guide to san francisco

both of us grew up visiting and loving
this city, then we got engaged in this city,
then we moved here and live in the center of it.
it’s safe to say our hearts are in san francisco! as there are so many things to do in San Francisco, we thought we should put together a little guide about what you should do and check out if you ever find yourself in this lovely city. you won’t be disappointed. Everyone knows how much I love living here but I must admit the process of buying a home in San Francisco can be really frustrating. Remember to always get a home inspection from somewhere like when you are settled on a home in the area. If you’re not sure about moving straight away, you don’t have to! There are so many options in this great city. You could stay in a hotel for a few days or even check out san francisco extended stay rentals instead. The options are endless!!!

here is our little guide to some
favorite eats, treats, & sights..

the list could go on and on, so there
are some other helpful links sprinkled
in here … but this gives you an idea!

• brunch •

farm : table
hands down my favorite breakfast in the city. it’s a tiny walk-up with a fresh, incredible menu that changes weekly depending on what’s in season. you simply cannot go wrong! follow them on twitter @farmtable to see their menu!

mama’s this place has the LONGEST lines, and many people decide not to wait…i have had some terribly long waits, but let me tell you one thing…the wait is ALWAYS worth it. french toast + eggs benedict + monte cristo sandwich = happy stomach. but i’m serious, prepare for the wait. hours long. or, go in the afternoon around 2 PM and it’s empty.

another good breakfast spot! this place is in the tenderloin {not the best area}, but that makes it a hidden gem. it is such good breakfast and VERY popular, as you’ll see from the lines. go early! ..and get the specials.

this is our local breakfast tip since it’s right in our neighborhood around the corner, and AMAZING. if you’re more interested in a local spot, it’s worth eating here! there is a line each weekend, but nothing compared to mama’s or dottie’s {mentioned above.} this is your place for a laid back, fun place to have brunch…try to sit out on the sidewalk! go for all kinds of eggs benedicts, and unique items like blueberry soufflé pancakes…AKA the best thing i’ve had this year! my-oh-my, we love it. :)

flour & co.
this is the most darling little SF bakery also right by us. they use all natural ingredients and come up with some of the best food. for example: banana + nutella pop tart. hello, yes please! pretzel breakfast sandwiches are a win, and all of their treats are divine. they always have something new. we love this neighborhood spot!

boulette’s larder
go here — get the warm morning bun — have your morning made — return again and again. simple as that!

brenda’s french soul food
one word: beignets. come here for the best. get the basic and the chocolate filled…maybe the apple cinnamon too, why not! this has a new orleans influence and some of the best fried chicken eggs benedict you can find…yes you heard me right! also watch for their specials like sweet potato pancakes. you will never leave brenda’s hungry! prepare for a line.

• lunch •
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blue barn gourmet
this is a fresh, darling, delicious place with huge amazing salads. they also have really good warm sandos, so don’t be afraid to go hungry. i love the detox salad + the beet salad. perfect for a girls lunch. it’s also in the best locations … the original is on one of my favorite streets in the city, chestnut street.. and the new one is on polk street.

la boulange bakery
a little bit of paris right in SF! my favorite french cafe in the city..their soups, salads, and sandwiches {croque monsieur} + desserts are fab. there are all different locations through the city, but each one feels like a true french bakery on its own. we love the hayes valley location, but the pine street location is the original and you can attend baker’s dinners there.

boudin bakery
this place may be cliché, but it’s cliché for a reason. best sourdough bread in town..go to the location on fisherman’s wharf, because there is a little museum upstairs all about san francisco. you get samples, learn about the city, and get to see the sourdough bread factory. love! it’s one of the only worthwhile things to do down by the touristy wharf!

liguria bakery
i am borderline obsessed with this place. right in washington square in the heart of little italy (and across from mama’s), this bakery has been around since the city began. fresh authentic foccacia bread is made in all different flavors, then wrapped up in brown paper and tied up with string…literally. i feel like i’m living in italy whenever i leave here! pick this up for a dinner party, or to take home!

this place is really fun and i love the style, and the gourmet tacos are b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l. seriously they are works of art. we like the place, but i always leave feeling a little hungry because the servings are small and they add up. so go for a light lunch! there are a few locations through the city.

señor sisig food truck
you have to wait in this long line at least once. the sisig tacos with cilantro cream sauce are the tastiest menu item and perfect if you’re wanting something lighter •• however- if you’re hungry and going for the big leagues, you get the california sisig burrito. it has FRIES in it. and avocado. and sour cream. and shredded cheese. and amazing pork. and pico de gallo. just dream about that.

mocca on maiden lane
this tiny alleyway has the cutest restaurant in the middle of it with lights and darling tables…it feels like europe! you walk through the line and MAKE SURE to order the tri-tip sandwich. it’s a winner! (right off union square)

• dinner •

foreign cinema
this place is absolutely incredible. eating here is like a scene from a movie..the restaurant is so pretty, with streams of twinkly lights overhead and a great atmosphere. the food is on another level — so fresh that the menu is changing daily. it’s so incredible and the brunch is top notch too. it’s in the mission so a little ways from downtown, but it’s so san francisco. brunch or dinner here.

pizzeria delfina
a favorite with locals…really good authentic pizza. stay simple here, i like their basic pizzas better than the more adventurous flavors. also get brussels sprouts as an appetizer of course! their sister restaurant –delfina– is next door. it’s incredible and a little more high end.

the cliff house
perfection in a restaurant. this place is special. out at lands end overlooking ocean beach, and literally over the cliffs. go for a special occasion, order the lobster roll + salmon, and be happy.

tony’s pizza
the. best. this little italy pizzeria is one of the only authentic italian places with food to deserve the neighborhood. it’s always crowded, but worth the wait for that margherita pizza + new yorker pizza. they only make 73 of the famous margerita pizzas each day, so go early if you want one!

lers ros thai
our favorite thai we’ve had in the city so far. i love the upscale feel and the presentation here.

allegro romano
this is the place for authentic italian pasta in nob hill. it’s an establishment. you will get first class treatment from the chef who lives in the apartment above his restaurant and truly puts heart & soul into this place. many famous people have dined here, but it still feels local and authentic. get reservations if you go!

slanted door
my dad and i discovered this place so many years ago on one of our daddy-daughter trips to san francisco, and i’ve loved it ever since. it’s right on the embarcadero outside of the ferry building facing the bay. it’s a gorgeous setting and really unique modern vietnamese food…i don’t think i had ever tried vietnamese food before this, but trust me– it’s amazing here. this place is high end and good for a meeting or a fancy lunch/dinner on the water!

gioia pizzeria
this is a more gourmet, local, farm-to-table pizza place centered around fresh ingredients and the best flavor combinations. be sure to try their zucca ricotta pizza, best i have ever had. the menu changes so expect that! perfect setting and ambience on polk street! more here.

fondue cowboy
this is a unique place that reflects why i love san francisco. where else can you find incredible fondue with an american influence? it’s the coziest little spot and the salads + fondue are KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF. the owner is the nicest guy and old western movies play on the wall while you eat incredible fondue with every dipping side you can think of.

this restaurant is another one that represents san francisco’s uniqueness. it’s great pizza, and it’s an all-deaf operated restaurant. the owners are deaf and they employ all deaf or hard-of-hearing employees. it’s really special and a unique experience that we love!

thai cooking with sunshine
if you’re looking for some of the very best thai food in the city AND an experience, book a night with sunshine for her famous thai cooking classes. she hosts them in her home which is a former church that they bought and redid. it’s incredible. her thai food is flawless and you get to learn to make it at the same time! see more here.

little star pizza
this deep dish pizza spot is really popular. definitely get the garlic bread..the best.

china live
best spot in chinatown for amazing food and setting!

nick’s crispy tacos
if you’re in the city on a tuesday night, come here for taco tuesday! or come here any night for some of the yummiest fish tacos. make sure to get them “nick’s way,” and get the guac + chips appetizer..also agua fresca or horchata. *nick’s is inside of rouge, which is a nightclub. depending on when you go, it can be loud but it’s a fun atmosphere – work your way to the back to get tacos!

papito west
come here for organic, fresh mexican. if you love mexican food, papito is DEFINITELY worth visiting with their handmade guacamole appetizer, FAJITAS, and tacos…and don’t forget the churros at the end! it’s nice to sit down for a nicer mexican meal and the freshness of ingredients is noticeable.

ala romana
this is the sister restaurant of allegro romano, and is a darling, local, authentic restaurant right in nob hill. it has a great feel and some unique italian food with some south american influence from the chef. the pizza is so good with a different style crust that i’ve never had before! there are always great specials and a big emphasis on quality.

sears fine food
this may not be the most unique food, but it’s comfort food and it’s a classic in union square. go in for the famous 18 swedish pancakes stacked on a plate…even for dinner! it’s old school and fun right in union square.

• treats •

twirl & dip
soft serve ice cream, perfected. track this ice cream truck down in golden gate park if it’s the last thing you do. think: organic vanilla bean soft serve, dipped in dark chocolate with sea salt sprinkles in a hand rolled sugar cone. it’s everything. it’s completely 5 stars, knock-your-socks-off goodness. you HAVE to go here! *be sure to check their twitter to make sure they are in GG park!

tartine bakery
this is a little bakery with yummy food, and even better treats. the coconut cream tart is a winner, and so is the BREAD PUDDING! for breakfast, anything wins.

you really should do your best to stop in here for their amazing, warm, fresh baked cookies filled in with any ice cream flavor you’d like. that’s right, heaven. worth the line!

chile pies & ice cream
the cutest old fashioned pie shop..the best part? the PIE SHAKES…a slice of any pie blended with milk and any kind of ice cream. it may sounds weird, but everyone loves them!

bob’s donut shop
i am not even a donut fan and i love this place. our friends first took us here for a late night donut run {open 24 hrs} and these donuts are done right. now it’s our staple. made fresh from scratch, and all amazing. get whatever’s warm!!

creme brulee cart
if you do one thing, TRACK THIS CART DOWN. they are usually at fort mason off the grid on friday nights, and one bite = heaven. i am not kidding, it’s absolutely melt-in-your-mouth incredible creme brulee. i love all the different seasonal flavors!

miette patisserie
this darling bakery is definitely one of my favorite places in san francisco. there are a few locations, but the hayes valley one is the best. the macarons, chocolate covered gummy bears, and homemade caramels are my favorites. this place is a treat for the eyes and for the tastebuds! *you can buy their cookbook or take classes here as well!*

golden gate bakery
i would never have noticed this place on my own in chinatown, but i am so glad i was tipped off about it. it is just a little bakery right on bustling grant avenue in the heart of chinatown, but it has the greatest treats on earth..the homemade egg tarts. GO GET THEM! they are our favorite. . . sometimes they are randomly closed, but if they are open you’ll see the line!

bi-rite ice cream
safe to say that the hour long line outside this place is worth it when you get your first taste…homemade flavors like roasted banana, salted caramel, honey lavendar, ricaneles, toasted coconut…the list could go on but my mouth is already watering. go on a warm afternoon and sit in dolores park after while you eat it! yum. *if the line is long, walk across the street and down to bi-rite market to get a pint and take in the cutest grocery store ever!

beard papa
an entire shop full of freshly made, giant cream puffs. life doesn’t get much better. get the cocoa cream puff filled with vanilla cream. die and go to heaven!!

the loving cup
i love this place with homemade rice pudding and homemade, amazing flavors of froyo with toppings folded right in..such a darling shop, and yummy!

smitten ice cream
homemade ice cream…literally they make it right there as you order! salted caramel and dark choc are to die for, and the best part is knowing exactly what goes into them! the texture is amazing.

batter bakery
this is the CUTEST bakery on polk with unique, yummy treats. it feels very personal. go here to pick up cookies for a holiday–they always have the most festive things! everything tastes so homemade yet gourmet all at once.

dandelion chocolate
this chocolate factory and shop in the mission is really unique with all different types from countries all over the world. some are crazy! go sample some and get a frozen hot chocolate.

over the moon
another cookie-ice cream sandwich shop with unique flavor pairings. the location on chestnut street is ideal after a yummy lunch or dinner nearby!

sift dessert bar
this is one of my favorite little local shops filled with sweets you’ve never even dreamed of. it’s all pink and all darling.

mission pie
fun little pie shop if you’re in the mission. the flavors change seasonally, so get a special!

fiona’s sweetshoppe
cutest candy shop…but whether you like candy or not, this place is a feast for the eyes. tiny, magical place!

fortune cookie factory
this is a little hidden fortune cookie factory. fun fact: fortune cookies were actually invented in SF, not china! this place is a fun way to see how they are made, and you can sample a few. you can also write your own fortunes and order some to be made with them inside! it is on ross alley, right off of jackson street in chinatown. it hasn’t changed!

schulzie’s bread pudding
we love bread pudding and this place is cute and very unique right in hayes valley. it’s fun to sample them all! get the classic warm…mmm!

lastly, don’t forget other san francisco food staples like…

off the grid food truck party
you have to do your best to stop by off the grid for some of the best food in the city between all of the great food trucks!

ferry building
this indoor food market is a must-stop in the city. it’s packed with all of san francisco’s best food stands . . . and a weekly farmer’s market! go here, and try every single sample..between fresh california fruit, all different flavors of olive oil, sweets, cheeses, and more, it’s a treat for the tastebuds. stonehouse olive oil has some of my favorite varieties i’ve ever tasted. steamed caramel milk from the sidekick is a little bit of heaven. miette has a little stand in here and they have my favorite macarons. cowgirl creamery needs to at least be sampled. pick up some claire squares for the road…you won’t regret it. and make sure to try some sow juice to make up for all of those treats! :)


twin peaks summit

our favorite view of the city :: you can drive right up to the top, park, and take in the full view
of san francisco. it can be windy up there, but it’s spectacular and worth the trip.

palace of fine arts

this is one of my favorite places in the entire city. it’s just off the marina, and the best place to
go stroll around, relax, or read a book. the palace is beautiful, and the pond with
swans is the perfect touch. we jog here a lot and stroll through it.

golden gate bridge

obviously the best landmark in the city. we got engaged right beneath it on a boat, so i am partial to it!
there are so many ways to see the bridge: you can park in a lot in the city side and walk across it for free,
you can rent bikes and ride across it, {continuing on the route to sausalito,} or you can drive across it and
park on the other side to take pictures at incredible vista point. make sure to stop in the visitors center,
because there are actually some pretty fun things to do/learn about in there. it never gets old to me!

lyon street steps

the lyon street steps = san francisco’s gym. it is a steep set of beautiful stairs in a fun area of the city.
whether you walk up from the marina or run them, watch out for all the runners and fitness gurus getting
their workout in! the view from up here is one of my favorites … and i love the homes around here.

union square

this is the best shopping//downtown area of the city. i love being in union square and having the big-city feel.
every good store is within a few blocks, and dinner at cheesecake factory on top of
macy’s overlooking the square is one of our favorites. there is always something going on in
union square, and the majority of hotels are here . . . so it’s a good location with lots
of people and things to do. one tip though, things close early in union square/ fidi!

fisherman’s wharf

this is the most touristy area in SF, but if you’ve never been it’s worth stopping through. go park in the free
parking by the maritime museum, then stroll along and see the seals with a clam chowder bread
bowl in your hand. ignore all the cheesy tourist shops, but do stop in lola toy shop..too cute.

ghirardelli square

ghiradelli square is a favorite & somewhere we stop by frequently…{this may or may not have to do
with the fact that they give unlimited samples…} haha but we love this darling area, the shops,
and getting some hot chocolate andsalted caramel at the best chocolate place in the city!

painted ladies

the classic, picturesque san francisco can sit up on the hill in the park and look at the houses
all in a row with the city behind. the actual house from “full house” is a few blocks away,
but it doesn’t look quite the same anymore. either way the painted ladies are charming to visit!

coit tower

a classic part of san francisco’s skyline..coit tower is always worth seeing!
we love the walk up to it, and you can go inside and up to the top if you want.
since it’s centrally located, you have great views of the golden gate bridge,
the bay bridge, downtown, and all around the city. it’s a quick but good visit!

lombard street

named the “most crooked street in the world,” it’s always fun to take a drive down the curves of this
pretty street..or walk down it! my favorite part is the fresh hydrangeas all over. it intersects with
the street we live on, so on my runs i always get to pass it and find myself staring at the beauty!


chinatown in san francisco is the best! right off union square, it’s a completely different feel.
walk around, get rice candy, boba smoothies, shop, and especially get warm chinese custard egg tarts at
golden gate bakery. be sure to take pictures by the dragon gate & hanging red lanterns in the street!

little italy/north beach

just down from chinatown you can find the north beach neighborhood, AKA little italy! i love love love this area.
stop at the famous city lights bookstore on your way to washington square park…eat at tony’s, liguria, or mama’s
before trekking up to coit tower. to reward yourself for all the steps, skip the gelato and find a grocery store to
try an its-it ice cream sandwich — san francisco’s best treat! *see more about this neighborhood here.

cable car museum

fun little spot off the beaten path. this is a free museum where you can learn all about how
cable cars work, and it’s actually pretty interesting! before we went, i had always
wondered how exactly they worked, so it was fun to go through the little museum and see.
obviously you have to take a cable car ride after! this is chase’s favorite museum in the city.

nob hill

i have to include our neighborhood here, because it’s my favorite and it’s so picturesque. take the trolley
up to california street to view the city from nob hill, see the unique & beautiful grace cathedral where you can
walk the labyrinth, ride the elevator up to the top of the mark, and see the fairmont hotel (my favorite)
other fun local neighborhoods/ areas from here include: russian hill, polk street, and fillmore street!

golden gate park

this is our gorgeous, giant park with so much to discover within it. the options here are endless.
you can rent rowboats on stow lake in the summer..go on runs or bike rides, ride the carousel, visit the japanese
tea garden, de young, or california academy of sciences museums. we love this pretty place, and it feels like
you leave the busy city whenever you go here. come here to run, walk, bike, play tennis, explore, or
lounge on a sunny day. whatever you do, don’t miss a treat at twirl & dip ice cream truck!

crissy field

this is the field by the water with a pathway all the way down to the golden gate is perfect for walks,
bridge views, kite flying, bike rides, and stopping in the warming huts to get hot cocoa when it’s foggy!

at&t park

baseball fan or not, this is an amazing field right on the water. it’s fun to do a tour, or go to a game!

dolores park

this is a great, local park right in the mission district. go up high on the hill so you can get a good view of the city, and
bring a picnic {or some bi-rite ice cream!} it can get a little crazy and crowded on a warm day!

sutro baths/ land’s end

if you can make it out here, this area is stunningly beautiful and it feels untouched. the bath ruins are really
cool to see, and walking the paths of land’s end / ocean beach / baker beach / etc feel like you’re not in a city!


we LOVE this little town across the bridge from SF more than we can say. whether you bike there, take the ferry or drive, you have to go. it is like a little calm artsy european town across from the city, and it’s so fun to walk around and go in all the little shops. don’t miss tiburon either!


if you’ve never been to san francisco, you should consider visiting alcatraz. it’s a pretty unique
and interesting place. be sure to get tickets well ahead of time so that you
don’t have to resort to scalpers since they sell out fast!

walking tours

be sure to check out some of these free walking tours available in the city!!


san francisco museum of modern art
cable car museum: it’s little, but we love it! and, it’s free!
san francisco art institute
de young museum {love this one, go up the tower for free just to see the view if you don’t have time for the full museum!}
california academy of sciences: really fun museum right in golden gate park!
exploratorium: love the new location on the embarcadero, fun with kids.
walt disney museum: really interesting, but better for adults – not kids
national maritime museum: not a long visit, but free and fun since it’s right on the water

other fun things:

  • sourdough class- a fun san francisco experience at la victoria bakery in the mission..sign up in advance! {taught by sour flour}
  • bike the golden gate bridge and go into sausalito, then take the ferry back!
  • visit the famous haight-ashbury district from the hippie days
  • go downtown to see the iconic transamerica building
  • go on a san francisco historical walking tour … or a food tour!
  • scrap if you are a crafter, definitely check out this place!
  • fleet week- if you’re in SF during october, don’t miss this.
  • do the famous nike women’s marathon along the embarcadero . . . or just run along here!
  • britex fabrics- famous fabric store off union square. some people come to SF just to get fabric here, so it’s for sure worth going into. there are four floors, all full of amazing fabrics. my sister-in-law is an amazing seamstress and makes clothes, so she loves this store in the city!
  • lola of north beach- this place has my favorite cards and gifts ever in SF. it’s a block away from mama’s, so when we’re waiting in the long line we usually switch off wandering into this shop.
  • see a broadway show that’s in town with SHN SF!
  • find the seward street slides and go down them!
  • visit the SF flower mart — biggest one on the USA!
  • ride the glass elevators in the st. francis hotel overlooking union sq.
  • ribbonerie- to go along with the fabrics, this is the best ribbon store ever. love love love.
  • visit one of the many spectacular day trips nearby the city! {you can see more of these on our bay area bucket list}
lastly, some notes on transportation in san francisco . . .
this city does not have the easiest public transportation compared to other big
cities with subway systems, etc. but there are ways to get around easily!
this is one option for first-time visitors to be able to see a lot. this is worth
it if you are coming for around 4 days or more. it’s $54 for an adult which sounds
like a lot, but it buys you UNLIMITED cable car rides, a cruise around the
bay or a boatride to alcatraz, & entry to most major museums in the city.
between all of that, it’s a great deal and includes transportation!!

the bike hut

SF is one of the best cities to rent bikes in and we especially love
renting from the bike hut
because a) it is a great cause
b) the owner michael is the greatest guy, and
c) it’s at the end of the embarcadero so you can
ride all the way down along the water, out to
the bridge, across it, and back. perfect!
see some fun times doing this here and here.

gocar tours

these gocar tours are hilarious to see everyone cruising around on, and can
be a fun way to get around (and drive a go-car) for the day! they have audtio tours built in
so you know exactly where to go. you can take these all the way out to ocean beach!

uber is how every local gets around in this city. it’s a cab startup the we love!
if you’ve never used it, download it and use code: UberontheGo for a free first ride up to $25!
everyone with you can use it this code once, so it can help with getting around. there are other
similar apps like sidecar, lyft, summon, and more. be a tech-savvy traveler and use these!


ding ding! you have to take a charming trolley ride. we commute to work on the
trolley and actually take them all the time, but it still never gets old. riding the
cable car is classic and charming and a treat. pay the $6 to ride it once, or
do the pass mentioned above for unlimited rides! whatever you do, don’t
wait in the long line down at powell & market … a few streets up you
can hop on with no wait time! the day pass is $11 to ride unlimited!
hopefully this guide helps anyone visiting
or living in beautiful san francisco!
you can also see our entire bay area bucket list here,
and, see all of our san francisco posts
& adventures here.
“san francisco has always been a dreamer’s city;
a far-flung city perched on the edge of the sea
where far-fetched fantasies have a way of
catching hold and hatching into reality.

'guide to san francisco' has 42 comments

  1. January 10, 2013 @ 8:10 pm Jen

    I would love to visit San Francisco…even growing up in Vegas I never made it there.


  2. January 10, 2013 @ 8:29 pm carrieburke

    I love all our your guide posts! I loved them so much that I decided to make my own which I’m working on now! Thanks for the inspiration!



  3. January 10, 2013 @ 8:50 pm Xenia G.

    Thank you for this! We’ve been wanting to go for awhile and these are some gems!


  4. January 10, 2013 @ 9:10 pm Allie

    I’m hoping to take a trip to San Francisco this year for our vacation, this will be such a great resource, thank you!


  5. January 10, 2013 @ 11:52 pm Brittany LeSueur

    I would love to visit San Fransisco someday!!! Thanks for posting


  6. January 11, 2013 @ 12:22 am Alice

    Thank you so much! I’m heading to SF next month. So excited to try some of your fave spots!! x


    • January 15, 2013 @ 6:40 pm emi

      how fun that you’re heading here soon, you’ll love it! glad this can help you plan!


  7. January 11, 2013 @ 1:41 am Jane Harman

    funnnn! richie and i are planning a trip to sf soon! :)


    • January 15, 2013 @ 6:40 pm emi

      yay i better see you if you come!!!


  8. January 11, 2013 @ 11:04 am Emma George

    Literally is one of my biggest wishes to one day go to America, so lucky!

    Ive just followed you from the UK – would love if you could follow back?



    • January 15, 2013 @ 6:40 pm emi

      of course! love the UK too!


  9. January 11, 2013 @ 1:12 pm Diary of Mia

    If I ever get the chance to go to SF, I will definitely visit La Boulange de Hays, looks so nice!


    • January 15, 2013 @ 6:40 pm emi

      do it! it’s so darling and it feels just like paris.


  10. January 11, 2013 @ 3:48 pm christine, just bella

    Oh man, SF is on our must-see travel list! I am so hoping we get there SOON! I am bookmarking your post for future reference. Thank you!!


    • January 15, 2013 @ 6:39 pm emi

      i’m so glad! you must come soon, you will love it. glad this is helpful for you!


  11. January 11, 2013 @ 5:07 pm Denise

    Oh this is great since I’ll be in San Fransisco in June. Never been before :)


    • January 15, 2013 @ 6:39 pm emi

      yay! love that…you will love it, and maybe we’ll bump into you! xo


  12. January 11, 2013 @ 5:45 pm Tara Williams

    THis is awesome! I remember when you first moved here chase told us about all the city reviews you do. Rob and I have been waiting for 3 months for this one now! We need to make more trips to the city, now we will know exactly where to go!


  13. January 11, 2013 @ 7:31 pm Ashley @ its the little things

    I went to San Fran on business and loved it. We stayed at the Intercontinental hotel and across the street was this presh little Italian place called Buca di Beppo. We had just landed from a 6 hour flight and were starved. We enjoyed it. We also went to Ghiradelli more than once! :) The Golden Gate bridge is unlike anything this Mississippi girl has ever seen especially on a double decker bus on the second level. Loved it!! There was some prick on the plane beside me right before we landed made a point to point out the windmills and then had the audacity to ask if we Mississippi women knew what that was. I had a few choice words for him which led to him remaining silent for the duration of the flight. I am pretty sure he wasn’t prepared for what he had coming! I wasn’t looking forward to my visit after that, but he proved to be just a prick and we know that they are everywhere. Everyone else was very kind and helpful to us!


  14. January 11, 2013 @ 9:10 pm Cate Christison

    ahh blue barn and mamas are my FAVS. This is a great guide Em!


  15. January 11, 2013 @ 11:50 pm his little lady

    First of all your coat is absolutely adorable! Second, I’ve only been to SF once but it completely stole my heart! I’ll definitely have to make sure to visit all of these places next time I go ;)
    xo TJ


    • January 15, 2013 @ 6:38 pm emi

      thank you dear! we are heading to seattle in feb, so i need some good tips! xo


  16. January 13, 2013 @ 4:57 am Whitney

    This is such a great post! I love San Francisco but didn’t know most of this! I’m excited to go back and explore some of these places!


  17. January 13, 2013 @ 6:48 pm MacKensie

    This is awesome! I didn’t know you lived in SF. My friend just moved out there and I hope to join her soon! :)


  18. January 15, 2013 @ 1:09 am Danielle

    This post is really, really cool. I’ve been wanting to visit CA. Maybe I can show this post to the hubs and convince him to take me! I love your blog :)



    • January 15, 2013 @ 6:38 pm emi

      YES! show him and then come! you’ll love it!!!!


  19. January 17, 2013 @ 12:36 pm Livin' Life Day-by-Day

    I love San Francisco & I love U guYs!! ;-)


  20. January 25, 2013 @ 7:08 pm B

    oh my goodness i love this!! there are many places i have been to but even more i havent! i cant wait to try some of these out. thank you so much for sharing it with me!


  21. March 29, 2013 @ 7:19 am Christine David

    I love reading this blog. Thanks and keep sharing sharing your lovable emotional experiences about San Francisco.


  22. June 18, 2013 @ 3:04 pm Paul Smith

    Actually your creative writing skills has inspired me to start my personal BlogEngine weblog now.


  23. October 2, 2013 @ 2:45 am cindyblinn

    San Francisco is my beloved city! I like your list. I love tht you included the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie factory. You must add pizzetta 211 for an European moment…


    • October 4, 2013 @ 4:39 pm emi

      we will try that out for sure– thanks!


  24. October 29, 2013 @ 2:00 pm Gillian Power

    This looks awesome – great work!



  25. February 25, 2014 @ 6:16 am Megan Buster

    This entire blog is AWESOME!! My boyfriend and I are taking a road trip down the pacific coast highway over spring break. Such great advise for where to go on here! Thanks so much for posting :)


    • February 25, 2014 @ 3:46 pm emi

      you’re so nice! i will have to update the SF guide soon with some new favorites, but hopefully you saw the PCH guide for your fun spring break will LOVE it! Xo


    • March 5, 2014 @ 8:37 am Megan Buster

      I love that picture of you and Chase in front of the heart background of san fran (the last picture on this page) Where is this at? :)


    • March 5, 2014 @ 3:08 pm emi

      thanks! that is right in union square, but they change the murals on the hearts every few months so it depends when you go!


  26. April 5, 2014 @ 12:39 am Katrina Shilling

    My fiance and I have decided to take our honeymoon to SF, Sonoma, and Napa! Great guides :)


  27. June 2, 2014 @ 6:44 pm hannah bentley

    Hi Emi!!
    I have been a longtime admirer of your blog, especially the travel guides! They have helped me in many different places including London and L.A.! My sister and I are heading to San Francisco this summer and of course, I came here first! We won’t be in town for long, just one night on the way to a wedding up in Napa but I’d love your opinion on the perfect day/evening in San Francisco! We aren’t picky about food or activities and are both new to the area… so whatever you can recommend would be fantastic!!
    -Hannah :)


    • June 3, 2014 @ 3:00 pm emi

      hi cute girl! a napa wedding, dreamy! i’d love to help you with a perfect itinerary for a day in SF, email me at [email protected] and tell me when you’ll be here, etc. and i can send some options! yay! xo


  28. June 12, 2015 @ 11:26 am Kaylie Barney

    Hello! Can’t tell you how much I adore your blog! We are avid travelers & use your guides every time we go! Crazy but we have never been to San Fran so I’m surprising my husband with a trip in September. We’re going to a Giants game, and a few other tourist things! We’re flying and I am wondering what you think as far as transportation. Do you think it would be worth it to rent a car or just use public transportation?

    Congrats on your new Europe adventures ahead! How cool!


    • emi

      June 12, 2015 @ 11:43 am emi

      hi!! love that you are coming to SF and surprising your husband — so fun!
      if you’re staying in the city, i would definitely not rent a car – not worth the hassle of parking, traffic, and craziness here!
      i’d plan to walk, bart, rent bikes, and use uber or lyft (you can get your first ride for free up to $30 with code uberonthego :)



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