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Hidden Gem: Sun & Art on the Roof
San Francisco Art Institute
Russian Hill

For those in the know, SFAI's rooftop has been a long-time favorite for scenic views of the city. With whimsical fountains, a koi pond, inspired art, a beautiful Diego Rivera fresco, and a spectacular vista, this rooftop is the perfect backdrop for a quiet date or a relaxing couple hours with friends.

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Italian Cypress, lavender and rosemary line the facade of this Julia Morgan building. The inner courtyard opens to a Moroccan-tiled fountain and artwork throughout the colonnade. Left of the courtyard, the first gallery holds Diego Rivera's 1931 fresco, The Making of a Fresco. Continuing on, you enter the rooftop quadrangle, with a cafe and a stadium-style sun-terrace. At the top of the steps the view opens, revealing Alcatraz and Angel Island, Treasure Island, Coit Tower, Telegraph Hill, and the twin spires of Saints Peter and Paul Church.

800 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 771-7020
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