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San Francisco Guide – how to get there, where to eat, what to do

San Francisco Guide - how to get there, where to eat, what to do

San Francisco is one among my favourite little getaway spots as a result of it’s shut, cute, charming, and FULL of excellent meals!!! Critically that’s considered one of my principal motivators for getting away to this darling metropolis, to eat ALL THE THINGS. San Francisco can also be insanely instagrammable and has some superb purchasing, enjoyable issues to do with youngsters, filled with historical past, I adore it a lot! So immediately I’m sharing my information to San Francisco together with my favourite locations to eat, how to get right here, and what to do.

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HOW TO GET THERE:

PCH by automotive: I’ve truly by no means finished it, however it’s a LEGENDARY drive up Pacific Coast Freeway beginning actually in any metropolis alongside the California Coast. We’ve pals who make this drive yearly and take the quick approach up, and the sluggish method (PCH) down to allow them to see every part. From Orange County you can also make it to SF in about 6-7 hours taking the quickest freeways, however it’s going to take you AT LEAST 10 hours from San Diego (the southernmost a part of California) to San Francisco touring on the scenic PCH. Most individuals will break it up in no less than a pair days so you’ll be able to cease and luxuriate in all the beautiful locations alongside the best way.

PCH by practice: I’ve additionally by no means completed this however I do know you possibly can take a practice from LA to SF and benefit from the lovely surroundings with out having to stress about visitors! Sounds so lovely. However this can take you a really very long time as there are various many stops alongside the best way, so simply be sure to’re not in a rush or with anybody else who’s!

By aircraft: I’ve solely been to San Francisco by aircraft and I’m 1,00zero,00% critical once I say the very nicest and greatest flights I’ve been on to San Francisco have been via Alaska Airways. And what’s even higher is that they have a few of THE MOST reasonably priced charges of anybody, however one way or the other nonetheless looks like an elite airline. Take a look at all of the feedback on this Instagram where I shared that we have been taking Millie on her first flight via Alaska Airways – I’m not the one one who’s obsessive about them and thinks they’ve the most effective customer support in all of the land!! And I really like that they fly everywhere in the United States (not simply Alaska or LA or SF, however in all places from Hawaii to Florida and throughout in between).

WHERE TO STAY:
We’ve tried all the things from 5-star resorts to airbnbs and by no means had a nasty expertise with anyplace we’ve stayed, however I additionally analysis each place like loopy earlier than we keep there. This time we stayed at The Correct Lodge San Francisco and beloved each little element, from the ridiculously cute wallpaper to the gorgeous toilet to the very cozy mattress to the yummy meals within the restaurant, I assumed it was one of many prettiest motels I’ve ever stayed in and would really like to invite their decorator to come sparkle their fairy mud throughout my home and make it this cute! Haha. And I LOVE that whereas The Correct Lodge SF is completely beautiful, it’s additionally fairly priced.

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In the event you’re going with a household it may be tough to discover a lodge that may accommodate a much bigger group which is why we’ve completed airbnb prior to now. However The Correct Lodge has bunk mattress rooms to accommodate households – genius proper?! Additionally they had a cute little crib with recent bedding on it for Millie, a lot nicer than a pack n play that you simply by no means know how clear it’s for child to sleep on! It was additionally extremely quiet. We didn’t hear a single peep from anybody else’s room and we have been proper subsequent to the elevator and didn’t hear that when both – an enormous deal to me when touring with young children who may get woken up simply.

WHERE TO EAT:
Let’s be trustworthy, that is what I really like most about SF!! My two sources for locating the BEST meals to eat in San Francisco are my sister’s weblog Feminine Foodie, and The Infatuation (which Brooke advised me about!). I really like once we journey to a metropolis that has a Feminine Foodie Bucket Record to go together with it as a result of it makes my life tremendous straightforward to shortly discover a DELICIOUS restaurant in particular neighborhoods of that metropolis. Listed here are a few of my very favourite locations I’ve eaten at in San Francisco that I’m sure you’ll love too:

Brenda’s French Soul Meals (pictured): I beloved this place a lot on my final SF journey that I dragged Neil and Millie in right here with me straight from the airport after not consuming all day as a result of my hunger was subsequent degree! I knew this place would hit the spot, and it did. Chocolate beignets anybody? How about fried hen benedict? Breakfast (virtually) all day and gigantic parts of consolation meals that may make you need to plan your subsequent journey when you’re nonetheless there. Additionally that tremendous cute wall of mirrors above is from this joint so sure, it’s simply begging to be grammed.

Tartine Bakery (pictured): THE most scrumptious scorching baked sourdough bread I’ve ever had in my whole life. Interval. And every part else there’s TDF too. Professional tip: get there simply earlier than four p.m. to get HOT recent bread because it comes out of the oven. We actually ate this whereas it was nonetheless steaming on the within! Individuals line up day by day to actually “get it while it’s hot.” Rumor has it their new location Tartine Manufactory serves scorching bread 2-3x per day so you might have a good higher probability of getting it scorching there regardless of when your schedule permits you to pop by.

Bi-Ceremony Creamery (pictured): simply down the road from Tartine (in case you didn’t carb load sufficient!) is my favourite ice cream store in all of SF, Bi-Ceremony Creamery. And I’m the ice cream QUEEN. Like I might eat ice cream 3x a day and really feel simply high-quality about it. I’ve goals about this place! An in depth runner-up is Humphrey Slocombe, which is true subsequent door to certainly one of my different faves Cowgirl Creamery (extra on that later), and when you’re headed to Fisherman’s Wharf anyway, it’s undoubtedly value your time. Loads of individuals will battle you about Bi-Ceremony being the most effective and swear on their life that Humphrey Slocombe is the most effective ice cream in SF, however I assume you’ll simply have to attempt each to determine for positive!! Not a horrible drawback to have two to select from. Professional tip: if the road is insane, they’ve delicate-serve of their smaller little stand subsequent door that’s additionally completely out-of-this-world AND baked items like apple pie for those who understand you truly actually need that together with your scoop of ice cream, or for later, or for breakfast the subsequent day, which I did as soon as on a visit to SF which was genius if I do say so myself.

Flour + Water (pictured): actually a few of THE BEST pasta I’ve ever put in my mouth, or my stomach. It’s almost inconceivable to get a reservation right here until you’re actually on prime of your recreation and also you e-book early, however professional tip: present up 15 minutes earlier than they open for dinner and also you may get fortunate with considered one of their stroll-in spots! We did this in June with a gaggle of eight and took up virtually all of the seats at their group desk nevertheless it was good! I used to be making an attempt issues off individuals’s plates who I had solely recognized for six hours that day and didn’t even really feel bizarre about it as a result of I didn’t need to depart that restaurant with FOMO about something I might have tasted if you already know what I imply.

Overseas Cinema (pictured): a type of locations I all the time hear individuals who love meals (the sort of individuals I LOVE) speaking about whenever you ask where you MUST eat in SF. The meals completely lives up to the hype however a professional tip: go after darkish as a result of the entire level of this place is to watch a overseas movie when you eat and you may’t see the movie when it’s all sunny outdoors. I do know trigger I attempted. Additionally GET A RESERVATION! And get it approach prematurely.

Not pictured however extra favourite spots I salivate over:

Cowgirl Creamery – proper subsequent to Humprhey Slocombe on the ferry constructing and a grilled cheese and tomato soup expertise SO GOOD I inhaled it earlier than I even had time to take an image. Which, when you’ve ever eaten out with me even as soon as, says a LOT. Ha.

Hog Island Oyster Bar – the meals was scrumptious however this can be a principally-outside seating restaurant so don’t go right here with youngsters at night time when it’s freezing (like we did!) otherwise you’ll have crying youngsters who don’t even need to eat their meals they’re so chilly. Eek.

Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Store – LEGIT old-fashioned gigantic scorching fudge brownie sundaes, the sort your mother took you to get after an entire semester of straight As. Or perhaps that was simply me? However actually, go right here as a result of it’s iconic and so yum.

Miette – tremendous good little treats and tremendous CUTE every part.

Tacolicious – ate right here as soon as tremendous late when every part else was closed and MAN did it hit the spot!!

RT Rotisserie – San Francisco has this humorous/bizarre factor about rotisserie hen. It’s like all these locations declare to have THE BEST and a few of them you want a yr-in-advance reservation (insert eye roll emoji) however RT Rotisserie can compete with one of the best IMHO and you may stroll proper in – we did at the very least! The whole lot was lip-smacking good however that rotisserie was one thing I needed to take house with me and eat for every week after as leftovers.

WHAT TO DO:

San Francisco is a type of cities you’ll by no means run out of enjoyable issues to do in, however listed here are a few of the highlights I find out about after visiting fairly a bit the previous few years!

Meals tour: we went on an excellent enjoyable meals tour and clearly this was RIGHT up my alley (ha!) as we ate our method via one of many foodie-est hoods within the metropolis, The Mission. At this level within the information you’re in all probability considering wait, I assumed she was going to cease speaking about meals?! Haha. Hold studying.

 

Full home home: for those who actually search “full house house” in your google maps it’ll take you proper to this vacationer bait spot. I wasn’t mad about it although! Any youngster of the 80s/90s will get all giddy on nostalgia seeing this spot. I dare you to not sing the theme music as you pull up.

 

Bay Space Discovery Museum – in case you have youngsters with you that is an AMAZING youngsters’s museum. Critically the perfect one I’ve ever taken my youngsters to. They nonetheless speak about it. And bonus! It has a killer spot for a photograph of the Golden Gate Bridge within the background. And a SUPER cute present store with toys so cool you’ll truly need them in your home, that your youngsters will probably be in a position to play with for longer than 10 minutes after you deliver them house as a result of they aren’t junky or low cost.

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Hike the Muir Woods – do you know there are redwoods simply 20 minutes outdoors of San Francisco? They’re beautiful and really easy to entry should you’re staying within the Bay Space. Simply ensure you depart early sufficient to get there fairly shut to once they open as a result of the parking zone is understood to refill! We went to the Muir Woods final Fall with the women and took some GORGEOUS footage.

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Brunch in Sausalito – I do know MORE FOOD TALK, however we went to brunch at Bar Bocce in Sausalito on our most up-to-date journey with Shopstyle and Alaska Airways and it. was. BEAUTIFUL. And so heat! And busy. The place was packed inside an hour of opening so (once more!) the early fowl will get the worm.

Union Sq. – when you’re in search of consolation zone buying – all of the outlets that may make you are feeling proper at house like Nordstrom, Anthro, and Sephora all inside 100 yards – you then want to wind up right here throughout your keep! They’ve as fancy as Chanel to as reasonably priced as Perpetually 21. See all their outlets right here.

Alcatraz – in case you’ve by no means toured this fascinating landmark you NEED TO! It’s simply the #1 hottest vacationer vacation spot within the metropolis and it utterly lives up to the hype for my part. Professional tip: go on the LAST tour of the day they usually’ll take you to some additional locations within the jail, and it feels much more scary in the dead of night! And reserve your tickets early, as a result of they undoubtedly do promote out!

Lombard Road – Drive down this “most crooked street in the United States” and maintain your breath and pray to survive in case you’re like me!! One other place you’ll be able to simply google the handle and present up.

Cable Automobiles – do you know most individuals driving the cable automobiles are simply vacationers?! Yeah, I didn’t both at first. Not one of the locals use the cable automobiles to commute, however I nonetheless assume they’re so cute and youngsters actually assume they’re enjoyable!

I hope this information helps you propose out an epic keep in San Francisco everytime you determine to go to.

HUGE thanks to Alaska Airways, The Correct Lodge San Francisco, and ShopStyle for taking us on this little getaway to one in every of my very favourite cities and sponsoring this information.

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