This cosmopolitan California city surprises with rooftop Russian baths and cabana-cradling cocktail bars to rival those of Miami.
To truly appreciate the city of San Francisco, you need to see it from an angle that the trolley, the ferry and the sidewalk can’t offer: from above. Take a moment to explore Northern California’s most chilled-out city from up high and you’ll discover that the real San Francisco can be found over the Bay and away from the bridge. Head up to see the Golden City sparkle from these rooftop hangouts.
San Francisco Proper Hotel
Move over, Miami: Hotel VIA is here to prove that San Francisco’s South Beach neighborhood is just as seductive. Their upscale guest rooms with custom designer furnishings and minimalist decor are beyond boutique – and that’s not even mentioning the guest-only rooftop bar. This chic space with private cabanas, fire pits and refreshing cocktails offers views of Oracle Park, the Bay, the harbor, the skyline, and so much more.
B Restaurant & Bar San Francisco
Step away from the bustle below to grab serene views of the Yerba Buena Gardens from atop B San Francisco. This restaurant and bar, just a few blocks from Union Square, is an oasis that locals call a hidden gem. The views are stunning; the drinks, filling. But there’s one reason why B is the place to be for rooftop happy hour: $1 oysters.
San Francisco is a great place to take it slow, so indulge in a little pampering with picturesque views at Archimedes Banya. This Russian bathhouse offers the long soak your body so desperately desires. Once you’ve shed your clothes, toxins and stresses, head to the rooftop Zteamer’s Cafe for soups, kombucha and globally-inspired eats, sure to nourish and replenish your essence. Though, no one will shoot you side-eye if you just want to kick back with a few brews.
Dirty Habit at the Viceroy
Before departing the Golden City, indulge in one last drink at Dirty Habit. This unique rooftop bar and fifth-floor hideaway might seem like a counterintuitive choice, as the view is obscured by much taller buildings. But what it lacks in vistas, it makes up for in rare brown spirits, creative cocktails and a crowd that appreciates the city’s food, art and culture above all else. Better still, the terrace is heated, making for a toasty all-seasons stop.
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