Explore the San Francisco Embarcadero – Marin Independent Journal
It’s easy to get jaded about the city when you live there. But for the rest of us, San Francisco can be an urban adventure. If you’re taking a day trip to this destination, start at the Embarcadero, where the view of the bay and bridge practically slaps you in the face, reminding you exactly where you are – and why it’s such a tourist magnet. .
The first stop, of course, is the historic Ferry Building Marketplace, accessible by car, public transit, or ferry from Oakland or Alameda. The room is filled with an A-list of Bay Area chefs, food manufacturers and vendors serving everything from chocolate and beans to empanadas, vegan donuts and Japanese whiskey. New vendors are constantly arriving, including Red Bay Coffee, the ethical coffee company founded in 2014 by artist and food entrepreneur Keba Konte.
Stop by on a Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday for the famous Farmer’s Market, or on Sunday this fall for the popular Fog City Flea, a market featuring handcrafted products from Bay Area manufacturers.
But back to the food.
There is no better way to enjoy the bounty of the sea than to sip some sparkling oysters while watching the sparkling waves. Head to Hog Island Oyster Co., where crisp oysters are prepared all over the place, whether they’re just peeled, grilled, fried, or stuffed into a po’boy oyster sandwich. (Oyster abstainers will also find other options, including chowder, seafood stews, salads, and grilled cheese, on the menu.)
If you fancy something a little more indulgent, Tsar Nicolai, the sustainable American caviar producer, returns later this year with flights of champagne, smoked fish and caviars from the first and oldest farm in the world. sturgeon in the country, located in Sacramento.
Nearby, the Waterbar offers innovative seafood dishes, an extensive wine list, and enticing cocktails – and views of the bay from almost every seat in the house, from the patio to the bar. The secret here is the daily oyster happy hour from noon to 5 p.m., when featured oysters cost $ 1.05 a pop. Stay tuned for the return of Waterbar’s philanthropic Oysterfest, a food festival featuring bites, sips, live music and, of course, oysters, in 2022.
Details: The Ferry Building is open daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (supplier opening hours vary); www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com. Waterbar is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 399 The Embarcadero. Make reservations at www.waterbarsf.com.
Aerial “Eye Spy”
When you pound the sidewalk – or the oceanfront walkway, in this case – it’s easy to forget to look up. But this city has a lot to see from above. The new Four Seasons Embarcadero is a prime place to capture an aerial perspective. Guests can head to the hotel’s glassed-in air bridge on the 48th floor, where clues are provided for an I Spy-style game of “Eye Spy” – the E nods to the #embarcaderoexperiences of the hotel – challenging visitors to spot the city landmarks and find out more about them.
Not a guest? Try an Embarcadero photo adventure. Professional photographer Adam Jacobs has teamed up with the hotel to offer photography lessons for all skill levels and all types of gear – this iPhone is perfect! Jacobs runs hour-long walking tours of the Embarcadero – as well as self-guided online versions – as a jumping off point to capture the landmarks, skyline, food, and people of the area.
Details: Learn more about the Four Seasons Embarcadero offerings, 222 Sansome St., at www.fourseasons.com/embarcadero/experiences. Check out Adam Jacobs photography at www.adamjacobsphotography.com, including his SF-based or distance-based private lessons ($ 125 per hour).
Nature on the Embarcadero
You’ve sampled gastronomic treasures, admired the views, and improved your photography skills. Now is the time to relax in one of the neighborhood’s public parks, where a touch of greenery provides respite and moments of break (or play!) After all your exploring.
A few blocks away, you can stumble upon Sydney G. Walton Square to admire groves of pines, willows and poplars, a striking masonry archway, public works of art, and the Four Seasons Fountain, complete with a sculpture in cast bronze by François Stahly.
Nearby is the 5.3-acre Sue Bierman Park, with its pirate-inspired playground and ocean views. Heartbreakingly, the pirate ship was damaged in a fire on September 30, but part of the playground is expected to reopen this month.
There is a hidden gem of a public space at the base of the Transamerica Pyramid with towering redwoods, beautiful benches, and a bit of literary history. The pyramid and grove are built on the site of the old Montgomery Block building, a bohemian gathering place for Mark Twain and other literary figures. A fountain here is adorned with jumping frogs, a tribute to one of Twain’s famous short stories.
And next to the seafront, the unmissable Rincon Park sits at the edge of the world, with the iconic Cupid’s Span – a gigantic sculpture of bow and arrow by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen – against a backdrop of bay and sea. bridge, twinkling with lights at nightfall.
Details: Find Sydney G. Walton Square at the corner of Jackson and Davis streets, Sue Bierman Park on Washington and Drumm streets, Transamerica Redwood Park (open during business hours) at 600 Montgomery St., and Rincon Park on the Embarcadero at Folsom Street.