FutureStack14: Things to Do and Eat While You’re Here

Whether you’re based in the San Francisco Bay Area or traveling long distance, FutureStack14 will be a great experience. We’ll be keeping attendees busy for two solid days, but if you’re staying on or can squeeze in a few minutes here and there, San Francisco offers up an unbeatable combination of attractions for visitors.

There’s far too much in the area to cover here, but you can find general info in many places:

Instead, here’s a quick rundown of cool spots near the FutureStack14 venue in Fort Mason, the conference hotels downtown, and The Warfield, where we’ll host our kickoff party Wednesday night.

Near Fort Mason

In addition to FutureStack14, there’s plenty to do and see in historic Fort Mason itself. (See Inside Historic Fort Mason: Home of FutureStack14.) But Fort Mason also sits on the edge of some of San Francisco’s most desirable residential and shopping districts.

The Marina district is home to ambitious young professionals from around the world, who eat and shop along Chestnut Street from Fillmore to Broderick. You’ll find plenty of great restaurants and high-end shops and boutiques. Tacolicious is a fun place for Mexican-style food and tequila, while A-16 has highly touted Italian cuisine from the Campania region. A few blocks further away is the Cow Hollow neighborhood (so named because grazing cattle once gathered there), where a slightly older crowd strolls up and down Union Street and dines at upscale spots like Atelier Crenn or tasty burgers at Roam.

For a more touristy destination, famed Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 are just past Aquatic Cove to the east of Fort Mason. While most locals seldom venture there, for many visitors a visit to San Francisco wouldn’t be complete without some Cioppino and souvenir shopping in those spots. And anywhere along the City’s north waterfront is a great place to check out Fleet Week from October 9-13, including a visit from the Blue Angels and much more.

Fisheman's Wharf

Near the conference hotel

If you’re staying at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, the official FutureStack14 hotel, there are lots of interesting options for dinner and entertainment in the immediate South of Market (SOMA) neighborhood. The Metreon complex is right across the street, with movie theaters and restaurants and shops. Market Street is a block away and Union Square a bit farther, with a wide variety of world-class retailers and restaurants.

On Yerba Buena Lane behind the Marriott there’s elegant and upscale Indian food at Amber India, great wine and small plates at The Press Club, and innovative Mexican at Tropisueno. Grab a fun dessert at Beard Papa’s.

Yerba Buena Lane is also the site of the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and the Cartoon Art Museum is just down the street. Unfortunately, San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art is closed for expansion.

Near The Warfield (kickoff party venue)

Doors open for the kickoff party at the Warfield at 8 p.m. with a DJ set, but OK Go, the headliners, don’t hit the stage ’til 9 p.m. And while we’ll be serving some light snacks, you’ll definitely want to get dinner first.

If you want to eat right near the Warfield, adventurous types can check out the quick and casual spots nearby, including fancy sausages at Show Dogs, burritos at Taqueria Cancun, and Tu-Lan, a Vietnamese joint made famous by Julia Child decades ago. But while the corner of Market and 6th Street has a lot of energy, its mix of late-night clubs and street people can be less than comfortable for some people. For a calmer, more stylish, sit-down dinner on the way from the hotel, try Farmer Brown for Southern recipes with local ingredients.

Overall, you can’t go wrong. The City is full of great food and fascinating things to see and do, and all three of our locations are right in the center of the action.

Fisherman’s Wharf image courtesy Shutterstock.com


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