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A.L.T. Does S.F.

Fashion world insider André Leon Talley reveals his favorite San Francisco spots.

Oscar de la Renta (left) with André Leon Talley (right).


“If there is one other city I’d live in, it’s San Francisco,” declares André Leon Talley, a longtime New Yorker who spent the month of February here preparing for Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective. “I do not care for the hills or the trolley cars, yet I love this city.” Here, the Vogue icon shares his favorite local spots.

The Fairmont “I love the lobby of the Fairmont, which is so elegant and grand that you think you’re in the 1920s. In particular, it has two of the most extraordinary, ornate Regency mirrors. They’re marvelous.”

Ozumo “This beautiful Japanese restaurant has a great interior. There’s an intimate section toward the back with long, dark oak tables. I love the atmosphere—it’s almost like a club.”

Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar “The best sushi that I know of, and I love the sake at the Ni Bar.”

Hillstone “One of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco—I started going here because my friend Jonathan Geffrard used to be the manager. I love the veggie burgers, the spinach-and-artichoke dip, and the tabbouleh.”

Diptyque “This is a beautiful Parisian fragrance shop. I always get the Baies candles and the Vanille candles to burn in my hotel.”

The Golden Gate Bridge “I get a car with a sunroof, roll back the glass, and take a ride across the Golden Gate. That orange bridge against the bay still strikes me as the most amazing view.”

Originally published in the March issue of San Francisco


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