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What to do in and around the Hotel Vitale

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The Embarcadero waterfront, on the eastern edge of the city, is the perfect place to stay while in San Francisco. Here, amidst some of San Francisco's most iconic sites and between three evolving micro-neighborhoods (each with their own distinct feel), new bars, restaurants, and businesses are constantly emerging. Locals in the area are always willing to dish on their favorite new neighborhood haunts—here are a few of mine.
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8 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
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In a city renowned for its "gastro-this" and "fusion-that," it was a surprise that my decadent waterfront meal at the Americano ended with a simple dessert. Simple, I soon learned, only at first glance. What looks like a standard ice cream...
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Pier 7, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
Pier 7 is a secret. I have found myself there many times and never understand why there are rarely any crowds. At sunrise or sunset with your back to the city you can get gorgeous photos of the Bay Bridge and Treasure Island. The beautiful wooden...
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Pier 15 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
Ask anyone you know who grew up in the Bay Area about the Exploratorium, and they’ll likely be able to share stories of class trips and seeing their hair stand on end at an installation about electricity or fun-house mirrors that...
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8 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
During your visit to San Francisco, fitness doesn’t have to fall by the wayside—especially if you're staying along the Embarcadero at the Hotel Vitale. Runners have prime access to the waterfront, and maps of some of the best routes are available...
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24 Pier, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
Pier 24 Photography is a wonderful photography space with a vastly beautiful collection. The space is large and wonderfully lit, but you have to make an appointment to view the art. Their current exhibit focuses on traditional portrait photography...
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225 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94104, USA
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With a coffee shop on every corner in San Francisco's Financial District, how do you choose? Well you do want them to have good coffee, after that it is all about the people and the story. Coffee Cultures has it all. Located in a historic...
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8 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
Hotel Vitale is right at the corner of Mission and the Embarcadero. Most of the rooms have nice views, particularly the corner rooms. But some of the the rooms on higher floors have decks with amazing views, like this one from 808. And this is...
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One Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
If Chinatown is one of San Francisco’s most historic neighborhoods, continue walking for another ten minutes and you’ll arrive at one of its newest attractions, the Ferry Building. Actually, the building itself is not new, having been completed in...
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801 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
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Roka Akor, the newest restaurant to bring robata to San Francisco, recently opened in Jackson Square. There are other locations in Scottsdale and London. The San Francisco space—built out in beautiful wood and concrete—revolves around an open...
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3100 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA
Satisfy your chocolate cravings with a tour of San Francisco’s TCHO New American Chocolate at Pier 17 along the Embarcadero. Knowledgeable chocolate experts will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about TCHO, from chocolate’s history to...
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342 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
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I like the informality of this San Francisco restaurant. The food is always good and the staff always friendly. The menu has a Southern influence so you can expect to see barbecue shrimp, gumbo, hush puppies, and of course fried chicken....
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633 Battery St, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
Look for the "Jackson Place Cafe" sign on the Sansome Street sidewalk between Jackson and Pacific. Turn down into the breezeway toward Battery Street and find this secluded, New Orleans-like courtyard. When the summer fog hasn't rolled in, the sun...
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101 Spear St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
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Most dim sum places in the San Francisco Bay Area are pretty typical of what you can find in Asia, culture and all. And while I love authentic as much as the next person, there is a place that has elevated the art of the dumpling. I am not alone...
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916 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
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Director Francis Ford Coppola's Italian heritage is seen in more than his movies. Named after the auteur's production company, Cafe Zoetrope is an Italian restaurant and cafe in the heart of San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood.
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Stockton St Tunnel, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
San Francisco lays claim to the largest Chinatown outside of Asia. A walk through the busy neighborhood bombards the senses with vibrant colors, fragrant smells, and loud chattering. Start your tour at the imposing Chinatown gates guarded by a...
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8 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
With its waterfront location across from the San Francisco Ferry Building on the edge of downtown, the Hotel Vitale is an ideal launchpad to explore San Francisco. Rooms have expansive views of the Bay or the city, and travelers can step out onto...
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8 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
In true San Franciscan fashion, the Vitale’s petite top-floor spa exudes boutique comfort with warm hospitality—with a focus on natural experiences. Come in the evening, sink into a bath on the terrace, and enjoy a massage with a view of the Bay...
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560 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
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There are a handful of stores in San Francisco that sell quirky and distinctive clothing, jewelry, and homewares. Eden & Eden is one. The brother-and-sister owners stock some vintage pieces and a nice selection of funky jewelry from the U.K. I've...