The city is most well known for its chilly summer fog, steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture, and its peninsular location. The city is a gracious host to tourists, offering charming bed and breakfasts as well as hotels. Bed and breakfasts in the city include The Inn San Francisco, Red Victorian B&B, Chateau Tivoli, Victorian Inn On the Park, Archbishop’s Mansion, Albion House Inn, Bocks B&B, Golden Gate Hotel, Hayes Valley In, Jackson Court, The Mansions and more.
Some of the city’s fine dining includes Park Chow, Universal Café, Restaurant Gary Danko, The Blue Plate, Luna Park, The Last Supper Club, Restaurant Lulu, Limon Restaurant and Levende Lounge. Favorit Italian restaurants in the city include Rose Pistola, Little City, Buca Giovanni, The Stinking Rose, Il Fornaio, Café Macaroni and more. Some favorite Thai restaurants are Khan Toke Thai House, Bethelnut and Zao. Chinese restaurants include R&G Lounge and Hong Kong Flower Lounge. Korean cuisine can be enjoyed at The Slanted Door or Ace Wasabi’s.
The San Francisco night life has something that appeals to everyone with its many clubs and bars including 1751 Social Club, Velvet Lounge, Brunos, The End Up, The Fillmore, Café Du Nord, Ashkenaz, New Wave City, Toronado, Bottom of the Hill, Bimbo’s 365 Club, Elbo Room, Sweetwater and Ruby Sky.
San Francisco’s entertainment allures tourists and caters to the city’s residents. The War Memorial and Performing Arts Center features some of the longest performing arts companies in the U.S. The War Memorial Opera House houses the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet. The Davies Symphony Hall is home to the San Francisco Symphony. The Herbst Theatre stages a mix of musical performances and public radio’s City Arts & Lectures. The Fillmore is a popular music venue and has fostered the San Francisco Sound with artists such as the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jefferson Airplane.
San Francisco is famous for hills, with more than 50 just within the city limits. Some of these illustrious hills include Nob Hill, Pacific Heights, Russian Hill, Potrero Hill and Telegraph Hill. Mount Sutro is the site of Sutro Tower, a large red and white television transmission tower. The historic center of San Francisco is home to the Financial District, with Union Square, the principal shopping and hotel district nearby.
Popular clothing stores are Banana Republic, Bebe, Diesel USA, Guess?, Gap, Victoria’s Secret, Levi’s Flagship Store, Urban Outfitters, Nine West, Cole-Haan, Johnston & Murphy, Loehman’s and DSW. Jewelry stores at Union Square include Tiffany & Co., Bulgari, Cartier, Swatch and Simayof.