My San Francisco weekend travel guide is finally here and I’m so excited to share it with you! We crammed in as much as we could during our 3 day-ish stay. We arrived on January 26 and the weather felt like Autumn in Toronto. Basically, sweater and light jacket weather. Our weekend was pretty packed and a little tiring, but we love to explore!
HOW WE SPENT OUR WEEKEND:
1. Checked into the Tilden Hotel around 11:30am.
2. For lunch, we picked up Sushirrito in Union Square.
3. As we ate our sushi burrito, we walked towards One Sansome Street to take a snapshot of this hidden gem.
4. We proceeded to Uber to San Francisco City Hall and took some pictures in front of the cool trees.
5. We then hit up The Painted Ladies and Alamo Square.
6. We needed a little pick me up and Bob’s Donuts hit the spot.
7. We walked off the donuts to Ina Coolbrith Park where we took in the Sunset views. It was about 20 minute walk.
8. Another 12 minute walk from the park is Grace Cathedral.
9. One of our last stops of the day was Top of the Mark for drinks and sunset views of downtown San Fran.
10. It was dark by the time we headed to Maiden Lane in Union Square, which made for great twinkle photos.
11. On our way back home we found a great sushi place for dinner.
1. Woke up bright and early and Ubered to breakfast at Rose’s Cafe. We arrived right at 7am.
2. We picked up our rental car at 8am and proceeded to head to Fort Point at the Golden Gate Bridge.
3. Headed up to Battery East, a short drive up from Fort Point for more views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
4. A 30 minute drive across the bridge and up/down a mountain, we arrived at Muir Woods.
5. We then drove an hour and ten minutes to Cypress Tree Tunnel just for pretty tree pics.
6. Headed back to the city to Land’s End where Sutro Baths is also located.
7. We then drove to Legion of Honor Museum, but only took photos from the outside and the inside court.
8. For sunset, we drove to the Palace of Fine Arts.
9. And for dinner we headed to Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 (sea lions!) for yummy seafood.
*we didn’t have lunch, but snacked a lot in the car!
1. Woke up super early for sunrise at China Beach.
2. In need of coffee, we headed to Sightglass Coffee in the Mission district.
3. One coffee wasn’t enough, so we hit up Vive La tarte for more coffee and croissants.
4. Burnt it off by hiking up the hill in Corona Heights Park for incredible city views.
5. We then picked up a pretty bouquet of flowers from Ampersand.
6. Did some outfit shoots in and around the city where we also found a great Trolley shot at Powell and Pine Street.
7. Picked up Thai food at a restaurant beside the Tilden Hotel and proceeded to chill in our cozy room.
*if I wasn’t outfit shooting, I would be shopping at Union Square!
DAY 4: (morning only)
1. Coffee at Saint Frank Coffee.
2. Followed by brunch at Jane on Filmore.
3. More outfit shooting!
I know I know, this is a pretty detailed and busy itinerary. I’m a bit insane when I travel, trying to hit up as many places as possible haha. But I hope it gives you some inspiration to plan your next travels to San Francisco. Now onto the pretty pictures!
When we first checked into the cozy and newly renovated Tilden Hotel, I instantly fell in love with their modern chic lobby and the minimal aesthetics in our room. They are in the midst of opening up their cafe and bar/restaurant to be a full service hotel by February/March 2017. The staff were friendly and accommodating and the location is in the heart of San Fran’s Union Square, close to lots of yummy food and shopping.
SAN FRANCISCO – WHAT TO DO & SEE
I honestly didn’t think I was going to love San Francisco as much as I did. The architecture and style of the homes look similar to Notting Hill in London. Every home/building we passed was adorable and awe inspiring. And the views that San Fran had to offer was breathtaking.
One Sansome Street is in the financial district and definitely a hidden gem. It’s a great place for meetups and lunch on the go. The palm trees and marble are my absolute favorite combination.
San Francisco City Hall is gorgeous on the outside and inside!
The Painted Ladies in Alamo Square is infamous because of the widely popular television show FULL HOUSE. Unfortunately, the park was under construction during our visit, so we weren’t able to enjoy it from afar.
Catch this view of downtown San Fran from Ina Coolbrith Park. It’s not much of a park, but a place to sit and chat or take in the view.
Grace Cathedral is a beautiful church in the heart of San Francisco.
Top of the Mark is a 3 minute walk from the Grace Cathedral where you can get an epic view of downtown at sunset. They open at 4:30pm for drinks and 5:30pm for dinner.
Union Square is where all the shopping is at and this tiny street is Maiden Lane. Love the twinkles which turn on in the evening.
Visit the Golden Gate Bridge. Park your car at Battery East to take in this view from a higher vantage point.
Just below Battery East, is this view from Fort Point.
Sutro Baths is located at Lands End beach. Beautiful much?
Take a leisurely walk on the beach at Lands End .
A five minute drive from Lands End is the Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museum.
More epic views, but this time from Corona Heights Park.
Palace of Fine Arts is a lovely place to take in the architecture, sit on a park bench, read a book and drink your coffee. It’s widely popular for wedding photo shoots and for tourists.
China Beach has another beautiful view of the Golden Gate Bridge. This photo was taken at sunrise.
Pick up a pretty bouquet at Ampersand in the Mission district.
Venturing out of the downtown area, we took a stroll through the popular Muir Woods.
Another hour ride out is the Cypress Tree Tunnel. Just a really cool photography spot.
Take a walk along Fisherman’s Wharf to Pier 39 where the Sea Lions frolick.
Take a trolley for fun! This was taken on the corner of Powell and Pine Street.
SAN FRANCISCO FOOD & CAFE’S
The spots below are mainly for breakfast, lunch, coffee and desserts. Our dinners mainly consisted of take home options from restaurants we happened to pass by. And sushi. Lots of sushi.
Bob’s Donuts is open 24 hours! We enjoyed our humongous donut that is basically the size of a dinner plate. And yes, it was deeeeelish.
Jane on Filmore is popular spot for coffee, breakfast and lunch.
Rose’s Cafe is another popular spot for breakfast and dinner. I just love how their outdoor seating looks a little bit like Paris.
Coffee and aesthetics at Sightglass Coffee.
More coffee and aesthetics at Saint Frank Coffee.
Absolutely delicious and creative croissants and pastries at Vive La Tarte.
I hope you babes enjoyed my San Francisco weekend travel guide! I can’t wait share more of my travel adventures with you. Thanks for stopping by and have an amazing day babes!