I think it’s fair to say that San Francisco is one of our favourite Cities; I’ve not been to many places in The USA but San Francisco is up there with Cape Cod and Boston for me. This past May was the 2nd time we had visited the Bay City and this time we were a little more prepared for the prices and much more organized so we saw more in and around the City. One of the great things about being a Blogger is being able to chat to people from Cities that you’re visiting so a HUGE thank you to Chelsea from Chow Down USA who gave me a whole list of places to eat while we were there, she’s a style and food blogger so she knew all the good places!
I booked the earliest flight and we arrived at 10am, this gave us plenty of time to actually make use of that first Saturday and head straight out to Sausalito, the most beautiful little Waterside town just across the Golden Gate Bridge, it’s worth noting that there are bridge tolls on the Golden Gate Bridge but you can opt to have them automatically taken from your card by the hire car company at the airport. Sausalito parking (San Francisco parking in general) is a bit of a nightmare, it’s all on street parking, mainly, and they clean the streets each day so cars have to be moved each day by a certain time to avoid getting towed. It is better to get a taxi/ transit from the airport to your hotel and then hire a car only on the days that you want to travel out of the City to visit other places like Sonoma or Napa Valley or Pebble Beach.
Speaking of Pebble Beach/ 17 Mile Drive, It is well worth the 2 hour drive out of San Francisco to Carmel by the Sea to go see it. It was sunny all the drive down there and as soon as we arrived at the gated entry (as 17 Mile Drive is a residential area) that Sea fog rolled right in and got very chilly but no less beautiful.
Again, this one is outside of the City but take a trip to Half Moon Bay, it’s peaceful and calm and so beautiful. It’s $10 to get in to the parking lot but that ticket is then good for many other state parks that day if you want to move on to explore another one. When we were there we were lucky enough to see 2 humpback whales feeding quite close to the shoreline, so you never know what you may see there in the water!
The Palace of Fine Arts down by The San Francisco Marina gets really busy pretty early so this is one that you may want to explore early in the morning like we did, we were there at 8:30am on our last day and we had the entire place to ourselves. It’s such a stunning building and feels like it’s quite removed from the hustle and bustle of a city, if you want to explore from here it’s a quick walk across the road to Chrissy Fields Marina and Park under The Golden Gate Bridge so there is no shortage of things to do and see.
on to food and drink; San Francisco is pretty serious about their coffee and if, like me, you are a major coffee lover (we brought back 2 bags of coffee from each of our favourite coffee roasters there – 4 places total) and now that I can’t take milk (and most places in The States don’t carry lactose-free or coconut milk) I tend to drink black drip coffee; the great thing about this is that I get to taste the coffee and boy are there some delicious ones in San Francisco. Here are our Favourites: Wrecking Ball (pictured above), Saint Frank, Blue Bottle and Sightglass, we also got some of these recommendations from an old Friend who sent me a great message about some places to check out and go for food and coffee, honestly when I run out of these coffees I will be ordering more online! That’s how good they are.
This epic looking Brunch Board is just $15 from Le Marais on Chestnut Street, Chestnut is great for bars, restaurants and hip brunch spots. We actually didn’t go anywhere else for breakfast while we were in SF, we went to Le Marais every single day (except one morning actually when we went to the Hayes Valley Location of La Boulangerie – seriously have their almond croissant and a vanilla bean latte… you’ll thank me!) but Le Marais is always busy and serves Sighglass coffee, they take their pastries seriously and their croissants are the flakiest, lightest most delicious you’ll taste outside of Paris!
for inexpensive but Seriously delicious eats (seriously their pizza is divine!) you have to check out Delarosa on Chestnut Street. We went back for dinner twice and lunch once. Get the Dungeness Crab Arancini balls if they have them – seriously, they’re heavenly. or the mussels (pictured above). Also be advised that Delarosa is all communal seating but it’s such a fun environment and you never know who you may get talking to there and connect with over epic eats.
Hopefully I’ll have some more City Guides up for you soon! Happy Travels!