Often times friends or relatives will call or email asking for great recommendations for a San Francisco visit. This city has so much to offer and so many unique neighborhoods that offering suggestions has never been a challenge. And, our latest neighborhood obsession is an area called Upper Fillmore. Since we've been in San Francisco, few neighborhoods have progressed the way Upper Fillmore has. It has always been the go-to area for the dwellers of tony Pacific Heights, but until more recently many of the restaurants were lacklaster and the shopping was okay, but not great. All that has changed.
Every new tenant of this street (food, shop, salon) is a place we want to patronize. One of the most recent newcomers is the Rag and Bone store. Prior to Rag and Bone, menswear inspired clothing was always a little tough for us. It either felt too old, or too masculine. Rag and Bone has changed that in a major way. In fact, if we had to pick one brand (which would be VERY difficult...but just a hypothetical) it might have to be Rag and Bone. Classic, yet edgy. Menswear inspired, yet sexy. And there stores are no different. The store on upper Fillmore is clean, modern and full of stylish pieces for men and women. We are so happy to welcome them to the neighborhood.
Next Stop: Jane. A must for breakfast or lunch. Jane's menu is chalk-full of homemade breads and granolas, gluten-free options and excellent single-source coffee (pour-over of course). It is "sceney" in a San Francisco sort of way. Tech millionaires wearing backpacks and hoodies sitting next to perfectly coifed Pacific Heights philanthropists. Jane was designed by renowned interior designed Ken Fulk and is the perfect place to refuel on a busy shopping day.
Other not to be missed shopping spots include Joie for breezy separates, Elizabeth Charles for an amazing selection of hard to find designers (many Australian), Curve for your Balmain and Erickson Beamon splurges, and Alice & Olivia for a festive party dress. For dining, we love SPQR (reservations are strongly suggested), Out the Door and Delfina Pizza.
Whether you are visiting the city for the day or planning a trip to San Francisco on your way to Napa, we highly recommend spending a few hours on Upper Fillmore. Between the shops and the restaurants, your belly will thank you...your bank account will not.