These engaging happenings and exciting openings make for a truly memorable summer season.
A spread from LUNA
Popping up on the San Francisco dining scene is LUNA, a modern yet timeless American brasserie serving up exquisite California comfort dishes like oysters Rockefeller and poutine in an inviting, sophisticated setting. The 2,200-square-foot space stars bright red printed wallpaper complemented by leather booths, live plants and brass accents throughout. A perfect date night spot and a comfortable place to gather for after-work drinks over shared plates and thoughtfully crafted cocktails, LUNA is one of the hottest new eateries in the Mission. 694 Valencia St., San Francisco
ON VIEW Chelsea Ryoko Wong, “Bathing on Valencia Street” (2021)
The Chinese Culture Center is bringing Asian diaspora voices to the forefront in an exciting and important exhibition: WOMEN我們: From Her to Here features 11 LGBTQ+ and feminist artists from the Asian diaspora who are based in the Bay Area, Taiwan, Hong Kong and beyond. This is the Chinese Culture Center’s third iteration of the exhibit, and one that will take you on an immersive journey through masterful works by queer and feminist artists and activists. Explore the paintings, video and films, photography, mixed media and more by the artists who each are on their own journey of exploring agency and belonging in queer and feminist communities, and who have now opened the conversation to viewers in the Bay Area. Through Aug. 28, Chinese Culture Center, 750 Kearny St., 3rd Floor
An aerial view of the Presidio
Throughout the worst of the pandemic, the Presidio has remained a place of refuge. Now, much to the delight of San Franciscans, the park is coming back to life as businesses begin to reopen in response to decreasing regulations and an uptick in travel—just in time for the summer. Of note, Lodge at the Presidio and Inn at the Presidio are open to leisure travelers, making quick getaways from the city, whether for business or pleasure, possible once again. Likewise, the Presidio Golf Course, Rob Hill Campground, Presidio Bowl and the special event venues are also welcoming guests—and with open arms, indeed. A new, long-awaited season is finally kicking off at the Presidio, and we can’t wait to see what’s next. 103 Montgomery St., San Francisco
Salt & Straw rolls out new flavors every month.
Here’s the scoop: Buzzy artisan ice cream shop Salt & Straw has opened a San Ramon location in City Center Bishop Ranch—the brand’s first in the East Bay. Expect cult-favorite flavors like the Freckled Mint TCHO-colate Chip, as well as seasonally and locally inspired offerings, all handmade from scratch. You might also spot some familiar names on the menu: Salt & Straw partners with local artisans and producers, like San Francisco’s Red Blossom Tea Company, for example, to create incredibly tasty (and, admittedly, incredibly photogenic) ice cream treats that will keep you cool all summer long. 6000 Bollinger Canyon Road, Ste. 1107, San Ramon
TruFusion is within walking distance to Salesforce Park and just around the corner from Facebook and Google.
Boutique fitness and yoga studio TruFusion, known for its wide range of programs from HIIT to Pilates, is opening its doors in San Francisco, thanks to owner Kate Loughlin. The new spot on Fremont Street is Loughlin’s second TruFusion location, an exciting expansion for her and Bay Area residents alike. “In both studios my goal is to create an inclusive space focused on health and wellness and a destination for people to come to feel their best,” she says. “I am excited to bring a new business to the city and help people break a sweat while having fun.” 250 Fremont St., San Francisco
Photography by: LUNA PHOTO BY SHANDRU PHOTOGRAPHY/COURTESY OF LUNA
ARTWORK PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND THE CHINESE CULTURE CENTER
LODGE AT THE PRESIDIO EXTERIOR PHOTO BY BEN DAVIDSON
ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF BRANDS