Insta-Recap: San Francisco

“Barcelona meets Brooklyn” is how I’ve been describing San Francisco. The view from hilltop points of the city is reminiscent of Barcelona's layout - water to one side, hills to another. The architecture is Spanish-influenced and even the trees and flowers reminded me of Europe. And then there are areas, The Mission for example, that scream Williamsburg (coffee shops, grit and bike racks galore). One thing I love about San Francisco is that each neighborhood has a completely different character. Driving around town for photoshoots felt like moving from one city to the next. It was a lot to take in over the course of 48 hours. ( I don’t want to give too much away but expect tech-savvy SF women in upcoming Beyond the Pencil (Skirt) features).

p.s. A note about what I learned RE packing for SF: this is a city where you always need a jacket, and it's rare that the weather is shorts-appropriate. 

nd without further ado, here is a brief recap of what I crammed in during my trip:

Hotel: Hilton in the Fisherman’s Wharf. Clean, comfortable, pleasant, reasonable prices. The Wharf is a touristy area but it’s very accessible to other neighborhoods.

Favorite breakfast: Blue Bottle Cafe in Mint Plaza. There are no signs outside, and there’s a line around the block, so come on a sunny day and enjoy the quaint downtown plaza. Unlike other Blue Bottle locations this one has a full brunch menu. I had the Poached Eggs with Piquillo Pepper Corn Bread and NOLA-Styled iced coffee.

Favorite brunch: Boulettes Larder in the Ferry Building. Delicious poached eggs, and they have Wifi so it’s a great spot for a quiet working breakfast.

Favorite lunch: Fresh homemade salad on my colleague’s apartment rooftop overlooking sailboats on the bay.

Favorite dinner with a view: Epic Roast House. Had a lovely dinner here with the Levo League team. Steakhouse with a view of the bay.  

Favorite late-night dinner: Mamacita. Authentic tacos and guacamole. Enough said.

Favorite Saturday morning adventure: Farmer’s Market at the Ferry Building. Local pastry and coffee while sitting next to the Bay Bridge? Yes, please.

Favorite view of the bay: Sausalito is the place to go for a view of the bay and the city. Hop across on the Golden Gate Bridge and take a seat on the sandy waterfront at Bar Bocce. The margherita pizza is delicious.  

Any personal favorite places in SF? Would love to hear them!