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Top Choice Museum in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

The expanded SFMOMA is a mind-boggling feat, tripled in size to accommodate a sprawling collection of modern masterworks and 19 concurrent exhibitions over 10 floors – but, then again, SFMOMA has defied limits ever …
Top Choice Museum in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Contemporary Jewish Museum

That upended blue-steel box miraculously balancing on one corner isn't sculpture but the Yerba Buena Lane entry to the Contemporary Jewish Museum – an institution that upends conventional ideas about art and religio…
Top Choice Gallery in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Luggage Store Gallery

Like a dandelion pushing through sidewalk cracks, this plucky nonprofit gallery has brought signs of life to one of the Tenderloin's toughest blocks for two decades. By giving SF street artists a gallery platform, t…
Top Choice Gallery in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

SF Camerawork

Since 1974, this nonprofit art organization has championed experimental photo-based imagery beyond classic B&W prints and casual digital snapshots. Since moving into this spacious new Market St gallery, Camerawo…
Top Choice Bar in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Bourbon & Branch

'Don't even think of asking for a cosmo' read the House Rules at this Prohibition-era speakeasy, recognizable by its deliciously misleading Anti-Saloon League sign. For award-winning cocktails in the liquored-up lib…
Top Choice Californian in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

In Situ

The landmark gallery of modern cuisine attached to SFMOMA also showcases avant-garde masterpieces – but these ones you'll lick clean. Chef Corey Lee collaborates with star chefs worldwide, scrupulously recreating th…
Top Choice Food & Drinks in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Recchiuti Chocolates

No San Franciscan can resist award-winning Recchiuti: Pacific Heights parts with old money for its fleur de sel caramels; Noe Valley's foodie kids prefer S'more Bites to the campground variety; North Beach toasts to…
Top Choice Californian in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Benu

SF has pioneered Asian fusion cuisine for 150 years, but the pan-Pacific innovation chef-owner Corey Lee brings to the plate is gasp-inducing: foie-gras soup dumplings – what?! Dungeness crab and truffle custard pac…
Top Choice Bar in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Bar Agricole

Drink your way to a history degree with well-researched cocktails: Whiz Bang with house bitters, whiskey, vermouth and absinthe scores high, but El Presidente with white rum, farmhouse curaçao and California-pomegra…
Top Choice Italian in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Cotogna

Chef-owner Michael Tusk racks up James Beard Awards for a quintessentially Italian culinary balancing act: he strikes ideal proportions among a few pristine flavors in rustic pastas, wood-fired pizzas and salt-crust…