Cafes, fig martinis and the SF Symphony 

Faves and raves by Jessica Bejarano

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AGE:
30

YEARS IN THE CITY: Three

NEIGHBORHOOD: Castro

OCCUPATION: Maestra-conductor, music director, private music teacher and music education curriculum developer

SELF-DESCRIPTION: Highly passionate and motivated person, especially when it comes to her career in music; has studied and conducted in four different European countries and uses her knowledge and passion to fuel and encourage the passion in her musicians and students


FAVORITE PLACE TO WORK OUT

24 Hour Fitness

WHERE:
2145 Market St., between Church and Sanchez streets

WHAT:
Running on treadmills while studying orchestral scores

INFO:
(415) 864-0822 or www.24hourfitness.com

This is one of the cleanest 24 Hour Fitness gyms in San Francisco. Even though it is on the smaller side, the view of Market Street is lovely and the staff is friendly.


FAVORITE SUNDAY BRUNCH

Cafe Flore

WHERE:
2298 Market St., at Noe Street

WHAT: Indoor and al fresco dining in a casual atmosphere that’s easy to get to for meeting friends

INFO:
(415) 621-8579 or www.cafeflore.com

Excellent outdoor patio, amazing garlic fried potatoes, a terrific salmon Benedict and incredible Hawaiian french toast. Cafe Flore has a well-composed menu and bustling ambiance.


FAVORITE PLACE TO BRING OUT-OF-TOWNERS

Davies Symphony Hall

WHERE:
201 Van Ness Ave., at Grove Street

WHAT: The San Francisco Symphony

INFO:
(415) 864-6000 or www.sfsymphony.org

This concert hall is beautiful both inside — with the incredible sounds of the San Francisco Symphony — and outside, where the chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling windows display the elegance and beauty that is San Francisco.


FAVORITE PLACE FOR A SPECIAL DINNER

Water Front Restaurant

WHERE:
Pier 7, The Embarcadero

WHAT:
Luxurious place with great views and delicious entrees

INFO:
(415) 391-2696 or www.waterfrontsf.com

This restaurant has an incredible patio on the Bay overlooking Treasure Island, the Bay Bridge and all the boats and ferries. This is a great restaurant for a romantic dinner if you can grab a table on the patio with a nice bottle of wine right before the sunset.


FAVORITE PARK

Dolores Park

WHERE:
Dolores and 18th streets

WHAT: Relaxation and fun in the sun

INFO:
www.sfrecpark.org

The view from the top of Dolores Park is gorgeous. It’s a great park to read a book in, study a score or just picnic with friends. I love that it’s a melting pot of diversity from one end to the other. Plenty of cafes nearby for coffee or food.


FAVORITE THING TO DO

Play pool at the Pilsner Inn

WHERE:
225 Church St., at Market Street

WHAT: Comfy bar with an excellent beer selection

INFO: (415) 621-7058 or www.pilsnerinn.com

This bar is laid-back and comes equipped with a pool table, backyard patio and great bartenders. A nice place to have a game of pool or great conversation. And daily drink specials keep your wallet happy.


FAVORITE PLACE FOR A SING-ALONG

Martuni’s

WHERE:
4 Valencia St., at Market Street

WHAT: Fig martinis, piano bar and open mic help you croon or be crooned to

INFO: (415) 241-0205 or www.martunis.ypguides.net

One of the best martini menus in San Francisco topped with a grand piano and lots of song. What can go wrong? Wonderful and festive ambiance.


FAVORITE CAFE

Maxfield’s House of Caffeine

WHERE:
389 Dolores St., at 17th Street

WHAT: Coffee, tea, food and free Wi-Fi

INFO: (415) 255-6859

To my way of thinking, this cafe has one of the best turkey sandwiches in San Francisco, and, of course, a great cup of coffee. This is a favorite work spot of mine, with plenty of power outlets and free Wi-Fi.


FAVORITE SAN FRANCISCO LOCATION

Civic Center

WHERE:
Bordered by Van Ness Avenue and Hyde, Grove and McAllister streets

WHAT: San Francisco’s government and cultural hub

INFO: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civic_Center,_San_Francisco

As an artist-conductor, this is my favorite area of The City. Here you have Davies Symphony Hall, the War Memorial Opera House, Herbst Theater, Bill Graham Auditorium and the Asian Art Museum. All are a source of inspiration and motivation for me to dream big and stay on track.

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