CITY GUIDE: SAN FRANCISCO

After our stay in Portland we packed up the car and began the 18 hour drive to San Francisco down the coast. Before I start talking about San Francisco, let me just say, holy crap that drive is BEAUTIFUL! It may be 18 hours, but it’s the most scenic, beautiful, insane thing ever. The whole drive I forced myself to stay awake because I didn’t want to miss anything. One moment that stands out the most is driving through the Redwoods. No words, people…no. words. Hopefully the video we got can explain what I’m talking about.

beginning of the Oregon coast

West Coast Drive


West Coast Drive
West Coast Drive

Now that I got that out of the way let’s talk about San Francisco. The last two hours of the drive I was insanely tired so I passed out in the back. I remember waking up right as we were going over the Golden Gate Bridge. Although it’s my second time visiting SF, I’ve never been over the bridge. I quickly grabbed my phone and took the photo below. I was half asleep and somehow managed to put a purple filter on my phone. ?

Golden Gate Bridge

We had a lovely friend in San Francisco who let us stay at his place which allowed us to save a bit of money. (Thanks Calvin!) We got to his place around 1am and went straight to bed.

Day one:

We had an amazing breakfast at Sweet Woodruff. If you go I highly recommend you get the breakfast tacos, they are incredible. Their mimosas are extra strong and if you Instagram a photo and tag them in it you get a free drink on the house.

Sweet Woodruff SF

Calvin was an amazing tour guide and showed us around. The thing I love most about San Francisco is that you can literally walk anywhere. The city is 7 miles wide and 7 miles long, however the hills are a little less friendly. My legs got a gooood work out. It’s all part of the experience, right? We walked to China Town, saw Coit Tower, the Embarcadero, Fisherman’s Wharf, Lombard St, and eventually made our way back to Calvin’s for a rest.

fishermanswharf

San Francisco
San Francisco

That night we went to Taqueria Vallarta, a Mexican restaurant for dinner. This place was cheap and so good. I had the burrito bowl and everyone else had the burrito, we all agreed it was absolutely delicious.

Taqueria Vallarta

We ended the day by crossing the Golden Gate Bridge to catch the sunset and take some photos.

Golden Gate Bridge
Day two:

Day two involved even more walking. We started the day off at Mr. Holmes Bakeshouse. Luckily we got there before the line got too big and they sold out which tends to happen daily. I got the chocolate croissant which was perfect, not too sweet but oh so good. A few others got the donuts, they were good but a little too sweet, especially for breakfast.

MrHolmesBakeshoppe

Next walked over to Union Square, then made our way to City Hall. After that we visited Alamo Park and then we stopped to have lunch on Haight St.

 

 

San Francisco

San Francisco

sfplants

After taking a rest we checked out Thirsty Bear Brewery then had dinner and drinks at Mikkeller Bar before heading back home.

MikellerBar

San Francisco did not disappoint and is always a great city to visit.

Food

Sweet Woodruff
Taqueria Vallarta
Mr. Holmes Bakeshouse
Thirsty Bear Brewery Did not eat here but they do offer a full menu.
Mikkeller Bar Excellent food and beer.
Nickie’s Pub – Typical pub food, good beer selection.

Beer

Thirsty Bear Brewery Their beer flights are pretty large, great for sharing.
Mikkeller Bar Was a little disappointed they didn’t have many Mikeller beers on tap. They do have a decent sized bottle list though.

Misc.

China Town
Coit Tower
Golden Gate Bridge
Union Square
City Hall
Alamo Park
Fisherman’s Wharf
Haight St.

Make sure to check out my Seattle and Portland guides and stay tuned for Big Sur and Monterey next!