I had the best time visiting San Francisco this past weekend. One of my closest friends from law school lives in the city and was the best tour guide! I’ve never been to California so I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I was blown away. I wasn’t expecting it to be so beautiful! The mountains contrasting with the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay made for some stunning views. And can we talk about the weather?! It was amazing. Warm in the sun and perfectly cool in the shade and not a cloud in site. Karl, the affectionate name given to the fog that rolls into San Fran, which I think is hilarious, did make an appearance almost every morning, but he quickly moved out and made way for the sunshine in the afternoons.
Our first stop was Fisherman’s Wharf. The Wharf is a waterside community that has tons of shops and restaurants and a beautiful marina. The Wharf is also where you can find sea lions basking in the sun on the floating docs.
Off of the shoreline of Fisherman’s Wharf sits the infamous federal prison, Alcatraz. We didn’t have time to take the tour, but it’s on my list for a future trip.
After wandering around the city for a bit, we stopped for lunch at Blue Barn – A GREAT spot for lunch. I opted for the falafel sandwich, but if I were to go again, I’d definitely go for a salad – they are huge and super fresh!
Our next stop was Coit Tower, which sits atop Telegraph Hill and provides amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the rolling hills of the city.
We wandered through the Little Italy neighborhood and had to stop for gelato for obvious reasons. It was delicious.
Friday night we ventured over to Fort Mason in the Marina District for Off the Grid, which is a really cool street food market. Every Friday Off the Grid hosts the market at the Fort Mason Center where tons of food trucks gather for the evening. We sampled some empanadas and a couple of different types of dumplings. Somehow I’ve managed to never have tried a dumpling before this trip – I know I’m late to the game, but those little nuggets of goodness are amazing!
Saturday morning we started off at Baker Beach to take in the amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge. This is a great spot to relax and take in the beauty of the Pacific. The views are incredible.
Like I said, we had amazing tour guides – they knew all of the little look over spots to catch the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge so we made a few more stops to get views from all different angles! You can see Karl still lurking in the photo below.
We lunched at Chez Maman in what was one of my favorite neighborhoods that we visited, Hayes Valley. If you are visiting San Fran, I would highly recommend wandering through Hayes Valley, specifically Hayes Street. There are tons of cute shops and local restaurants lining the street.
San Francisco is an amazing city. We had the best time catching up with friends and exploring. I’ll have a full recap of our Napa day-trip coming soon. Stay tuned!
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