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Nob Hill

Establishment neighborhood
Basik Cafe
1958 Polk St., Nob Hill
Basik got its start on the big island in Hawaii, where their original location is based (the Nob Hill store is actually their first location on the mainland), and from the staff to the menu, it definitely has an island vibe. The menu here offers souped-up acai bowls with add-ins like almond mylk, almond butter, bee pollen, and all kinds of fresh fruit, plus a full line-up of smoothies. Conveniently located on Polk Street, it's an easy stop before work or after a workout.
EOS Massage
450 Sutter St., Nob Hill
Michelle Bravo is a certified holistic massage therapist (HMT) and certified aromatherapist (CAT), two skills that she expertly combines in her signature treatments, which are all trademarked to her unique EOS technique. She's celebrated for a lymphatic massage that incorporates aromatherapy. Clients also love that Michelle is a kind, intuitive sounding board and love talking to her during their treatments—for the full experience, you can book her for a lifestyle coaching session.
Nob Hill Spa
1075 California St., Nob Hill
Situated inside The Scarlet Huntington Hotel, this spa has a Zen-like, indoor infinity pool (no diving/swimming laps here) that leads out onto an outdoor patio with a picturesque Nob Hill view. Inside, there are 10 treatment rooms for massages and other body treatments, facials, and manis and pedis, including a handful of services designed for the guys. Nob Hill Spa is also home to a gym, steam and sauna rooms, and a fireside lounge. Guests of the hotel have complimentary use of the spa, and visitors can purchase a facilities-only day pass Monday through Thursday.
Fairmont
950 Mason St., Nob Hill
Quite possibly the most popular wedding venue in all of San Francisco, the Fairmont is kind of an essential stop, even if it's just to take in the lobby in all its candy-colored, chintzy glory. The massive 592-room hotel sits at the top of Nob Hill and is home to a wonderful fancy restaurant, a great afternoon tea service, and honeybee hives in the herb garden. Then there's the gloriously kitschy Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar. A Tiki bar, complete with a lagoon and spontaneous indoor thunderstorms, may be the last thing you'd expect to see inside a Fairmont but it kind of works.
Bob’s Donuts
1621 Polk St., Nob Hill
Bob's has been taking up prime real estate in Nob Hill since 1960. The secret to their staying power? Really, really good donuts. They don't get crazy with out-there flavors and prefer to use old-school baking methods. While here, take the BIG ONE challenge, which requires you eat the oversized $8 donut in three minutes or less—maybe best attempted after a late night out, as it's open 24-hours a day. Succeed and get your name on the coveted Wall of Fame.
Bob’s Donuts
1621 Polk St., Nob Hill
Bob's has been taking up prime real estate in Nob Hill since 1960. The secret to their staying power? Really, really good donuts. They don't get crazy with out-there flavors and prefer to use old-school baking methods. While here, take the BIG ONE challenge, which requires you eat the oversized $8 donut in three minutes or less—maybe best attempted after a late night out, as it's open 24-hours a day. Succeed and get your name on the coveted Wall of Fame.
Sons & Daughters
708 Bush St., Nob Hill
Dining here is an all senses on deck experience. There are only 28 seats in the smallish space surrounding a bustling open kitchen so socializing with fellow diners is kind of unavoidable. To keep the focus on the food, the team created an excellent—and at $115 a pop, surprisingly affordable—tasting menu brimming with locally grown ingredients (a lot comes from the restaurant's Santa Cruz farm) prepared in unexpected ways. The wine program is just as impressive as the food.
1760
1760 Polk St., Nob Hill
On Friday and Saturday nights, this sprawling space feels and sounds like a rowdy dining hall and tables are spaced just far enough that you can hear your neighbors' conversation without bumping elbows. The floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto busy Polk Street, which adds to the buzzy vibe. Menu-wise, it’s all small plates that change seasonally, however, the lobster ceviche, lollipop kale, and uni bucatini have become signature dishes. Come with a friend or a date for cocktails and a few sharing plates.
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