Best of San Francisco

The first stop on our trip to California was San Francisco. We landed late Thursday night - if you are traveling east to west, I would recommend taking the red eye because when you land, you will have gained 3 hours.


  • Accommodation: Hotel Nikko 
  • Transportation: Bus, cable car, tour bus and foot
  • Best Breakfast: Taylor Street Coffee Shop- try their hash brown skillet. 
  • Best Lunch: Roam Artisan Burger- to die for. 
  • Best Sushi: Domo - quaint loungey feel - ridiculous fish tacos and rolls.  
  • Best Coffee: Blue Bottle is the best. Although a bit steep at $4 for a latte, it is totally worth it. They use special New Jersey dairy cows that produce the creamiest milk in the world! I would have to say they made my favorite coffee to date. 

Things To Do:

  •  Take a stroll through Hayes Valley 

  • Eat Smitten ice cream 
  • Hike through the Golden Gate National Park 

  • Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge

  • Take a night tour of Alcatraz

  • Shop at Union Square
  • Walk through Lombard Street 

  • Take a day trip to Salsalito 
  • Visit the sea lions at the Wharf 

  • Take a paper craft class at Paper Source

  • Have a hot chocolate from Ghirardelli 

  • Enjoy the views at the Sutro Baths

& pet every frenchie you see walking by!

Overall, we loved San Fran. It was a first time visit for me and a second time visit for Gabriel. Similar to Seattle, San Fran is an artsy city with great food, local spots and quirky people. I would also recommend visiting during this time of the year- we experienced amazing weather... high 60s mid day and low 40s at night. Perfect fall weather!