the hayes valley inn, 417 gough st., 415-431-9131; has simple european-style rooms, very recently remodeled, but can also get some traffic noise. san francisco has, of course, many excellent hotels, mostly downtown.

the ritz-carlton san francisco on nob hill, 600 stockton st., 415-296-7465; may be the top hotel in the city these days.

campton place, 340 stockton st., 415-781-5555; just off union square, is small and snug.

where to eat
the mission district:
foreign cinema, 2534 mission st., 415-648-7600; entrees, $14-$21

the flying saucer (1000 guerrero, 415-641-9955; $19-$28

blowfish (2170 bryant st., 415-285-3848; $10-$20

hayes valley:
hayes street grill, 320 hayes st., 415-863-5545; $12-$25

frjtz, 579 hayes, 415-864-7654; $4-$7

the richmond:
burma super star, 309 clement st., 415-387-2147; $6-$12

fountain court, 354 clement st., 415-668-1100; $7-$12

khan toke thai house, 5937 geary blvd., 415-668-6654; $5-$10

bai som, 2121 clement st., 415-751-5332; $6-$9

potrero hill:
farley’s, 1315 18th st., 415-648-1545; $2-$5

goat hill pizza, 300 connecticut st., 415-641-1440; $9-$23

north star, 288 connecticut st., 415-551-9840; $10-$23

what to watch
all of hitchcock’s vertigo and most of bullitt, especially steve mcqueen’s car chase sequence