Just a few weekends ago, Matt and I took a spontaneous trip up north to San Francisco. Of all the places we have traveled to, we have NEVER gone to SF together. I wanted to go up north to escape the heat because I am OVER IT!!! We both had Friday off, so three day weekend means BYE! We decided to drive up to SF rather than fly, thinking it was going to be a fun and sightseeing view, and we were very wrong about that one. SO, if you’re ever thinking if driving is a good idea coming from SoCal, and that it might be fun and adventurous, think again! It was literally the longest drive of my life, and I’m already not a car person because I get car sick very easily. So to sum it up, travel tip: fly to San Francisco, do not drive.
Since it took us about 7-8 hours to get there, we basically lost an entire day of exploring. So, this blog post isn’t going to be filled with all the things, but we did walk thousands of steps and covered a lot of SF ground.
We stayed at The Marker Hotel near Union Square. So cute and clean! The staff was very accommodating, and we got upgraded to their king suite. Any room upgrade already puts you on my good side! The hotel has free wifi, a cute little lounge area if you needed to do work, read, etc. It’s just a few blocks away from Union Square, and about a good 20-30 minute walk to Fishermans Wharf & Ghirardelli Square.
Other good recommendations for hotel:
• The Clift Hotel – Union Square
• Hotel Spero – Union Square
Places to See
- Union Square – If you want to get that super city feel, rome the busy streets around Union Square. If you forgot to pack something, all the shops are here. There are restaurants all around as well, so you are sure to find a bite to eat here as well!
- Fishermans Wharf – You can’t go to SF and not come to this area. Pick a restaurant (there are a TON) to get your clam chowder bread bowl. Then walk around the area and walk down the pair that is filled with more cute little shops, and desert places.
- Lombard Street – Can be extremely crowded and touristy at times, but it’s definitely a pretty sight of the city! The windy road with cars coming down is a gorgeous sight and makes for a pretty photo opp!
- Painted Ladies – Take a little break from walking around and find a spot on the grass while looking over the painted ladies houses. Channel in your inner ‘Full House’ memories, and relax.
- Fillmore Street – This cute street is filled with little shops. From boutique stores, coffee shops, restaurants, etc.
- If you happen to be doing some fine jewelry shopping, go to Trabert Goldsmith. New wedding bands, engagement rings, treat yo self pieces, etc, this place is TO DIE FOR. I could have walked out with a new ring for every finger!
- Golden Gate Bridge – This was my actual first time driving the famous bridge. It was pretty cool finally driving on this bridge after seeing it on TV thousands of times.
- Good lookout places and photo spots:
- Battery Park
- Kirby Grove Park
- Good lookout places and photo spots:
Places to Eat/Drink
- Uno Dos Tacos – For a more social / causal setting, come here for tacos or burritos! You order and seat yourself, and it can get very crowded because their happy hour is such a good deal. I had 3 tacos, and that was plenty. They aren’t bite size, but they are a decent taco size and if you know me, I can eat, and two tacos was perfect. We had guacamole and another side, so that helped as well
- Snug Cafe – We stumbled upon this little treasure. The decor was filled with greenery and little antique decor, but it was still trendy. It is communal sitting, or you can sit at the bar. We ordered french toast, eggs benedict, a kiwini, and a bloody mary. Everything was delicious, definitely would come back!
- The Grotto – Came here for Matt to have his bread bowl clam chowder, and he was not let down. This restaurant had a beautiful view overlooking the pier and the city. The food was delish, more pricier due to the fancier setting. We did not dress up, you do not need to be done up at all!
- The Crepe House – If you’re in the area driving Polk St., come here! We did not have to wait at all, and it was a very cozy feeling restaurant. They had delicious breakfast, and the best chai latte I think I’ve ever had.
- Doughp – Sweet tooth? Get your edible cookie dough fix here! I bought the cute little mini to-go tubs because I wanted to be able to take it home.
- The Tipsy Pig – So many people told us to eat here for breakfast/lunch/dinner, but we never got around to it! I have gone here for the bar scene and it was a ton of fun. They have the cutest patio in the back too!
• Sweet Maple
• El Techo
• Salt & Straw
• Trattoria Contadina
Instagram Worthy Spots
There is honestly endless corners and streets in SF that are photo worthy, so this is just a SMALL list! I didn’t really base this trip off instagrammable spots, so my list may not even be the best, but here you go!
• Golden Gate Bridge – Go to Battery Spencer. Other side of the bridge but worth it if you can get a parking spot! Kirby Cove is good too! It’s the spot for the Swing picture 😉
• Mission District – Really cute to walk around and see the different colored homes and architecture. I love the Victorian style homes, and these streets are covered!
• Union Street – Hustle and bustle but there are cute little shops all around.
• The Painted Ladies – You have to!
• Lombard Street – Super crowded, but it’s worth the view to stop really quick!
I hope my 3 day city guide in San Francisco will help you on your next stay! If you love city vibes, this is the perfect little getaway. There is so much you can do, eat, and see! Three days is plenty enough! Please leave comments below on your favorite things to do in San Francisco! I plan to come back, so I would love a list of new things on my next visit!