I had a wonderful time in sunny San Francisco, where I was able to catch up with children’s designers Jess Brown & to Dagmar Daley. Both recommended

to visit Cotton Sheep in Hayes Valley. A nice store indeed, but I didn’t get the authorisation to take photos (my first refusal since I launched Pirouette in 09!). I didn’t take it personally…Japanese always do things differently after all. I have to say that I was very happy to end up in that cute street. Here’s a few photos taken on Hayes, but also on Valencia and Fillmore.

Pirouette tips : where to sleep in San Francisco

The Steinhart Hotel & Corporate Suites – We stayed there in March 2012, in a small apartment for the whole family, at a very reasonable price. The hotel is well located, with a friendly staff. The decor is very 50’s, very plain, very simple. Ask for a room on the high floors to get more light.

Where to eat in San Francisco

Delfina Pizza
The Slanted Door
La Mar (Famous ceviceria from Lima; they also have restaurants in New York, Sao Paolo, Bogota, Santiago de Chile, etc…so chic, so good!).

Outerlands, 4001 Judah Street @ 45th Ave., SF

Heirloom Cafe

Farm : Table


If you travel up San Francisco to Portland, Oregon, don’t miss Andina – excellent excellent Peruvian food.

Shopping & places of interest

Paxton Gate 824 valencia Street neat 19th street  www.paxtongate.com
Paxton gate curiosities for kids 766 valencia street

Mission Bicycle 766 valencia
The Curiosity Shoppe855 valencia street
Zonal Home Interiors, 568 Hayes Street San Francisco. CA. 94102 – 415-255-9307

Nest, 2300 Fillmore St.
Erica Tanov, 2408 Fillmore Street