You’ll know from Instagram, that we decided on the spontaneous getaway weekend to San Francisco to celebrate Craig’s birthday. Here are some of our favourites from our trip that we highly suggest you include on your next visit to the Bay area!
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Where To Stay in San Francisco?
I must admit, deciding what area to stay in when visiting San Francisco was the most stressful of the travel planning. The best areas to stay in the city for tourists are Union Square and Fisherman’s Wharf. I think Fisherman’s Wharf is ideal because you are right on the water. Union Square is a convenient place to stay because it’s a transport hub and all the retailers are located in the area. We stayed right outside Union Square in Mid-Market. You can also find out about other areas here.
Checking into the Proper Hotel:
In all the chaos of last minute planning, I booked this hotel by mistake! II had been eyeing it because it looked amazing online, but eventually decided against it because of the reviews mentioning the surrounding bad area. Well, my exam-brain overworked with juggling work, the blog and planning an amazing birthday weekend Craig ended with me booking the wrong hotel.
I was actually supposed to book Hotel Zetta but I’m actually SO glad I didn’t — it all worked out for the best. I am not going to spill too many beans about this gorgeous hotel now, because I have detailed blog coming soon! But I will say, they definitely spoilt us with bubbly to celebrate Craig’s big 32.
Things to do in San Francisco:
The Painted Ladies:
We had to swing by to see the famous Painted Ladies — a group of colourful Victorian houses across from the Alamo Square Park — to snag a picture of course. But there wasn’t much else to do around the Park so wet set off in search of coffee only to stumble upon the Mill a few streets down. We managed to our fight our way through the crowds to a table to eat our hipster toasts and flat whites.
Golden Gate Bridge:
We couldn’t miss out on seeing the iconic Golden Gate Bridge up close. We took the longe route, walking along the path that starts at Presidio. And upon reaching the Bridge area, I am very glad we chose not to cycle the path. The wind howled and every time a biker stopped to take a photo, they did a very awkward dance to juggle camera, bike and their balance.
Ferry Building Market:
Thank goodness for this place. I HAD THE FIRST CROISSANT I’VE HAD IN YEARS! If you’re Gluten Free, head straight to this bakery inside the building and buy all the baked goods you can get. No joke, I was contemplating filling a bag to bring home but wasn’t sure how that would go down in customs. But besides that, markets are my jam! And they have a Farmer’s Market on a Saturday that has the place buzzing.
One of the benefits of staying at our hotel meant we skipped the line and ended two of our days at the rooftop bar, Charmaine’s, enjoying bright pink cocktails. The only reason we didn’t end our third night there was because we might have gone too hard on the second night. This place is buzzing and is not to be missed! Tip: Get there early, you’ll struggle to find a seat if you get there too late.
Where To Eat:
Brunch at the Hotel:
We woke up to a pounding hangover post Friday night at the Rooftop Bar — serves us right for partying like we’re in our twenties (except I am). So, we couldn’t venture too far for breakfast. Lucky for us, breakfast downstairs at Villon was amazing! Besides the decor being Instagram-worthy (you’ll see it featured on all the SF cool kids’ feeds), but the service, the food and the vibe is even better. They were only too happy to keep us hydrated, feed well and caffeinated up before sending us on our way to sightsee with some local tips.
Brunch at Marlowe:
Our last meal and activity of our San Fran Trip was brunch at this cute little cafe called Marlowe. Craig got to #treathimself with donuts because it was his birthday, while I settled for an omelette (mainly because they didn’t have too many GF options). But the space was super cute even Joanna Gaines would have loved the farm-inspired decor. It made for a pretty cute backdrop with bae (below) on his 32nd, while also celebrating our 2nd year of marriage (which is 3 days after his birthday). We don’t get too many photos together, but isn’t it a cute one?!
Dinner at Rich Table:
Both dinners were fabulous, but I do think I prefer the casual eatery, Rich Table. The food is out of this world, the service — perfect, and the vibe — cosy. This is date night perfection! And boy is it busy. I had to book in advance and settled for a rather late sitting because I figured it might be worth it — it was!
Dinner at Nightbird:
Nightbird was a set menu of small bites — all delicious! But I loved how they used combinations of foods and flavours we would have never had thought of. The only thing — it is pricey, so make sure you will enjoy it, or save it for a special night.
For now! We obviously have so much more to see but we have loved all our visit to the sunny state including this visit to LA. San Diego and a trip back to the SF area to head off to Napa Valley and Sonoma Wine Country is on our agenda. How about yours?!
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