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Transport Yourself to Central Europe This Winter in San Francisco

Get a master class in Austrian art history at the "Klimt & Rodin" exhibition at the Legion of Honor Museum and then warm up at one of the city's cozy Central-European restaurants.

San Francisco and Vienna are a world apart but for winter 2017-2018, the two beautiful, bustling cosmopolitan cities seem to be showcasing similar midcentury style. With the Legion of Honor Museum’s opening of a historic new exhibition, a master class in Austrian art history arrives in California for the first time. “Klimt & Rodin: An Artistic Encounter” (on view through Jan. 28, 2018) celebrates the inspired relationship between the Vienna Secession painter and the French sculptor, who influenced each other’s work but met just once, in 1902.

"The Virgin" by Gustav Klimt, 1913
"The Virgin" by Gustav Klimt, 1913 (©2017 National Gallery in Prague)

A century after their respective deaths, this expansive exhibit brings some of their most groundbreaking endeavors to the West Coast, curated by Gustav Klimt scholar and the former director of Vienna’s Leopold Museum, Dr. Tobias Natter. Don’t miss the reproduction panels of Klimt’s celebrated “Beethoven Frieze,” the piece inspired and eventually led to the meeting of these two visionary Modernist minds.

Afterwards, we suggest that you head to one of the handful of Central Europe-style eateries in San Francisco for a fully immersive experience.

20th Century Cafe
(Courtesy 20th Century Cafe)

Where to Get a Taste of Central Europe

Leopold’s: Known for hearty Bavarian-Austrian schnitzel and boots of German beer, this convivial Russian Hill gasthaus also features a selection of Austrian wines by the glass.

20th Century Cafe: California meets Central Europe at this charming cafe serving wines from Austria and Slovenia, Russian honey cake—and some lucky days, the owner-pastry chef’s take on Viennese specialty, sacher torte

Paprika: This inviting Hungarian-style Mission District bistro serves salty soft pretzels and savory goulash and keeps Czech lagers and pilsners on tap.

Paprika restaurant in San Francisco
(Courtesy Paprika)