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Tosca Cafe

Tosca's House "Cappuccino," an armagnac and bourbon-spiked chocolate milk, has been going strong since 1919. A requisite for regulars and tourists alike, the drink is made beneath the hulking metal coffee…


Buena Vista Café

Don’t let the lack of frills or the decidedly tourist-centric address deter you from a visit to the legendary Buena Vista Café. Located at the intersection of the Powell-Hyde Street…

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Hotel Utah

“This is an old place,” declares the descriptor on the Hotel Utah’s menu. Old, indeed—especially for a young state such as California. The Utah was built in 1908, and—modern conveniences…

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Vesuvio Cafe

Opened in 1948, Vesuvio was the regular haunt of literary luminaries like Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and hometown hero Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Its prestigious clientele and popular neighbor, City Lights Bookstore,…


Carousel Bar

No, it’s not you. The bar is spinning. The Hotel Monteleone's circular bartop was built on the chassis of an antique merry-go-round in 1949, and patrons make a full circuit…


Sazerac Bar

The Sazerac Bar on the ground floor of the Roosevelt Hotel has one of the grandest interior spaces in all of cocktaildom. With burnished wood, soft lighting and intricate tile…



Tujague’s was a workingman’s riverfront bar when it first opened in 1856, and remained so when it moved to its present location in 1914. The workingmen have since left—as has…


Napoleon House

The Napoleon House is what people who’ve never been to New Orleans imagine the city might look like: vaguely continental, with peeling walls hung with faded portraits of Napoleon. This…