San Francisco : sept choses à faire


By Anthony Arms for British Airways’ The Club magazine

Photography by Ropelato Photography; EarthScapes/Getty

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Juillet 2016

For a city that’s only seven miles by seven miles, San Francisco can feel larger than life with its colourful neighbourhoods, thriving foodie scene and must-see museums – not to mention the fact that California’s wine country is right on its doorstep. Here are seven reasons to visit the City by the Bay

Neighbourhood watch

San Francisco is fascinating for its diversity – in culture, population and architecture. Take a couple of hours to walk around the neighbourhoods. They vary hugely, from the bustle of Union Square to the old-world elegance of the Painted Ladies (a group of colourful Victorian houses) and the calm of Golden Gate Park.

À bicyclette

If you want to explore away from the city centre, hire a bike from Blazing Saddles and cycle over Golden Gate Bridge to the pretty coastal town of Sausalito. After an ice cream on the seafront, take the ferry back to the city past Alcatraz and into Fisherman’s Wharf, where you can reward yourself with a steaming bowl of clam chowder from one of the stalls.

Market values

The Ferry Building has been redeveloped into a lively marketplace that celebrates Californian food. The farmers market is open three days a week – Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The weekdays see smaller markets occupy the front of the building along the Embarcadero, while on Saturdays, the much larger market is held both in front of the Ferry Building and on the rear plaza overlooking the Bay. Up-and-coming chefs have opened restaurants here as well. Charles Phan’s The Slanted Door is a great spot for casual modern Vietnamese fare. If you’re struggling to get a table, pull up a seat at its no-reservations bar.

A number of chefs have turned to food trucks to feed the masses, with anything from Korean tacos to chocolate-covered bacon on the menu

Meals on wheels

Plusieurs chefs ont ouvert un food truck pour faire découvrir leurs plats au plus grand nombre. On trouve de tout, des tacos coréens ( Seoul on Wheels) au bacon recouvert de chocolat (Bacon Bacon propose de nombreux mets de base pour le petit-déjeuner). Ces camions se déplacent généralement dans différents quartiers selon le jour de la semaine. Jetez un oeil au site Off the Grid pour savoir quels camions se trouvent à proximité.

  • Freshly steamed crabs at a restaurant on Fisherman’s Wharf © Ian Shaw / Alamy

    Dinner with a view

    Fisherman’s Grotto est une institution à San Francisco depuis 1935. Savourez du crabe de Dungeness, une souple de palourdes ou du homard thermidor tout en admirant le pont du Golden Gate.

  • The sun rises over the vineyards in Napa Valley © Brad Perks Lightscapes / Alamy

    Gold rush

    Yountville is named after George Yount – the man who planted the first grapevines in Napa Valley in the 1830s. He began producing wine 20 years later when thirsty miners descended on the area during the Gold Rush.

    Choses à faire à San Francisco
  • Sample super chef Thomas Keller’s award-winning pistachio macarons at The French Laundry

    Try it for yourself…

    For $310 (£211) per person you can sample one of two menus at The French Laundry: a nine-course Chef’s Tasting Menu and a nine-course Tasting of Vegetables.

Wine country

San Francisco is just an hour-and-a-half drive from Napa and Sonoma, home to California’s most famous vineyards. Book a tasting at the Wattle Creek Winery– the sparkling Shiraz is particularly refreshing. Nearby Yountville is home to one of America’s most famous restaurants, Thomas Keller’s TheFrench Laundry.

Museum time

La culture est omniprésente à San Francisco : elle est source de diversité, d'innovation et de création, et est à son paroxisme dans les célèbres musées de la ville. Le Museum of Modern Art a rouvert ses portes début 2016, après des travaux d'agrandissement de plusieurs millions de dollars. Rendez-vous y à l'ouverture (10 h 00) pour admirer les oeuvres d'Andy Warhol nouvellement acquises, Silver Marlon et Triple Elvis, sans être gêné par la foule.

  • The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art was the first museum on the West Coast devoted solely to 20th-century art

    Picture that

    With 170,000 square feet of exhibition space, SF MOMA is one of the largest museums in the world for modern and contemporary art. The current collection includes over 33,000 paintings, sculptures, photographic images and design pieces.

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Retail therapy

San Francisco has a healthy shopping scene. There are big-name stores in Union Square, with more bohemian independent shops in the neighbourhood of Haight-Ashbury. Check out Amoeba Music, a former bowling alley that now boasts the world’s biggest CD collection. China Town is also worth a look, especially for knick-knacks and food.