Travel Guide: San Francisco

Earlier this year I finally got to cross another must-see city off my list by taking my first trip to San Francisco for a super long, relaxed, no social media weekend.  It was glorious - both the city and the respite.  Here are my tips for your next trip there, and stay tuned for a part two as I may be visiting again in the coming months!

Getting Around

I used Uber whenever I wasn't walking.  It was easy, inexpensive, and quick!  We never waited more than 8 minutes for a car.  The whole transaction, from calling a car to paying, is done on your phone.  So simple!

We stayed at the Mystic Hotel, which was near tons of shopping and restaurants and was central enough to get anywhere else quickly.  The hotel itself has loads of charm!  Just bring ear plugs if you aren't used to city noise.  If you're coming from New York you won't know the difference.


Oh, there was so much eating to do.  My two favorite meals were lunch at The Tipsy Pig on Chestnut Street.  There's a pretty patio and great cocktails.  And brunch at Cafe Des Amis on Union Street where we sipped mimosas and enjoyed classic french brunchy fare, which has to be one of my favorite food groups.  


Zara is here, which is practically a reason to go on it's own if you don't have one where you are. I came home with a new bag and shoes.  The best thing about shopping there?  The stuff looks super duper expensive but is affordable.  Think H&M for the more grown-up, sophisticated shopper.

The Ferry Building Marketplace is a must-do.  We snacked on sugary treats like macarons and shopped local fare.  I picked up a little jar of chai infused honey that I've been tasting a tiny spoonful of before bed at night.  Yums.

Be Touristy

We walked along the waterfront plenty, tasted chocolate and wine in Ghirardelli Square, dined along the bay while watching the sun set over ships' sails, and hiked up to the bridge.  Yes, THE bridge.  Golden Gate.  I don't use the word hike lightly here - we probably walked more than 12 miles that day overall.  But she's a marvel, for sure!


SoulCycle is here.  Need I say more?  Although that's quite enough on its own, a lot of the fitness stores like lululemon and Lucy have free weekly classes in or near their stores which is great for when you're just visiting.

Bonus Points

I got into town a day before my travel buddy Lindsay, and had no trouble at all finding my way around the neighborhood where my hotel was.  I went to dinner and then stopped in a pub afterward and quickly made some friends.  I love a city with instant friends!

There so much more to do!  We didn't explore across the bridge or see the Painted Ladies, for instance.  Have you spent time in San Francisco?  What are some of your favorites?


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