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What to Do in San Francisco

Go.See.Do: San Francisco

SF. The City by the Bay. No matter what you call it -- (but definitely don't call it San Fran or Frisco) a stay in San Francisco with good cocktails, good food and even better sights is sure to cure the winter blues. Here's how we would spend our time in the Fog City.

WHAT TO SEE & DO

WHAT TO SEE & DO

Gimme some 'Mo (Ma) Get your kicks with Matisse, Duchamp, Pollack, Rothko, Lichtenstein and Close at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Dive into works of Vija Celmins who paints photo-realistic versions of water, the night sky, spider webs and more during her exhibition titled To Fix the Image in Memory now through the end of March. We also recommend creeping over to Louise Bourgeois' larger-than-life spiders, which are on display until July.

On a Mission. If museums aren't your bag, we recommend heading over to SF's colorful Mission District to check out their iconic and ever-changing murals. Get the skinny on the history of the neighborhood and it's street art directly from one of the creator's themselves on a Precita Eyes tour. Looking to eat like a local? Link up with one of Edible Excursion's culinary tours of the Mission District and sample tacos al pastor, single-source chocolate and handmade ice cream.

Sweeping SF scenes. Looking to hit your Fitbit goal for the day and then some? Lace up your sneaks and head towards the top of Telegraph Hill and take in the lush gardens, native parrots (really!) and incredible 360 views of San Francisco, the bay and surrounding counties. Check out Coit Tower at the top, which is adorned with Depression-era murals. Looking for a cheat code? Take an Uber or Lyft to the top and start your trek downhill.

WHERE TO EAT

WHERE TO EAT

A trip to China. You'd be remiss to visit San Francisco without taking a trip to Chinatown -- the oldest one in North America and the largest Chinese enclave outside of Asia. Make a reservation at the Michelin starred Mister Jiu's and enjoy a modern take on Cantonese classics in a light and airy space that overlooks the hustle and bustle of Chinatown. For something a little more down to earth, check out Hong Kong Clay Pot and finish your meal at Golden Gate Bakery for dessert. (Both are worth the wait...and there will be a wait.)

One for all. If there's one person in your group who hates seafood, another who is a vegan and a third who has a major hankering for Mexican -- stop over to the Ferry Building Marketplace. Choose from biscuits, freshly baked bread, donuts, grilled cheese, empanadas, oysters, Japanese, Vietnamese, Mexican, cheesecake and a fresh produce farmers market to boot.

More than fare. Food and Wine Magazine deemed the fried chicken at this Financial District eatery "ridiculously good." If that can't persuade you to saunter over to Wayfare Tavern, maybe their raw bar, bouillabaisse or pork chop will do the trick. Wash it all down with an expertly crafted cocktail and call it a day -- or night.

WHERE TO SIP

WHERE TO SIP

The world is your oyster. A beautifully appointed space, Leo's Oyster Bar will transport you back to the 1950s with it's palm frond wallpaper and caned furniture decor. Order up a Mr. Nicholas' Liquid Lunch, which is your choice of a gin or vodka martini -- served with a side of pickles. Roger Sterling would be proud.

Cordially invited. As you already know, spritzes are having a moment in the cocktail industry and The Cordial is perfecting them one spirit at a time. Whether you want your typical Aperol spritz or something more adventurous, this FiDi watering hole's friendly staff can hook you up in their light-filled and lively atmosphere.

Creative Californian. Bar Agricole is a James Beard award-winning spot in the SOMA district. This rustic, industrial-chic space specializes in an A1 selection of charcuterie (sourced from their own hogs), farmhouse distilled spirits, natural wines, and NorCal cuisine. Need your arm twisted? They also host happy hour Monday through Saturday.

WHERE TO SHOP

WHERE TO SHOP

Just beat it. The very first all-paperback bookstore in the country, the landmark City Lights Bookstore is best known for where beatniks would hang out as they invented a new literary genre. These days, this independent bookstore is a bibliophile's dream with events, readings and extensive stacks, ripe for exploration.

Cool, curated curios. Situated in the Nob Hill neighborhood, Legion is a combination art gallery, clothing and home goods destination selling handcrafted prints, pottery, rugs, throws, soap, perfume and jewelry. Great for one-of-a-kind gifts or a little treat to yourself.

Treasure quest. If you like shopping with a side of adventure, make sure to plan your trip on a weekend during TreasureFest, a monthly flea market on Treasure Island. Situated on a small spit right underneath the Bay Bridge, you'll pick through handmade goods, vintage duds, antiques while sampling eats from food trucks and catching live music from local artists.

WHERE TO STAY

WHERE TO STAY

Fog city finer. Club Quarters San Francisco is situated at the center of San Francisco's financial district - bordered by the Embarcadero, Union Square, Little Italy and Chinatown. This CQ outpost gives both business and city-explorers the perfect base to get out and experience why so many leave their hearts here.

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