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How to Spend a Luxurious Weekend in San Francisco

If you’re looking to pamper yourself for a weekend, San Francisco can take care of your desires. The City by the Bay is teeming with luxury hotels, indulgent spas, shopping destinations, and gourmet dining opportunities. Here are some of the best options for getting the most out of your luxurious San Francisco weekend.

Where to Stay

A perfect San Francisco weekend starts with reservations at a luxury hotel. In the Soma district, the St. Regis San Francisco fuses refinement and chic in bright, spacious, and modern rooms. The St. Regis is ideal for art lovers, as it’s connected to the Museum of Modern Art. Sparkling chandeliers, baroque pillars, and soaring ceilings make the Palace Hotel on Montgomery Street as glamorous and regal as its name suggests. Situated within shouting distance of Union Square and the Yerba Buena Center, this elegant hotel is a gateway to local culture.

Finally, surrounded by iconic skyscrapers like 555 California Street and the Transamerica Pyramid, the Omni San Francisco offers luxury through sleek, sophisticated suites featuring marble bathrooms and mahogany furniture. The Omni is also minutes from the shops and entertainment at Jackson Square.

Spas and Shopping

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San Francisco features a wealth of luxury spas, but if you only have a weekend, you’ll need to know about the absolute best. Tucked into the Presidio, SenSpa offers eight specialty massages, clarifying facials, and a verdant bamboo garden to help you find your Zen. Spa Radiance provides anti-aging therapies like cocoa butter massages, LED light therapy, and chemical peels. For more active pampering sessions, International Orange combines a yoga studio with a premium full-service spa.

If you’re looking for retail therapy, head to the popular and historic Jackson Square. There, you’ll find Eden & Eden, a Jackson Square veteran selling chic vintage and contemporary clothing, bags, and accessories from both the United States and Europe. On Montgomery Street, the Detroit-based company Shinola markets its signature watches, leather accessories, and bicycles. For trendy French fashion, visit the Isabel Marant boutique located in a famous former whiskey warehouse.

What to Eat

San Francisco has luxury dining options to satisfy every taste. Check out the avant-garde Commonwealth for daring combinations crafted using principles of molecular gastronomy, like crispy oysters with frozen horseradish mousse. Nopa, a Fog City landmark, pairs fine dining with a welcoming atmosphere and is a destination for drinks, weekend brunch, and splendid dinners. You won’t regret trying their signature burger. Indulge in progressive twists on traditional Italian fare at SPQR or a distinctive Neapolitan pizza at Delfina. For dessert, visit Salt & Straw to scoop flavors like Chocolate Rose Petal or Orange Blossom Sorbet With Edible Flowers.

San Francisco is one of the United States’ most culturally unique cities, and this guide is far from comprehensive. However, if you only have a weekend to explore the city’s fabulous spas, boutiques, and fine dining establishments, following these suggestions can help you squeeze the most satisfaction possible out of your stay in the Bay Area.

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