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PROPER Af­ter much an­tic­i­pa­tion, this 1904 Beaux-arts build­ing has nally re­opened. It’s been reimag­ined by Kelly Wearstler, who took in­spi­ra­tion from the his­tory of the build­ing and the essence of SF. Rooms range from, yes, bunkroom to suite, with a good of­fer­ing of restau­rants. Visit the fab­u­lous rooftop bar and lounge, Char­maine’s. prop­er­ho­

HO­TEL VITALE The best lo­ca­tion in town. With views of the Bay, it’s across the road from the Ferry Ter­mi­nal, which has such good food out­lets, and the weekly (Tues­day, Thurs­day and Satur­day) Farmer’s Mar­ket is my favourite (see Ex­plore). jd­vho­

THE BAT­TERY A new pri­vate club, although you can also stay as a non-mem­ber. This is a fun op­tion by SF de­signer Ken Fulk. Reimag­ined in an old ware­house, it has 14 rooms with all the ameni­ties, plus Ken’s air and sense of hu­mour. He de­signed Leo’s Oys­ter Bar, which has had its time in the so­cial me­dia lime­light. the­bat­

AIRBNB As the Airbnb HQ is in SF, it is worth tak­ing a look at what’s on of­fer, es­pe­cially around Berke­ley and Oak­land, my new favourite places in the area. Try its new ven­ture, Airbnb Ex­pe­ri­ences, to re­ally get to know the city with a lo­cal.

THE KIMP­TON BUCHANAN San-fran­cisco based de­signer Nicole Hol­lis has put her stamp on this ho­tel in Ja­pan­town, tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. Its per­fect mix of vin­tage and new fur­ni­ture and lo­cal art lets you know where you are in the world. the­buchanan­ho­ HEATH CE­RAM­ICS Although you can buy Heath Ce­ram­ics at its city stores, I rec­om­mend a tour of its 1950s fac­tory in Sausal­ito. It is in­spi­ra­tional, not only in de­sign but also in phi­los­o­phy, with a near-zero waste pol­icy. The shop is open daily, with a sec­onds sec­tion. Tours week­ends only. heathce­ram­

YON­DER I have cov­eted owner Linda Fa­hey’s ce­ram­ics since her ‘Ship’ and ‘Wave’ se­ries. Her shop stocks her own beau­ti­ful ce­ram­ics, as well as other hand­crafted ob­jects from lo­cal and global mak­ers. yon­der­

PAX­TON GATE I have bought so many great things at this store: a ne bone neck­lace, a scal­lop-shell lamp, Til­land­sia plants in all shapes and sizes, in­sects, owl pel­lets and books. Be sure to check out its Cu­riosi­ties for Kids store a few doors down. pax­ton­

MARCH Hands down, the most beau­ti­ful kitchen shop I have ever been to. Not just gor­geous styling, but also thought­ful de­sign, sourc­ing and cu­ra­tion, where noth­ing is less than divine.

BELL’OCCHIO A spe­cial shop that I have been vis­it­ing for 20 years. It sells cu­riosi­ties, ephemera, hab­er­dash­ery and rari ed mer­chan­dise from his­toric ate­liers.

Slip away from the day into this mag­i­cal world, where the walls are faux bois and the mast is at full sail. bel­loc­

TAIL OF THE YAK An­other nev­er­miss shop, where I have bought so many favourite things over many years of styling. A make-be­lieve land of pa­per fes­tiv­i­ties, vin­tage nds, jew­ellery, trea­sure and loot. Be en­ticed by the dou­ble shop win­dow dis­play and by the fan­tas­ti­cal in­stal­la­tions in­side. Dis­tract­ing in all the best ways.

ATOMIC GAR­DEN Housed in a lovely old shop, this fea­tures a lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing that you want to take home or maybe just per­fectly cu­rated for style! I bought a felt hat, but I also wanted to take home kitchen­wares, a daybed, per­fume, clothes and more. atom­ic­gar­de­noak­

ESQUELETO Ded­i­cate an hour or so to wan­der around this cor­ner of 49th St and Tele­graph Ave in Oak­land, as there are many stores to ex­plore. In a light- lled stu­dio, Esqueleto is like a cool mod­ern-day medicine woman’s haven, full of beau­ti­ful ce­ram­ics, ob­jets d’art, stone spec­i­mens and my favourite jew­ellery de­sign­ers. Also visit Book/shop, Home­stead Apothe­cary and Marisa Ma­son.; book­; marisama­

OH­MEGA SAL­VAGE I love sal­vage yards and this one is great. It is spread out over a scat­ter­ing of build­ings, some made us­ing sal­vaged win­dow frames, and has a range of fur­ni­ture, bath­room and kitchen sal­vage and amaz­ing hard­ware. ohmegasal­ from the city to an idyl­lic beach­side town. Me­an­der down the windy road to the ocean or just en­joy the view and head in for a hike into the red­wood forests of Muir Woods.

DE YOUNG MU­SEUM The per­fect way to dis­cover Golden Gate Park and see some fab­u­lous art, as well. An im­pres­sive cop­per struc­ture, it al­ways has some­thing great on dis­play and an Andy Goldswor­thy sculp­ture out front to greet you. dey­oung­

ALAMEDA POINT AN­TIQUES FAIRE This is one of my favourite vin­tage mar­kets. It is a big fair, with a great ar­ray of vin­tage wares, but, be warned, it can be very chilly in the early morn. It is an open-air mar­ket held on the rst Sun­day of ev­ery month and can be can­celled if the weather is hor­rid. alameda­pointan­tiques­

FERRY PLAZA FARM­ERS MAR­KET This makes me feel in­stantly healthy and or­ganic. Visit on a mar­ket day, Tues­day, Thurs­day or Satur­day, and pe­ruse the fruit and veg­eta­bles, and mar­vel at the va­ri­eties. The Ferry Build­ing houses fab­u­lous food ar­ti­sans: Cow­girl Cream­ery Side­kick, Acme Bread Com­pany, Mi­ette cakes and The Slanted Door, among oth­ers. Go hun­gry!

THE HANGED MAN Book a tea leaves or tarot card read­ing with Matthew Drewry Baker, among ten­drils, blos­soms, branches and mag­i­cal be­ings. A per­fect way to nish the day. the­hanged­manco.big­car­

SFMOMA An am­bi­tious struc­ture in size and shape, de­signed by Snøhetta that, af­ter three years of ren­o­va­tion, tri­umphed in its open­ing, with seven oors of amaz­ing mod­ern and Amer­i­can art. Get lost among this out­stand­ing col­lec­tion and be sure not to miss the Alexan­der Calder sculp­ture ter­race with the ver­ti­cal green for­est of Cal­i­for­nian na­tive plants.

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