Saturday, 11 a.m.
Wearing your cutest jogging shoes, lace-up and head toward the Ferry Building Marketplace
located along the San Francisco Bay at the end of Market Street. It's a
gourmet food hall of high-end eateries and boutique grocers. Saturday
morning features a local farmer's market of organic growers and
artesian food vendors.
After browsing the outdoor stalls, head inside to Boulette's Larder, one of the greatest counter-style gourmet cafés in the United States.
Saturday, 2 p.m.
Galleries and grazing. Make your way out of the Embarcadero
District and toward Union Square to 49 Geary. A series of individual
art galleries and photography boutiques feature one of the area's
largest collections of local artists assembled in a mid-century
Stop into the Wirtz Gallery
for the latest works by Ulrike Palmbach and Melanie Pullern before
strolling up to Post Street and Hespe Gallery with its collection of
works by Berkley's Marianne Kolb.
Saturday, 5 p.m.
Grab a cab and high-tail it to Hayes Valley. It sounds like a
utopian suburb, but it's a hip-and-happening SF enclave of bohemian
shops, furniture boutiques and entirely chain-free coffee houses.
Once you've browsed stores like Zeni and Alabaster, hit Arlequin Wine Merchant
for a tasting or simply grab a half-bottle
and take a seat on the front
sidewalk to enjoy the great people watching. If you feel some hunger
rumblings, try the neighboring café and its selection of sandwiches and
Saturday, 9 p.m.
Located on a posh strip of Fillmore in Pacific Heights, the owners of SF's A-16 offer the new SPQR, a one-room sanctuary of simplistic Italian dining attracting rave reviews and fanatical diners.
The space isn't the fanciest in town, all-white with vintage
posters and marble-topped bar flanked by intensely focused foodies. The
hearty menu of Italian specialties includes battered fried-pumpkin,
spiced rack of lamb and homemade pastas in garlic and oil sauce.
Saturday, 11 p.m.
Shake your full belly. You may have second thoughts about your night out on the way to Apartment 24
located in North Beach. The streets are filled with a wild set of local
revelers popping into the various pizza shops, peep shows and dive bars
of the area.
Located in the former Dolce space, Apartment 24 features a
city-themed nightclub with two separate VIP areas flanked by
chain-maille curtains and bed-shaped loungers flung with dressed-up
locals and predatory cougars.
Sunday, 9 a.m.
Brunch with Dennis Leary at Canteen. Yes, that
Dennis Leary has morphed a dodgy Sutter Street diner into one of the
most spectacular culinary destinations of recent years. The 20-seat
space features a late-week lunch menu and fabulous weekend brunch that
includes seafood specialties and fresh baked breads.
Afterward, walk off those calories with a browse through nearby Union Square and the outposts of YSL and the new Helmut Lang located on Maiden Lane.
Sunday, 1 p.m.
It's never too late to go vegan. You'd think you were walking into a formal French restaurant, but Millennium is actually one of the city's flagship vegan restaurants.
The dining room is ultra-luxe, with dark wood paneling and white
tablecloths behind a lively bar area overlooking Geary Street. The
food, however, can tempt even the truest of carnivores with delicate
rice cakes, tossed spinach salads and ingenious tempeh dishes.
Sunday, 7 p.m.
End the weekend with an edible bang. Located in a high-end neighborhood between the Marina District and Presidio, Spruce
presents one of SF's burgeoning chefs in a dazzling dining room created
from a 1930s car barn. The brick and intricate masonry façade lead to a
tranquil lounge area intersected by locals making their way to the
The main dining room seats no more than 70 guests under an
exposed steel ceiling, with mohair couches accented in cream and beige
leathers perfect for ending your weekend of gourmet gluttony.