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When it comes to staying at Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco, you’re absolutely spoiled with the array of possible activities. Be sure to bring good walking shoes and a camera — there are loads of photo opportunities and sights a short distance from the Five-Star hotel.
It’s a good thing the guest room closets at the hotel are so spacious — perfect for all your new purchases at the hundreds of stores nearby the hotel. Union Square is one block away and has some of the best shops, including Barneys, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co., and the city’s landmark department store, Gump’s.
If sampling gourmet goodies is your taste, head down Market Street to the Ferry Building, where you can sip a syrah or nibble on an organic French macaron. There’s plenty of fresh produce, locally fed beef, fresh fish, pastries and gelato, so be sure to take your appetite with you.
San Francisco is home to dozens of museums, many downtown, just a short distance from the hotel. The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Museum of the African Diaspora are visible from the hotel itself, and the Museum of Craft and Folk Art, the Cartoon Art Museum, SF Camerawork and a hands-on children’s museum called Zeum are all within two blocks.
You’ll definitely have a chance to soak up some San Francisco history when you head to Chinatown and Little Italy, the adjacent North Beach neighborhood. This Chinatown is the largest outside Asia and features beautiful architecture, churches and plentiful restaurants and bakeries. Stick to Stockton Street to avoid tourist traps and get real-deal dim sum and Vietnamese sandwiches. We love strolling among the beautiful monuments, bridges, native Japanese plants and ponds of the Japanese Tea Garden, located in Golden Gate Park. In North Beach, you’ll find endless charming Italian restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
Don’t leave town without seeing the San Francisco Bay itself. Take the cable car or the vintage streetcar to the water or head to Golden Gate Bridge Park for a picnic and some memorable photo ops. Tour Alcatraz, then follow the smell of baking sourdough bread to Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 (the sea lion hangout), just two blocks west of the wharf.