From NorCal with Love

In Editor Picks by LA Travel Magazine

San Francisco is world renowned for its steep hills, exuberant culture, dismal weather but most of all it’s known for its food!  Lately the City is reclaiming its social status with striking designs, innovative chefs, modern boutiques, and blossoming neighborhoods catering to hippies and hipsters from all over the world.

Stay

Located in the heart of San Francisco’s Union Square district Hotel Adagio is a landmark structure hosting theatergoers and tourists alike. Originally built in 1929 the structure is within walking distance to world-class shopping, dining and entertainment as well as key attractions including the Moscone Center, Market Street, North Beach, Chinatown and three of the city’s most historic theaters.

Each of the 171 rooms and suites is infused with modern decor, the latest technology and the space you need to feel at home with the largest hotel rooms in San Francisco. Mixed with an upscale, contemporary design the lobby décor creates a unique and clean arrival experience, accentuated by one of the city’s newest and hottest craft cocktail bars, The Mortimer.

Dining

Each time we visit we make sure to check out what’s new and hot in the city for cuisine and on this last trip we found an absolute gem, MKT. A metropolitan chic haven with stunning panoramic views of downtown San Francisco, MKT Restaurant – Bar provides a fine drink and dining experience inside Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco. With top-notch service, this SoMa district market-to-table restaurant and steakhouse serves traditional American favorites with an exclusive twist created by Executive Chef Alexander La Motte and Sous-Chef Chris Aguirre.

At the corner of Market Street and 3rd in the same location as the original Hearst Building, MKT is decorated in honor of San Francisco’s famous publishing history. The venue incorporates dark oak floors, brushed brass detailing, and accents of type-setting block letters and ink bottles reminiscent of the legendary printing press. For private dining parties, the Private Den (PD3) bespeaks the city’s past of speakeasies. Observe the urban buzz from this fifth-floor restaurant through the wall to ceiling windows.

Whether you desire a quick but elegant power breakfast to start your day or Sunday brunch with a group of friends, MKT offers a variety of sumptuous belly-satisfying dishes. For a glamorous evening, the L-shaped bar at MKT specializes in handcrafted cocktails, including punchbowl cocktails served in vintage punchbowl sets. Beer hailing from San Francisco’s best brews and wine selected from California’s choice vineyards are also available. Share a small plate of Grilled Octopus, embellished with Harissa, Chickpeas, Roasted Peppers, and Preserved Lemon. For the main dish, feast on the Stone Valley Farms, an Apple Wood Smoked & Roasted Pork Chop.

The simple elegance of MKT hits the right note between luxe and accessible. Make a reservation if you don’t want to miss one of San Francisco’s best!

Activities

Float Matrix has sensory deprivation tanks that you can rent by the hour. You float on a pool of saturated epsom salts in complete darkness and silence, meditating and thinking about your life’s purpose.

Bourbon & Branch is a high-end, “secret” speakeasy that features some of the best cocktails in the country. You need a reservation to get in, after which they e-mail you a password.

Sun & Art on the Roof
This hidden rooftop is the best place to take in breathtaking views of the city. Get a close up of the tiled fountains, koi pond, and timeless works of art.