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Despite the contagious air of acceptance and all around good cheer that spread through San Francisco all of Pride weekend, our fair city has been named snobbiest of all by Travel + Leisure magazine. T + L editors made it part of their annual America's Favorite Cities reader survey to inquire as to various cities' so-called snobby characteristics including "smarty-pants residents, along with high-end shopping and highbrow cultural offerings like classical music and theater." This is what put SF at the top of the list:
San Francisco has cultivated its reputation as a serious foodie city, and readers gave it high marks for both fine dining and ethnic cuisine, even if they did also experience some sticker shock. To shop at hip boutiques, browse galleries, and dine among the cognoscenti, check out the Hayes Valley neighborhood and its Absinthe Brasserie & Bar. Any snobbiness didn't stop San Francisco from being acknowledged for its welcoming attitude: the city also ranked first in the survey for being gay-friendly.