Architecture

  • California Academy of Sciences
    California Academy of Sciences

California Academy of Sciences

55 Music Concourse Dr. (Golden Gate Park) • calacademy.org • Adults: $24.95; seniors: $19.95

Renzo Piano’s celebrated green cornucopia.

De Young Museum

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. (Golden Gate Park) • famsf.org • Adults: $10; seniors: $7

Herzog & de Meuron’s copper-clad machine for art, in a landscape designed by gifted local Walter Hood.

San Francisco Federal Building

90 Seventh St. (South of Market) • gsa.gov • Lobby and other spaces open to the public; ID required

Thom Mayne’s revolutionary, hyper-sustainable office building features—gasp!—windows that open. It also demonstrates the supreme value of the GSA’s Design Excellence Program.

Contemporary Jewish Museum

736 Mission St. (South of Market) • thecjm.org • Adults: $10; seniors: $8

Designed by Daniel Libeskind. Architecture tours at 2 p.m. daily.

Fairmont Hotel

950 Mason St. (Nob Hill) • fairmont.com • Walk around: free; rooms: $239–$399/night

Restored by Julia Morgan after the 1906 quake. “The highlight for me is the Tonga Room. Come for the happy-hour drinks, stay for the band.” —Christopher May, architect, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

Mission Dolores

3321 16th St. (Mission) • missiondolores.org • Free, but donations appreciated

Dedicated in 1791, it’s the oldest building in the city and the oldest intact mission in all of California. Tours 8 a.m.–4 p.m. daily.

Phelan Building

760 Market St. (Union Square) • Walk around: free

In a city of flatiron buildings, William Curlett’s 11-story masterpiece from 1908 is arguably the most compelling.


Dining

  • Luce

    Credit: Courtesy Luce

    Luce

Luce

888 Howard St. (South of Market) • 415.616.6566 • lucewinerestaurant.com • $29–$38/person

Pronounced “LOO-chay.” Sophisticated Californian/Northern Italian fare and an extensive wine list.

Coi

373 Broadway (Telegraph Hill) • 415.393.9000 • coirestaurant.com • 11-course fixed-price menu: $120; a la carte (lounge only): $4–$19/dish

Pronounced “kwa.” Inventive Northern Californian cuisine by chef Daniel Patterson, harvested from area producers.

House of Nanking

919 Kearny St. (Financial District) • 415.421.1429 • $6–$12/dish

“Tell the chefowner, Peter Fang, what meats, vegetables, and styles you like. He’ll take care of the rest. Food will arrive, and you’ll leave happy.” —Joseph Marshall, project manager, Stantec

Ti Couz

3108 16th St. (Mission) • 415.252.7373 • $7–$12

Offers a wide selection of sweet and savory crepes, including a wicked Nutella option.


Activities

  • Adventure Cat

    Credit: Courtesy Adventure Cat

    Adventure Cat

Adventure Cat Sailing Charters

Pier 39, Dock J (North Waterfront) • adventurecat.com • Adults: $30–$45; children 6–12: $15

Pack your Top-Siders for these afternoon and sunset cruises.

Exploratorium

3601 Lyon St. (The Presidio) • exploratorium.edu • Adults: $14; seniors/students/youth: $11; children 4–12: $9

“Like to tinker? Are you a gadgeteer? Get ready for hands-on sensory overload.” —Robert Shurell, project manager, Stantec

Musee Mecanique

Pier 45, Shed A (North Waterfront) • museemechanique.org • Free admission; most machines take quarters

Dedicated to the preservation and celebration of coin-operated musical instruments and antique arcade machines.