WHEN IN SAN FRANCISCO

San Francisco

David and I spent our 4th of July weekend in San Francisco, and absolutely loved it.  I truly believe that traveling is such an important part of life.  It encourages me to be adventurous and to try new things.  One of my favorite quotes from John Steinbeck states it perfectly: “People don’t take trips, trips take people.”  I can only hope that my life will be full of many, many more trips.

TO EAT & DRINK

Wrecking Ball Coffee & Mr. Holmes Bakehouse
San Francisco touristy musts for coffee and baked goods.

San Francisco

San Francisco

Rose’s Cafe
Rose’s is cutest little brunch spot on Union Street.  It’s the perfect spot for a slow morning because the atmosphere is just as good as the food.

San Francisco

San Francisco

Presidio Social Club
This place is tucked away in Presidio Park and surrounded by trees with trunks that are so big that I couldn’t wrap my arms around them even if my arms were three times as long.  If you love truffle oil, get the truffle parmesan fries.
Park Tavern
We made the mistake of only stopping in for a drink and small bites.  The avocado toast (whole wheat sourdough, chile, lemon & sea salt) and the deviled eggs were the best I have ever had.  Next time I am in San Francisco, I’ll be doing brunch here.  Get the Hummingbird – St. Germain, sparkling wine and grapefruit.

San Francisco

Leo’s Oyster Bar
The highlight of this dinner was dessert.  I had the chocolate mousse, and David had a sundae with strawberries, walnuts and a balsamic chocolate sauce.  My sweet tooth is uncontrollable, so you can trust me when I brag about desserts.  And the decor!  Palm trees e v e r y w h e r e.
West Coast Wine & Union Larder
Both are worth stopping in for a glass of wine and some cheese, bread and charcuterie.
Loving Cup
Froyo done right.  There are hundreds of flavor combinations you can blend in with your frozen yogurt, the most important being nutella.

TO SEE & DO

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

Rent bikes and ride along the coast/across the Golden Gate Bridge
This was an experience that I’ll never forget, and also my favorite day of the trip.  We rented bikes on Lombard Street so we had several miles to go before we actually reached the bridge, but the views along the coast were more than worth it.  That moment when we were actually on the Golden Gate Bridge was incredible.  Taking a second to stop and look up and all around you is necessary to take it all in.  You can also walk along the bridge if biking isn’t your thing or a ferry can take you across the channel.  The length of the bridge is 1.7 miles and every inch of it is beautiful.

San Francisco

San Francisco

Baker Beach
Southwest of the bridge and nestled below rugged cliffs, Baker Beach has a gorgeous view of the Bridge  and the Marin Headlands.  I’d suggest walking because riding a bike in this area was quite the workout.  SO many huge hills.

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

Cow Hollow
We spent the majority of our time in local neighborhoods rather than the more touristy spots, and Cow Hollow was by far our favorite area.  I could walk around an entire day or two just looking at all of the brightly colored homes in SF.

San Francisco

The Bud Stop
It would be difficult not to buy fresh blooms on a regular basis if I lived within walking distance of this place.

Also, in case you didn’t know (because I totally didn’t), summer isn’t really a thing in San Francisco.  We were fortunate enough to have the sun out during the days, but the nights were much cooler than anticipated.  Karl the Fog is likely to make an appearance (so much so that SF actually gave it that name).  We were not ready to leave come Monday, but Kevin Durant’s decision to leave the Thunder for GS helped a little with that.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week.  Mine will be a short one because I have a girls trip to Seattle/Portland and I cannot wait.  I’d love to hear any recommendations if you have been to either before!

Love,
E

  • OnceUponADollhouse

    We about that clam chowder bread bowl life. OMG, did you have one? San Fran also has the BEST China Town. So much adventure there! LOVE IT!

    • Ah! We did eat in Chinatown one night. It was such a neat area! I am already making a list of things we want to do when we go back. xx

  • Denay DeGuzman

    What beautiful photos! I live about 1.5 hours from San Francisco, but even going as often as I do there’s always something new to be discovered! What’s fun is to rent a limo for three or four hours and have the driver take you to a series of awesome places that you might otherwise never find or see on your own. 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Denay. And what a fun idea with the limo! I’ll definitely have to remember that next time I am in SF. Have a wonderful week!

  • Adaleta Avdic

    I want to visit San Fran so badly, but it just hasn’t been in the cards yet for me! xx adaatude.com

    • Ah! Totally understand. Hopefully you will get the opportunity soon! Maybe an occasion coming up that you could celebrate by a short trip? Enjoy the rest of your week, Adaleta. xx

  • Lovely photos! I love San Francisco. I live in Portland, so I’m happy to make recommendations for your trip here! Definitely go wine tasting in the Dundee/Newberg/Carlton area if you have time.

    • Thank you so so much for the recommendation! I will absolutely add it to our list. We are so excited. We are for sure hiking the Oneonta Gorge one of the days we are there! Cannot wait.

  • Rachel Golden

    These pictures look stunning! I’ve never visited San Francisco, but I’ve always wanted to. I’ll have to start planning a trip! 🙂

    • Thank you so much for your sweet words, Rachel. You should definitely add it to the travel wish list! The bridge is totally worth it.

  • I love San Fran so much! I need to go back soon… Beautiful photos.

  • Candy Kage

    We were just there visiting and had a wonderful Time. I have never walked so much in my life.

    • I totally understand that! We walked everywhere as well. It’s funny how something can look pretty close on the map, but then you start walking and change your mind pretty quickly, ha.

  • These pictures of SF are so great!

  • rileyjoblog

    Love this guide! I live pretty close to San Francisco but have never been. I need to go!

  • Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    One of my favorite cities — how could it not be!?! I haven’t been for a while, and loved hearing your recommendations and seeing your great snaps! Love it!

  • San Francisco is one of my favorite cities! It’s SO beautiful. Unfortunately last time I was there it was an exceptionally foggy day and you couldn’t see the Golden Gate Bridge. 🙁 I was so sad…but the rest of the city was gorgeous! Love your pics.

    • Ah, hate that! We got so lucky because the day we decided to bike across was pretty clear, but the next day you couldn’t see the bridge until late afternoon because of Karl the Fog! There’s a little beauty in the fog, but not so much when it covers the whole bridge! I guess that’s your excuse to visit again. 🙂 Thanks so much, Krista.

  • Leah Hall

    Looks like you had a great trip! We have been to SF before, but didn’t have enough time to explore, so thanks for the info! All the places you ate are definitely our kind of places!

  • Ciera Chang

    Looks like such a fun trip! Will definitely keep this in mind next time I visit San Fran 😊

    xoxo, CiCi
    http://www.worldwidestylista.com

  • Emily @ Recipes to Nourish

    SF is a special place. I grew up part time there as a kid.