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First time in San Francisco

Soleil | Mar 2, 2005 08:38 AM

I am traveling to San Francisco for a conference in Mid March. I will be there 5 days (with a weekend included) and staying at the new Hotel Vitale which I believe is across the street from the Ferry Market Building. Any suggestions for
sushi: saw recs for Hamano and also for Ino. I love sushi and have a very adventurous palate.
dim sum: Have traveled to taiwan and would love to try a taiwanese style place.
a great cafe to get coffee and bread early in the morning on a weekday:love americanos and great bread
Any food tours you recommend (like Scharfenberger versus ghiradelli or others)
great toy stores (must bring something home for the kids)
Best wine and beer store (to bring something home for the husband)

Other suggestions?
Also any thoughts about the area around the hotel. I know the hotel is opening March 9 so you probably don't h ave much info on that but are there good places to walk nearby or go for a run--with a stop for coffee of course.
I will keep skimming the board for suggestions but if you can help--I would definitely appreciate it!

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