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San Francisco: Where to Eat & Drink

Beauty Bar
2299 Mission Street

Every so often, you enter a bar and say to yourself, "Now why didn't I think of this?" Oops, did I say that out loud? Very fun bar, focusing on a beauty salon concept (unsurprising, given the name), with good drinks, great DJ sets and home to the famous "$10 Martini and Manicure".

The Cheesecake Factory
251 Geary Street (8th Floor of Macy's)

Now, the choice and variety - and taste - of the cheescakes at this restaurant chain is something else! The rest of the menu is also pretty vast, as is the cocktail selection, but nothing particularly to write home about. What's really fantastic about this place, however, is the location. On the 8th floor of Macy's on Union Square, the views are fantastic and worth at least one slice of cake! Go up to the restaurant first to register for a table; you then get given a small pager which you can carry round with you whilst you browse in Macy's. When your table is ready, the pager starts buzzing and flashing, and back up you go for sample the sweet treats.

550 Geary Street

Located in the Adagio hotel (there is a separate entrance to the restaurant at the side), Cortez offers fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere. The cocktails here are also highly recommend.

Dottie's True Blue Cafe
522 Jones Street

Perfect for breakfast, this small cafe is very popular so be prepared to queue outside for a table to become available. You do get given a menu whilst you wait, and no doubt you'll change your mind about ten times before you get to order. (It's all so yummy!) Big portions, so make sure you're hungry. Unlimited coffee refills too - and you could do what we did by buying one of the cute mugs to have a nice little souvenir of this wonderful place.

La Taqueria
2889 Mission Street

A cheap eat, but oh-so delicious! If you haven't been here, you haven't tasted a proper buritto! Go for one with the full works and you won't be washed down with a cold beer.

Tadich Grill
240 California Street

A must for on your visit to SF - even if you're not a big seafood fan, come to this restaurant and soak up the atmosphere. The Tadich Grill is San Francisco's oldest restaurant, a family-run business that was opened in 1849. (Wow!) Beautiful wooden interior, you're first greeted by an expansive bar, where you can sample a cocktail or two while you wait for your table. The choice of seafood dishes is amazing, although you can also opt for good old steak if that's more to your liking. No reservations are possible, so try to arrive outside busy lunch/dinner hours to avoid a long wait.

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