Postcards From Pacific Heights in San Francisco


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My goal for this last visit to San Francisco was to really explore my neighborhood of where I was staying. I was only in town anyway for a little over 48 hours so not much time to go all around town. I stayed at The Laurel Inn and had scheduled several meetings, lunches and even a workout, all within walking distance of my hotel. Ha fun fact, I never made it to my workout…. There’s a SoulCycle in Pacific Heights and I’ve been dying to try this class. Maybe next time.

Pacific Heights also borders Presidio Heights where my hotel was. Everything’s super walkable and I did venture a bit to Cow Hollow where a few recommended spots are.  It’s all pretty close to one another and I really did walk most of the time. And I wore these sandals that actually survived 5 miles of walking on my first day.  If you’re heading to San Francisco I definitely recommend staying within this area for all the great restaurants, posh stores and great views. 

One of my most favorite things about San Francisco are all the succulents. They’re literally EVERYWHERE and gigantic. The amount of flowers in bloom while I was there was pretty incredible as well. There were bougainvillea which as you may remember, is my absolute favorite after discovering it in Greece.

Oh just a charming front door and garage door on my walk home. The city was full of gorgeous blooms, I kept stopping to photograph everything.


WHERE TO EAT & GRAB COFFEE

Jane – Healthy salads, sandwiches and great coffee. Guilty, I went here twice.

Flores – One of the best mexican meals & margaritas I’ve ever had. 

SmittenThe best ice cream period. They make it right in front of you with nitrogen. So fun!

Salt + Straw – Not as good as Smitten, but still delicious. I had to give it a try as it literally opened the day I was there.

The Grove – Great for a little happy hour. Sit on the sidewalk and take in the people watching.

As Quoted – A very white and brass coffee shop (all heart eyes). Food and coffee were great.

Wrecking Ball Coffee – Popular for their pineapple wallpaper, this spot had delicious iced coffee. Super minimal menu.

Dorian – Never had a chance to make it in here as they were closed for a private event, but the menu looked great and came highly recommended by a friend. We did peek in at what everyone was eating and it looked so good.


The stunning all white and brass As Quoted.


WHERE TO STAY

 

 

The Laurel Inn

I worked with The Laurel Inn on this visit to stay at their hotel. It was an adorable boutique hotel with huge rooms. I mean, massive. Considering San Francisco real estate is so expensive, I was shocked when I walked into my room to see a small kitchenette, large room and great view. It’s all very Johnathan Adler (even had his beauty products!) and I was obsessed with the bathroom.

In the lobby every morning they offer pastries and coffee. And throughout the day they’re always serving freshly baked cookies from a local bakery. It smelled heavenly when you would walk in from the cold.

If cookies aren’t you thing (then we can’t be friends) but you’d rather a cocktail, they have a fun bar called Swank that’s just as stylish as the rooms.



THINGS TO DO

 

 

There’s a few things to do in Pacific Heights like visit Alta Plaza Park for incredible views, shop at Browser Books, or visit Clay Theatre. I highly recommend a few other musts in San Francisco though that may require you to grab a Lyft (because you’d be a fool to use Uber in SF).

Chinatown – We ate at Z & Y, which is apparently the Obama’s favorite spot.

Ferry Building – You may remember from this post how much I loved this place. Go for the farmers market and definitely eat at Hog Island.

Painted Ladies – Not far from Pac Heights, a must see if you’re in the area.

Lombard Street – Famous winding road, the houses are adorable here.

Dolores Park – Grab a sandwich from Cafe Dolores and have a picnic while watching the locals play with their dogs. Or bring a frisbee, I prefer to watch dogs though.


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    Comments

    Laura Leigh

    That succulents photo is everything! Also a hotel that serves cookies all day, sign me up!

    xo Laura Leigh
    http://www.louellareese.com

      Jessica

      They were SUCH good cookies too. I may have taken a few for the road.

    Jessica

    Pacific Heights looks like the cutest little neighborhood. I love San Francisco and how each neighborhood has its own character and charm!
    xo Jessica
    http://www.whatsfordinneresq.com

    Diana Pearl

    I love SF! It’s such a pretty city and I love how you captured it here, with all the flowers! Glad you had a lovely trip.

    x Diana // Pearl Girl

    Laura @ Walking in Memphis in High Heels

    So many cute places! I bet you had such a great trip. I can’t wait to visit next year!

      Jessica

      I loved it minus the terribly cold weather that week!

    Rachel

    Such pretty pictures! I’ve never been to San Fransisco but I’m dying to go!

    Rachel / http://www.helloher.co

      Jessica

      Highly recommend visiting. It’s such a fun city and has a good mix of tourist stuff but also feels like you’re a local too.

    Amanda | The Golden Girl Diary

    Love these photos! Looks like a fun place to visit.

    xo, Amanda | http://www.thegoldengirldiary.com

    Stephanie

    Uhhh oh, I’m getting the travel bug again. I want to go on an adventure here and see all these pretty places for myself. Can I just teleport into your photos please?

    Maggie

    The all the curb appeal! just inspiration!

    Dawn

    Omg how cute! I can’t wait to take a trip out there!

    Nicole Leffew

    Wow! You’re making me want to take a trip here. Everything is so pretty and the food sounds so good!

    Annie

    Love all your pics! So gorgeous! I’ve been dying to visit San Francisco.

    Olivia

    Oh my gosh this makes me want to go back to San Francisco so badly! It’s just such a fun, gorgeous city!

    sara

    so cute! loving these tips

    Amy

    I’m heading to San Fran in July, your post is super helpful with tips while getting me more excited about my trip.

    Rachel

    I am dying to visit San Fran! I’ve never been but definitely need to plan a trip. The hotel you stayed in looks super cute!

    xo Rachel – To Hell in a Handbag

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