Thursday, June 4, 2015

MY GUIDE TO SAN FRANCISCO

For as many times as I've been to San Francisco, I've never felt like I've truly explored the city properly until my most recent visit last month. With my fellow explorer, Cindy, we set out to peruse the Bay Area with an itinerary that differs from your normal/typical tourist destinations. The goal was to eat, see, sleep and repeat. Here is my guide to San Francisco for those of you who'd like to avoid the typical touristy destinations.

EAT

(left to right, top to bottom)

OUTERLANDS - The decor, the ambiance, the food... it makes the insane wait times worth it.
PRESSED JUICERY - Although pressed isn't indigenous to the Bay Area, it's completely necessary for long days of exploration.
FRED'S COFFEE SHOP - Make sure to get a side of their millionaires bacon. It's a game changer.
BI-RITE CREAMERY - The one constant in all my trips to SF. My favorite flavors are salted caramel, honey lavender, earl grey and ricanelas.
PIZZERIA DELFINA - Pizza with thin crust and fresh ingredients, need I say more?
FARM:TABLE - A simple, limited menu that changes daily, but everything tastes just as good as it looks.
RITUAL COFFEE - Their coffee offers the perfect blend of strength and flavor.

SEE

(left to right, top to bottom)

GENERAL STORE - One of those shops that make you want to buy everything. Be sure to check out the green house in the back.
LAND'S END - This goes hand in hand with Sutro Baths. Stunning views of the ocean and Golden Gate Bridge.
SUTRO BATHS - Always a must. Single handedly my favorite spot in all of SF. The sunsets here are unreal.
POINT REYES, CA - Get away from the city for a day and drive up to Point Reyes. Check out the abandoned ship and cypress tree tunnel.
ROOFTOP AT THE HILTON - Expansive 360 views of the city. Take the elevators to the top floor, enter through the service entrance, climb up the remaining flights of stairs. Beware: it's trespassing and you could get arrested, but I did it for the photos.
BILLY GOAT HILL - If you're lucky (I wasn't), there will be a swing that allows you to capture a photo that looks like you're swinging over SF. The swing was cut off when I went so I had to swing off the ropes which resulted in the biggest bruise of my life.

SLEEP
When traveling, some look at lodging accommodations simply as a crash pad, but it is so much more. You may only spend a few hours at the hotel to sleep and shower, but having a nice place to stay enhances the overall experience. Since I was already familiar with Personality Hotels from a previous stay at another one of their properties, I knew Hotel Diva would meet (& exceed) my expectations. Clean rooms, modern decor, friendly/attentive service, and a centralized location is what you can expect from all their properties.

1 comment:

  1. I always look forward to going out. A good tip would be to look out for those places with interesting concepts. This place is pretty amazing. I came up here with a friend. The space Miami events was spacious and food was great.

    ReplyDelete