Left my heart in San Francisco
It’s no secret, that I have a special place for San Francisco in my heart. It has so much character, lots of outdoor activities for sporty types, Napa and Sonoma nearby (this is where you’ll find me), and most importantly lots of delicious food.
Without further ado, the much awaited San Francisco PLAYLIST, which in our world means: curated list of things to do, eat, shop or see. By no means comprehensive, these are some of our favorites in SF – not touristy, for friends, by friends. Hope you enjoy!
Very diverse neighborhood and hipster hangout, with lots of amazing food. Tons of taquerias, cool boutiques, and our favorite park: it’s all here.
Ritual Coffee Roasters: Start your day right, with great coffee. Before I even realized how delicious pour-over coffee could be, these guys were already perfecting the method. It’s a nice coffee shop to hang out with friends, read a book or work on your laptop. Huge minimalist open space, lots of hipsters, man-buns and light-medium roasted coffee, which they roast themselves. 1026 Valencia Street
Four Barrel: Equally hipsteresque and competent coffee roasters. Lovely setting, slightly more expensive than the already expensive Ritual, but so worth it, if you love good purist coffee. 375 Valencia Street
Pizzeria Delfina: Cozy little Italian restaurant with some of the best pizza in town. Next to it, is the slightly fancier version called Delfina. For a night out with friends, we prefer this place. 3611 18th Street
Dolores Park: Our favorite outdoor hangout in the summer. Meet up with friends, drink a cold beer, eat some food and enjoy this lovely spot. Lots of great restaurants nearby, hipsters, and palm trees. My love for palm trees remains unmatched. 19th St & Dolores Street
Tartine: Best bakery and patisserie in the Mission. Serves delicious breads, cakes, tartes and sandwiches, also super close to Dolores park. 600 Guerrero Street
Bi-Rite: After or before your park visit head over to this delcious ice-creamery. Our favorite flavors are salted caramel and lavender. Don’t be surprised, if there’s a long line around the block, it’s very popular and worth the wait. 3692 18th Street
Humphry Slocombe: Equally delicious, with most unique ice cream flavors, including: secret breakfast, bacon (yes, you read that right), Harvey Milk & Honey, and Elvis. Bizarrely delicious. Two locations, one in the Mission, one in the Ferry Building. 2790A Harrison Street
Taqueria Cancun: ok, ok, ok…I know what you’re about to say. Not the most beautiful of settings – but we don’t care, this place has tasty burritos and guacamole. Perfect for a late (real late) night snack. 2288 Mission Street
La Palma: The best guacamole in SF. Handmade tortillas. Absolutely amazing. This is not the nicest part of the Mission, but totally worth the visit during the day. 2884 24th Street
El Farrolito: More tasty tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. 2779 Mission Street
Flour + Water: Beautiful restaurant for a nice romantic dinner, serving delicious Italian food. Reservation is a must, as it’s very popular and usually booked. 2401 Harrison Street
The Monk’s Kettle: Beer, fries. Done. 3141 16th Street
Shopping central, the „downtown“ of San Fran where you’ll find Macy’s, the Westfield mall, Niketown and Sephora, just to name a few. A one-stop, all-american shopping experience.
South of Market – cool, newish neighborhood, industrial feel, with chic bars and restaurants.
Bloodhound: Great craft beer and cocktail selection, hunting lodge inspired interior design and good music. 1145 Folsom Street
Marlowe: New american, bistro & burgers. Nice ambience for lunch and dinner. 500 Brannan Street
Stunning view of the bay bridge, nice jogging / walking route and a great one-stop for delicatessen in the Ferry Building.
Ferry Building Marketplace: Great place for lunch, food inspirations and souvenirs that don’t suck. 1 Ferry Bldg
Marina / Cow Hollow
Lovely neighborhood next to the bay, great views and pretty park. If San Fran were a high school, this is where the preppy kids would sit. On Union Street, there are lots of cute boutiques to explore.
Palace of Fine Arts: Beautiful monument, reminiscent of a Roman ruin, was built in the 1900s and still relevant today. 3301 Lyon Street
Tipsy Pig: Cool gastropub, worth a visit, if you’re in the Marina. Clientele can be a bit fratty (I mentioned the preppy high school thing before, right?) but it’s good for a drink or brunch. They also have a nice outdoor patio back. 2231 Chestnut Street
This is where it all started, Harvey Milk and the 70s. Though all of SF is gay friendly, this is the official LGBT neighborhood, with tons of cool bars and restaurants.
Last Call: Cool Irish pub, 80s soundtrack and friendly bartenders. 3988 18th Street
Pacific Heights (aka Pac Heights)
Very pretty neighborhood with elegant houses, lovely (uphill) strolls. This is where I want to live when I grow up.
Dosa: Excellent south indian food with a lovely ambience. Dosa, a type of savory crepe, is their specialty but everything here tastes amazing. For our Europeans, this is a must, difficult to get food like this in Europe. 1700 Fillmore Street
Japantown: Right next door to Pac Heights, a pretty stroll down Fillmore – small, but worth a visit.
Bebe Skincare Want brows like Cara? Anyone interested in threading, Bebe is very friendly and professional.
Lots of restaurants as well as famous hangouts of Jack Kerouac and the Beat generation. A piece of history.
Park Tavern: New american bistro. Delicious cocktails and food (try the burgers and deviled eggs). Great place to catch up with a friend, also great for brunch. 1652 Stockton Street
This is where it all started, the summer of love, definitely still a hippie vibe in this neighborhood.
The Alembic: Another cool bar with handcrafted cocktails, tasty bar menu and cozy ambience. 1725 Haight Street
A word about the Civic Center / Tenderloin neighborhood – we don’t advise friends to actively hang out here alone late at night, as it’s not a great neighborhood. However, it happens to have delicious restaurants to try, and common sense will go a long way in any city you’re in.
Brenda’s French Soul Food: Delicious creole-french inspired brunch, huge portions and relatively long waits on weekends. Beignets, Andouille sausage, shrimp & grits, pulled pork make it taste and feel like you’re in New Orleans.
652 Polk Street
Lers Ros Thai: Authentic and very delicious. Try the Papaya Salad and feel free to adjust your spice comfort level. 730 Larkin Street
Bourbon & Branch: Speakeasy with 1920s theme, a „hidden bar“ where you make a reservation online and need a password to get in. Well crafted cocktails with a vast selection. Cozy, dark and worth a visit. 501 Jones Street
Last but definitely not least:
Golden Gate Park: SF classic and obvious destination you should check out, with museums and attractions within the park.
Stern Grove Festival: Such a cool summer (June-August), outdoor music festival – and unlike most things in life, it’s free. Go enjoy and donate some $, so they can keep providing this amazing event.
I have to admit, I get a little mad when friends visit SF without checking out Sonoma or Napa, or better yet both. No pressure (but just go).
Artesa: The most beautiful panoramic views, one of the loveliest wineries in Napa. 1345 Henry Rd, Napa, CA94559
Domaine Carneros: Another beautiful estate, focus here lies on on bubbly. 1240 Duhig Rd, Napa, CA 94559
Francis Ford Coppola: Wine & film go hand in hand at this cool winery, as the name states by none other than Mr. Coppola himself. Fans of the Godfather movies or other classics will take delight with a gallery originals from the sets. A nice outdoor pool and dining area completes this unique experience. 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville, CA 95441
Sausalito: Cute little city cross San Francisco, can be reached by ferry which you can take right from the Embarcadero. It’s a lovely place with galleries along a pretty marina, perfect just to take a stroll with a view of San Francisco or get a bite to eat. If you take your mom or mother in-law, we’re sure she’ll like it too.
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