Jet Destination

Check off San Francisco from your bucket list.人生必去之处——旧金山。

Jet Asia Pacific - - Contents - Text by Joyce Yip

When speaking of San Francisco, its descriptions almost always precede with extremes: most expensive city in the States; most popular American destination among international visitors; heart of the US movie industry loved by blockbuster gurus like Alfred Hitchcock, Clint Eastwood and Francis Ford Coppola; and home to the most crooked street in the world – Lombard.

It’s not hard to see why The Golden City has a big following. With bearable annual precipitation, an eclectic mix of cultures and Napa Valley located just two hours away, it has the perfect mix of art, food, wine, fashion, and Silicone-valley wit.

Shopaholics of all appetites can find their calling here: whether it’s Vogue-worthy style on Market Street; 1920s vintage glasses at Hayes Valley; independent bookstores and vinyl shops around the Haight-ashbury block; or down Valencia Street for a good mix of thrift goods, home-grown brands and boutiques that sell designer labels alongside US$5 homemade masala chai teas in brown paper cups.

For food, most restaurants live up to their expectation provided that you’ve done your research, but don’t leave Fog City without living through the authentic Cali-mex experience in The Mission District – a graffiti-plastered neighbourhood buzzing with hipster vibes. Tacos and quesadillas are absolutely scrumptious and for a nominal price so long as you can direct your focus onto the cute jukebox against the wall and away from grease-stained glass, sticky metal trays and clouds of napkins around the garbage bin. But hey, anything for authentic grub, right foodies?

Craft beer-junkies are also in luck, with the Danish Mikkeller Bar smacked right in the city centre. Or unleash your inner child a few blocks down in Brewcade, which serves 25 craft beers on draft and almost the equal number of arcade games so you can finally blame your night of inebriation on something aside from college-grade debaucheries like flip cup and beer pong.

Lonely Planet will tell you to cycle to The Golden Gate Bridge, head to Fisherman’s Wharf for clam chowder then to the Farmers’ Market at Ferry Building, and book a day out to Alcatraz. Those feeling cultured can even mix up their schedules with art exhibitions ranging from Picasso at the SFMOMA to Mickey Mouse at the Walt Disney Family Museum.

But before you dive into your itinerary, start off with a trek up the 210ft Coit Tower not just for a panorama of the city – because that’s what rooftop bars are for – but to meet the local guide up top. No fret, an elevator does most of the climbing, so you can use that effort to pray you’ll meet a chatty guide, who may tell you why Lombard Street was designed with eight hairpin turns, point out the spires of Saints Peter and Paul Church where Marilyn Monroe and Joe Dimaggio got hitched, or simply offer a personal list of best coffee joints.

With shop, sup and sightseeing settled, the challenge while travelling to the State’s most expensive city is stay. This year, San Francisco saw a number of exciting openings and equally captivating renovations: here are a few of our favourites.

ARGONAUT HOTEL

Located in the Haslett Warehouse in Fisherman’s Wharf, the Argonaut tips the hat to San Francisco’s gold-rush days with nautical elements like Douglas Fir beams and exposed brick. Rooms are awash in varying shades of blue and are decked in seafaring décor like life rings and wooden anchors. A stone’s throw from chocolate factory Ghirardelli Square and the waterfront, the hotel offers two-hour complimentary electric scooter or bicycle rental and, on weekends, guided historic waterfront tours with a National Park Ranger.

Skip the lines at Fisherman’s Wharf and opt for one of three clam chowders at Argonaut’s newly renovated in-house restaurant Blue Mermaid, which also doubles as a bar with big screen TVS ideal for game nights. For a more eventful evening, head next door to The Cannery where live bands play throughout. Those travelling with kids can also look out for the San Francisco Fire Engine Tour there, which, for twice a day, takes visitors through the Presido and across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito on an open-air vintage fire truck. www.argonauthotel.com

提起旧金山,听到的几乎总是极端的描述:美国物价最高的城市;最受国际游客欢迎的美国旅游胜地;深受阿尔弗雷德·希区柯克、克林特·伊斯特伍德和弗朗西斯·福特·科波拉等电影大师喜爱的美国电影梦工场;还有位于伦巴底街上、全世界最弯曲的街道九曲花街。

旧金山全年气候宜人,降雨量适中,各种文化兼收并蓄,距离著名酒谷纳帕谷仅两个小时的路程,更是硅谷的根据地,集艺术、美酒、佳肴、时尚和高科技于一体,难怪有那么多的粉丝。

这里可以满足任何购物爱好者的一切渴求:不管是市场街的潮流时尚服饰、海耶斯谷的20年代复古眼镜、Haight-ashbury区附近的独立书店和黑胶唱片店,还是集合二手商品、本土品牌、设计师品牌精品店、以及用棕色纸杯盛载的5美元自制印度奶茶的瓦伦西亚街,这里一应俱全,保证让您满载而归。

食物方面,如果您事前已经做足功课的话,这里的大多数餐厅绝对不会让您失望。但既然来到雾都,一定要前往教会区,感受一下真正融合加州和墨西哥文化的体验。这个被涂鸦包围的社区充满文青气息,墨西哥夹饼和油炸玉米粉饼价廉味美,但请将焦点放在靠墙的可爱自动点唱机上,忽略垃圾桶周围污渍斑斑的玻璃、粘糊糊的金属托盘和堆积如山的纸巾。但对美食爱好者而言,品尝正宗美食大过天,对吗?

手工啤酒爱好者也可以大饱口福,来自丹麦的Mikkeller酒吧正好位于市中心。或者前往距离几个街口的Brewcade酒吧,这里提供25种手工啤酒,和几乎相同数量的大型电玩,让您摆脱转杯和啤酒乒乓等小玩意,尽情释放童心,不醉无归。

《Lonely Planet》旅行指南会介绍您骑自行车游览金门大桥,到渔人码头喝蛤蜊浓汤,然后参观渡轮大厦的农夫市场,再预留一天登上恶魔岛。想感受文化气息的游客,甚至可以在行程上加上一些文化节目,比如到旧金山现代艺术博物馆欣赏毕加索的艺术展览,以至到华特迪士尼家族博物馆探访米老鼠,体验旧金山的各种不同魅力。

展开您的行程之前,不妨先登上高210英尺的科伊特塔作为旅程的起点。跟一般人登上屋顶酒吧的目的不同,来这里不仅是为了一睹整个城市的全景,而是为了与本地导游见面。不用担心,这里虽然高,但设有电梯,所以只管将力气用来担心能否遇上一位有趣的导游,他可能会告诉您九曲花街设计八个急转弯的背后原因、指出玛丽莲•梦露和约瑟夫•保罗•狄马乔结婚的圣彼得与圣保罗教堂、或者单纯介绍个人推荐的最佳咖啡。

决定好购物、观光和旅游行程后,在美国物价最高城市旅游的挑战就是住宿。旧金山今年将有多家令人期待的新酒店开幕,一些重新翻新的酒店同样迷人。以下是我们的一些推荐,以供参考。

淘金者酒店

位于渔人码头Haslett仓库的淘金者酒店,向旧金山昔日的淘金热潮致敬。酒店保留道格拉斯冷杉柱子、历史斑驳的红砖墙、还有浓郁的航海风格点缀。客房涂上深浅不一的蓝色,并配上救生圈和木锚等装饰,充满航海气息。酒店距离前巧克力工厂吉拉德利巧克力广场和海滨仅一箭之遥,并提供两小时的免费电动摩托车或自行车出租服务。周末期间可以在国家公园管理员的带领下,游览历史悠久的海滨。

避开渔人码头长长的人龙,在淘金者酒店新装修的酒店餐厅Blue Mermaid品尝三款蛤蜊浓汤。餐厅晚上会化身成为酒吧,设有大屏幕电视,最适合观赏晚间球赛。想享受更丰富精彩的晚上活动,可以前往隔壁的The Cannery欣赏现场乐队演奏。带孩子旅行的游客,也可以参加每天举行两次的旧金山消防车冒险之旅,游客可以乘坐复古开篷消防车,经过要塞公园,驶越金门大桥,前往索萨利托小镇。www.argonauthotel.com

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