Photographs (2,100 of them) from around the world make up the mural that greets visitors at the entrance to the Museum of the African Diaspora.
Sweet and addictive Beard Papa’s Japanese cream puffs are the city’s new favorite indulgence.
Foto-Graphix Books: Ansel Adams photo books find a home alongside Art Spiegelman cartoons at this appealing shop. Info: Closed Mon; 655 Mission St. (at the Cartoon Art Museum); 415/495-7242.
SFMOMA MuseumStore: Art books, colorful tableware, and unusual jewelry. The adjacent Caffè Museo has soups and paninis. Info: 151 Third St.; 888/357-0037.
Ame Restaurant: Refined dining inside the new St. Regis Hotel includes sake-marinated black cod and chawan-mushi, a delicate Japanese custard. Info: $$$$; 689 Mission St., 415/284-4040.
Beard Papa Sweets Café: The custard-filled cream puffs from Japan are finally available in S.F. Info: 99 Yerba Buena Lane; 415/978-9972.
Our favorite place to stay in the area is the sleek W San Francisco (from $199; 181 Third St.; 415/777-5300). Modern, arty rooms in warm tones have just the right shot of urban sophistication, and at the hotel's new 5,000-square-foot Bliss Spa, you can watch a movie while having your nails done.