The Ultimate Weekend Travel Guide to San Francisco

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Little known fact, one of best times of year to travel is in the Fall Season. I love the fact its a bit less busy (and touristy!) in most of the places your visiting. Vancouver tends to get quite rainy towards the end of October so I booked my trip in search of sunnier weather. This will have been my third trip to San Francisco so I thought it appropriate to share with you The Ultimate Weekend Travel Guide to San Francisco, at least from my perspective šŸ˜‰

When it comes to traveling, especially with other people and on a budget, I tend to save my money for experiences and my favourite, food. We looked to Hotwire to book our accommodations and managed to stay in some good hotels that weren’t too pricy. However if you are looking to stay somewhere funky in San Francisco here are two options Phoenix Hotel & The Marker

 

Now admittedly this girl did not pack appropriately for this trip what-so-ever, it was late October and San Francisco got a strange last bout of unexpected heat (30 degrees C or 89 degrees F). It was also very strange for me personally,walking around in that kind of heat and seeing Halloween decorations everywhere.

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San Francisco is a very walkable city (kinda..), the neighbours aren’t too far apart; however make sure you’re wearing appropriate footwear because you may get a bit of a workout as there are hills everywhere. It might be wise to take an Uber or Lyft here and there occasionally (tip: taking Uber or Lyft can get pricy, if you don’t mind sharing your ride with others, Lyft Line in San Francisco is a good deal!).

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When I knew I was going to San Francisco again, my first instinct was to visitĀ Brenda’s Soul Food, what can I say, I love Southern Food. Now the irony of this is that the next leg of my trip was New Orleans and Nashville…so as you can imagine a BBQ filled trip.

 

Brenda, whom the restaurant is named after is a chef that grew up in New Orleans. You can order everything from Po’Boy’s (I got Oyster) to Fried Chicken, and Catfish Beignets. A suggestion would be that if you aren’t too hungry, share! The portions are huge, you think Im lying but you will see.

 

China Live was a suggestion given by my friend I was traveling with. Chinese food isn’t my usual go-to; however I throughly enjoyed everything I had. It’s a wonderful place to go with the intention to share, as you won’t want to miss their Dim Sum options. A few of our menu favourites were the Crispy Pork Belly Cubes “Siu Yuk”, and Peking Duck with Kumquat Glaze in Sesame Pockets. I’ve been told the restaurant is set up similarly to Eataly in New York, in that the space serves as a restaurant and retail space with an open concept.

 

On our last night in San Francisco my friend I decided to head to the Castro and try Beso Bistronomia. We started off with Sangria and tried a few more traditional menu items such as Fresh Olives,Patatas Bravas, and Pimientos deĀ PadrĆ³n. Be sure to try the Cojonudo as well (toast with chorizo and quail egg).

 

Farm: Table is a great breakfast option, its a very communal space with one large table. They provide lots of healthier options and make a lot of their food in house, or it is provided by local suppliers.

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It was pretty hot in SF so my friend and I were in search of a nice afternoon beverage and we managed to stumble upon Anina in Hayes Valley. Anina looked colourful and inviting so of course I immediately was on board. Ā This place has an incredible patio, and honestly it looked like a prime location for a girls night out. All the cocktails here are very tropical, with a few beer options. This place does not offer any food selection, so make sure you’ve already eaten.

 

Jane Cafe is probably my top suggestion for a breakfast stop, the Filmore location is perfect for picking up a pastry; however if you want a sit down breakfast Id suggest the location off Larkin St. This place makes a variety of traditional breakfast options with a healthy twist, with menu items such as Avocado Toast. Jane Cafe also makes lots of breakfast bowls and offer a range of delicious freshly baked pastries.

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Pancho Villa Taqueria was somewhere I stopped for a quick bite to eat while I was in Mission area, unlike tacos we have in Vancouver which are very “artisanal”, these tacos were authentic Mexican tacos and Burritos with a multitude of hot sauces to choose from! I got a kick out of the website design too..

 

Tartine was again, another fabulous bakery I stopped by, if your in the mood for something sweet. We also had a fair amount of hot and cold coffee while in San Francisco. Two places that stood out as having both great coffee and a very hip/modern atmosphere were The Mill,Ā and Vive La TarteĀ offering delicious fresh made pizza (I loved the communal open concept to this place). A shout out to a place I forgot to add is also Sightglass Coffee

 

Now, we need to have a conversation on Mr.Holmes Bakehouse. I had the strangest experience in this location, people came in every 2 minutes to photograph this tiny bakery. The more popular a shop, cafe, or restaurant becomes the more people want to photograph it (I am guilty but I made sure to ask permission first — I tried to be quick and discrete, as I’m sure it drives the staff crazy). It just goes to show you design has a huge effect on people.

 
{ additional space/food photos from Anina and Jane Cafe }

Part Two: Shopping Guide coming soon!

 

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The Ultimate Weekend Travel Guide to San Francisco, find out my favourite places to shop, and eat in San Francisco for 2017