With a pioneering culture that dates back to the Gold Rush, San Francisco is also famously laidback and brimming with quirky character. Amy Sherman rounds up some of the must-visit sights and local favourites you should pack into 48 hours in the city.

Day one
18.00 – Arrive in style
You’ve landed; now it’s time to check-in and freshen up. In Nob Hill, the Fairmont Hotel is a long-time favourite of the great and the good, including many past presidents. The walls are lined with photos of celebrity guests from every era. Start your evening at the hotel’s Tonga Room for the ultimate tiki bar experience.

20.00 – Grab a bite
Head into Chinatown and check out Mister Jiu’s for a contemporary take on Chinese classics, overseen by chef Brandon Jew. The cocktails here are a cut-above, too, if you prefer to perch at the bar with a drink and some Dutch Crunch BBQ Pork Buns. Meanwhile, there’s a bustling ground-floor restaurant at culinary shopping destination, China Live. Enjoy the signature Sheng Jian Bao pan-fried pork dumplings and sumptuous desserts. – British Airways (01.20.18)