Travel

The Embarcadero

Establishment neighborhood
The Battery
717 Battery St., The Embarcadero
Ok, so you have to be invited to stay, which means this isn't technically a hotel, but those lucky enough to be nominated—and actually accepted—to this Ken Fulk-designed private social club get access to a slew of membership perks, including 14 sprawling rooms, several bars, a restaurant, and spa. Exclusivity aside, Michael Birch and Xochi Torres, a couple of tech geniuses who came up with the concept, wish to promote diversity and community via strategic membership approvals that don't actually depend on status or financial standing (they offer "scholarships" for those who can't swing the hefty membership dues).
Blue Bottle
1 Ferry Building, The Embarcadero
There are now ten locations strong in the bay area, with cafés in the Ferry Building, Hayes Valley, Heath Ceramics, Market Square, Mint Plaza, and on Sansome. There are two locations in Oakland, on Broadway and Webster St. Perhaps the most groundbreaking of their brews is the chicory-spiked New Orleans cold brew, which comes in a handy single-serving carton. They also make a pretty great granola in-house while the SFMOMA rooftop location is home to Chef Caitlin Freeman’s modern art desserts. Think: a loaf cake made to look like a Mondrian painting and cookies inspired by Richard Serra’s sculptures.
Blue Bottle
1 Ferry Building, The Embarcadero
There are locations peppered throughout L.A., NYC, and even Tokyo, but Blue Bottle coffee will forever be synonymous with San Francisco, the city that started it all. Perhaps the most groundbreaking of their brews is the chicory-spiked New Orleans cold brew, which comes in a handy single-serving carton. They also make a pretty great granola in-house while the SFMOMA rooftop location is home to Chef Caitlin Freeman’s modern art desserts. Think: a loaf cake made to look like a Mondrian painting and cookies inspired by Richard Serra’s sculptures.
Cowgirl Creamery
1 Ferry Building, Suite 17, The Embarcadero
Cowgirl Creamery is the brainchild of Sue Conley and Peggy Smith, ex-hippie chicks with a passion for good food (collectively, they've worked at Chez Panisse and Bette's Oceanview Diner). What's cool about CC's Ferry Building cheese shop is that they spread the love, stocking the best selection of local and international cheeses alongside their own varieties. Their triple cream Mt. Tam is the most famous of the bunch and it's delicious.
Cowgirl Creamery
1 Ferry Building, Suite 17, The Embarcadero
Cowgirl Creamery is the brainchild of Sue Conley and Peggy Smith, ex-hippie chicks with a passion for good food (collectively, they've worked at Chez Panisse and Bette's Oceanview Diner). What's cool about CC's Ferry Building cheese shop is that they spread the love, stocking the best selection of local and international cheeses alongside their own varieties. Their triple cream Mt. Tam is the most famous of the bunch and it's delicious.
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