Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

San Francisco

Vesuvio
Artistic hippie haven with a bar-bummed lady (or bloke?) on the sign.
Una Pizza Napoletana
Simple and tasty, customers flock in for Una Pizza Napoletana's one size 12 pizzas."
Toronado
This beer-loving dive bar is justifiably popular.
Tonga Room
Fantastically kitsch Polynesian tiki room with humongous cocktails and indoor rain showers.
Ton Kiang
Popular with the locals, Ton Kiang has some of the best dim sum in San Francisco.
The Independent
The place to find the cool bands before they get cool.
The EndUp
A late club that truly lives up to its name. The party, including an occasional scene-loving celebrity contingent, always ends up at the EndUp.
The Buena Vista
The Irish coffee was first served in America at this old school saloon.
Tartine Bakery
Throngs of fans queue up to score buttery delicious pastries and cinnamon buns from this, one of San Fran's beloved bakeries.
Suppenküche
Suppenküche is not an ordinary restaurant: it is more like a traditional German Wirtshaus.
Skylark
Skylark invites you to let your hair down, pick up a total stranger and have the mother of all hangovers the next day.
SF Badlands
Slather on the tanning lotion, bust out your best muscle T, and head for SF Badlands, the baddest gay video dance club in town.
Punchline Comedy Club
Historic comedy club that has seen the likes of Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres and Chris Rock grace its stage.
Park Chalet
Be inside, feel like you're outside relaxing with a classic simple menu.
Monk’s Kettle
Coors Light fans, there are many other bars in San Francisco, do not enter this one.
Mission Chinese Food
On a mission to bring San Francisco tasty Oriental dishes at satisfyingly generous prices. 
Metro Hotel
Easy on the wallet but boasts a lovely interior garden and cosy, clean surrounds.
Mamacita
If Calimexican isn't an actual thing yet, it should be thanks to Mamcita's.
Mama’s on Washington Sq.
This is what mornings were made for.
Madrone Lounge
Styled as an art bar, Madrone draws a casual crowd who come to chill on its mismatched couches and listen to DJ sets.
La Taqueria
Truly local neighbourhood joint where tacos are the order of the day.
Jeremy’s
A place to rummage for slightly damaged couture at heavy discounts.
Hotel Des Arts
Crisp, hip and with a predisposition to beautiful art.
Helpers’ Home Bazaar
A San Francisco charity shop to end all others, with fantastic selections of vintage gowns, over-the-top hats and unique accessories.
Grubstake
Classics like burgers and fries served in a quirky-but-cool interior (a former railway car): what's not to love? 
Good Mong Kok
Cheap and authentic Chinese bakery in Chinatown, whoda thought it?
Good Hotel
A San Francisco hotel with a conscience.
Fly Bar
A favourite with hipsters for its no-fuss service and funky decor.
Flora Grubb Gardens
A garden centre you can hang out in.
Elbo Room
Whether you want Acid Jazz, Afrofunk or Indie Rock, Elbo Room delivers every day of the week.
El Rio
Cheap and cheerful music club, El Rio peddles everything from salsa dancing to DJs. Popular with the twenty-something set.
Dosa on Valencia
Dosa is not just about dosas but about offering the broad selection of South Indian fare to San Francisco diners using fresh ingredients that are primarily local, organic, natural and sustainable.
Dogpatch Saloon
Live jazz almost every night at this Portrero Hill dive.
Delarosa
A cool and relaxed place to get high quality pizza, salad and pasta. And maybe a beer or two. And maybe a little gelatto. With limoncello...
Club Six
Slightly raggedy, but anything goes at this hip-hop and world music club.
Cliff House and Sutro Baths
Hike the amazing Lands End trails or take a stroll along Ocean Beach. Check out the seals from the quirky Camera Obscura. 
City View
Don't let the name fool you: There is no view. There is Dim Sum though.
City Lights Book Store
Landmark bookshop that helped launch the Beat Generation.
Cable Cars
The city's only moving historic landmarks are unmissable.
Blue Bottle Cafe
Utilitarian coffee shop space where hipsters come to imbibe some of the best roast in the Bay Area.

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