Beloved singer Tony Bennett left his heart in San Francisco, and the city’s eclectic destination-worthy neighborhoods make it easy to understand why. Jackson Square’s tree-lined, historic Gold Rush-era streets are home to Michelin-star restaurants, boutiques, monuments to beatnik culture, and CANOPY’s flagship coworking and shared office space–all just minutes from SF’s main transit links, downtown thoroughfares, and convenient parking.
Here, Journal’s mini guide to CANOPY members’ favorite local hotspots.
City Lights Bookstore
SF’s iconic City Lights bookstore was co-founded in 1953 by poets Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin and quickly achieved notoriety as a haunt for the Beatnik generation writers, poets, and activists who profoundly influenced American post-war culture. Today, their legacy of anti-authoritarian politics is traced by shelves stocking international bestsellers alongside books anchored to San Francisco, including more than two hundred titles under its eponymous publishing label.
261 Columbus Ave., 415 362 8193; citylights.com
Jackson Street boutiques
Red brick and neutral-tone boutiques by leading brands frame our neighborhood’s namesake street. Racks at American tailoring scion Thom Browne are a study in contemporary fabrics while Zimmermann’s Zimmermann’s sophisticated dresses are as suited to a sun-drenched Bay cruise as a fundraising gala. Fjällräven’s kaleidoscopic Kånken bags take you from a pitch meeting to Marin headlands hike, perhaps paired with sustainable Merino wool sneakers from Allbirds, tucked along SF’s oldest alley Hoteling Place. William Stout Architectural Books delivers hardcover-bound inspiration over two floors while luxury skincare brand Aesop–which you’ll find in all CANOPY restrooms–offers luxury spa experiences to gift or take home.
Réveille Coffee Co.
One of the amenities CANOPY members appreciate most is our dedicated coffee bar, where Brian, the barista, serves complimentary cups of caffeine-laden motivation throughout the day. Our neighborhood also offers some great spots for people watching or taking a turn around the block. Réveille began as a Jackson Square coffee truck but now operates multiple Bay Area locations, including one kitty-corner to CANOPY.
200 Columbus Ave., 415 789 6258; reveillecoffee.com
Quince and Cotogna
Michael and Lindsay Tusk’s lauded three-Michelin-star Italian tasting menu restaurant Quince, temporarily closed for 20th-anniversary renovations, ranks among the city’s best special occasion and business dinner restaurants. Reservations for their low-key cozy brick-and-wood filled space Cotogna, next door, are almost as hard to score–meals here are easily as good, anchored by seasonal house-made pasta, spit-roasted and grilled meats and seafood alongside produce from the Tusks’ Bolinas far,. Don’t miss the Raviolo di ricotta, a gleaming, side-plate-sized dish of brown-butter-enrobed pasta with a silky ricotta and a coop-fresh egg yolk core.
Quince, 470 Pacific Ave., 415 775 8500; quincerestaurant.com. Cotogna, 490 Pacific Ave., 415 775 8508; cotognasf.com
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Inspired by its historic Barbary Coast setting and SF’s culinary heritage, sleek supper club Bix offers 1930s-style hospitality in spades. Servers in bow-tie and waistcoat ensembles shuttle platters stacked with oysters Rockefeller, steak tartare, and grilled Duroc pork chops to white-tableclothed mezzanine tables. It’s also an excellent place for classic pre-dinner cocktails or late-night dirty martini digestif—patrons perched at the sweeping mahogany bar have a front-row seat for nightly live jazz.
56 Gold St., 415 433 6300; bixrestaurant.com
SF’s Montgomery Bart Station provides convenient rail access from the Peninsula or East Bay. After disembarking at Market, opt for a leisurely 14-minute stroll up central business corridor Montgomery Street or hop aboard Bayshore Bus Route 8 and ride five stops to CANOPY’s location at Columbus Avenue.
Taking the comfortable commuter train, which serves SF from San Jose via the Santa Clara Valley, is a great way to relax, get a little work done, and enjoy the Bay Area’s oceanfront scenery. Exit the Bryant Street and 4th Street terminus to board Bayshore Bus Route 8 for a 14-minute ride (10 stops) to Columbus, or book a car through one of SF’s numerous rideshare or taxi apps.
By car: parking options
Metered street parking is available in Jackson Square, but during busy periods consider underground garage parking at 170 Columbus, directly beneath CANOPY. Arrive between 6 am to 9.30 am to score $18 early bird pricing if you plan to leave by 7 pm; after 2 pm, pay $15 to park until 10 pm. All-day parking is $24.