Historic Hotel next to Union Square
The Mosser has been a staple near San Francisco’s Union Square since it first opened in 1913 as the Keystone Hotel. Located halfway between Market Street and Mission Street, the modern hotel sits across from the Moscone Center and around the corner from the best boutiques as well as the upscale Westfield San Francisco Centre mall in Union Square. Head east on 4th Street, and you’ll quickly encounter the Yerba Buena Gardens, a two-block park home to memorials, museums, and an ice-skating rink.
California cuisine—a style that typically includes seasonal, locally sourced ingredients—is the focal point of Annabelle’s Bar and Bistro. The onsite bistro has a wide-ranging menu that employs locally sourced ingredients in its artisan pizzas and fresh seafood dishes. Try their pan-seared Pacific snapper, served with roasted crimini mushrooms and a walnut cream sauce, or the sweet dumpling-squash ravioli paired with sage-browned butter sauce. Pop by during the daily happy hour for discounted food and drinks from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
San Francisco: The Moscone Center, Little Italy, and More
Just a five-minute walk from the hotel, you’ll discover the Yerba Buena Gardens, which feature a Martin Luther King Jr. memorial that sits behind a 50-foot-high waterfall. The public gardens (including a butterfly garden) cover two city blocks. They’re attached on the southeast side by pedestrian bridge to the Moscone Center.
Jump on the Powell Street cable car and head up into North Beach for a taste of San Fran’s Little Italy. North Beach has held to its Italian heritage since fishers from Genoa immigrated to the area more than a century ago. Sandwiched between Chinatown and Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach centers around Washington Square park, which abuts the Saints Peter and Paul Church. To find the epicenter of the neighborhood’s noticeable beatnik influence, walk about three blocks south to City Lights Bookstore. The independent bookstore and publisher has remained a symbol of San Francisco's literary scene and progressive politics since the 1950s, when it was a hangout of Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac.
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