Planning your trip to San Francisco

 
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Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles TimesThe Ferry Building sits along the Embarcadero at the foot of Market Street. Once a busy hub for San Francisco commuters arriving by ferry from across the bay, the landmark nowadays teems with foodies hungry for all things organic, artisanal and upscale. Mor...


By Christopher Reynolds // 08.14.09
 


Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times
The Ferry Building sits along the Embarcadero at the foot of Market Street. Once a busy hub for San Francisco commuters arriving by ferry from across the bay, the landmark nowadays teems with foodies hungry for all things organic, artisanal and upscale. More photos >>


NAVIGATING S.F.

Ferries: Five ferry companies run boats from the Ferry Building, connecting to Sausalito and Larkspur (which take you near the Golden Gate Bridge); Oakland and Alameda (which take you under the Bay Bridge); Angel Island State Park and Vallejo. Except for the $13 Vallejo ride, most fares are less than $10 for an adult one-way. For list of ferry services with links: www.watertransit.org.

WHERE TO STAY

Hyatt Regency San Francisco: 5 Embarcadero Center; (415) 788-1234, www.sanfranciscoregency.hyatt.com. This 17-story behemoth has 802 rooms, the Eclipse Cafe and one of the world's largest atrium lobbies. Doubles from $119.

Hotel Vitale 8 Mission St.; (888) 890-8688, www.hotelvitale.com. Emphasizes natural elements. The Americano restaurant downstairs has a big patio. Doubles from $239.

Hotel Griffon: 155 Stewart St.; (800) 321-2201, www.hotelgriffon.com. Perry's Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Doubles from $170.

Harbor Court Hotel: 165 Steuart St.; (800) 346-0555, www.harborcourthotel.com. Built as a YMCA in 1926, it has 131 rooms but no pool. Ozumo Restaurant downstairs offers Japanese lunch and dinner. Doubles from $167.

WHERE TO EAT

The Slanted Door: 1 Ferry Building No. 3; (415) 861-8032. Big, loud dining room, but we got excellent service, and I liked the scallops and spinach. Lunch and dinner. Entrees usually $16 to $33.

Taylor's Automatic Refresher: 1 Ferry Building No. 6; (415) 318-3423. Sullen servers aside, it's the kid-friendliest restaurant in the building, and our dinners were good. Entrees $3.99 (grilled cheese sandwich) to $14.99.

Market Bar: 1 Ferry Building No. 36; (415) 434-1100. Lunch, dinner and an excellent weekend brunch. Dinner entrees $14.95 to $25.95.

Mijita: 1 Ferry Building No. 44; (415) 399-0814. Mexican regional dishes. Nothing over $7.

TO LEARN MORE

Ferry Building: www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com.

Free tours: www.sfcityguides.org.

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market: www.cuesa.org/markets/.