Ask the Expert Elizabeth Baca-Pryfogle
Tips from the Grand Hyatt San Francisco concierge.
Q: What are some of your favorite San Francisco stores?
A: My top favorite store in San Francisco is Gump’s. It’s like therapy. From the moment you walk in the doors, you’re enveloped in the exquisite scent of the beautiful life. I can also spend hours at any museum store, most especially the one at SFMOMA. You’re always guaranteed an esoteric find.
Q: What's your favorite San Francisco neighborhood for shopping?
A: I love strolling through the Valencia corridor, where you can be hip and trendy without even trying. I love the meshing of the Latino heritage of the neighborhood with the present hipster movement.
Q: Where’s your favorite San Francisco photo op?
A: Deep into Lincoln Park Golf Course there is an amazing lookout that cannot be rivaled. Located at the 17th hole, you stand on a beautiful green, hushed spot overlooking the outer edges of the San Francisco Bay framed by the entire length of Golden Gate Bridge.
Q: Where do you send visitors with a sweet tooth?
A: I send them to Teuscher’s Chocolate for the Champagne truffles. Or they can buy Champagne flavored gummy bubbles at Sugarfina. And the most sublime pear sorbet in San Francisco, found only at Mitchell’s Ice Cream, goes great with Champagne!
Elizabeth Baca-Pryfogle Concierge, Grand Hyatt San Francisco; Member, Northern California Concierge Association