Ballet Fans’s Guide to San Francisco


Everybody knows ballet fans have impeccable taste in general — so who better to trust when it comes to enjoying the best this beautiful city has to offer?

The renowned dancers of Hamburg Ballet are visiting us this week to perform their acclaimed Nijinsky (Feb 13-19,) and we asked you to help us welcome them to San Francisco by sending us your tips via social media. We received over 100 of your fantastic tips, so we hereby present a selection of our favorites in this Ballet Fans’s Guide to San Francisco!

Did your tip make it into our list? Do you disagree with any of these? Tell us in the comments!


SF Ballet's dancers pictured underneath the Golden Gate Bridge in 1957 and 2012

What to see: 

1. “Visit the Palace of Fine Arts” (@californiagirlszz, via Instagram)

2. “They should see the view of the city from Mount Davidson or Bernal Heights! Offers such a great view of the city!” (@spamelson, via Twitter)

3. “Watch the sunset into the ocean at Land’s End or Fort Funston” (our own corps de ballet dancer @lukeWillis, via Twitter)

4.  “Alcatraz” (@Leda_Pennell, via Twitter)

5. “The Golden Gate Bridge, of course!” (@charging_clear, via Twitter)

6. “Visit the Beat Museum!” (Kaycee Beames, via Facebook)

7. “They have to see Chinatown!” (Sharon Spalenka, via Facebook)

8. “Fisherman’s Wharf — get the clam chowder!” (Emma Nash, via Facebook)

9. “Coit Tower and Lombard Street” (Susan Anderson Wise, via Facebook)

10. “Walk or run the Lyon Street Steps” (Christina Brown Campbell, via Facebook)

11. “Visit Grace Cathedral. I just went today and I am so glad I did before leaving the area. They were performing Benjamin Britten as I was leaving, *sigh*” (Monica Bentz, via Facebook)

12. “Mount Tam and Muir Woods” ( Svetlana Valerie Morozova, via Facebook)

13. “They should go see the parrots at Telegraph Hill. Thinking Mr. Neumeier [Hamburg Ballet’s Artistic Director] can make a ballet out of that…” (Sharon M Mandell, via Facebook)

14. “See the beautiful view and smell the lovely smells from the top of Buena Vista Park. It only takes 20m to get to the top from Haight Street!” (Amélie-Phaine Keller, via Facebook)

15. “My favorite non-ballet destination is the rain forest at California Academy of Science in Golden Gate Park” (Suzanne Gerhold, via Facebook)

16. “On the Marin side of the Golden Gate, take ’em up above the bridge and up the Marin Headlands to a place called Bicentennial Park. Drop-dead gorgeous views of Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the City, the East Bay beyond. The panorama will embed itself into their neural pathways — forever. You can even stop and enjoy a glass of champagne at the picnic tables. “(Andrew Zee, via Facebook)


What to eat and drink:

17. “Ferry Building for fab food and views!” (Stacy Crinks, via Facebook)

18. “Great Eastern Chinese food! Obama ate there and I was going there for years before that! (@ciaoisabel, via Instagram)

19. “Eat Mission-style burritos at El Faralito! (@leslieannes, via Instagram)

20. “Piccino and Boulette’s Larder are both very characteristic restaurants” (@solidsnack, via Twitter)

21. “Eat Kumamoto (Hog Island) oysters at Foreign Cinema. Buy fresh Dungeness crab at Sun Fat.” (@ManluvnFeminist, via Twitter)

22. “Brenda’s for breakfast!”(@lukeWillis, via Twitter)

23. “Look for The Chairman truck” (@bitswizzler, via Twitter)

24. “Visit Haight Street for lunch at Cha Cha Cha” (Lorraine Valdespino, via Facebook)

25. “They should definitely eat at Greens at Fort Mason.” (@KCobbMD , via Twitter)

26. “Go to StrEAT Food ! Get a Kracken sandwich from Adam’s Grub Truck ! Die happy!”  (@janewiedlin, via Twitter)

27. “Fresh crab a la carte at Nick’s Crab Stand, it’s a small stand across from Boudin (yum) along Fisherman’s Wharf. I also recommend their chowders and a small, cold Anchor Steam served in a paper bag, it’s really very San Francisco!” (Elaine Enochs, via Facebook)

30. “Definitely must have a cocktail at the Top of the Mark! (@jlhuspek , via Instagram)


The Ferry Building


…and closer to home in the SF Ballet neighborhood:

31. “Tiki drinks at Smuggler’s Cove (within stumbling distance of the Opera House!)”(@jefftabaco, via Twitter)

32. @couellette87 Pause Wine Bar on Market (via Instagram)

33. @Suzanne47 Stacks for breakfast, 501 Hayes. Patxi’s for pizza. 511 Hayes. Blue Bottle Coffee, 315 Linden (via Twitter)

34. “Drinks at Two Sisters Bar and Books in Hayes Valley” (Vertical Cat, via Facebook)

35. “Hushpuppies at The Boxing Room after the performance!” (Lorry M Trujillo, via Facebook)


The Boxing Room in Hayes Valley

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  1. avatar Naomi
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 5:57 am | Permalink

    Thank you for your terrific entry (and the people who gave us recommendations). Unfortunately I cannot come to the performance (I live in Japan) but a few of my friends are travelling all the way from Tokyo to San Francisco to see Hamburg Ballet’s Nijinsky and this will be of much help to them!

  2. Posted February 12, 2013 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    You forgot one of the most important spots – the Alonzo King LINES Dance Center! Surely Hamburg Ballet company members will want to take a local dance class while they’re here. After all, what dancer ever takes a day off?

  3. Posted February 12, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much, we hope we can try to give something back to San Francisco starting with our Premiere of “Nijinsky” tomorrow….see you all!

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