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San Francisco According to Art Gallery Owner Alex Meyerovich

The nationally known proprietor of Meyerovich Gallery shares his guide to the Bay Area.

Alex Meyerovich opened his now-acclaimed art gallery in Union Square in 1985. Active in the local museum community, the former president of San Francisco Art Dealers Association exhibits contemporary works by the likes of Baldessari and Picasso.

Alex Katz and Guy Dill installation at Meyerovich Gallery, San Francisco.
Works by Alex Katz and Guy Dill (©Meyerovich Gallery)

What's kept you in the Bay Area so long?

As an art dealer, it’s a fantastic city to be in. We have many knowledgeable collectors from all over the world visiting. So many international artists want to have their works exhibited here to the growing local collector base. As an individual, it’s the same thing that brought me here—the natural beauty, the fresh crisp air, the light and the bay. It’s similar to where I grew up next to the Baltic Sea in Riga.

What’s your favorite thing to do in the city during the winter?

I do immensely enjoy Union Square during the holidays; it’s quite festive and beautiful with its dramatic Christmas tree and menorah in the square. And of course the skating rink. All the surrounding stores are full of spirit. After doing a bit of holiday shopping, it’s fun to stop at the Rotunda at Neiman Marcus for lunch. You must have reservations, but even if you can’t get in, it’s worth visiting the giant fairy-tale Christmas tree that reaches from the first to the fifth floor.

View of the festive Union Square, San Francisco.
A festive Union Square (©Westin St. Francis)

What are your favorite spots near your gallery?

I so enjoy wandering down Maiden Lane. There are wonderful high-end boutiques, one of my favorites being Paul Smith. And I always enjoy lunch at Café de la Presse.

Where would you send art lovers?

The de Young Museum, the Legion of Honor and the Asian Art Museum—all three are excellent and very different. The galleries at 251 Post St., including the Scott Richards, Bond, Hespe and Sandra Lee galleries. I feel fortunate to have our gallery in the same building. There’s also a group of very strong galleries at the 49 Geary St. building. And don’t forget about Berggruen, Lisa Chadwick, Modernism

de Young Museum in San Francisco
The de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park (©Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)

What’s your favorite restaurant?

Hands down Taj Campton Place. It’s very comfortable and just received two Michelin stars. I recommend the crispy calamari with honey mustard. The wine list is very impressive. My wife loves the bar for its burgers and martinis.

What are three atypical must-dos that you’d recommend to a first-time visitor?

Visit Yerba Buena Gardens: the multidisciplinary Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial waterfall. Go to the Contemporary Jewish Museum and its Wise Sons Delicatessen. Take a bicycle ride by Marina Green, Crissy Field, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Presidio and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Meyerovich’s Perfect Day

No trip is complete without a visit to the fabled Ferry Building. There are wine bars, seafood bars, cheese bars, a mushroom store, culinary gifts and a bookstore. The nationally famous Vietnamese restaurant the Slanted Door is here, as are several other eateries, including award-winning chef Traci Des Jardins’ Mexican cantina, Mijita.

Inside the Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco.
Inside the Ferry Building Marketplace (©San Francisco Travel/@Scott Chernis)

I’d take a leisurely drive from the Ferry Building down the Embarcadero and through the Marina along the water and across the Golden Gate Bridge to hike the Dipsea Trail at Mount Tamalpais State Park.  Then I’d go down to Sausalito for a nice lunch at Poggio.

I’d go to Cavallo Point for a massage. The historic military base is now a beautiful and serene spa resort on 10 acres at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. I’d go to Buckeye Roadhouse in Mill Valley for dinner. Or for seafood, I’d go to Waterbar in San Francisco.