One of the highlights of visiting or living in San Francisco is that you never know what one will encounter upon leaving your front door. Turning any given corner may lead you to a new cafe, introduce you to a spectacular view, or present you with a stunning piece of art. Now imagine the thrill of finding all of those things in just one location.
The San Francisco Art Institute has locations all over the city, but my favorite is the main campus located on Russian Hill. It’s a short hike just up from Columbus Ave. It’s slightly hidden between North Beach and Fisherman’s Wharf, but the school is open to the public, so just meander in and take a look around.
Imagine the surprise at spotting a Diego Rivera fresco mural and then eyeing inspired student artwork lining the hallways. Better yet, some spectacular views are awaiting you on the rooftop deck at the top of the stairs. On warm sunny days, I relax and enjoy the view with a coffee from the rooftop cafe. It’s a perfect perch to enjoy the boats sailing across the bay while clouds float overhead. Everyone knows San Francisco is hilly, but this is one of those places where it’s worth the hike and a short climb to a good-time.