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Business Casual: Finding Joy Between San Francisco's Chinatown and Russian Hill

Business Travel | Gabe Zaldivar | November 20, 2015

Business Casual: Finding Joy Between San Francisco's Chinatown and Russian Hill

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San Francisco is cold and biting, but that’s relegated to the weather. Thankfully, the rest of the experience is warm, delicious and downright enthralling.

And you can glean at least a modicum of the good stuff even if you happen to be in the city for business.

And that is just what we try to illustrate with Business Casual—you only need a few moments to bring a bit of vacation travel to a business excursion.

For those new to the section, you can find our virtual romps through parts of London, Los Angeles or San Diego.

For this week, we decided to take a brief virtual journey through San Francisco, starting with a place just off the Montgomery Street BART station. We figure near the Financial District is as good as place as any to start.

Coffee Bar:

Feel free to drop in for breakfast or lunch, but make sure you sate your caffeine fix before you leave.


It’s important to get away from the doldrums of business, so you might as well head to nearby Chinatown for some amazing food.

You can take a walk for lunch or hop on the No. 8 to one of my favorites.

R&G Lounge:

You can’t go wrong with any of the dishes here. Even the selection of fried rice is better than most you’ve had.

But this part of town boasts so many fine selections. Hunan Home’s and Little Szechuan won’t disappoint. Or you can try Delicious Dim Sum for food on the go.

Russian Hill:

You can hop on the Muni No. 30 towards Russian Hill where you are in the area of some prime sightseeing, such as the renowned Lombard Street.  

Fay Park:

As you meander towards Fisherman’s Wharf, you happen upon a quaint garden that will offer beauty with a touch of serenity.

Ghirardelii Square:

By the time you reach Beach and North Point Street you are in prime tourist area, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

You’ve earned that enormous sundae at Ghirardelli Chocolate Company or the respite that comes with lying on the grass at Aquatic Park that sits beautifully below.

San Francisco Cable Car:

By now you might want to make your way to a BART station—after exploring this area abundant with attractions, of course.

The most enjoyable way is by cable car. You can get one at Hyde and Beach, which will take you to Powell and Market.

Yerba Buena Gardens:

Now you are back in the land of commerce with shopping nearby as well as the famed Yerba Buena Gardens.

And for those who need to flitter off back to the hotel or across the bay, you have access to BART.

This is a brief but enjoyable journey that features opportunity for so many other adventures. Now we will cover more parts of the city in time, but we hope this gives you an inkling into how you might conquer a touch of San Francisco with little time you have on your busy schedule.

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