Don’t miss out on San Francisco’s wealth of attractions, adventures and experiences
The Michelin one-star Michael Mina is a restaurant with an awards list longer than its wine list, and that’s saying something; Rajat Parr, the sommelier, is well-respected around the world, and has written several books on the subject.
Gayot Restaurateur of the Year 2011 and Food Arts Silver Spoon Award winner May 2011 are just two of the awards that restaurateur Michael Mina has on his mantelpiece, and the celebrity chef has created a menu fully deserving of the accolades. The style is a mixture of Japanese and French cuisine and the dishes arrive as trios; three different versions of the same dish. Guests can then enjoy a range of different flavors and styles, all of which are beautifully presented and taste divine. And if you get thirsty, just ask Mr. Parr for a top-class pairing recommendation.
SAN FRANCISCO PRIDE FESTIVAL
Since the 1960s San Francisco has been associated with the gay rights movement.
Considered by many to be the gay capital of the world, thanks to the city’s liberal tolerance to people of all persuasions, San Francisco also hosts one of the world’s largest Pride festivals. The San Francisco Pride Festival takes place on the last weekend of June and is one of the city’s most exciting festivals. Saturday sees an all-afternoon celebration at the Civic Center before the massive evening party, but the real show begins on Sunday at 10.30am. The Pride Parade runs along Market Street and is a fantastic exhibition of color, dancing and high campness. Traditionally held on the last full weekend of June, this festival is a must for any visitor to San Francisco.
GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
Easily San Francisco’s most iconic monument and one of the most recognizable bridges in the world, the Golden Gate Bridge should be the first stop for any visitor to the city.
Designed by Joseph Strauss, the bridge was completed in 1937 at the cost of $35 million, a staggering sum at the time. The Golden Gate Bridge was one of the most astounding engineering feats of the 21st century, and many experts back then doubted it could ever be built. Once completed, the bridge provided a much-needed link from San Francisco to Marin County, which increased the prosperity of both areas. Facts and stats aside, the simple fact remains that the Golden Gate Bridge is outstandingly beautiful. The bright orange spires seen rising from the frequent fog, the sun’s fading rays kissing the giant steel structure, the shimmering waters of the Golden Gate beneath; sights that attract millions of tourists every year. The best way to experience the bridge is to walk across; but remember to wrap up warm – that fog can get pretty cold!