Travel

A Weekend of Restaurants and Culture

in San Francisco

Brought to you by our friends at Chase Sapphire®

We recently hosted an In goop Health summit and opened a goop Lab store in San Francisco—and we immediately realized one thing: It’s been way too long. We asked friends, scoured the goop guides, and dove into Chase Sapphire’s San Francisco restaurant list for the latest and greatest in a city with way too many hits. What we found was this: Checking in to a smaller, more design-forward hotel for the first time made the city feel totally new and utterly undiscovered. Instead of rushing through our morning breakfast, we savored our first latte, took a people-watching break, then ordered another latte, because…because nothing. Some really great coffee and a well-thought-out cultural tour made a short weekend feel like a vacation. Of course, there are always the SF nonnegotiables: They start with Tartine’s sourdough and end with a world-class dinner and movie on Sunday night. San Francisco, thank you for a weekend of the utmost self-care. We’ve missed you.

  1. Check In

    The Battery

  2. The Battery is one of those cooler-than-cool hotels—but somehow, it’s in no way obnoxious. Michael and Xochi Birch founded this private club for creative types, but anyone can stay overnight without committing to a membership. And then there are the perks. We love the library: a cozy den for both reading and getting some work done. The speakeasy-style bars are the kind you find by pushing a button to unlock a door or swivel a bookcase. And the bartenders know how to muddle a strong cocktail and can point you to the impressive selection of great old-fashioned

    The Battery is one of those cooler-than-cool hotels—but somehow, it’s in no way obnoxious. Michael and Xochi Birch founded this private club for creative types, but anyone can stay overnight without committing to a membership. And then there are the perks. We love the library: a cozy den for both reading and getting some work done. The speakeasy-style bars are the kind you find by pushing a button to unlock a door or swivel a bookcase. And the bartenders know how to muddle a strong cocktail and can point you to the impressive selection of great old-fashioned board games. The outdoor patio is a slice of zen in a busy city, while the penthouse terrace acts as a living room, BBQ spot, and restaurant all in one, with views to boot. The Battery’s roster of talks and musical performances is impressive—these are the kinds of events we’d gladly join a wait list for, except if you’re staying here, you don’t have to (it’s all included). Ken Fulk designed the interiors—picture luxurious comfort with an easy, lived-in feeling; an abundance of worn leather; stunning photography; and well-placed stacks of books. One disclaimer: This is a club, and the typical rules apply—no phones or other antisocial tech devices. If you must email, do it from within one of the vintage phone booths placed on each floor for that purpose.

  3. board games. The outdoor patio is a slice of zen in a busy city, while the penthouse terrace acts as a living room, BBQ spot, and restaurant all in one, with views to boot. The Battery’s roster of talks and musical performances is impressive—these are the kinds of events we’d gladly join a wait list for, except if you’re staying here, you don’t have to (it’s all included). Ken Fulk designed the interiors—picture luxurious comfort with an easy, lived-in feeling; an abundance of worn leather; stunning photography; and well-placed stacks of books. One disclaimer: This is a club, and the typical rules apply—no phones or other antisocial tech devices. If you must email, do it from within one of the vintage phone booths placed on each floor for that purpose.

  1. Check In

    San Francisco
    Proper Hotel

  2. We stand behind anything Kelly Wearstler lays her bejeweled fingers on. The Wearstler-designed San Francisco Proper Hotel is a reason in itself to come here for a weekend. Located in the gritty-cool Mid-Market area, the Proper’s aesthetic echoes that of the surrounding streets. Interiors are a mashup of old and new, of clashing and complementary. Walking into the color-saturated lobby—with its medley of mirrors, paintings, and eccentric prints—feels instantly welcoming. Both the vibe and the music are intentionally upbeat. Guest rooms are on the

  3. small side but incredibly comfortable, and in a city as crowded as San Francisco, the bedside concierge tablet is a godsend for both recs and reservations. After supper out on the town, the best way to wind down is with a cocktail or steaming cup of tea on the wraparound rooftop, warmed by the firepits.

    We stand behind anything Kelly Wearstler lays her bejeweled fingers on. The Wearstler-designed San Francisco Proper Hotel is a reason in itself to come here for a weekend. Located in the gritty-cool Mid-Market area, the Proper’s aesthetic echoes that of the surrounding streets. Interiors are a mashup of old and new, of clashing and complementary. Walking into the color-saturated lobby—with its medley of mirrors, paintings, and eccentric prints—feels instantly welcoming. Both the vibe and the music are intentionally upbeat. Guest rooms are on the small side but incredibly comfortable, and in a city as crowded as San Francisco, the bedside concierge tablet is a godsend for both recs and reservations. After supper out on the town, the best way to wind down is with a cocktail or steaming cup of tea on the wraparound rooftop, warmed by the firepits.

  1. In a Word: Coffee

    Saint Frank

  2. San Francisco is one of those rare cities that is saturated with good coffee spots. Sightglass, Ritual Roasters, Trouble Coffee Company—we could go on—are all excellent. But if you’re staying at the Battery or the Proper, bookmark Saint Frank on Polk Street and get some steps in along the way. Dedicated to single-origin beans grown on small farms across Latin America and Africa, even a basic drip coffee here is sensational. In fact, if you’re a coffee-with-milk person, try it black first. The coffee is that good. The Russian Hill location is always buzzing in the early morning,

  3. and as much as we love the people-watching, snagging one of the just-baked croissants before the rest of the city gets their hands on them is our main priority—along with a never-too-milky flat white.

    San Francisco is one of those rare cities that is saturated with good coffee spots. Sightglass, Ritual Roasters, Trouble Coffee Company—we could go on—are all excellent. But if you’re staying at the Battery or the Proper, bookmark Saint Frank on Polk Street and get some steps in along the way. Dedicated to single-origin beans grown on small farms across Latin America and Africa, even a basic drip coffee here is sensational. In fact, if you’re a coffee-with-milk person, try it black first. The coffee is that good. The Russian Hill location is always buzzing in the early morning, and as much as we love the people-watching, snagging one of the just-baked croissants before the rest of the city gets their hands on them is our main priority—along with a never-too-milky flat white.

  1. Lunch

    Tartine

  2. Tartine has been around for a long time. The restaurant and bakery have both survived and soared in popularity for one reason: Tartine is a rare breed. Every croissant is perfectly flaky. Each open-faced sandwich is just salty enough. And the coffee is never too strong but never, ever too weak. And the bread. We don’t know what they put in that sourdough, but we stash loaves of it in our carry-on to slice, freeze, toast, and munch on later. (We suggest you do the same.) The new Inner Sunset location is a recent addition to owners Chad Robertson

    Tartine has been around for a long time. The restaurant and bakery have both survived and soared in popularity for one reason: Tartine is a rare breed. Every croissant is perfectly flaky. Each open-faced sandwich is just salty enough. And the coffee is never too strong but never, ever too weak. And the bread. We don’t know what they put in that sourdough, but we stash loaves of it in our carry-on to slice, freeze, toast, and munch on later. (We suggest you do the same.) The new Inner Sunset location is a recent addition to owners Chad Robertson and Elisabeth Prueitt’s portfolio. A pared-back aesthetic and lovely patio mean a late breakfast here often bleeds into lunch as you find yourself ordering one more hibiscus kombucha…and one more after that.

  3. and Elisabeth Prueitt’s portfolio. A pared-back aesthetic and lovely patio mean a late breakfast here often bleeds into lunch as you find yourself ordering one more hibiscus kombucha…and one more after that.

  1. Dinner

    Mister Jiu’s

  2. San Francisco is famous for its Chinese food—and Chinatown is at its absolute best on Friday night. Local friends took us to Mister Jiu’s, and we’ve been thanking them ever since. Native son Brandon Jew took over the sprawling former banquet hall a few years back, and he’s transformed it into one of the best Shanghainese (with a few New American flourishes) restaurants in the city, if not the country. The dumplings, pork buns, and wontons are ideal for sharing, but the centerpiece of any meal here is the Peking duck. Birds are air-dried for three days before being cooked to tender, crispy-skinned perfection. Reservations are essential.

  1. The Culture Fix

    San Francisco
    Museum of

    Modern Art

  2. With so much to see, a visit to SFMOMA can be tackled in one of two ways: If you’re the type who likes an aimless stroll, stopping only to stare at whatever piece takes your fancy, do precisely that. Wander. Stop. Wander some more. But for those who tackle large galleries the way they would a term paper—a beginning, a middle, and an end—do some research first. Figure out what and where the must-sees (for you) are. If you don’t know where to begin, check out the gallery named Painting and Sculpture, 1900 to Now, which features works

  3. by heavyweights, like Georgia O’ Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, and Jackson Pollock. A cappuccino at the stunning Sightglass Coffee (next to the Photography Gallery) is a perfect conclusion.

    With so much to see, a visit to SFMOMA can be tackled in one of two ways: If you’re the type who likes an aimless stroll, stopping only to stare at whatever piece takes your fancy, do precisely that. Wander. Stop. Wander some more. But for those who tackle large galleries the way they would a term paper—a beginning, a middle, and an end—do some research first. Figure out what and where the must-sees (for you) are. If you don’t know where to begin, check out the gallery named Painting and Sculpture, 1900 to Now, which features works by heavyweights, like Georgia O’ Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, and Jackson Pollock. A cappuccino at the stunning Sightglass Coffee (next to the Photography Gallery) is a perfect conclusion.

  1. The Culture Fix

    Foreign Cinema

  2. Dinner at the Foreign Cinema is as much an immersive, art-house experience as it is a memorable meal. The theater has been open since 1999, and the steel doors of 2534 Mission Street are as iconic as the concept. A long, too-dark corridor opens into a large restaurant and patio illuminated by strings of twinkling lights with black-and-white foreign movies projected on the brick walls. Rather than being kitschy, it’s gorgeously romantic. And then comes the food. Hyper-seasonal, California-inspired dishes pour out of the kitchen night

    Dinner at the Foreign Cinema is as much an immersive, art-house experience as it is a memorable meal. The theater has been open since 1999, and the steel doors of 2534 Mission Street are as iconic as the concept. A long, too-dark corridor opens into a large restaurant and patio illuminated by strings of twinkling lights with black-and-white foreign movies projected on the brick walls. Rather than being kitschy, it’s gorgeously romantic. And then comes the food. Hyper-seasonal, California-inspired dishes pour out of the kitchen night after night to an eager, hungry crowd. And while salads and seafood abound, there’s a decadent undercurrent to the menu. We couldn’t help but lean toward the nine varieties of oysters, Russian caviar, and Kobe beef to elevate what is, fundamentally, dinner and a movie.

  3. after night to an eager, hungry crowd. And while salads and seafood abound, there’s a decadent undercurrent to the menu. We couldn’t help but lean toward the nine varieties of oysters, Russian caviar, and Kobe beef to elevate what is, fundamentally, dinner and a movie.

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