Golden Gate Bridge

The View From the Bay Area

Booth alumni give the inside scoop on work and play in San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

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Sean Singleton

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Four Point Tucked below the south anchorage of the Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Point provides a scenic vista of the bridge and the San Francisco Bay. Photograph from Shuttestock.

The Morning Run: Rancho San Antonio County Park

Stockert recommends the combined open-space preserve and county park for a morning run. A 10-minute drive from Cupertino, the park boasts miles of paths to explore by foot, bike, or horseback. “It’s beautiful—you can get up into the mountains, and it seems like you’re completely detached from civilization even though you’re in the Bay Area.” 

The Networking Lunch: Caffe Centro

A hub of the dot-com boom of the 1990s, San Francisco’s South Park neighborhood still draws a tech-minded crowd today. Gandhi suggests heading to local gem Caffe Centro for a sandwich with a side of networking. “It’s where the local investors hang out,” she said. “If you’re coming from Chicago trying to figure out where they are, come to the café and learn the lingo.”

The Historic Vista: Fort Cronkhite

Cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and you’ll find Fort Cronkhite—a former World War II military post standing sentinel at the edge of the Pacific Ocean, and one of Singleton’s favorite area sites. Its barracks and mess halls are still preserved, now housing the National Park Service. Hike in the surrounding Marin Headlands for a view like no other. “It’s beautiful, pristine real estate where you can hike and have the best vantage point of San Francisco Bay looking back into the city,” he said. “It’s off the beaten path, so it’s a great place to go reflect.”

The Up-Close Vista: Fort Point National Historic Site

Golden Gate Bridge Greens Restaurant is a vegetarian institution in San Francisco. Rama Veeraragoo appreciates the eatery for its cuisine, as well as its stunning waterfront view. Photograph courtesy Greens Restaurant.

Wander back to the San Francisco side of the Golden Gate Bridge to find another vestige of the area’s military history. Fort Point, built into the base of the soaring structure just before the Civil War, was originally intended to fortify the bay. “It’s right underneath the bridge. You can almost reach out and touch it,” Gembala said. “You can walk from there to the beach to enjoy the water. There’s a great spot to grab a cup of coffee called the Warming Hut.”

The Working Latte: Café de la Presse

For a coffee spot more suited to business meet-ups, Gembala heads for the pastries at Café de la Presse, a Parisian-inspired bistro near the border of San Francisco’s historic Chinatown neighborhood and the Financial District. “It’s good for casual VC and entrepreneur meetings, but a little elevated,” he said.

The Stylish Dinner: Greens Restaurant

Located in the city’s waterfront Fort Mason neighborhood, the James Beard Award semifinalist Greens Restaurant serves vegetarian fare that has earned national acclaim. It’s a favorite of Veeraragoo’s for more than just the locally sourced dishes. “I really like Greens because of the view it has over the water,” he said. Diners are treated to a picture-perfect panorama encompassing the nearby marina, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the verdant peaks of Marin County in the distance.

—By LeeAnn Shelton