48 hours in San Francisco
By Malathi Nayak
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - With its striking cityscapes and an eclectic offering of food, arts and culture, San Francisco captivates travelers and residents alike.
Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a short stay in the city on the bay.
6 p.m. - Start your visit with a meal at one of the city's hot dinner spots, Zuni Cafe, a glass-enclosed space overlooking Market Street that offers Mediterranean-inspired dishes that change daily. Sample fresh local oysters at the downstairs bar or grab a table upstairs and try the signature roast chicken with bread salad.
8 p.m.- See what's playing at the American Conservatory Theater, which puts on a mix of classical and new productions. After a show, head to the Prohibition-era inspired speakeasy Bourbon and Branch. Make an online reservation at www.bourbonandbranch.com to receive a password that you'll need to walk through a nondescript door on 501 Jones Street.
Relax at a cozy booth and be transported to the 1920's. The mixologists will answer questions or create new cocktails to suit your taste. For a more local experience, try the former beat bar Vesuvio Cafe in North Beach, or wander up Columbus Avenue and take a right on Stockton Street to Tony Niks, a hip, friendly neighborhood bar.
8 a.m. - Begin the day at the historic Ferry Building at the foot of Market Street and stroll through dozens of shops and restaurants that sell everything from fresh local fish to artisan cheeses to just-baked breads. Try a breakfast sandwich from Sidekick, the take-out café run by the Cowgirl Creamery, or pick up some chocolate from Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker. Continued...