Finally! My “Weekend in San Francisco” post! Sorry for the photo overload but San Francisco was just so beautiful, and I couldn’t stop taking photos of all the things! We (read: I) had SUCH a long TO DO list (so many people recommended awesome places…thank you!), but we were all exhausted after our full day of flying, and the first morning we quickly discovered that we were going to have to majorly limit what we did! Traveling with kids is no joke. Hello, nap time & time change!
We rented a car, and stayed at Hotel G (photos of Hotel G coming soon)! Hotel G is near Union Square, but we didn’t really explore that area much. Lots of beautiful shopping (Cuyana!) but super congested streets and sidewalks and not a ton of room for our 18-wheeler of a double stroller. We pretty much felt like we spent half our trip waiting for elevators. haha. And the other half was spent in traffic. We didn’t even ride a cable car. Maybe we’ll try public transportation next time we visit SF!
Here are all the places we visited, divided by their approximate neighborhoods. So many thanks to our friends who recommended these lovely places to us!
UNION SQUARE where we stayed, but didn’t explore much
Hotel G: beautiful boutique hotel nestled right next-door to Union Square. More coming about Hotel G in another post!
Cuyana: Their San Francisco showroom is a jaw dropper (I didn’t get any photos). I’ve loved Cuyana for a while now, and have a few of their bags (tall leather tote, weekender, and travel case set). I have yet to add a Cuyana piece to my wardrobe, but I’m loving their new Silk Bow Blouse. If you’re near Union Square, I recommend visiting!
MISSION I visited the Mission District while Joe and the girls napped one afternoon, so my time was limited. And it took me approximately 30 minutes to find parking. I was ready to pay $50 just to park my car and visit some shops, but there were no parking garages. Sigh…
Tartine Bakery, 600 Guerrero Street, San Francisco, CA: I waited in line for about 30 minutes, and it was worth it! I ordered almost one of each of their pastries, a hot pressed sandwich, and a pour over. I savored the pour over at their communal dining table, and saved the rest to share with my family at the hotel. We must have looked like scavengers going through that brown paper bag.
Ampersand, 80 Albion Street, San Francisco, CA: One of the most beautiful flower shops I’ve ever visited. As you round the corner onto Albion Street, just look for the teal doors. You will likely be greeted by the owners who make an arrangement for you on the spot, buckets overflowing with colorful, seasonal blooms, a little sitting area, and details to occupy your eyes for hours. So happy I met
Pizzeria Delfina, 3621 18th Street, San Francisco, CA: We waited just a few minutes for a table for 4 outside. We ordered the prosciutto pie and 4 formaggi. I’m a cheese lover, and the 4 formaggi was out of this world. We really enjoyed the casual atmosphere, and any restaurant that brings crayons and coloring pages is awesome!
Bi-Rite Market, 3639 18th Street, San Francisco, CA: We stopped here after Pizzeria Delfina, and we shopped for local, organic items for our picnic the next day. It was cozy, their employees were incredibly helpful (even after we tumbled over a pint of blueberries…maybe they just wanted us to leave faster, ha), and the produce was super fresh!
Tartine Manufactory, 595 Alabama St, San Francisco, CA 94110: I didn’t find out about Tartine Manufactory until after I had already left my solo trip to explore the Mission District. They had opened 5 days prior to me visiting, and I made a point to stop there on our way to the airport. I’m so, so, so happy I made that stop! Tartine Manufactory is all I want in a coffee shop and bakery. Tons of natural lighting, perfectly designed seasonal floral arrangements, gorgeous tables (in all sizes), friendly employees, and of course, the best breads and coffees and pastries. I could devote entire blog post to Tartine Manufactory. I could devote an entire trip to San Francisco to Tartine Manufactory. I cannot emphasize how badly you need to visit if you’re in SF or visiting the area!
ALONG DIVISIDARO STREET (MIDDLE OF CITY)
The Mill, 736 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA: One of my favorite parts of traveling is meeting bloggers from around the country. I met Caitlin of Sacramento Street at The Mill, so this coffee shop and cafe holds a special, well-deserved place in my heart. I ordered a latte and their seasonal country toast. I could have sat here for hours!
Divisadero Farmers’ Market, 700 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA: Joe shopped here while I met Caitlin at The Mill. It was a super cute little market, with tons of fresh produce and a great selection of pastries.
GOLDEN GATE PARK
Koret Children’s Quarter Playground
Lands End (the most northwest point in SF, with stunning views of the fog, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Pacific coastline. We just wished we had warmer clothes and we would have lasted longer.
Pier 39, Beach Street & The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA: We came here just to see the sea lions and ride the carousel, which was so exciting for the girls! There was also a great view (and a ferry, which we didn’t take) of Alcatraz!
NEAR SOUTH BEACH
Cafe Reveille, 610 Long Bridge Street, San Francisco, CA: We ate breakfast here our first morning, and it was a wonderful way to begin our San Francisco adventures. Breakfast was so, so good. The atmosphere was perfect. And we felt 100% comfortable with the girls there. We chatted with another family, who lived up the street, and they recommended Mission Bay Kids Park, which was just up the road.
Mission Bay Kids Park, Long Bridge Street, San Francisco, CA: I was super impressed with all the parks and playgrounds in San Francisco. Much nicer than Virginia’s parks. Newer, cleaner, safer, etc. This park was gorgeous, and there was even a birthday celebration in the corner, and Zoe was invited to have her face painted. You’d never see that on the East Coast.
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