We set away from Big Sur towards San Francisco, filled with the biggest breakfast in Deetjens and ended for a stroll on the beautifully wild Pfeiffer Beach, with real purple sand no longer. W decided not to stop at Carmel and Monterey this time as we had been trying hard to live by the ‘do something well rather than several areas not that well’. attitude. We wanted to get to San Francisco before dark so that we parked plenty of those stops along the road for second time. Following a disappointing sandwich and mad wait in Santa Cruz, (when we did it we would have stopped for lunch at Monterey or Carmel instead of Santa Cruz) we well pulling into San Francisco because the sun was setting. A good friend of mine told me the key to decreasing in love with San Francisco was preventing the internal city touristy bits and moving between the different neighbourhoods and suburbs to truly get a sense of what lifestyle om San Francisco is like. I chose to remain in a small resort named Hotel Drisco at Pacific Heights which is basically the Notting Hill of San Francisco, the kind of roads we all imagine after films such as Mrs Doubtfire. Think big, lovely homes with turreted corners along with long, steep roads with views on the high rise ocean and city on the opposite side of town. Hotel Drisco looked like a relatively stress-free driveway in and outside of town, also it’s place was smack bang in the middle of all of the things I had in our hit list. Quiet, beautifully clean and also a lovely old world charm into it, we loved Hotel Drisco’s location (nothing was a 15 minute uber from our door), massive bedrooms and the light-filled marble baths with heated flooring. We arrived, flopped and caught up on admin prior to getting ready for dinner and drinks, both of which were less than a 10 minute walk from our door.
I’Id heard type of mixed things about San Francisco, a few folks loved it and others weren’t it at all. I kind of love areas I get this kind of comments on because it means I go into it with a totally blank background and no expectations (aside from the food scene that I’Id heard was amazing in San Francisco). If you know my website from now, you’ll know I’ve invested a fair amount of time at L.A and love, adore, adore this light-filled, palm-lined, cinematic city, so that I ’d virtually ready myself to be firmly in the L.A fans camp instead of the San Francisco camp. People today say it’s among those more European-feeling towns in America so perhaps this had something to do with why I really connected to it. Contrary to L.A, there’therefore a buzz and energy to the streets like New York. Folks spill out of bars and restaurants, commuters walk home in the office and you will find village-like clusters of stores and cafes at least every other block. By brunch from the mission into fish tacos from the shore in Outer Sunsetwe managed to cram a tonne in to our only entire day in San Francisco and fell increasingly more in love with town together with each new neighbourhood. San Francisco is cool in a completely different way to L.A. It’s ’s comfy, easy going and also a bit grungy. It’s not black and white of course, there are two fashions in both towns, however San Francisco as a whole certainly felt overall more free-spirited and creative compared to L.A does, to the surface at least.
- Breakfast at Tartine Manufactory. The pastries and baked products are all made straight in front of you (particularly in the event you catch a seat at the counter) and various tartines (things on toast basically) are delicious.
- Walk around the mission and down Valencia Street. We delve right into San Francisco chocolate shop Dandelion, random vintage stores and book shops and now also there ’therefore a Reformation there also.
- Check out a number of the assignment ’s road art and murals down streets like Balmy Alley and Clarion Alley. I’m not normally into murals like this but the political and social messages some of the artists figure out how to depict through their job are super interesting and evocative.
- Wander around the shops at Hayes Valley (Welcome Stranger is a great shop for guys), there’s an Away store if you’ve shopped so much you want another instance and an remarkable vintage store with lots of beautiful independent brands known as Reliquary. All the fish is caught, local and fresh. The food has been epic and as always everything is family-style so no food envy needed.
- Wander throughout the ferry building for heaps of local food artisans, homeware stores and gift-y items.
- Take a carbohydrate feast in renowned pasta place Flour + Water. Amazing flavours and the parts are just right.
May ’t wait till the next time that I ’m blessed to return to SF. It truly is the coolest place.
All photographs my very own.