san francisco city guide
San Francisco feels like home. Oh wait… it is home!! For me at least. It’s one of those cities writers write about and poets have famous quotes about.
“It’s an odd thing, but anyone who disappears is said to be seen in San Francisco,” Oscar Wilde.
“San Francisco is the golden handcuff with the key thrown away,” John Steinbeck.
I might be bias but I personally think it has the best food and dining scene in the country. There are certainly more dog spas than people spas sprinkled throughout the city blocks. We think it’s more essential to be served wine than water at dinner, and our coffee culture is world-famous. Although it might rain every now and again, it seems to be sunny majority of the year, and when it’s not sunny we don’t leave the house.
San Francisco is picturesque with it’s infamous rolling hills surrounded by sandy beaches and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. It’s proximity to Napa Valley, Los Angeles, Tahoe and Silicon Valley tech scene make it one of the most expensive cities in the country to live. However, the memories you create living here (or just visiting) are completely priceless.
The nightlife in San Francisco can’t compete with the likes of New York or Los Angeles, but it makes up for it in daytime activities. All of which can include booze if you so choose. From sailing the Bay, spending the day in Dolores Park or Baker Beach (if it’s warm enough), hiking in Marin to attending a music festival or the yearly Bay to Breakers, there is always something going on.
If you’re not a foodie, you’ll be one after visiting San Francisco, and if you’re not an athletic, yoga pants wearing, wine drinker who loves brunch you’ll be one after San Francisco gets its hands on you.
The only downside to San Francisco is nothing lasts forever. The rent prices for commercial properties skyrocket every few years forcing out our favorite restaurants and stores, but they’re always replaced by newer and better. So here is my guide as of May 2017, but I’m sure it’ll change again soon.
Until then… enjoy recommendations from a local.
San Francisco practically founded the 'farm-to-table' movement, and many of the other food trends that have spread throughout the U.S over the past decade. Basically, we eat well.
Which means there are a plethora of options in the city to fill your stomach with everything from Mexican burritos in the Mission district to fine-dining, Michelin style.
Eat your heart away!
Saint Franks Coffee
Wrecking Ball Cafe
Andytown Coffee Roasters
Reveille Coffee Co.
Joe & The Juice
20th Century Cafe
August 1 Five
There's plenty of wonderful tourist attractions to visit in San Francisco, from the notorious prison, Alcatraz Island, to sea lions in Fisherman's Wharf, and of course biking across the Golden Gate Bridge.
But San Francisco is a design hub, it's what inspired me to start erroguide, and has some of the most famous designers in the world residing within its boarders.
So, if you're a first timer, make sure to visit the tourist attractions. If you're looking for a more local experience, the attractions below will truly have you inspired to Travel By Design after your visit to San Francisco.