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!

The Mission

Very diverse neighborhood and hipster hangout, with lots of amazing food. Tons of taquerias, cool boutiques, and our favorite park: it’s all here.

A photo by Carli Jeen. unsplash.com/photos/UWRqlJcDCXA caffeineRitual 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 Barrelcaffeine: 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 Delfinafood-%22tasty%22-category-icon: 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

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Dolores Park:things-to-do-category-icon 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

Tartinefood-%22tasty%22-category-icon: Best bakery and patisserie in the Mission. Serves delicious breads, cakes, tartes and sandwiches, also super close to Dolores park. 600 Guerrero Street

 

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Bi-Ritefood-%22tasty%22-category-icon: 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 Slocombefood-%22tasty%22-category-icon: 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

food-%22tasty%22-category-iconTaqueria 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 Palmafood-%22tasty%22-category-icon: 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

 

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El Farrolito:food-%22tasty%22-category-icon More tasty tacos, burritos, and quesadillas.  2779 Mission Street

 

Flour + Water:food-%22tasty%22-category-icon 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 Kettlebar-%22fun%22-category-icon: Beer, fries. Done. 3141 16th Street

Union Square

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.

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 SoMa 

South of Market – cool, newish neighborhood, industrial feel, with chic bars and restaurants.

Bloodhoundbar-%22fun%22-category-icon: Great craft beer and cocktail selection, hunting lodge inspired interior design and good music. 1145 Folsom Street

 

Marlowebar-%22fun%22-category-icon: New american, bistro & burgers. Nice ambience for lunch and dinner. 500 Brannan Street

 

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The Embarcadero

Stunning view of the bay bridge, nice jogging / walking route and a great one-stop for delicatessen in the Ferry Building.

Ferry Building Marketplaceretail therapy: Great place for lunch, food inspirations and souvenirs that don’t suck. 1 Ferry Bldg

 

stocksnap_2da5sjt6ttMarina / 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.

things-to-do-category-iconPalace of Fine Arts: Beautiful monument, reminiscent of a Roman ruin, was built in the 1900s and still relevant today. 3301 Lyon Street

 

Tipsy Pig:bar-%22fun%22-category-icon 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

Castro

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:bar-%22fun%22-category-icon 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:food-%22tasty%22-category-icon 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 Skincarelooking-good-category-icon Want brows like Cara? Anyone interested in threading, Bebe is very friendly and professional.

North Beach

Lots of restaurants as well as famous hangouts of Jack Kerouac and the Beat generation. A piece of history.

photo-1456418047667-56bcd35b1a88Park Tavern:food-%22tasty%22-category-icon 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

Haight-Ashbury

This is where it all started, the summer of love, definitely still a hippie vibe in this neighborhood.

The Alembicbar-%22fun%22-category-icon: 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:food-%22tasty%22-category-icon 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:food-%22tasty%22-category-icon Authentic and very delicious. Try the Papaya Salad and feel free to adjust your spice comfort level. 730 Larkin Street

 

photo-1470338745628-171cf53de3a8Bourbon & Branch:bar-%22fun%22-category-icon 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:things-to-do-category-icon  SF classic and obvious destination you should check out, with museums and attractions within the park.

 

Stern Grove Festival:things-to-do-category-icon 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.

Wine Country

photo-1422748733255-ee572fddeab0I 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).

Artesabar-%22fun%22-category-icon: The most beautiful panoramic views, one of the loveliest wineries in Napa. 1345 Henry Rd, Napa, CA94559

 

Domaine Carneros:bar-%22fun%22-category-icon Another beautiful estate, focus here lies on on bubbly. 1240 Duhig Rd, Napa, CA 94559

 

Francis Ford Coppolabar-%22fun%22-category-icon: 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

things-to-do-category-iconSausalito: 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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