After a long drive from Big Sur, our next stop on our 2015 US holiday was vibrant San Francisco.
Arriving at our AirBnB late on a busy Friday afternoon, The Castro District was buzzing. Commonly known as The Castro, it’s one of the first gay neighbourhoods in the United States and full of personality, great food and a welcoming neighbourhood. It’s also really well positioned for exploring, with the Mission District walking distance away and a main tramline ready to take you directly into the CBD in about 15 minutes.
After our last city jaunt in LA, San Francisco was a welcome change in pace and size. As long as you don’t mind the odd gravity defying hill, San Fransisco is a very walkable city. Its neatly packed streets are filled with colourful homes to uncover, each with their own personality. We quickly felt at home in San Francisco.
Here is a list of some of our highlights:
On holidays the general rule with eating out should be to try a different restaurant every night. With Starbelly it was good enough that we came back twice.
Be prepared to wait for this popular ice cream shop, as lines often stretch around the corner. But no matter what the time, the wait is well worth it. Flavours are inventive and delicious, and the service is fast. My pick: Blue Bottle coffee and salted caramel.
Streets of San Francisco bike tour
We biked around the heart of the city with the ‘The Classic’ tour (highly recommended by our travel buddies Ryan and Jess) which took us on a easy ride to areas of the Mission, Golden Gate Park, Alamo Square, Haight-Ashbury, The Castro and more. Plus a late lunch stop at Super Duper burgers.
Muir woods and wine tour of Sonoma Valley
Despite being absolutely choc full of tourists, Muir Woods (which, according to Mark is otherwise known as the ‘forest moon of Endor‘) is absolutely worth the hour trip out of town. We combined it with a customised wine tour of Sonoma Valley, with stop offs at Fremont Diner (booking ahead is highly recommended) and delicious Bouchon Bakery.
Gravel & Gold
Jess introduced me to this awesome independently owned shop. I fell completely in love with this dress that Jess bought, so I had to get myself one too! (Thanks Jess for letting me be a twinsie with you)
Little paper planes
Well known for it’s online store since 2004, I was quite excited to see its bricks-and-mortar version. This neat little shop on Valencia street in the Mission District is filled with jewellery, books, art prints, home accessories and much more.
It seems we ate tacos in pretty much every city we visited, and were rarely disappointed. A much recommended Mission District hangout.
Also, check out Jess’ recent blog post for some more photos from our time in SF.