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CHEF CONCIERGE, INTERCONTINENTAL SAN FRANCISCO MEMBER LES CLEFS D'OR, USA
BEST TIP Spend time walking, eating and shopping in the diverse neighborhoods that make visiting San Francisco like visiting dozens of different cities in one.
Q: Any tips for exploring San Francisco’s waterfront?
A: While most people explore the waterfront between the Ferry Building and Fisherman’s Wharf, I like to wander south towards AT&T Park. You’ll find local restaurants with great views and even better food, and there’s public art to admire along with views of the Bay Bridge and Yerba Buena Island. And just south of the bridge you’ll find a San Francisco institution, Red’s Java House. Fans of drive-ins, diners and dives will feel right at home, and who doesn’t like a cheeseburger served on sourdough bread?
Q: What’s an underrated gem that you point out to travelers?
A: Liguria Bakery is a family-owned business. The space is not terribly inviting; the menu is limited to focaccia bread; they only accept cash; and the people behind the counter are surly. Why go? Because of the traditional Ligurian focaccia of course! They open at 8 am and close when they run out of bread, usually about noon or so. If you decide to stop here for a slice, I guarantee that the next time you come to San Francisco this will be the one place you’ll be sure to re-visit. Some traditions are worth keeping.
Q: What are you looking forward to in the Bay Area this month?
A: The Union Street Easter Parade & Spring Celebration is a familyfriendly event highlighting the creative, wacky and delicious side of the season. Besides the food vendors, children’s games and tasteful wares from the local merchants, the Easter Bonnet Contest is one of my favorite events of the year. And yes, last year there was a hat made with real live bunnies!