One of our favorite San Francisco landmarks is turning 100 this year. The Buena Vista Cafe first opened it’s doors in 1916, when the ground floor of a boarding house was converted into a saloon. Since that time, the cafe has served as a convivial meeting place for visitors and locals alike. The easiest and most convenient way to visit the Buena Vista is via the nation’s only moving historical landmark: The SF Cable Car.
The Buena Vista Cafe’s claim to fame is the Irish Coffee, which was created there in 1952. The cafe still serves the original recipe: hot coffee, two sugar cubes and jigger of whiskey--topped with a dollop of lightly whipped cream. If you’ve never tried this glorious concoction, it’s high time you head down to the Buena Vista and order one from its point of origin.