City Views: San Francisco

San Francisco has long been the hub for Silicon Valley tech giants, and companies from a broad range of industries now call The Golden City home. Known for its temperamental weather, cable cars and world-famous bridge, San Francisco has plenty to offer visitors.

Getting there

Starting summer 2017, Virgin Atlantic will operate direct flights between Manchester Airport and San Francisco. This is a significant boost for the north’s tech industry and an improvement on a poorly-serviced route. Heathrow Airport currently runs direct flights to San Francisco via Delta, United and British Airways, with regular connecting flights to all corners of the UK.

Where to stay

The St Regis is a treat for any business traveller in San Francisco. Situated in a central location, offering a well-equipped fitness centre and use of the hotel’s luxury car service, the hotel has everything you could require. For a more contemporary option, stay at the Hyatt Centric, situated a couple of minutes’ walk from Fisherman’s Wharf. It boasts an excellent on-site restaurant, super-fast WiFi and quick check-in facilities, catering well to those pushed for time.

A bite to eat

Many hotels in San Francisco have excellent on-site restaurants, but should you fancy a change, head to Brasserie Saint James in Mission District. This restaurant serves southern-influenced dishes including gumbo, dirty rice and the ‘Buenos Aires Barbecue’, a casual dining hit for all tastes. If you find yourself craving sushi, get yourself down to Ju-ni in northern San Francisco. Ju-ni’s menu changes seasonally, offering some of the freshest and tastiest fish in the city.

Down time

Whether you have an hour’s break between meetings or want to fill space before your flight home, there’s plenty to do and see in San Francisco. If good weather persists, a walk across the Golden Gate Bridge and a trip to historical Alcatraz aren’t to be missed. For rainier days, a journey in the city’s cable cars and shopping in Union Square will suit all weathers.

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