24 hours in San Francisco
At the end of our Pacific Coastal Highway Roadtrip we had a short visit in San Fran before heading up to California's beautiful wine country... aka Heaven :)
We arrived late evening then had one full day. Here's what we managed to experience during our super short visit in this amazing city. We had been one time before so hit a few different spots this time around. Here's a great few options if you have a short stay in The Golden Gate City.
1) Wines of California Wine Bar - Pier 39
We arrived toward evening and after a mess up with our hotel we didn't have a lot of time left the first night so headed to Pier 39 for a wander as we were familiar having been before. In preparation for our coming stops in Sonoma and Napa Valley we decided to start testing out some wines. A flight of reds with a few nibbles with a nice view was the perfect welcome to San Francisco.
Map link to Wines of California Wine Bar - here
2) The Painted Ladies
Always a beautiful little spot to visit. The weather was perfect back in late April. There were people gathered in Alamo Square Park, hanging out, walking there dogs. We chilled here for a little while and watched the world go by.
Map link for Painted Ladies - here
3) While you're in the area, head to Sightglass Coffee.
A cool and quirky cafe for all of the coffee things your caffeine addicted little mind can think of. We were there early in the morning to grab a coffee before the park. It was fairly busy, people working on laptops or just hanging with friends, and the coffee was lush.
Map link for Sightglass Coffee - here
4) Fisherman's Wharf and Waterfront Walk
Beautiful area to have a wander around, particularly nice along the waterfront with great views of Oakland Bay Bridge.
Map link to Fisherman's Wharf - here
5) Fancy a drink while in the area, hit Waterbar or Epic Steak.
We unfortunately missed the $1 Oyster Happy Hour but made up for it with some amazing views and a crisp glass of rosé whilst sitting on the waterfront balcony at Epic Steak.
Map link to Epic Steak - here
6) Hungry too? Check out Hog Island Oyster Co
After a recommendation from a friend we headed over to the Ferry Building. We just had an appetiser since we had dinner plans later that evening so went for the Oyster Bar Mix with a glass of Pinot and ughhh... sooo good. Much recommended, great service, nice views and really enjoyed sitting right at the Oyster Bar with views of the guys shucking away right in front of us.
Map link to Hog Island Oyster Co - here
7) Dinner with amazing cityscape views interest you, hit Leatherneck Steakhouse
Look at this! The most amazing views of the city from our table at Leatherneck Steakhouse. The food was pretty good but the views made it pretty spectacular, plus it was a short walk from our Hotel right by Union Square so it was perfect for us to roll back after overindulging on massive steaks and too much wine.
Map link to Leatherneck Steakhouse - here
8) Golden Gate Bridge
You can't go to the Golden Gate city without some nice photograph's with it. It's obviously a must. We went over to the North side of the bridge on our way out of town towards wine country. Stop at the aptly named 'Golden Gate Bridge View' spot for some beautiful views and a great way to say bon voyage to this amazing city!
9) Lombard Street
The most crooked street in the world! We had a rental car this time around so we just had a little fun and wiggled our way down the street. The first image I pulled from Unsplash but the second is one of me from 2011! I've changed a little!
So that's it... I think we did pretty good for barely more than 24 hours!
Since looking in that folder for 2011 I thought it might be fun to add a few little throwbacks...so...
10) Bonus Throwbacks from our 2011 trip to San Francisco!
Here's a little collection of images from 2011. We chose not to repeat a lot of what we did last time, however, it's always good to have a little throwback! Here you'll see Coit Tower, Pier 39 seals, views of Alcatraz, evening views of the Golden Gate and a bunch more!
San Francisco, I shall see you again!
Any tips on what I should be sure not to miss next time? Please let me know :)
Thanks for reading!
Love, H x