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.
Smitten – The 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
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. Just down the street is also Coqueta, a great tapas restaurant with incredible cocktails.
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, but I prefer to watch dogs though.