I love my city, and I always get so many questions when people travel here about where they should eat, what they should do and the best places to shop. I decided I would compile a list of the ten things you have to do if you ever find yourself in the Bay — you can also view my About page for some FAQ about SF and even more recommendations!
1. Get a cruffin or a donut at Mr. Holmes Bakehouse. Some may say it’s overrated, and that’s fine, but if you’re in SF on a work day it’s worth a visit so you don’t have to wait in the ridiculous cruffin lines on the weekend (yes, there are cruffin lines, and yes I understand how absurd that is).
2. Eat at Park Tavern (for either brunch or dinner). Their Sunday brunch is legendary, plus you can take a stroll around Washington Park afterwards if the weather permits!
3. Shop on Fillmore Street. I mean, there are no better shops in the city. Rag & Bone, Ella Moss, Alice & Olivia, Benefit, James Perse… just to name a few.
4. Grab a coffee and toast at Jane on Fillmore or a slice of pizza at Pizzeria Delfina. Jane is my favorite cafe in the city to grab a coffee and midday snack. Pizzeria Delfina is the best pizza in the city, in my opinion. Fillmore Street food options never disappoint!
6. Have a true lunch or dinner experience at Hakkassan. You’ll have to save up for this one, but trust me — it’s worth it. I’ve been to Hakkassan in both London and SF and both times it has been a true experience.
7. If the Giants are in town, go to a ballgame. Get a beer and a hot dog (and bring a jacket!). I’m not even a huge baseball fan, but Giants games are unlike anything else. The energy is infectious and they’re such a great team, it’s easy to get behind them.
8. Walk the city. I always tell tourists to a) avoid Fisherman’s Wharf like the plague (seriously, don’t even go out of curiosity), and b) walk as much as you can. Start on one end and work your way through to the other — it’s the best way to get to know the city and stumble upon the little pockets that make my home so great.
9. Get a burrito in the Mission. We have a family feud going on about this (my favorite is La Taqueria, Josh’s is El Farolito), but either way, take BART to the Mission and enjoy a burrito (but go to La Taqueria, it’s the best).
10. Stroll through the Ferry Building. Most days if you asked me where my favorite place in the city is, I would say the Ferry Building. Something about it feels magical — I don’t know what it is, but something about the spectacular food, awesome architecture and Bay Bridge views gets me excited every time.