If you’re attending Alliance 2017 this week in San Francisco, you may have trouble choosing which of the 85 sessions to attend. But don’t let busy days keep you from sampling some of the city’s most popular restaurants and tourist sites. We’ve highlighted a few that are within walking distance of the conference hotel.
What to See
Just across Mission Street from the Marriott Marquis you’ll find Yerba Buena Gardens, the heart of San Francisco’s cultural district and a popular urban green
space. The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, a contemporary arts venue, is located in the Gardens. Take a short walk and you’ll find a variety of public art, including the popular Shaking Man and the interactive robotic sculpture Urge. The San Francisco Museum of Art, Contemporary Jewish Museum, and Museum of the African Diaspora are also located nearby.
Where to Eat
The conference schedule allows 90 minutes for lunch, which is just enough time for a quick trip to Westfield Mall. You’ll find the Buckhorn Grill’s famous tri-tip, plus ramen, Mediterranean, and much more. MY China, Martin Yan’s restaurant under the restored Westfield Mall dome, offers cocktails and a nice lunch and dinner menu.
Wander a little farther down the road to Taqueria Cancun for the city’s best veggie burrito. Or continue to The Market, an upscale “food court” with everything from a poke bar and oysters to Indonesian street food.
At Yerba Buena Gardens, Wise Sons Deli offers sandwiches and salads just inside the beautiful, Daniel Libeskind-designed Contemporary Jewish Museum. In Situ, an “exhibition restaurant” at SFMOMA serves an eclectic lunch and dinner menu curated from more than 80 renowned chefs. Try Samovar Tea Lounge for international food and tea pairings or Amber Indian Restaurant for award-winning Indian cuisine.
There’s always something interesting happening in San Francisco, and the conference weekend is no exception. If you’re looking for something to do on Friday or Saturday night, or have a few hours on Sunday afternoon, you have a wide variety of options.
Catch one of four evening films during Noir City 15, San Francisco’s annual film noir festival at the historic Castro Theatre. Celebrate the Joy of Dance with the San Francisco Ballet. Head to the theater for Finding Neverland, Fun Home, Cirque du Soleil, or Kings of Leon. Or take one of the many free walking tours led by the volunteer San Francisco City Guides.
It’s a quick Uber from the Marriott to San Francisco Chinatown, the oldest and largest Chinatown outside Asia. Take in the unique architecture on your way to dinner or dim sum. If you have any time left—and you’re still hungry—it’s also restaurant week in the city. More than 100 restaurants will offer special prix-fixe menus that highlight their best dishes, often at a discount.
See you in San Francisco!