San Francisco nourishes an important artistic community and an entire trip can be spent discovering the galleries and museums that make up this thriving scene. Leo Ramos, head concierge at Taj Campton Place, San Francisco shares his picks for an art-filled day about town.
Buena Vista Cafe makes for a great start to an artful day. (Photo by Wally Gobetz)
“From Union Square, after enjoying a quick breakfast bite from … Farm:Table, enjoy a ride on the historic cable car across town and into Fisherman’s Wharf. Try to board the Powell-Hyde line. The wait is definitely worth it as you will be riding along with great views of the bay and Alcatraz Island (make sure you sit facing east and toward the front). Because the cable car ride can leave you with a chill as a result of the open seating, without doubt you will need to stop at Buena Vista Cafe to enjoy [its] famous Irish coffee … .” (Farm:Table: 754 Post St.) (Buena Vista Cafe: 2765 Hyde St.; 415-474-5044)
“You will then be making your way to the San Francisco Art Institute to view Diego Rivera’s ‘The Making of a Fresco Showing the Building of a City.’ Diego Rivera is one of Mexico’s and the world’s most celebrated and notorious muralists … .” (800 Chestnut St.; 415-771-7020)
San Francisco has always had a thriving art scene.
“After your visit to the Diego Rivera [mural], walk down to Columbus Avenue and head over to North Beach. For a full-service lunch walk to Cotogna at Pacific Avenue and Montgomery Street. The restaurant serves delicious wood-fired pizzas and homemade pastas that cater to the most discerning palates. This dining option is certainly on the foodie ‘musts’ while in SF.” (490 Pacific Ave.; 415-775-8508)
Art and Decor
“Catty-corner from the restaurant is Hedge Gallery, one of San Francisco’s most prominent galleries/furniture stores. They have some of the most functional and decorative furniture pieces available. Think stark design for everyday use. If you are looking for a conversation piece for your home or office, this is it.” (501 Pacific Ave.; 415-433-2233)
“To finalize your art-filled day with two Michelin stars of approval, Campton Place Restaurant must be your destination. Aside from the quintessential boutique lobby showcasing beautiful fine art from Meyerovich Gallery, the edible works of art created in the kitchen will leave you in awe.” (340 Stockton St.; 415-955-5555)
– Briana Verdugo