We spent most of the weekend snowed in and laying low-I hope you had a great one!
Neal and I are actually heading to Dallas today, but I figured this morning was a good time to post my San Francisco guide so we can all live vicariously through the sunshiney photos 😂
Neal travels to SF quite a bit for work (usually every other month)–this past fall, I jumped on board to tag along! (Because we have the companion pass for Southwest I can fly for free with him on any Southwest flight, thus why I’m jumping on board to Dallas too!) It was my first time back in the city since I was a kid, and I absolutely fell in love with it!
Our trip was a quick one, and not exactly centered around sight-seeing (we were both working all day every day) but it was still so much fun! Here are some shots of the city (most of them I snapped on my iPhone), my favorite reccos on fun things to check out while you’re there, as well as some more restaurant reccos from my local bestie and readers, too! I can’t wait to go back!
5 Fun things to do in San Francisco:
There are SO many amazing neighborhoods in San Francisco, and they’re all so different and fun to explore! Make a point to bounce around to at least a couple of them!
I particularly fell in love with Pacific Heights. Everywhere you look, one house is more beautiful than the next. They have adorable shops, great restaurants, and the overall vibe of the neighborhood is just adorable. Everything is so picturesque! Even if you have no agenda, just have your Uber drop you here to walk around.
My best friend Michal says her favorite neighborhood is the Mission District–it has an eclectic hipster vibe with lot’s of street art. Some of the city’s hottest restaurants and retail pop-ups are here! We didn’t make it there on our trip but it’s definitely at the top of my list for next time!
The Ferry Building at Sunset
See the Ferry Building:
We spent a lot of time at the Ferry Building. I went there during the day to hang out, and had lunch with my Lolë friends! I thought it was so cool, and their Oyster restaurant is famous–so I had to bring Neal back the following night! (More on that below!) They have a farmer’s market outside, tons of adorable shops, several restaurants, and an awesome array of local food vendors. (If you’re there in the morning, get a smoothie from the grocery market there–it’s in the back of the store! It was so delicious!)
Find a Farmer’s Market:
Speaking of farmer’s markets, the city is full of them! Maybe it’s because I live in a city that can only hold farmer’s markets from May through September, but something farmer’s markets puts me in my happy place. There are few things I love more than strolling through a farmer’s market with a fresh juice or a coffee. This website has a huge list of SF farmer’s markets that you can sort by the day, which is super helpful!
View from Alta Plaza Park
Take in all the scenery:
SF is such a walkable city. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I was just soaking up the beautiful weather and the change of scenery so much, one of my favorite parts of our trip was just walking. If I found a hill, I’d walk up it and turn around to find the coolest views of the city and of the bay! Like I said before, each house is cooler than the next. No two are alike–everything is just so charming.
Jane’s on Fillmore
Hog Island Oyster Co
Explore the local food scene:
A few places we checked out while there (and would highly recommend!)
Jane’s on Fillmore: An adorable breakfast or lunch spot. The upstairs is a good place to get some work done!
Hog Island Oyster Bar: One of the most famous oyster bars in the city–it’s right on the water in the ferry building with a great view!
Blue Bottle Coffee: Based in SF, you can find Blue Bottle all over the city! “An SF experience” as the locals will tell you. I had my first one at the Ferry Building and really liked it, but when I walked into another location to do some work, I discovered they don’t have wifi in any of their coffee shops, so then I kind of hated them. If we’re being honest. 🙄 😂
Balboa Cafe: An old-school SF classic–unfussy with great food!
Tropisueño: An amazing Mexican spot–if you’re looking for something trendy, this isn’t it, but if you’re trying to do SF on a budget or are traveling for work and staying near the Financial District, it’s pretty tough to beat.
Like I said, we were there because Neal was on a work trip and I just decided to tag along. We were exhausted and didn’t want to go far from the hotel, so we ended up here! It’s really low-key, cute, charming, homey, with friendly service, awesome margs and really delicious Mexican food! I love that they give you unlimited chips and salsa (3 different kids of salsa!)
Tacolicious was another taco spot that came highly recommended from readers!
Your turn! Do you have any reccos for fun things to do in San Francisco? Would love to hear them–leave a comment below and share the details!
Also, see more travel posts HERE.