You could devote half a day to exploring the three blocks of Sutter Street between Montgomery and Stockton streets. This short stretch connecting the Financial District with Union Square pulsates with urban activity and packs in interesting shopping, popular restaurants (with equally lively bars) and prestigious art galleries.
The Alessi flagship is a wonderland for disciples of Italian industrial design, selling high-concept home goods and kitchenware. Just half a block away, a mother-daughter team with a sharp eye for emerging global talent runs Ethos clothing boutique. At Lang’s Antique & Estate Jewelry, browse baubles dating back to the late 1700s, from rare engagement rings to Art Deco watches. In the historic glass-front Hallidie Building, The Hound has been a destination for refined menswear for more than 40 years. The fairy tale Teuscher Chocolate shop displays Swiss imports and Champagne truffles. Devotees to Korean skincare can stock up on sheet masks for the flight home at the tiny TonyMoly shop.
E&O Kitchen and Bar runs a popular happy hour with shareable bites like the pupu platter and creative cocktails like the Blushing Geisha. Pacific Cocktail Haven offers a long list of exceptional drinks, such as the Swizzle my Nizzle and the Tuk Tuk Tea. At Parisian influenced Gaspar Brasserie, vintage chandeliers, leather banquettes and a pressed tin ceiling create a romantic setting for a date. If you're looking for a convenient place to stay the night, consider booking a room in the adjacent, freshly renovated Joie de Vivre property, the Galleria Park Hotel.
The only gallery of its kind in San Francisco, Montague Gallery features an expansive roster of sought-after names in the contemporary fine art glass world, including Lino Tagliapietra, Dante Marioni and Hiroshi Yamano. Caldwell Snyder Gallery has exposed new collectors to established Latin American and European painters and sculptors who are lesser known stateside. Open since 1984, Serge Sorokko Gallery displays contemporary paintings, sculpture and photography by the likes of Donald Sultan and Hunt Slonem.