9 Cool Things to Do in San Francisco Now
There are plenty of iconic attractions that draw crowds to the Bay Area, from climbing Coit Tower to scooting up winding hills on SF's famous trolleys. But if you've been there, done that, check out these new restaurants, bars, museums, shops (and ice cream stops!).
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
After three solid years of revamping by lauded Norway-based design firm Snøhetta, the Museum of Modern Art finally opened in May 2016. The new SFMOMA has 45,000-square-feet of public art you can see gratis, plus a new floor entirely devoted to the Pritzger Center for Photography, with 17,800 images (including some as old as photography itself). An exhibit on Edvard Munch is on through October 9th.
Salt & Straw
Portlandia’s most delicious edible export has a newly opened Bay Area location in Pacific Heights. Among the many locavore ice cream flavors, we love the Imperfect Produce’s Candied Citrus & Whey Caramel and the Roasted Sunchoke Mock Apple Pie. If you don't want to wait in line for a fresh scoop, grab a pint from the freezer and proceed straight to checkout.
The Chinese answer to Eataly, China Live is a 30,000-square-foot foodie emporium that houses multiple restaurants (including Eight Tables, by James Beard Award winning Executive Chef George Chen, slated to open this September); inventive bars (like Bar Central, where locals flock for Marin Kombucha); and a clean-lined marketplace that’s full of edible Chinese imports (look no further for the most interesting soy sauce selection in the city).
Finn Town Tavern
One of the hottest new tables in San Francisco: Finn Town, on Market Street, where all-American comfort food is the order du jour. Expect crowdpleasers like Dungeness crab “tots,” short rib sloppy joe’s, and even a “Friendsgiving” plate—complete with herbed turkey in Grand Marnier cranberry sauce and leg confit stuffing.
When Hawaiian Erin Lang moved to SF, she became obsessed with making frozen treats. It turned into a calling: she now serves up highly 'grammable popsicles and ice cream sandwiches (like the raspberry mousse dipped in white chocolate and topped with rainbow sprinkles) from both the Garden Creamery food truck and her first brick-and-mortar on 20th Street.
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Founded by former Vogue fashion news editor Emily Holt, Hero Shop has clothing racks worthy of the pages of, well, Vogue. The brands on offer include both the usual stylish suspects (Jonathan Adler; Le Labo) and lesser-known names like Bella Freud, a London-based clothing designer who is the great-granddaughter of that Freud. Keep an eye on their website for upcoming events, such as customize-your-Levi’s day.
The Castro Fountain
The new Deco-inspired Castro Fountain bakeshop looks straight out of a Wes Anderson movie set -- and has waiters in bow ties to boot. Our favorite throwback ice cream flavor is hands down the huckleberry and brown sugar buttermilk, but even the vegan offerings are spot on (try the guava sorbet).
The female owned champagne bar The Riddler has made sipping bubbly even more glamorous and fun, with tufted black leather booths and a gilded gold ceiling that gives everyone a fresh-from-a-facial glow. We love that the menu is both high (Veuve Clicquot rosé from Champagne, France) and low (the popcorn is serve yourself, and on the house).
San Francisco Deltas
SF has a new soccer team, the San Francisco Deltas, which kicked off this year; check out their website for game times and tickets. Post-game, head to the adjacent Kezar Pub for local microbrews and buffalo wings.