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Saturday, 31 October, 2020, 14 : 00 PM [IST]

What’s Open in California

By Dan Rosenbaum

San Francisco
San Francisco is officially in Phase 2 of its COVID-19 recovery plan and has started the gradual process of reopening individual businesses and attractions. However, these changes are contingent upon the city's continued progress fighting COVID-19. When going out, residents will be required to

Wear face coverings, whether indoors or outdoors.
Practice social distancing of at least six feet apart from other people.
Frequently wash their hands and thoroughly clean of high-touch surfaces.

Several San Francisco businesses have also released safety and cleanliness pledges to ensure that one is comfortable when one is able to visit. 
Here what is currently open in San Francisco during Phase 2b.
Restaurants for outdoor service, curbside pickup or delivery only
Indoor retail with approval
All curbside retail for goods
Botanical gardens
Outdoor historical sites
Outdoor museums
Dog parks
Parks, beaches, and skate parks
Golf with limits
Tennis (singles-only outside a household) with no shared equipment

Alcatraz - Alcatraz, San Francisco's most famous attraction and one of the most visited national parks in the country, is ready to welcome visitors again—with some changes to keep you safe while visiting the prison. Here's everything you need to know about planning your next visit to the famous island outpost in the middle of San Francisco Bay.

Beaches - They may not be the hot and sunny kind that Southern California is known for, but San Francisco has no shortage of beaches. If you’re looking for a beautiful outdoor excursion where you can keep your distance, San Francisco’s beaches offer breathtaking views as well as plenty of hiking, surfing, relaxing and more.

Parks - With more than 220 parks and open spaces, the possibilities for experiencing the great outdoors in San Francisco are endless.

Hiking - If you're ready to go beyond regular walking tours and actually hike through San Francisco and beyond, we've got options and space for everyone. One specific option is the new Crosstown Trail, which offers you the chance to bike, hike, and run along a 17-mile route that crosses diagonally through San Francisco. Venture through some of the neighborhoods, parks, and cultural sites that make this city special.

Golf - For a city that’s easy to navigate without a car, there’s a lot of driving—and putting—in San Francisco. Here's our round-up of great golf courses both public and private, within and beyond San Francisco city limits.

Restaurants - Northern California has robust agriculture, providing top-quality ingredients to the chefs of our city year-round. Even now, under the current situation, people in San Francisco can dine on some of the best food in the world, as the city’s restaurants retool their culinary excellence for take-out service.

Transportation - As San Francisco and the rest of the Bay Area slowly reopen, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) are looking to welcome visitors back and ensure that the safety and health of passengers is their top priority.

PIER 39 - San Francisco's top attraction, PIER 39, is officially reopened and is excited to welcome visitors back to the San Francisco waterfront. Guests will enjoy bay breezes, magnificent views, fun shopping, fresh seafood, beer, wine, and cocktails, all while sitting at new outside dining areas. The sea lions have been counting the days until they could entertain their fans once again.

Japanese Tea Garden at Golden Gate Park - If you're looking to get outdoors or find some tranquil space, San Francisco's Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park is the perfect place to go. Now the Tea Garden is officially re-opened! Here's what you need to know about changes to the Tea Garden's operations to best enjoy your visit.

San Francisco Zoo - San Francisco Zoo & Gardens is an urban oasis, filled with beautiful and amazing animals from every corner of the world. After some necessary closures due to COVID-19, the Zoo is once again open to visitors—with some important changes.

Greganelo Museum - Prepare to laugh, cry, and be transformed as you step into the unconventional Gregangelo Museum, an ever-evolving art space that is more an immersive experience than a museum. Created more than 40 years ago by lifelong San Francisco resident Gregangelo Herrera, this is a place to touch, question, and reflect using all your senses. Dare to dream on our new immersive outdoor experience “ The Riddle of the Sphinx” Designed for guests who are sheltering in place together and can be done at your own pace. The experience is outside, so dress warmly and in layers.

Beverly Hills
The City of Beverly Hills is allowing businesses to temporarily expand their services into adjacent outdoor areas such as alleyways and sidewalks through its #OpenBH program. Not only has this initiative greatly enhanced the al fresco dining experience in Beverly Hills, it has also allowed numerous hair and nail salons to continue operating and serving their valued customers.

Beverly Hills Outdoor Salons
BAO Foot Spa - Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, BAO Foot Spa is a high-end Chinese foot spa that offers you first class service at a very affordable price.

BAO specialises in foot reflexology & body massage. Using the ancient Chinese art of reflexology, our treatments would increase blood flow and rejuvenate the nerves all over your body. Founded in 2010, BAO Foot Spa brought the ancient Chinese art of reflexology to Beverly Hills and set the bar in excellency in service and costumer service. What makes BAO Foot Spa different from other spas is the atmosphere we have created to take you away from the day to day life and give you an experience you will never forget.

Brighton Salon - Brighton Salon, located on Brighton Way in the heart of Beverly Hills, is a contemporary yet inviting lifestyle salon for men and women. The spacious and bright salon allows for a fun, airy and sophisticated atmosphere. Surrounded by world class restaurants and designer shops, Brighton Salon is a great place for both tourists and locals to enjoy hair treatments executed by the friendly and professional staff.

Nelson J Beverly Hills - Voted the top hair color salon in Los Angeles by both Allure and InStyle magazines, stylists at Nelson J. distinguish themselves from the rest of the pack by transforming lifeless strands into healthy tresses. Seems the word is out, as owner and master colorist, Nelson Chan, counts Christina Applegate, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Paula Abdul among his clientele.

Umberto Beverly Hills - Upscale and sleek in design, Umberto is a favorite of models, celebrities and anyone seeking a day of pampering in Beverly Hills. The salon offers the usual styling services, haircuts, color, perms, hair extensions, waxing, facials, manicures, makeup applications and scalp treatments. Clients can also buy top hair, makeup and skin-care products imported from all over the world. Umberto is also gaining a following around town for perfectly arched brows.

Outdoor Dining in Beverly Hills
With exceptional weather year-round, Beverly Hills has always offered a variety of excellent al fresco dining options. And now, due to the city’s successful OpenBH program, many restaurants have been allowed to expand their services to adjacent areas, such as parking lots and the public right of way, including sidewalks and parklets. Bon Appetit!

Avec Nous - A contemporary take on the classic French bistro; Avec Nous, located inside Viceroy L'Ermitage Beverly Hills, offers a hip St. Tropez vibe that delivers a fresh culinary experience to Beverly Hills. With inspiration emanating from the Mediterranean coast, Spanish and Italian touches compliment this Riviera feel. European spices accompany locally sourced seasonal ingredients to offer a refined yet inviting dining experience. Our passion is defined by our name: Avec Nous - dine with us, drink with us, celebrate with us.

Brooklyn Water Bagel - A bagel’s a bagel’s a bagel! Not so at The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Company where “it’s all about the water.” If you’ve been in the New York area, you know Brooklyn bagels have a unique taste and quality. Over many decades, there have been countless attempts, even by experienced New York bagel bakers, to recreate a true "New York bagel" in other cities around the country. The one ingredient with the greatest effect has been missing – authentic New York water. The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Company’s ability to replicate this water allowed them to develop the perfect recipe for bagels, making their bagel the holy grail of bagel bakers outside of New York.

Chokolatta - Chokolatta was created out of a genuine passion for cacao. Taste a variety of products (sweetened, gluten-free, vegan, sugar free, etc) that are handmade from scratch in small batches with all-natural ingredients and no preservatives in order to ensure their freshness. Chokolatta focuses on Pre-Hispanic recipes and the ancient Mayan culture feel, offering an opportunity to escape the daily-routine and take you on a journey somewhere else.

Polo Lounge - Enjoy delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner while stargazing in this classic Hollywood-style setting. Lunch and dinner are served with piano accompaniment; a jazz trio is featured during Sunday Brunch. In the evening guests can take in the scenery and ambiance while enjoying a specialty or old-favorite cocktail.

Bombay Palace - Since opening in 1985, Bombay Palace has been a temple to Indian cuisine, earning a reputation as the oldest and most esteemed Indian restaurant in Beverly Hills. With lofty ceilings, an alabaster and gold palate and a gallery of enticing niches filled with bronze statuettes of Hindu deities, Bombay Palace's design has proved as timeless as the menu.  Exemplary traditional cuisine expertly executed has ensured a long and loyal guest list for 25 years.  

Euro Caffe - Delicious cappuccino and espresso provide the perfect complement to croissants, paninis and other made-to-order sandwiches along with an assortment of pastries and cookies. Since opening in 2002, Euro Caffe has been the first stop for anybody looking for an authentic Italian coffee shop experience. Offering a variety of Italian coffee drinks, freshly baked cornettos, hot-off-the-press paninis, and delicious pastries imported straight from Italy. Walking into Euro Caffe will put you as close to the cobblestone roads of Roma as you can get. Euro Caffe doesn’t only offer the best espresso in Los Angeles; it’s also the premier place that soccer fans choose to watch all the anticipated games. Walking in on Saturday mornings, you could find a large group of true-blooded Italians cheering on their favorite Serie A club. Various celebrities have claimed Euro as their go-to place for their coffee fix as well. You might even find them caught up in the ongoing soccer action. Euro has received various awards on their freshly brewed coffee, as well as being named the Best Soccer Cafe in 2007 by Los Angeles magazine.

Il Cielo - Both The New York Times and Los Angeles Magazine consider Il Cielo to be the most romantic restaurant in Los Angeles. Your visit will find you dining on the charming patio or inside the cozy, intimate cottage that is the interior of this charming spot. The food epitomizes beautifully executed Northern Italian fare.

The Palm Beverly Hills - At The Palm, our philosophy is simple: Treat guests like family, serve great food, and always exceed expectations. That philosophy was born in 1926, when Pio Bozzi and John Ganzi opened the first Palm in New York City. From day one, Pio and John shared their commitment to quality and generosity of spirit with every guest who walked through their doors. What began as a restaurant became a legend – a place to not only enjoy an excellent meal but also catch up with old friends, meet new ones, close business deals, and celebrate family milestones.

Anarbargh - Anarbagh Beverly Hills aims to satisfy the discerning palate of Beverly Hills diners in a chic, cozy setting. Once you enter our doors, you can feel the cozy and warm environment that only a family owned restaurant can offer. Serving a Halal and Kosher friendly menu, with emphasis on dietary and nutritional needs of guests, our chef, with more than 17 years with us  in the art of preparing delicious dishes, is an expert on blending the right spices and ingredients needed for the exquisite flavor and aroma that wrap our guests in a delicious and amazing experience that keeps them coming back for more.

Cafe Amici - Café Amici Restaurant is located in Hotel Beverly Terrace and is noted as one of Beverly Hills’ favorite neighborhood restaurants for traditional Italian cuisine. Offering a combination of classic and fresh Italian dishes along with a fine selection of wines and a newly added cocktail menu, Café Amici’s casual chic atmosphere and intimate setting are a charm either indoors or ‘al fresco’ on the patio. Café Amici is also a wonderful event and catering option for special occasions, business meetings and parties.

Caffe Roma - For more than 20 years, chef and restaurateur, Agostino Sciandri, has enchanted Angelenos by introducing the flavors of Northern Italy in his classic and contemporary Italian dishes and his devotion to upholding the European standard of hospitality and exemplary service. In his latest endeavor, Sciandri has revitalized the legendary Beverly Hills landmark, Caffé Roma. Located beyond the entrance of the Le Grand Passage, patrons escape the LA hustle and bustle, sipping espresso and twirling their forks in homemade pastas, as though dining al fresco in the piazzas of Italy. From the most delicate thin-crust burrata, sausage, and rapini pizza to a succulent filet mignon steak topped with shaved parmesan and arugula – for lunch, dinner, or a drink, let them take you on a trip to Caffé Roma, Beverly Hills.

Mr. Chow - Rounding out the high-end Asian options in Beverly Hills, celebrated Mr. Chow’s is both a movie star magnet and fine dining establishment, offering innovative Chinese cuisine amidst elegance and excellent service. A top pick includes house specialty green prawns marinated in spinach dressing, sautéed with red peppers and cashews.

Santa Monica
Take advantage of Southern California’s warm weather with a trip to Santa Monica this season. With hotel deals, and thinned-out crowds make it an ideal time to visit Los Angeles’ beachside city.Heading into 2020, Santa Monica has a host of new buzzed about restaurants, unique shops, hotel offers and cultural experiences. 

Chez Jay Backyard (Pier/Ocean Ave.) – Santa Monica’s iconic restaurant, Chez Jay, celebrates its 60th anniversary this fall with the grand opening of The Backyard at Chez Jay. The Backyard is a new patio hangout featuring more seating, ocean breezes, and an entirely new food and drink menu. The Backyard was designed by Chris Anderson and Nataly Lopez with the thoughtful mission to create a comfortable and welcoming gathering space for family, friends and longtime guests of Chez Jay. The Backyard features an outdoor lounge vibe complete with picnic tables, couches, Adirondack chairs, a fire pit, and string lights. On the Backyard’s menu, you’ll find dishes like kimchi guacamole, shrimp ceviche, truffle fries, fried chicken sandwich, and more traditional beach fare like fish and chips and a burger. There will also be all-new cocktails, including plenty of classics like margaritas and an old fashioned.
Colapasta (Downtown Santa Monica) – Colapasta is Santa Monica’s new creative trattoria, specializing in fresh house-made pasta near Third Street Promenade. Colapasta is a concept from Michelin-starred chef Stefano De Lorenzo, formerly of La Botte and Piccolo. A seasoned Italian chef, De Lorenzo finds inspiration at the local Santa Monica Farmers Market. Featuring a casual, beachy vibe, the affordable dining spot offers a simplistic menu with one soup, two salads and eight kinds of pasta, one of which is gluten-free with a choice of three different sauces.

Erin McKenna’s Bakery (Montana Ave.) – Erin McKenna has opened a gluten-free, vegan bakery in Santa Monica. The new Montana Avenue bakery is the second Los Angeles location of Erin McKenna’s Bakery and features a significant expansion with eight tables and chairs and banquette seating in a cozy dining area. Also new is a breakfast menu featuring waffles, pancakes, and French toast as well as a lunch and dinner menu that includes pizza, salads, roasted vegetables, mac and cheese, and avocado toast. The shop offers beer and an organic vegan wine selection as well.
Fia Restaurant (Wilshire Blvd.) – Fia is a landmark culinary collaboration between seasoned restaurateur Michael Greco and Michelin-starred chef Brendan Collins. Opening in the former Wilshire Restaurant space, Fia taps coastal Californian and coastal Italian influences, in a stunning indoor-outdoor space located in the heart of Santa Monica. The lengthy menu hops the globe around six categories, featuring everything from a vegan lasagna made with Beyond Meat Bolognese, a seven-day beef shank to share and Calabrian tuna atop crispy risotto. Fia is open for dinner, with a cocktail hour, late-night patio hangouts, and weekend brunch to come.
Lanea (Downtown Santa Monica) – A bright and cheery addition to Santa Monica’s downtown scene is Lanea, a new cocktail bar bringing the spirit of Mexico to Santa Monica with a hand-selection of Tequilas, Mezcals, and authentic cuisine from East LA family-run Barba Kush. Located in the former Copa d’Oro space, Lanea offers a way to retreat from one’s day to day life and relax with a chilled cocktail, tacos, and barbacoa in hand. Lanea has partnered with the Zavaleta family to bring traditional Mexican cuisine from Barba Kush to Santa Monica. Along with their classics, the Zavaleta family will serve five different styles of tacos on their handmade to order corn tortillas, chips and guacamole, and breakfast tacos on the weekend. The cocktail program, curated by Beverage Director, Bethany Ham (previously of Clifton’s Cafeteria) is straightforward and incorporates wellness driven ingredients, taking advantage of having the Santa Monica Farmers Market in the backyard.

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