| SAN FRANCISCO COFFEE AND DRINKS |
Blue Bottle Coffee : if you plan to visit the Ferry Building location on a Sat or Sun morning, get there early, as the line can grow long, quick. We did see a few other locations around the city, so there is always that option of you don't feel like waiting, but it is worth noting that I had the most amazingly delicious waffle that I have eaten in my life at the Ferry Building location. I wish I could recreate it at home, it was that good.
The Mill : located near Alamo Square, they serve excellent coffee from Fourbarrel Coffee and the most amazing sourdough loaves by Josey Baker Bread . You can order a fresh slice and they will serve it was a generous slather of nut butter.
Pressed Juicery : located on Union Street, this places only sells fresh pressed juice, but that's all they really need to sell, because they are that amazing. I loved the free samples the offered. Take advantage and try as many flavors as possible.
Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant : located in the Ferry Building, this place has an extensive list of wine, champagne, and beer to sample. We ordered the champagne flight and it was delicious. Friday evenings get busy, and you will likely need to wait 20 min for a table. They also offer small bites, cheese and bread, or bring in your own snacks.
Comstock Saloon : located in Northbeach, is in an old historic building with lots of charm. Order a delicious cocktail from their extensive list, and sit back in the old yellow velour chairs in the back corner by the fire place, and you are instantly brought back to the early 1900's.
| SAN FRANCISCO FOOD |
Gary Danko : located near the Ghiradelli building, if you can get a reservation well in advance, I recommend eating at Gary Danko at least once in your life, but you better save your pennies beforehand. Every item I sampled from the menu was absolutely amazing, from the seafood risotto, the seared tuna, to the mascarpone cheesecake. The best meal I have ever eaten.
Cowgirl Creamery : located in the Ferry Building, this local cheese shop serves up some delicious treats: grilled cheese, soup, mac and cheese. Stop by the cheese shop next door and bring home some samples, or pick up a jar of their bread and butter pickles. If you're lucky enough to visit on a day where they are serving raclette - warmed cheese on bread, you must give it a try.
The Codmother Fish and Chips : located in Fisherman's Wharf, the best piece of Halibut I have ever eaten, and I have had my fair share of fish and chips in my life. All of the seating is outdoors, so make sure you visit on a sunny day.
Stable Cafe : located in the Mission District, I was tempted to order everything from the menu. This lunch spot offers fresh local items from grilled veggie and quinoa salad to a warm veggie panini. It also makes a perfect stop to check emails, or curl up with a good book.
Tony's Coal Fire Pizza and Slice House : located in Northbeach, this tiny spot offers an amazing slice of New York style pizza. Call ahead if you are looking for a whole pizza to bring back to your hotel room.
Stinking Rose : located in Northbeach, if you are looking for a truly authentic experience, visit this restaurant, where their sole purpose is to have you leave smelling as garlicky as possible. Try to get a seat in one of the circus inspired booths, and make sure to order the sizzling mussel and shrimp platter. Brings some mints for after.
Vicoletto Italian Restaurant : located in Northbeach, this restaurant is one of the trendier looking Italian spots. We stopped here for the nice interior decor and good food reviews. The service was something to be desired, but the pasta was amazing. I will definitely return for the food.
Sparrow Bar and Kitchen : located in the Haight and Ashbury neighborhood, this trendy spot offers fresh and seasonal fair. I ordered the grilled kale salad and olive oil and sage fried cauliflower. The service was quick and friendly, and the meal delicious.
The Grove : located on Filmore Street, this colorful and vibrant spot is busy from 7 am to midnight. The french toast, huevos rancheros, and sandwiches are all very tasty.
Bean Bag Cafe : located near Alamo Square, this little vegetarian cafe offers a wide variety of breakfast treats. The smoothies were incredible.
| SAN FRANCISCO SWEETS |
Miette : located in the Ferry Building, they have a beautiful selection of macarons and other fancy treats.
TCHO Chocolate : located by the Ferry Building, visit their chocolate factory, take a tour, and sample some amazing chocolate. I really adore the Mokaccino chocolate, but the Galactic Gelato, Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, and TCHunky TCHOtella are also worth a taste.
Bi-Rite Creamery : located near Alamo Square, stop by and browse the aisles of perfect stocked artisan items, or grab some of their famous ice cream to go. Also a great place to check out some local micro brew.
Dandelion Chocolate : located in the Mission District, Dandelion is a bean to bar chocolate factory offering the most exquisite chocolate I have ever tasted. They also offer a selection of baked sweet treats that is worth noting.
Tartine Bakery : located in the Mission District, Tartine is the famous bakery known for their sourdough bread. Stop by for a late afternoon pick-me-up, when the lines aren't busy. They offer sandwiches, croissants, cream tarts and much more.
| SAN FRANCISCO ACCOMMODATIONS |
Omni Hotel San Francisco : is a conveniently located, beautiful boutique hotel located in downtown San Francisco near Northbeach and Chinatown. This boutique hotel was built as a bank in 1926, the lobby adorned with Italian marble, large beautiful chandlers, and an interior designed with the Florentine Renaissance architecture as an influence. The hotel staff are friendly and the beds are extra comfy.
| SAN FRANCISCO SHOPPING |
Mission District: a great selection of small independent shops offering one-of-a-kind items.
Haight Ashbury: a good selection of vintage clothing shops, second hand stores, head shops, music stores, book stores, cafes and bars. The Sockshop and Shoe Biz are worth a look.
Ferry Building: a food lovers paradise, a great place to purchase a bottle of wine, olive oil, cheese, and some interesting artisan prepared products.
Filmore Street : this street offers some cute one of kind shops, alongside with the more popular Kiehl's, Ralph Lauren, and MAC.
Union Street : this street offers a range of art galleries, trendy boutiques, and jewelry stores.
Alamo Square: The Perish Trust , and Umami Mart SF Popup are two of my favorite shops in San Fran.