San Francisco, you’ve done it again.
I was feeling pretty bored recently and decided it would probably be best if I took a mental/visual break from work and took an impromptu trip to San Francisco. Since I visited last year, I’ve always dreamed of going back so I was thrilled that it worked with my schedule. This trip wasn’t much a tourist-based adventure, but more of me adapting to a “local” experience. I was able to visit two friends that lived out there and got an opportunity to explore the city on my own.
I spent on Haight with my friend John. It was a gorgeous day out, happy people buzzing about everywhere. San Francisco has got an INCREDIBLE thrift-store scene. The consignment shops have an impressive selection and I was happy that I was able to snag a few pieces I knew I wouldn’t really find in Boston. We stopped inside the RVCA headquarters store. LOVE the atmosphere in here and I think it’s so awesome they have a mini art gallery where customers can purchase items on display:
We grabbed lunch at People’s Cafe on Haight. It was somewhat amusing, because my friend John and I both met in Newport, RI which also has a People’s Cafe where the vibes and decor are very similar. It’s a cute little place, with typical cafe fare, nothing jumping out at you but will most definitely satisfy your needs. A warm, gooey grilled cheese sandwich with fries and my comfort food cravings were kicked to the curb while I people watched!
We wandered into Mission Hill, which is a young, hipster filled neighborhood. It’s gorgeous on a sunny day. Plenty of eclectic shops, restaurants fill the area to keep you occupied for at least an entire day.
I grabbed $3 empanadas from this place called Venga! right on Valencia street and they were delicious. I’ve never really had empanadas before, so I tried the Sweet Corn empanada (Corn, Red Bell Pepper, Mozzarella) and the Five Pepper Manchego Cheese empanada. Needless to say, I’ll be investigating some new places to grab empanadas in New England.
A couple noteworthy stores to drop into on your visits: Therapy, Accidental & Artifact, NU.
I met up with my friend Bruce who I knew would show me a great time in SF because he knows how much I love a good food scene! He brought me to this swanky, chic wine bar called the Press Club! We ordered a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc off quite the extensive wine list and ordered some bites of their food menu. We shared Duck Meatballs, a Charcuterie with a great meat selection and a soft, fontina esque cheese Bridgid Abbey’s Cato Corner Farm!
Then we went to this speakeasy bar called Tradition. It’s supposedly a MUST when hitting the evening scene in SF and I can see why. I love bars/restaurants that adopt a theme and stick strongly to it! I was taken aback by all the cocktails from each “age” and loved that it pays tribute to American history. Very cool.
I slept in unfortunately but ended up meeting Bruce in Pacific Heights. An adorable neighborhood in SF that offers a ton of upscale clothing shops and cafes. We went to La Boulange cafe so I could get something light for lunch. Apparently Starbucks as taken items from here to their empire?! I’m pleased! I ordered the La Boulange house salad, endives, fried egg, thick cut bacon bits and artisan bread, I was satisfied completely!
We walked around towards the Marina near Golden Gate but it was so foggy and misty, unfortunately I didn’t get to see a nice view. We met up with his friend Justin and the three of us drove to Sausilito, over the bridge, where they popped my oyster cherry! I think I’ve always been nervous to try oysters solely because they look gross. When I tried to “dress” my oyster up, in short, it tasted AWFUL. But Bruce was kind enough to do it for me, and the ones he fancied up where pretty good. We got some gelato and drove to Daly City, where they brought me to this chain restaurant that specializes in wings. I was essentially in a food coma thanks to these guys but I had a really fun time exploring the greater SF area.
Time to go home! I went back to Haight just to kill time before my flight and do some shopping. It wasn’t anywhere near as busy as it was on the weekend.
Thank you kind girl for staying in the picture. You really complete it!
Haight IS pretty touristy but all in all, the history behind it is amazing and I truly did love spending every day I was in San Francisco strolling around.
San Francisco, for good reason, is one of the best cities to visit and live in. With various neighborhoods, whether upscale, lowkey, trendy, hipster, whatever- SF has got it for you. It also is considered one of the food capitals of the world and I can see why!
Maybe one day I’ll be back, with all my bags, ready to stay.
I’m not sure where my next trip is going to be yet. I have Miami, Philly, New York, DC, and the Outerbanks in the running. Well, D.C. is in September, Philly is in October, and all the other ones are pretty much whenever I get bored again!
Till then, take some time to dine and unwined. Ya know, just because we all need that mental break sometimes 🙂