Beyond excited to be able to share this photo diary with you! San Francisco is one of those places that has always been on my list, and though it’s in the same country, I had not got around to visiting. Last month when my trip to Coachella Music Festival got closer, my friend Steph and I decided to do a pit stop before heading to the dessert. We spent a couple days exploring the city and enjoying the relaxed vibe of the city.
We decided to not rent a car and mainly walk (and take Uber when necessary) and we managed to get around just fine. I will say we did quite a bit of walking, since we love walking we didn’t mind, but if walking is not your thing there’s always public transportation. The weather wasn’t the greatest, but San Francisco is one of those cities that you visit because you want to explore and not necessarily on whether or not the weather will be nice. Just be sure to bring extra layers and pack an umbrella just incase.
First on the list was Lombard Street, which was quite the hike to get to – there are some serious hills in San Francisco. It was extremely visually pleasing, but I’m sure it’s a nightmare to drive through with the crowds of tourists gathered around the area. Ghirardelli Square was up next, it’s a great place to take a pit stop lay on the grass and just enjoy the view of the water. After off to the Palace of Fine Arts we went, which was such a cool place. At first it seems like you’re not in the right area, then without expecting it there it is! In the middle of a residential area, a beautiful oasis. We ended the day by walking towards the Golden Gate Bridge, which was pretty surreal to finally get to see in person.
The following day we started off by getting some much needed fuel at a restaurant called Zazie. They are known for their daily brunch specials and their cream cheese coffee cake (which unfortunately they were out of); the food was great but my favorite thing had to be the coffee served in cute mini bowls. We then made the trek to Twin Peaks which was quite the walk, but the houses on the walk over and the view made it all worth it. It was very windy at the top of the peaks and at one point I honestly thought I might fly away but the view was incredible.
After we made our way to Golden Gate Park where we explored a bit before heading towards the Painted Ladies houses. It was pretty cool to see the Painted Ladies in person and after taking a million photos in front of them (thanks Steph for being my photographer haha) it started raining which naturally meant to take cover in the nearest coolest looking café. We ended up at a café called The Mill in Alamo Square where I picked up toast with homemade hazelnut spread before heading to dinner. For dinner we ended up at Delfina where I had the best spaghetti I’ve ever had, I still have dreams about it, I thoroughly recommend checking it out if you’re a pasta lover.
It was a quick and fun trip, I think I will definitely be returning at some point. Hope you enjoy a look into my mini-trip: