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Neighborhood Guide: What to Do In Pac Heights

Edgy French retailer, the Kooples, set up shop on Fillmore Street earlier this year.

Take something of San Francisco’s old-world elegance, sprinkle in a few local celebrities (you choose: an actor, a speaker of the House, a Fortune 500 CEO), add a quiet suburban hush, and you get Pacific Heights in all its grandeur.

The Kooples 

This French boutique, with its edgy black-and-white decor to match its threads is a spanking new addition to the cool kid block on Fillmore. Hollywood starlets Nina Dobrev, Anne Hathaway and Selena Gomez have worn their sharp-fit blazers on the red carpet, Kooples adding touches of edgy to zippered v-neck silk tops and more. 2241 Fillmore


Don’t let the minimalist aesthetic fool you—this home boutique is elegant and welcoming and makes you wish that you collected their speckled kitchen accessories or local cookbooks (spotted: Tartine, Chez Panisse, Manresa). On some days, March transforms into a makeshift art gallery, a cocktail-party space (including a cute garden space complete with succulents and a mini lemon tree), or a cooking demo classroom. 3075 Sacramento


Unlike a certain major cosmetic purveyor’s cavernous stores, the NARS boutique on Fillmore Street is uncluttered and naturally bright, which means you get an honest assessment of what your makeup really looks like on your face. 2050 Fillmore

Vogue Theater/Clay Theater

Both theaters were built in 1901, and more than 100 years later, the Vogue is thriving as the city’s most charming single-screen cinema for big releases. Hit up the Clay for Oscar-worthy foreign flicks, and, of course, the requisite midnight showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show3290 Sacramento, 2261 Fillmore 

Elizabeth Charles

This boutique stocks Isabel Marant, Vanessa Bruno, and Kenzo. The evolving mix of accessories draws you in for a look-see, but then suddenly you’re sucked into the beauty and possibilities of the tweed jackets and the gold jewelry, just like superstars Kate Hudson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Lindsay Lohan. 2056 Fillmore

The Future Perfect

Thoroughly modern, the Future Perfect carries design-forward furniture, jewelry and tabletop adornments for the home. Check out Bec Brittain's Maxhedron: a prismatic chandelier that turns into a mirror when the lights are off (kinky!). Nothing in the store is more than 25 years old, and all furnishings are environmentally sustainable. 3085 Sacramento

B. Patisserie

Heading up the kitchen at this modern French bakery is acclaimed pastry chef Belinda Leong, formerly of Manresa and Gary Danko, who churns out the butteriest, flakiest kouign-amann like nobody’s business. Perfect for an early-morning pit stop or an afternoon-coffee hour rendezvous with friends. 2821 California

Alta Plaza Park

Use the Tenochtitlan pyramid-style steps at this popular sunworshipping destination for morning cardio and be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the city when you do your Rocky Balboa imitation at the top. The park is a lovely gathering spot for off-leash dogs, boisterous children, or just watching the clouds float by on a nice day. Clay & Steiner


Chef Matthew Accarrino, named Food & Wine’s Best New Chef 2014, makes sure that his Northern Californian take on Italian fare lives up to the restaurant’s name—an acronym for “Senatus Populesque Romanus,” the regal emblem of the Roman Empire. Just thinking about the chicken liver mousse makes our mouths water. 1911 Fillmore