Hey friends! It’s good to be back and writing to you all from good ol’ Portland! Don’t get me wrong, traveling is great but when you live somewhere you love, it makes you realize how amazing home is. I’ve lived allllll over the country from Arkansas to Colorado, to many more and I always loved getting away. Now I love going places but feel happy to get back to Portland.
Enough about Portland, today’s post is about San Francisco! To get things straight, I never lived in the city, but I lived just over the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County, just 20 minutes out of the city! So some of the places I’m gonna tell you all about are also in Marin, which I would highly recommend visiting if you like seeing the outskirts of cities.
There are so many places I want to tell you all about, but I can’t write a book here so I will try to list them off and keep the commentary to a minimum!
Painted Ladies: If you go to SF you have to go to Alamo Square! This is the famous Full House scene where they’re sitting down for a picnic and the Painted Lady houses are in the background. I took a picture so check it out below!
Chestnut Street: This street is so fun and great for shopping! They have everything you can think of and some fun little boutiques.
The Plant Cafe Organic: They have three locations around SF but we went to the one at the Ferry Building at Pier 3 and it was delicious– Our favorite meal(s) of the trip actually! It’s right on the water and the food is to die for and actually really healthy so it’s a triple win.
Miette Bakery: So you have to go to the Ferry Building no matter what, but when you get there please go to Miette! My favorite there is the chocolate cupcake with strawberry buttercream. Can’t go wrong!
Marin Headlands: The Marin Headlands are technically, obviously, in Marin but literally right off the Golden Gate after you cross. You can’t go to SF without seeing the Marin Headlands! There’s hiking, or you can just park and take gorgeous pictures, like we did. That’s where my Golden Gate picture below was taken!
Marin Country Mart: The Marin Country Mart was developed right when my family moved away, but it’s really amazing now. We drove from the city and it only took 20 minutes, so if you rent a car and want a quieter day, this is a great place to go. It’s right next to the Larkspur Ferry building in Marin and has gorgeous views of the bay!
Rustic Bakery: Rustic Bakery is inside the Marin Country Mart, and there’s also a location on the other side of Marin. We used to go 8 years ago when it was a tiny bakery, but now it’s huge and just as delicious!
Fisherman’s Wharf: If you’re visiting SF, I would make a little trip down to the Fisherman’s Wharf! It’s really fun and touristy, and there’s also an In-N-Out down there!
Ghirardelli Square: All you chocolate lovers need to make it a priority to head to the Ghirardelli Square! It’s pretty iconic and there’s a cute park next to it where you can sit on the grass and eat your dessert.
Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt: This one isn’t a must, but their frozen yogurt is the best I have ever had. And I’ve had a lot of frozen yogurt.
Tender Greens: They have a few different locations in the city and I would put this on your list for sure. The food is all so fresh and so good for you, the line can be long but it’s worth it!
Cable Cars: Last thing I am going to mention, be sure to ride the cable car at least once! This is depends on your choice of transportation, but you can’t go to SF without riding the cable car at least once.
There is so much to do in SF but those are a few of my favorites that I could recommend to you all! I hope you all have a wonderful Thursday!