San Francisco is a great art city, and no place celebrates this more than the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,
or SFMOMA, which reopened after a massive renovation and addition in 2016. Following breakfast at the hotel, stroll down the hill to the SFMOMA and check in for a private guided tour. These tours usually only last an hour and require you to select what you’d like your private docent to cover. Our suggestion: Sign up for the highlights tour, which provides an overview of the museum itself and its most treasured pieces. The architecture of the new building by Norwegian design firm Snøhetta is worth the price of admission alone. Once the tour is done, branch off on your own to explore the museum at your own pace.
Stroll through the painting and sculpture collection and trace the origins of modernism. Along the way, marvel at Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain
(1917/1964) and Mark Rothko’s No. 14, 1960
. Next, hit up the Doris and Donald Fischer Collection, which includes a focused exhibition of Alexander Calder sculptures, four galleries dedicated to Ellsworth Kelly, and the diverse works of Gerhard Richter.
No visit to the SFMOMA is complete without stopping to appreciate the architecture. Features such as the Living Wall and the Oculus Bridge are art pieces in and of themselves.
After a day spent looking at art, have dinner at either In Situ
, the upscale restaurant on the ground floor of the museum, or in Chinatown at Eight Tables by George Chen
. At In Situ, chef Corey Lee prepares dishes using recipes from the top restaurants in the world, including Eleven Madison Park and the Restaurant at Meadowood
. The restaurant is beautifully designed and Lee constantly updates the menu to bring in the work of new chefs from destinations near and far. At Eight Tables by George Chen, the exclusive experience starts the minute guests arrive at a gate on Vallejo Street, and ends when guests finish the meal’s 10 courses.