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Belle - - Chi C N Omad -

FOUR BAR­REL COF­FEE San Fran­cisco is se­ri­ous about its cof­fee and this does not dis­ap­point. See its im­pres­sive roast­ers and be­hind-the-scenes shenani­gans while drink­ing your cof­fee, watched by four mounted boar. For other sup­pli­ers, look for the Blue Bot­tle sign. four­bar­rel­cof­fee.com

BIX What a joy to open the door to this sup­per club on Gold Street. It fea­tures a jazz band play­ing toe-tap­ping mu­sic, soft light­ing, a glow­ing full bar and res­tau­rant, with a mez­za­nine all the bet­ter for view­ing the crowd. The art deco build­ing and in­te­rior feel like a lux­ury ocean liner of times gone by. bixrestau­rant.com

DOWN­STAIRS AT BLACK CAT Pay the cover charge (it doesn’t even mat­ter what’s on) and head down­stairs to the jazz club. They do light­ing well in this town – it’s moody and makes ev­ery­thing look great. The teal leather ban­quettes and great in­te­ri­ors add to a good night to set­tle in to lis­ten to mu­sic and drink cock­tails. black­catsf.com

CHEZ PANISSE It would be rude not to eat at Alice Wa­ters’ Chez Panisse. Book a ta­ble well in ad­vance. I like to go for lunch so I can ex­plore and wan­der the beau­ti­ful streets of Berke­ley af­ter­wards. Di­rectly be­hind the res­tau­rant is nat­u­ral per­fume maker Mandy Af­tel and her Afte­lier Per­fumes. Stroll around the block to see if Mandy’s per­fume mu­seum (see Ex­plore) is open. chez­panisse.com. afte­lier.com

OUTERLANDS I am al­ways on the search for a great break­fast out­side Aus­tralia and this de nitely holds its own. Its de­li­cious sea­sonal lo­cal healthy fare is a bonus to the in­te­rior ex­e­cuted by the own­ers, all soft curved sal­vaged wood pan­elling and hum­ble wooden-boat-meets-moun­tain-cabin in feel. While there, walk the lit­tle strip and pop into Gen­eral Store (don’t miss its shed and gar­den out the back) and Case for Mak­ing, spe­cial­is­ing in artists’ sup­plies for hand­made wa­ter­colours and other fab­u­lous ma­te­ri­als. Even the street plant ing and seat ing is good-look­ing here. out­er­landssf.com. shop­gen­er­al­store.com. case­for­mak­ing.com

TARTINE MAN­U­FAC­TORY This eatery was de­signed by one of my favourites, Com­mune, which has crafted an airy, light-drenched fac­tory space into an open kitchen for din­ers (break­fast, lunch and din­ner) to ex­pe­ri­ence the process of mak­ing and bak­ing. It’s housed within the Heath Col­lec­tive, which fea­tures lots of other vis­it­wor­thy stops. tartine­man­u­fac­tory.com

SMOKESTACK at Mag­no­lia Brew­ing Com­pany. If you are se­ri­ous about craft beer, wood- red cook­ery and the au­then­tic US bar­be­cue ex­pe­ri­ence, this is the place for you. This great-look­ing space feels as com­fort­able for a boot scoot as it does for an In­sta­gram-wor­thy pic, with a wall of vin­tage win­dows soak­ing up views of the brew­ery. mag­no­liabrew­ing.com

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