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Headed for the Frisco Bay

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It is the birthplace of blue jeans and home to leading-edge denim brands Levi’s and Tellason. It was the main hub for the American poetic avant-garde in the 1940s. These days, it is the haven for tech savants and creative agencies. We chatted with Jeffrey Lee of Doublewood Denim to find out more about the city that inspires all these artistic and intellectual leaps – San Francisco.

Jeffrey gave us this comprehensive list that serves as a delightful springboard for all the unique spots in the Golden City. If you would like to set off on a journey in local style, then this is the guide for you. You may notice that when the Doublewood team isn’t working on denim, they live for top-notch food and libations!

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse

You may have heard of the cruffin, but did you know about the great lengths a few devotees went through to get ahold of this prized pastry? Apparently, a few hooligans made it their mission to steal the bakehouse’s secret recipe last February, but left the cash register and valuables untouched. Talk about priorities!

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St. Frank

There are way too many great third wave coffee roasters in this fair city. But St. Frank boasts picturesque interiors and an absolutely transcending caffe tonic.

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Heath Ceramics at Mission

Forget about the Ferry Building location. Visit this local ceramic mecca in the proper setting – it’s been drawing crowds in for over 65 years. Integrated with a blue bottle coffee , Heath Ceramics represents the epitome of traditional craftsmanship with a modern twist.

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Wilson & Wilson

This detective agency-themed speakeasy is undeniably one of a kind. They are operated by the Bourbon & Branch folks next door. Don’t forget to make a reservation – a secret code is required at the door.

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Liholiho yacht club

This is probably the most anticipated restaurant opening in Spring 2015. We can’t wait for the Hawaiian-inspired spot’s fusion menu.

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James Turrell’s Skyspace at de Young Museum

A walk in the GG park on a summer day is surreal, but even more so when you walk up to the copper Swiss-designed de Young museum. A vast portion of the museum is accessible without admission fees. Amongst these public museum spaces, James Turrell’s skyspace is our unanimous favourite.

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Beauty’s Bagel Shop

This gem is located across the bay, but we’ll go pretty far to eat a Montreal-style bagel paired with perfectly crisp and seasoned fried chicken! While you’re in the East Bay, do not miss the eclectic Temescal Alley and Berkeley Marina for a scenic field trip.

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Lands End Trail – Presidio

You will stand in awe when you see the 100-year-old Sutro Bath ruins at Lands End Trail. Make sure you see the Main Post at Presidio before it gets an upgrade in the near future too!

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