San Francisco

Your critical guide to hotels, restaurants and going out in San Francisco

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Editor's picks

A wonderfully retro experience

St Francis Fountain
Restaurants & cafés

An almost classical link from old Mission to new, this ancient soda fountain serves up mac and cheese and ice-cream sodas.

Flash decor, big-name DJs

Milk DJ Bar & Lounge
Clubs

Milk is one of San Francisco's best hip hop clubs. Big-name guests such as DJ Shadow have been known to drop in.

Fine dining and a stunning view

Waterbar
Restaurants & cafés

An outdoor piazza offers panoramic views of the San Francisco skyline, while its innovative interior includes floor-to-ceiling aquariums.

Major attractions

SFMOMA

Art

The Museum of Modern Art's vast collection includes works by René Magritte, Jeff Koons, and Marcel Duchamp. However, the special exhibitions are the real draw.

Alcatraz

Attractions

Once the world's most infamous prison, the ominous buildings today lure over a million visitors each year. The chilling audio tour features interviews with former prisoners.

Coit Tower

Attractions

This 210ft (64m) concrete turret, built in 1933, provides spectacular views from the top and is decorated with some wonderful murals, created under the supervision of Diego Rivera.

What's on in San Francisco

One of many inventive creations at the Burning Man festival One of many inventive creations at the Burning Man festival - © www.burningman.com/John Curley

With more than a dozen film festivals, a parade to celebrate St Stupid, a 40,000-strong desert party within striking distance, and California's largest annual multi-cultural festival, San Fran loves – loves – to party.