125 Third Street, San Francisco; marriott.com
The St. Regis San Francisco’s recently introduced lobby-level dining concept, Astra, features dishes with global influences — think: a French omelet with shaved truffles, tempura maitakes with a Korean barbecue glaze, and Spanish octopus alongside romesco and potatoes — in a space by Blacksheep. “The new design feels contemporary and well-aligned with The St. Regis brand while staying true to our locale,” says GM Roger Huldi. “In a sense, the menu offers the same feeling with internationally inspired cuisine infused with seasonal and local ingredients.” The location is ideal for a bite before or after visits to the neighboring MoAD and SFMOMA. Every day at 6 p.m., a sabrage ceremony takes place in the bar area adjacent to Astra.
The Donum Estate’s Vertical Panorama Pavilion
24500 Ramal Road, Sonoma; thedonumestate.com
Here’s another great reason to visit Donum: You can now book the Transcend Experience (from $500 per person, up to 12 people). The three-hour indulgence features a multicourse tasting of elevated canapes paired with Estate and library wines, served in the new pavilion designed by Studio Other Spaces, the practice founded by artist Olafur Eliasson and architect Sebastian Behmann. The structure’s conical canopy, composed of handmade recycled glass panels in various hues, tops a series of stainless-steel columns. Its panoramic vistas encompass some of the dozens of outdoor sculptures in Donum proprietors Mei and Allan Warburg’s world-class art collection, which guests can view up close in an ATV tour that is part of the package.
55 Stockton Street, San Francisco; cocorepublic.com
Australia-based lifestyle brand Coco Republic has officially arrived in the City, with a grand opening celebration last month. While it’s the third U.S. location for the company, the new showroom represents its first flagship in the States. The 53,000-square-foot venue — previously a Crate & Barrel — contains a bevy of chic, beautifully crafted furniture, lighting, rugs and housewares. “The building is iconic in location, size and aesthetic, and the foot traffic and exposure in Union Square is unlike anywhere else in San Francisco,” observes Anthony Spon-Smith, Coco Republic’s creative director and vice chairman.
359A Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto; brunellocucinelli.com
Just in time for sweater season, the luxe Italian firm known for its sumptuous knits has opened a boutique on the Peninsula. “Palo Alto has always been such a dear place to Brunello Cucinelli, and we have cultivated wonderful clients and relationships in this resourceful and entrepreneurial community,” says Massimo Caronna, president and CEO for North America. “We wanted to create a space that would allow our clients to enjoy the full array of our product offering and to provide the type of personalized service we believe is key to our brand.” The outpost’s 3,057 square feet brim with exquisitely crafted men’s and women’s ready-to-wear and accessories, along with eyewear. And it’s not just your wardrobe that will benefit from a visit: Home items such as alpaca throws, cashmere cushions and tabletop pieces are also in store.