An artist, model, and great-granddaughter of J. Paul Getty, Ivy Getty is well-versed in all things style. She is also a great fan of San Francisco, where she was raised, and recently tied the knot with photographer Tobias Alexander Engel. We tapped the dedicated animal activist for her top Golden Gate City experiences.


STAY / Although I feel that Airbnb is best for an authentic San Francisco vibe, my hotel of choice is The Fairmont. It is where we stayed for our wedding.


SALTY / When it comes to savory foods, I often find myself at Harris’ for mashed potatoes. I love the dark decor, and it’s an excellent option for larger groups. Although I don’t eat meat, Izzy’s Steaks has the best creamed spinach in town, and Florio Bar & Cafe is my choice for a date spot as it’s intimate and transports me to Europe.


SWEET TOOTH / These days, I fancy sweet over salty, and Swensen’s “Peppermint” ice cream flavor has been my latest struggle. Also have the blueberry donuts from Bob’s on Polk Street, which are only available occasionally and are my obsession.


STIMULATE / For art and culture, I love the Japanese Tea Garden and Japantown in general. It’s
a must-see, as is the de Young Museum, a fine-arts museum that encapsulates my passions: American art from the 17th century through today, textiles, costumes, African art, Oceanic art, arts of the Americas, and international contemporary art, too.


SIP / Balboa Cafe is the best bar, in my opinion. The dirty vodka martinis are as good as it gets. And although it’s very sports bar-esque, which isn’t my vibe, it draws a very local, cool crowd, and it’s where my friends gather.


SPEND / On Haight Street lies an eccentric costume shop called Piedmont Boutique. There are many vintage shops on Valencia Street. Chinatown is also a top choice; the kitschy shops boast home goods and crystals. I get tarot readings there. Let’s just say I never leave empty-handed.




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