An insider's guide to San Francisco

By CNN Staff

Published August 30, 2019

Soraya Matos

San Francisco evokes images of the Golden Gate Bridge, but it's also a crossroads of commerce and counterculture.


Here are insider tips to how you can experience the City by the Bay's hotels and restaurants.

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The Fairmont

In a city that's changing at the speed of light, there's comfort in grand dame hotels such as this one. The Fairmont is classic luxury, and most rooms come with a view of the city.

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The Proper Hotel

The flatiron building in which the Proper is housed is over a century old. Charmaine's, the hotel's enormous rooftop bar, is a great place to watch the sunset.

Manolo Yllera

National Park Hotels

Inn at the Presidio and Lodge at the Presidio are the extraordinary historic lodgings at San Francisco's National Park.

Kentyn Reynolds

Che Fico

This restaurant has the perfect atmosphere to capture your meals and party for Instagram. The duck liver and margherita pie are highlights.

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Bar Crenn

Topped with caviar, the egg and bone marrow custard is rich perfection. It's a show-stopper. Just don't call it bar food.

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West Coast Wine and Cheese

The wine list may be serious, but this wine bar is light and easy. The cheese and charcuterie selections are especially delightful.

Krescent Carasso

Mr. Holmes Bakeshop

It's known for the cruffin (the delicious union of a croissant and a muffin), but in fact, all the baked goods here are spot on. Be sure to arrive early to get your first pick.

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse

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