Have you ever heard the quote, “Leaving San Francisco is like saying goodbye to an old sweetheart. You want to linger as long as possible”. This couldn’t any more true… I was only able to spend a day and a half there but, I had the time of my life. There is so much to do in this city and it makes your stay 10 times better when you are with good company! This weekend kind of turned into an unexpected girls weekend with girls I had just met and I was totally okay with that! The best things in life happen to you when you least expect it… right? Originally I went there to visit my best friend and ended making 3 more friends. In the short amount of time that I was in SF I had a list of places I wanted to visit but unfortunately was only able to do a few of them because brunch took majority of the time. Who can say no to endless mimosas? We got to eat at the cutest little brunch spot called, “The Pink Elephant Alibi”. They do have the longest wait ever so prepare yourself but it’s totally worth it. While you wait you can pay $22 for a wristband and with that you can literally drink all the mimosas your heart desires. They had every flavor of juice possible and personally my favorite was the grapefruit and champagne. Make sure while you’re waiting for your table you don’t get to tipsy and save room from brunch. Their food is delicious…. I had the Kale Tostadas Salad which had kale, beans, cherry tomatoes, tostada shell, and topped with vinaigrette.
After brunch, Since we didn’t have much time to do everything on my list before we had to get ready for some more fun but everyone was so determined to show me all the places I wanted to see, even if it was from a distant, which was extremely sweet and I felt so grateful! We ended up seeing the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the city, and Kirby Cove Beach (which was one of the places I really wanted to see). I have been to San Francisco multiple times with my family, my school, and my friends, so it was nice to go to places I haven’t been before. I can’t wait to go back so I can finish the list of places I still haven’t been to!
In my opinion here are the 10 MUST see places when you visit San Francisco… I promise you won’t be disappointed!
Alcatraz is one of my favorite places to see in SF. For some reason I am totally into those dark and twisted types of places. The history behind the prison is so chilling to me. There are two tours that you can go to, one in the morning and one at night. I have only been to the one during the day, so I can’t speak on behalf of the night tour but I am sure they are both equally extremely eerie. Your ticket will get you a ride on a ferry to an island in the bay, where then you will walk up straight into the prison. (*side note: make sure you have everyone in your party before exiting the ferry. We once left my sisters in the bathroom when we were getting off. Not a good experience possibly losing your sisters at a prison….) They do provide audio guides where you can listen to commentary while you are exploring the prison at your own pace!
Haight- Ashbury is an also must, which is also known as the “The Haight”. This is famous for being the origin of the hippie subculture, It’s located between the Golden Gate Park and Buena Vista Parl. It’s definitely a fun way to spend a few hours site seeing and learning about some of the history behind San Francisco. Also who wouldn’t want to take a picture in front of the Haight- Ashbury street sign?
16th Avenue Tiled Steps was on my list of places to go but wasn’t able to. They are the perfect photo opportunity and just mesmerizing. It honestly reminds me of something out of The Little Mermaid. These steps are located by Morgan St. and 16th Ave!
The Painted Ladies are the seven iconic SF houses that were built in the 1890’s , along with the unforgettable city skyline behind it! Don’t forget to take a picture by the Full House house… You know you want too!
Lombard Street is another beautiful scene to you must see and experience for yourself. It is a steep one block street that has 8 turns, which makes it the most twisted street in the world.
Fisherman’s Wharf is crowded, loud, but a lot of fun. The best thing about the Fisherman’s Wharf are the clam chowder in a bread bowl and saying hello to the sea lions (FYI the smell is SICK tho).
Ghirardelli Square is the best to go too anytime of the day. You can indulge in an ice cream Sunday or eat the best kind of chocolate. There is a reason tourists like to go there….
Kirby Cove Beach has to be another one of my favorites. It’s a little bit of a hike down to the beach (so make sure you’re wearing closed toed shoes) but, it’s so worth it. At the bottom of the hike is a hidden swing you can actually swing on. It’s absolutely gorgeous and an experience you won’t want to miss. It’s truly a hidden treasure!
Mr. Holmes Bakehouse is a place I have been dying to go too. They are known as the home of the “Cruffin” which is…. a CROISSANT AND MUFFIN combination. Are you dead? It’s the perfect duo for anytime of the day. This bakery is one of the most instagramed places in San Francisco and who the eff wouldn’t want a picture that says, “I got baked in San Francisco”!
Last but not least, The Golden Gate Bridge is the most iconic landmark in SF. The best thing about the bridge is that there are so many ways to view it. You can either walk /ride your bike across the bridge or you can drive across and head to a lookout point on the other side. To be honest they are equally breathtaking.
I hope you find this guide helpful if you are ever in the city!