It's official: we can no longer ride on the flowery coattails of our hippie past. San Francisco is now America's snobbiest city, according to an article by Travel & Leisure ranking the Bay's upper-crustiness above New York, Boston and the "exceptionally tidy" residents of Minneapolis. Seriously?
Well, we guess we saw it coming through the lenses of our Google glasses. Here are some other reasons we've reached the crème de la crème of American egotism:
- We're the second most expensive city to live in, behind Manhattan. That's absurd. When a single studio apartment in SOMA costs $1300 a month without a bathroom, you have to ask yourself if all the positive reinforcement on your new sundress from the homeless guy on your street corner is really worth it. And then hyperventilate when you start looking at costlier digs.
- We avoid tourist spots like the zombie apocalypse. Despite the fact that S.F. is full of legitimately fun places like Fisherman's Wharf and certain historical landmarks, most locals shrink from participating in the fun as soon as the souvenir carts start rolling in. On the bright side of snobbiness, that makes our local cultural hotspots all the hotter -- just take a look at:
- Our boutiques and restaurants. Travel & Leisure also lists us as the fourth best city for independent boutiques and fifth for fine dining establishments (although we're crazy snobby about pretty much everything food-related). Unfortunately, if you look up the "Free Attractions" list you'll find us at a measly number 14.
- We have a booming specialty scent business, and its name is an esoteric pun: "Cognoscenti," a heady blend of the term for "expert" and the smell-related one, obviously. The associates must be a little snub-nosed after so much time sniffing at imperfect customers and scent combos alike.
If you're still curious about the snobbiness of S.F., here's the list proclaiming us number one. Bring your own monocle.