Sinfully Good French Toast. Indulge in the famous, deep fried French Toast, infused with Grand Marnier, at Sweet Maple on Sutter Street in Lower Pacific Heights. Afterwards, explore the many shops and specialty grocery stores in Japantown.
An Unforgettable Hike. Drive to the Coastal Trail to hike the breathtaking Lands End. What begins with a steady incline through towering trees and wildflowers leads to a dramatic view of the Bay, a shipwreck, and the ruins of the majestic Sutro Baths, a saltwater swimming pool complex from the 19th century that was destroyed in a fire.
Reward Yourself. Outerlands serves one of San Francisco’s best brunches: enormous Dutch-style pancakes with ricotta, garlic grilled cheeses cooked on a cast-iron skillet, and kale and Gruyere quiches. Be prepared to wait for a bit on the weekends.
Small Bites at the Ferry Building. San Francisco’s old ferry terminal is now home to a gold mine of delicious food: Marla Bakery’s fluffy English muffins, the Imperial Tea Court’s dumplings, and Mijita’s Mexico City-style quesadillas. Sample international cheeses at Cowgirl Creamery and pick up a beautiful handmade vase or mug from Heath Ceramics.
Explore Chinatown. Just the walk into Chinatown, through an epic dragon-flanked red gate, is an experience. Within the 1.3-square-mile neighborhood, hundreds of stores sell produce and antiques. Stop at Golden Gate Fortune Cookie for freshly baked fortune cookies.
One to Get the Night Started. Chinatown’s Li Po Lounge, near The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, is famous among locals for one thing: Chinese mai tais. The drink incorporates rum, pineapple and Chinese liquor. Drink under the kitschy paper lanterns.
Sophisticated Mexican. After you’ve sampled from the city’s many taquerias, try Cala, a high-end Mexican restaurant opened by an acclaimed chef from Mexico City. Everything is good — especially the impossibly flaky rockfish and giant grilled sweet potatoes with spicy bone marrow salsa.
For Delightful Cocktails. At a large international bartender contest, the staff from ABV recently took home the top prize. Sip on Mumbai Mule (like a Moscow Mule with Indian spices) or the smoky, complex, sugarless Whiskey in Church.