      Rustic
      This fashionable, rustic restaurant in the new vintage look is located in the former hippie haven of Haight-Ashbury. You can have a big meal or stay with tasty snacks and starters. The Alembic is well-known for its cocktail bar, which has an extraordinary selection of drinks ranging from classic cocktails and various sakes to trendy microbrews. Which is not to say that food plays a secondary role – the New American dishes are exquisite.
      1725 Haight Street
      San Francisco, CA 94117
      +1 415 666 08 22
      alembicbar.com
    • Zuni Café

      Legend
      The Zuni Café is one of the city’s legendary eateries and, together with Chez Panisse located across the bay in Berkeley, ranks as a pioneer in the new Californian cuisine that is based on fresh Mediterranean-style market cuisine. Zuni is known for its simple, tasty dishes such as ricotta gnocchi, radicchio salad with anchovy vinaigrette, and roast chicken with bread salad. A visit to the Zuni Café is one of the musts when in San Francisco.
      1658 Market Street
      San Francisco, CA 94102
      +1 415 552 25 22
      zunicafe.com
    • Jackson Fillmore

      Trattoria
      This neighbourhood trattoria with simple, tasty South Italian specialities and a good selection of wines has been a firm fixture on legendary Fillmore Street in the pretty Pacific Heights district for over 20 years. Always full to bursting point, this atmospheric establishment is as popular with hipsters as it is with «ordinary» people. The «Seafood fra diavolo» dish is known all over town.
      2506 Fillmore Street
      San Francisco, CA 94115
      +1 415 346 52 88
      jacksonfillmoresf.com
    • Shizen Vegan Sushi Bar & Izakaya

      Everything but fish
      A vegan sushi restaurant – does it make sense? Yes, it does. This Japanese restaurant between Lower Haight and Mission District proves it: Sushi is more than raw fish rolled in rice. Smoked and fermented vegetables are combined with classical Japanese ingredients like different soy sauces, ginger or wasabi. Not even the ramen soup needs fish or meat to give it a spicy flavor. The rooms are dominated by a minimalistic wooden design – here full attention is given to food. But you should bring time and patience. It is not possible to book a table in advance.
      370 14th St.
      San Francisco, CA 94103
      +1 415 678 5767
      shizen.com
    • Eat Feastly

      Shared kitchen
      Nothing beats a home-cooked meal, enjoyed round a table in good company. There are more than enough fast food restaurants around – an opinion seconded by the brains behind Eat Feastly. This online marketplace concept revolves around a line-up of passionate chefs who invite diners round to their own home – open-minded diners, who are looking for authentic food. The cooks share both their culinary skills and their lounge with guests who are as much at home with a cheese and ham toastie as they are with a roast joint of pork. At the end of the day, the aim is to break down the barriers between guests and chef, and create an atmosphere that could never be found in a restaurant.
    • Michael Mina

      Award-winning chef
      Michael Mina is one of the best, and best-known, chefs in the country, and from his base in San Francisco has created a modest restaurant empire that stretches all the way to Florida. Mina learned his craft in various top restaurants. The restaurant that bears his name is in the Westin Hotel on Power Street has one Michelin star for its New American cuisine, which is served in an elegant ambience.
      252 California Street
      San Francisco, CA 94111
      +1 415 397 92 22
      michaelmina.net
    • Foreign Cinema

      Independent films
      An evening in Foreign Cinema is something very special. In fact, it's nothing but a sensation for all the senses. For the past 15 years, this venue has been a firm favourite among lovers of independent films and fine food. A film is screened here every evening in the outdoor section. Whether it's "The Wizard of Oz", "Singing in the Rain", or "Tomboy", this place turns dinner into a fantastic experience.
      2534 Mission Street
      San Francisco, CA 94110
      +1 415 648 7600
      foreigncinema.com
    • Juice Shop

      Bottled Health
      From cucumber to kale, oregano-oil and algae-extract – the Juice Shop inventers nearly press everything into the nice, small glass bottles. There is bright green first aid for your liver, glowing orange power boost for your skin, neon yellow immunity shots or simple a freshly made lemonade. All ingredients are organic, without additives and mostly regional.
      1994 Union St.
      San Francisco, CA 94123
      +1 415 834 5161
      juiceshop.com
    • Blue Bottle Café

      Roasting its own
      You earn your coffee here: guests wait in a line for a small eternity before being allowed to enter the «holy hall». However, the hype surrounding the Blue Bottle Café is well-founded. The Blue Bottle Coffee Company, which owns the café, roasts selected, sustainably grown coffee beans itself, turning them into a wide range of extraordinarily good coffee drinks. Very popular: the filter drip from a kind of distilling apparatus.
      66 Mint Street
      San Francisco, CA 94103
      +1 510 653 33 94
      bluebottlecoffee.com
    • Tartine Bakery

      For the sweet-toothed
      This small bakery, with a few seats around rustic wooden tables, is in the middle of the trendy Mission district. The crispy croissants, tarts with fillings such as banana cream or frangipane, chocolate soufflé or Devil’s Food cake and the unique sandwiches (pecorino and almond, anyone?) smell fabulous and taste heavenly. This jam-packed bakery has the same effect on the sweet-toothed as a honey pot on bees.
      600 Guerrero Street
      San Francisco, CA 94110
      +1 415 487 26 00
      tartinebakery.com
    • Craftsman & Wolves

      A one-of-a-kind bakery
      Of course you can get good coffee and croissants in Craftsman & Wolves . However, the bakery is notorious for its extraordinary signature creations. Where else can you find a Rebel Within – a muffin with a soft-boiled egg in the middle? Or sponges covered in flowers, and elaborately decorated desserts? One thing's for certain – there's no shortage of creativity here. And if that's not enough, the products not only look magnificent, but they taste out of this world, too.
      746 Valencia St.
      San Francisco, CA 94110
      +1 415 913 7713
    • Caffe Trieste

      Best espresso
      Caffe Trieste on North Beach still looks the same today as it did in 1956, when Italian émigré Giovanni Giotta first opened this important institution in the city. The best quality espressos and cappuccinos were already being served here long before coffee became trendy. The brews must have been inspiring: a young Francis Ford Coppola worked on the screenplay of «The Godfather» in a corner of the café.
      601 Vallejo Street
      San Francisco, CA 94133
      +1 415 392 67 39
      caffetrieste.com
    • Infusion Lounge

      Stylish and light
      Located close to Union Square, the Infusion Lounge has one of the most artistic interiors on the San Francisco club scene. LED-illuminated glass adorns the dance floor, private rooms and VIP areas. Food is also available in the club. The Infusion Lounge shines with top DJs and fabulous concerts.

      124 Ellis Street
      San Francisco, CA 94102
      +1 415 421 8700
      sf.infusionlounge.com
    • Press Club

      Top wines
      Eight of the top wineries from the Napa Valley, an hour north of the city, joined forces to create the tasteful, modern-styled Press Club wine bar at the heart of San Francisco. Each winery has its own tasting bar where guests can sample the best wines without having to leave town. Tasty snacks are available for the peckish.

      20 Yerba Buena Lane
      San Francisco, CA 94103
      +1 415 744 50 00
      pressclubsf.com
    • Bourbon & Branch

      Venerable
      The bar is a homage to the 1920s and 1930s and Prohibition, when illegal alcohol could only be consumed in secret. That’s why it has no outdoor signage. So read the note on the sign (Anti-Saloon League) in the picture carefully – once you’ve found it, you’re in the right place. The interior is delightfully decadent and old-fashioned, the atmosphere terrific. And of course, it has lots of strong drinks.

      501 Jones Street
      San Francisco, CA 94102
      +1 415 346 17 35
      bourbonandbranch.com