Hotspot San Francisco

November 01, 2009|By Tribune Newspapers

What's your favorite city in the U.S. to visit? If you picked San Francisco, you'd be in line with Conde Nast Traveler readers who voted it the No. 1 U.S. city in the 2009 Readers' Choice Awards featured in this month's issue. Criteria included atmosphere, culture, friendliness, lodging, restaurants and shopping. San Francisco fared especially well in - you guessed it - restaurants. But the city boasts many lures, and they are apparently consistent. This is the 17th consecutive year that San Francisco has won this category in the annual survey.

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Eat your fill. : For gourmet and artisanal food, head to the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero, where farmers' market days offer the best in local produce, bread, flowers and more.

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Be a scientist. : Or at least, sightsee like one by visiting the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. The museum includes a planetarium and aquarium and offers free admission on the third Wednesday of every month.

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Sample dim sum. : You can't go to San Francisco and not stop in Chinatown. And you can't stop in Chinatown without trying the dim sum at House of Dim Sum at 735 Jackson St. Find an empty table, pour a side of soy and dig in.

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Do the electric glide.: The Tenderloin area of the city has a church known for its exuberant gospel choir. Spend a Sunday morning at Glide Memorial Church and you'll leave with a spirit to your step.

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Tour Anchor Brewing. : This brewery dates to the 1800s with its classic Anchor Steam beer, so named because it was brewed without ice - or so the legend goes. The 45-minute tours are free but advance registration is required.

More information: onlyinsanfrancisco.com

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