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La Bande, a stylish cafe offering house-made pas­tries, sal­ads and lo­cally roasted cof­fee.

DIN­ING OUT: Ja­panese is on trend in this neck of the woods. Check out Hi­nata (810 Van Ness Av­enue) for omakase; and Onsen (on Eddy in the Ten­der­loin), a bath­house with hot soak­ing pool and treat­ment rooms along­side a restau­rant and tea­room with sake wine on tap. Or bor­row one of the ho­tel’s Shi­nola bi­cy­cles and take a spin down Mar­ket to Em­bar­cadero where the old ferry build­ing is home to provi­dores and ca­sual eater­ies in­clud­ing an oys­ter bar and the fab Cow­girl Cream­ery (try the su­pe­rior cheese toastie). There’s also a farmer’s mar­ket ev­ery Tues­day, Thurs­day and Saturday.

ASK THE CONCIERGE: Get a real taste of this lively precinct by sign­ing up to a walk­ing tour at the tiny Ten­der­loin Mu­seum; it’s a won­der­ful in­sight into 31 re­mark­able city blocks, once the en­ter­tain­ment and vice cen­tre of San Francisco.

CHECK­ING IN: From $US400 ($500) a night. More: prop­er­ho­tel.com.

ALSO TRY: The Robey, Chicago; The Ware­house Ho­tel, Sin­ga­pore; Ovolo 1888 Dar­ling Har­bour, Syd­ney.

CHRIS­TINE McCABE Sin­ga­pore-based Alila moves into North Amer­ica later this year with the re­open­ing of a 59-room re­sort in California’s Big Sur fol­low­ing a multi-mil­lion-dol­lar makeover; the Ven­tana Big Sur, an Alila Re­sort will fea­ture a sig­na­ture day spa, ocean view restau­rant and a new lux­ury camp­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, the Red­wood Canyon Glamp­sites • The newly opened beach­front Amari Galle re­sort in Sri Lanka of­fers di­rect sea views from pri­vate bal­conies in all 172 rooms and suites and plenty of fam­ily friendly ser­vices in­clud­ing a chil­dren’s club and ded­i­cated pool; open­ing rates from $US115 ($144) a night • Hil­ton is to open the first in­ter­na­tion­ally branded ho­tel in Ti­mor-Leste; the 150-room Hil­ton Dili Palm Springs de­buts in late 2018 with an out­door pool, fit­ness cen­tre, rooftop bar and sig­na­ture restau­rant • MGallery by Sofitel has signed two ho­tels in Auckland; Ho­tel Grand Wind­sor will join the collection this Oc­to­ber, and Eden Cres­cent Ho­tel Auckland fol­lows late next year af­ter its re­fur­bish­ment • Ho­tel Esen­cia has ex­panded its foot­print on the beau­ti­ful Xpu Ha Beach on Mex­ico’s Riviera Maya and in Oc­to­ber it will unveil 11 new lux­ury suites, six open­ing di­rectly on to the sand, and a restau­rant from acclaimed chef Dim­itris Ka­trivesis.

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