(What’s New in 2022)
Lately, it seems San Francisco’s news headlines have been negative, from the city’s homeless crisis and the highly publicized area’s astronomical cost-of-living and worsening fire season to recall elections.
But San Francisco is still San Francisco. Fog still rolls in from the Pacific Ocean to blanket the city’s rugged hills, the sunset still blazes red behind the Golden Gate Bridge and the smell of salt and eucalyptus still hits you as you step outside. San Francisco International Airport. Always a city for lovers of the outdoors, pandemic restrictions led to a near-universal embrace of indoor-outdoor urban living. And at its core, the spirit of the city, a heady brew of creativity, progressivism and experimentation, remains unbroken.
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San Francisco’s epidemic recovery has been slower than other major metropolitan areas in the United States; According to data from the San Francisco Travel Association, forecasts for 2022 estimate 80% of 2019’s visitor volume. While the downtown and Union Square neighborhoods remain quieter than the East.Epidemic Over time, the city’s single neighborhoods, from Mission to Russian Hill and Outer Sunset, are alive with packed restaurants and bars, and boast many new parks and individual events. San Francisco no longer enforces a mask mandate, but some businesses will require or request masks; Masks are recommended but not required on the city’s public transportation systems, MUNI and BART. Many indoor events, including concerts and theater productions, require proof of vaccination to enter.
New parks and slow roads
San Francisco’s wealth of green spaces has grown, thanks to a trio of new parks, including the Presidio Tunnel Tops, 14 acres new. National Park The land hugging city’s northern coast opened this month. Boasting panoramic views of the bay, the park was designed by the same group behind New York’s High Line and is home to a changing roster of food trucks, art installations and performances. For more views, check out Francisco Park in the city’s Russian Hill neighborhood, which opened in April on the site of San Francisco’s first reservoir. In the southeastern Mission Bay neighborhood, largely sheltered from the city’s frequent westerly winds, Crane Cove Park has been a warm, sunny destination for stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking and lounging since opening in 2020.
In addition to new parks, San Francisco has become more walkable and bikeable with the pandemic-driven development of the Slow Streets program, which limits or prohibits car traffic on streets across the city. Destination-worthy ones include the Great Highway that runs along Ocean Beach on the west side of the city (it’s currently closed to car traffic on weekends and often on windy days) and the JFK Promenade in Golden Gate Park, which is permanently car-friendly. Free in November. JFK’s 1-1/2-mile stretch takes you past destinations like the Conservatory of Flowers and Rose Garden, as well as the Skatin’ Place, where you’ll often find a rocking roller disco.
Back to individual music events
Golden Gate Park is also hosting several large individual events this year, including Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, a free, three-day music festival held from September 30 to October 2. This year’s lineup includes Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and Buddy Miller, with more artists to be announced soon. Outlying lands music festival Taking place August 5-7 with artists including Green Day, Post Malone and Lil Uzi Vert (single-day tickets from $195; three-day passes from $409). Find more music in the Sunset District at the Stern Grove Festival, now in its 85th year. A series of free weekly concerts from August 14 through Sunday features acts from the San Francisco Symphony to Phil Les.
Portola Music Festival (single-day tickets from $200, two-day pass from $400), the new music festival coming to San Francisco from the team behind Coachella, takes place at Pier 80 on September 24-25, and will feature electronica. Acts including Flume, James Blake, The Avalanches and M.I.A
A new destination for contemporary art
With its opening in October, the Institute of Contemporary Art San Francisco aims to provide a new approach to exhibiting and sharing contemporary art. Bound by the core principles of equity and accessibility, ICASF will have free admission and plans to showcase local artists and artists of color in a welcoming environment. The inaugural program includes a solo exhibition by Jeffrey Gibson, a Choctaw-Cherokee painter and sculptor, a group exhibition curated by California artists and curators Tahira Rasheed and Sharad Breon, and work by local artists Liz Hernandez and Ryan Whelan.
eating and drinking
San Francisco restaurants have struggled through pandemic restrictions, but high operating costs and a high cost of living have also limited the workforce. Many storefronts remain vacant, and several legacy businesses are closed, including Alioto’s, a Italian the seafood restaurant that held court at Fisherman’s Wharf for 97 years, and the Cliff House, an iconic destination that hugs the jagged edge of the Pacific Ocean (a new restaurant may open there by the end of the year).
While undoubtedly challenging, the past two years have had a silver lining: Outdoor dining and drinking have cropped up everywhere, from long-established restaurants like Nopa to newer spots like Casements, a modern Irish bar that opened in January in the Mission. 2020. The bar originally planned to be a cozy, indoor-only affair, but instead it now offers stellar cocktails (from $12) on one of the city’s best patios, an outdoor semi-private space, live music, DJs and. Colorful murals of Irish rock musicians including Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries and Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy.
While marquee openings are still a major part of the city’s dining fabric – recent ones include the grand Palm Court. Restaurant In the new RH Gallery and the new Ghirardelli Chocolate Experience store – the most exciting development centers on low-key projects from high-end chefs. In Mission, three-Michelin-starred chef Cory Lee opened San Ho Won, a Korean barbecue spot with classic dishes and riffs on tradition, such as blood-sausage pancakes and kimchi pozole (starting at $16, barbecue from $26). Matthew Kirk, a sous chef at Lazy Bear, opened Automat, a day-night destination in Western Addition for baked goods, breakfast sandwiches and burgers (sandwiches from $9 to $16).
Natural wine is nothing new in San Francisco, but low-intervention bottles — funky wines made using small-batch, mostly organic ingredients, native yeasts and, generally, little to no sulfites — are dominating new restaurants and bars. Shuggie’s, a pop-art explosion with a lively bottle list from the West Coast and beyond, features two-dollar wine shots and “trash pizza” made from repurposed food waste (wines from $15 for a glass or $51 for a bottle; Pizza from $19). Palm City Wines opened in spring 2020 as a takeaway-only natural wine bottle shop and deli at Outdoor Sunset; Now, it also offers small plates, wine by the glass, Northern California beers and forearm-sized hoagies (starting at $8, sandwiches from $19). On the previous stage is the bar Part Time in the Mission, a natural wine-fueled disco with DJs and a rotating roster of wine producers.
where to live
1 Hotel opened in San Francisco in June on the Embarcadero near the Ferry Building. The charming space features reclaimed wood and native greenery, recyclable key card and hangers, 186 guest rooms and 14 suites (from $500 per night), plus a rooftop spa, chef’s garden and beehives. Terrain, the hotel’s restaurant, has a farm-to-table inspired menu and a wide selection of mezcal and tequila.
LUMA, which also opened in June, is the first hotel development in the Mission Bay neighborhood. With 299 rooms (from $329 per night) and a rooftop lounge opening later this summer, the hotel is near Oracle Park and the Chase Center. And on June 30, the longtime Sir Francis Drake Hotel in Union Square reopened as the Beacon Grand in 2023 with 418 renovated guestrooms (from $249 per night), a lobby bar, and a redesign of the famous top-floor bar. will open , Starlight Room.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.
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