I am heading across Yerba Buena Gardens, a grassy outdoor park in downtown San Francisco. It’s a cloudy day and the fog hasn’t yet lifted. I’m on my way to my favorite cafe, Samovar Tea Lounge, perched on the gardens’ upper terrace above the waterfall. I order a Pu-Erh tea, plus a piece of black sesame mochi cake, and sit outside to take in the beauty of blooming flowers and lush greenery – after all, I’m on vacation and in no rush.
After I am fully caffeinated, I make my way across the complex to my favorite museum, and arguably the best in town, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). There is an audio tour, but I prefer to explore alone, finding treasures on every floor: a living wall, an oversized Richard Serra sculpture, a few Warhols, black and white photographs, and a large cafe with an outdoor sculpture garden that oozes California chic. Next stop, a relaxing massage and body wrap back at my hotel’s luxe Reméde spa, and perhaps some room service.
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, San Francisco is large enough to feel like a big city, yet small enough to make you feel at home. Best known for its tech culture, iconic Golden Gate bridge, vertigo inducing steep streets, cable cars, rolling fog, and stunning bay views, it’s an iconic California hotspot.
Though the city is world class, the luxury hotels in San Francisco are by themselves worth the trip. Here’s a round up or our absolute favourites.