Julia Millay Walsh | October 18, 2011 11:22 amThe Mission's three-year-old Coffee Bar opened its second location (101 Montgomery St.) last week in the most genius place: one block from the Sugar Inc. headquarters! When I heard the news, I couldn't wait to get over there.Read More
Julia Millay Walsh | September 28, 2011 5:51 pmHead East for lunch. New Financial District restaurant Bamboo Asia focuses on fresh, modern meals with a trilogy of Asian cuisines: Indian, Vietnamese, and Japanese. Pinpoint your favorite destination on the map and choose a house special like chicken tikka guacamole, tuna California, or banh mi curry to order as a wrap, bowl, sushi roll, sandwich, or salad. Feeling creative (or picky)?Read More
Julia Millay Walsh | September 13, 2011 8:15 amWell trained in the art of drinking local wines and craft brews, San Franciscans simply can't help but throw back a few drinks when it's five o'clock on the Pacific Coast clock. So when your happy hour turns into happy hours, make sure you've got something in your stomach to keep you going. Stop by one of these five places to grab a bite for free while you're getting your drink on.Read More
Nancy Einhart | August 12, 2011 12:45 pmYes, it's basically just a big ol' sushi roll, but if you love sushi as much as I do, Sushirrito (59 New Montgomery St., 415-495-7655) is a must stop. I've been avoiding the lunchtime hot spot since it opened in January, because the lines out the door rival those of The Sentinel down the block. But yesterday, I finally braved the still-long lines, and I couldn't have been happier.Read More
Julia Millay Walsh | June 30, 2011 3:16 pmFinding the time to pamper yourself is trouble enough without making a pilgrimage to some remote spa. So make things easy and book your next beauty treatment in the heart of the Financial District with our offer for $44 for a one-hour signature facial at Lucent Skincare, an $88 value.
Located in the Chancery Building on Market Street, the serene, beach-themed boutique skin-care spa is a great escape during your lunch hour and a darling place to unwind after work.Read More
Julia Millay Walsh | May 31, 2011 3:10 pmWhat's so relaxing about a crowded bar and cheap American beer? Treat yourself to a true happy hour with a 60-minute massage at Feather & Gloss for only $40, an $80 value.
Located in the Chancery Building on Market Street, the boutique massage and makeup salon is the perfect punctuation to your workday.Read More
Julia Millay Walsh | May 2, 2011 2:45 pmIn the heart of the Financial District, Credo (Latin for "I believe") is reinventing traditional Italian dishes with worldly flair and a contemporary attitude. Culling flavors from his childhood in Mexico and influences as far reaching as Poland and the Gulf Coast, chef Gustavo Romero Veytia elevates the simple and rustic with fresh, house-made ingredients, locally sourced seasonal produce, and an eye — and taste buds — for creativity. From the crowd-favorite antipasti black truffle fondue to the porcini-crusted salmon with julienne vegetables spaghetti to the indulgent finisher tiramisu, the contemporary downtown hot spot delivers time-honored Italian favorites with a cultured culinary edge.Read More
Nancy Einhart | April 20, 2011 11:17 amWhether you're after gluten-free wraps or guilt-free salmon, PowerSource Cafe can fill your needs and your belly. Opening the cafe six years ago, Angela Trinh set out to fill a hole in Financial District lunch options. Trinh, now 30, was a vegetarian and pregnant with her first son, and she found it nearly impossible to find healthy, affordable food downtown.Read More
Nancy Einhart | March 25, 2011 8:44 amWho says a Financial District nail salon has to be all business? Nestled amid a sea of office buildings, Vanity Beauty Lounge delivers luxurious manicures fast enough to fit into your lunch break, but the setting feels more like a leisurely cocktail hour. With its cranberry and charcoal color palette, swanky chandeliers, and beveled mirrors, this Embarcadero Center stopoff is designed for modern working women on the go who still place a premium on style.Read More
Nancy Einhart | March 14, 2011 8:00 amThink you can't get a serious workout in 30 minutes? BodyFi will prove you wrong. This Financial District fitness studio specializes in high-intensity, half-hour classes with a hyper focus on strength and core training.Read More