InterContinental San Francisco
Start your day with a ride on our historic F-Line streetcars. Take one down to the Ferry Building to the foot of Market Street and have a delightful organic gourmet breakfast at Boulette's Larder before taking a wander through the artisan food shops. Sample the cheese at Cowgirl Creamery and dip a piece of Acme bread in McEvoy Ranch Olive Oil. It's also hard to pass by the sweet confections of Recchuiti. From there, have a wander along the Embarcadero toward the Filbert Steps which take you up through well-tended gardens nestled among quaint houses on the hillside. You might even catch a glimpse of the wild parrots of Telegraph Hill that call this neighborhood home. At the top, you'll find Coit Tower with an amazing view of the bay below.
Take the Powell-Mason Cable Car to North Beach. This vibrant area is SF's 'Little Italy.' Have a stroll through City Lights Bookstore on Columbus where Jack Kerouac and the Beatnik generation once hung out. Continue up to Washington Square Park and stop in Liguria Bakery for the best piece of foccacia you'll find anywhere. But get there early! When they run out, the shop closes for the day. Afterwards, sit outside Stella Pastry enjoying a piece of their house specialty rum and cream cake, Sacripantina, along with a cup of espresso.
Have dinner at a wonderful little neighborhood restaurant called Oola for some gourmet comfort food. Follow this with a cabaret show at Beach Blanket Babylon, another San Francisco institution with extravagant costumes and, in particular, the largest hats you'll ever see. Cap your evening with a visit to the Top of the Mark at the Mark Hopkins Hotel for some martinis and, if you have some energy left, a dance. Top of the Mark is famous for its spectacular views, and the twinkling lights of San Francisco at night is a sight to take your breath away.
Angel Island is the West Coast's version of Ellis Island where over 175,000 Chinese and Japanese immigrants waited for entry to the US. Now it is a tranquil retreat with bike and hiking trails, and even a few campsites. Ferries leave daily from Pier 39, or from Tiburon across the bay.
Author Dashiell Hammett wrote the book "The Maltese Falcon" and one of his haunts was John's Grill on Ellis Street. Opened in 1908, John's Grill hasn't changed their menu much; fresh steaks and local seafood. Sam Spade was very fond of the lamb chops, or so the books tell us. You can order them as well, as they are still on the menu.
"I Left My Heart in San Francisco" was written by Douglass Cross and George Cory. After you have been with us here in our beautiful city for a few days, we bet that you will lose your's here too.