We traveled to the Bay (in Nov lol–we are slow on the posts…) to visit our friends who had recently moved out there! If you’re thinking about going to San Francisco we have a few places we highly recommend!
If it’s your first time in SF, you have to check out Crissy Field. There’s beautiful Mark di Suvero sculptures scattered through the field and you can see the Golden Gate Bridge from the park. It’s super tourtisty, but so much fun if you rent some bikes and bike up Battery East Trail up to the bridge. It is super windy though, and you might feel like you’re about to fall off your bike. BUT the trail has some great views of the bay! You’re also a hop & a skip away from Fisherman’s Wharf which you can also bike to from Crissy Field. Fisherman’s Wharf has all of the chain restaurants you can dream of, but most importantly it has IN-N-OUT–make sure you get those animal fries after biking. 😉
Golden Gate Park:
SF is a very active city, so walk every where you can while you’re there! Especially if you’re from the East (it’s still cold now mer). Golden Gate Park has a roller skating rink–which is still fun to watch if you don’t know how to skate (I don’t!), it also has the beautiful Japanese Garden: $8 Non-residents, Free Admission before 10 am.
From Golden Gate Park, you can walk to Haight St. Haight St is the ultimate retro street; full of dudes trying to sell you some weed on the street (they tend to whisper it a bit creepily as you walk by), to smoke shops, and cool vintage stores. Definitely check out shops here–they won’t be like your stores at home!
The super trendy part of SF, boutiques that are outrageously expensive, but fun to check out. Great brunch places, we recommend Absinthe, best dranks in Hayes. BUT if you do one thing in Hayes, get ice cream from Smitten. They freeze their ice cream by liquid nitrogen so the ice cream freezes faster and is more creamy, if you don’t believe us–try it!
When it’s not half under construction, it’s got an awesome view of the city. Go on a weekend, grab a blanket, some snacks and booze and bring some cash 😉 There’s vendors that walk around the park, my favorite was the Asian man wearing heart shaped sunglasses and carrying around a giant pink cupcake purse. The park is great people watching, and a fun place to catch a mid-day buzz before wandering over to the Mission area right by it.
This area is right next to Dolores, there’s tons of great brunch places and cute boutiques and thrift shops. The illustrious Tartine bakery resides in the Mission area, and if you don’t want to wait in a long line–you can make a reservation at Bar Tartine two streets over and still try their famous bread!
Also be sure to check out alleys in the Mission, the Bay has some great graffiti artists. The bars here are very lax and have a fun atmosphere, there’s some bluegrass bars if you feel like dancing! Or you can check out the Castro for clubbin!
There are so many awesome restaurants in Sunset, we tried San Tung–their chicken wings might just change your life. Perfectly crispy and just the perfect amount of sweetness. The Purple Kow also has some great [giant] cups of bubble tea–make sure you get a small unless you’re sharing!
The best time to come up to the Peaks is at sunset; you’ll get a gorgeous view of the entire city. Or go at night and see the whole city lit up! It’s super windy up there so bring a coat!!
If you want to take a drive outside the city, there are some beautiful hikes on the way to Point Reyes, Bear Valley Trail is a beautiful run–be warned it’s 8 miles! After your exercise excursion check out the fresh oysters at Point Reyes. Tomales has an ocean side view while you shuck ’em.
Do you guys have additional places you love in SF? We’d love to hear!