San Francisco is my kind of place. When Drew and I decided to head to San Francisco for vacation, I had no idea what to expect–other than what friends had recommended (and Full House).
And it was absolutely wonderful.
Since Drew was going to a work conference, we were able to stay in a hotel for the first two nights. After checking in, we decided to wander around the city and found our way to SF’s Chinatown!
While I have visited neighborhoods like Little Italy and Chinatown in New York City, there was something especially charming about San Francisco’s Chinatown. I loveloveloved it. There are tea houses and shops everywhere–and of course, the buildings are absolutely gorgeous.
When we walked past this musician, he asked Drew to sit down and promptly handed him an instrument. He insisted that we take a picture. Done and done!
The next few days, I had some time to explore on my own while Drew was working. I visited a ton of local coffee shops, which is always ridiculously fun–but one of my favorite places was Yerba Buena Gardens; it’s the perfect place to take pictures and enjoy the SF weather.
Once Drew’s conference had ended, we left the hotel and headed for the Mission District to stay at our Airbnb (right across from Dolores Park!). This was also my very first Airbnb experience–in fact, I had never even heard of Airbnb until Drew suggested it. So much for being travel-savvy.
While hotels come with mind-blowing views or perks like free breakfast, Airbnb will probably be my first pick for my future travels. Not only was Airbnb more affordable than finding another hotel, but we got to stay with a local San Franciscan. She was a wonderful host…she even had an extra-cuddly cat to keep us company. If you ask me, feline friends are way better than anything hotels could ever offer.
Speaking of which, we had the chance to visit the KitTea Cat Café. Cat cafés partner with local animal shelters so that adoptable cats can find loving homes. I’ve always been passionate about animal rescue, and I am thrilled that cat cafés are popping up all over the US.
Then, we got to go to our temporary SF home and cuddle with ANOTHER cat. We were missing our own cat, so being able to love on other kittens definitely filled the Constable Chubs-shaped hole in our hearts.
The next day, we decided to make the journey to the Golden Gate Bridge. Of course, we made a few stops along the way, including Golden Gate Park and the Japanese Tea Garden.
One Uber ride later, we were at the Golden Gate Bridge. Drew convinced me to make the trek across and back…
…and to take a selfie with Alcatraz in the background (I couldn’t stop laughing, because we could barely see it!).
And yes, our legs were killing us the next day.
We were also planning on visiting Fisherman’s Wharf, but a few locals convinced us that it was horrible. After returning home, a few friends told me that they loved Fisherman’s Wharf…and Xan told me that there are seals! Take this as a lesson, my friends: never let anyone tell you how to travel.
We did, however, visit the Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)–one of the largest modern art museums in the world. Drew and I had highly intellectual conversations about art and culture.
By that, of course, I mean we kept pointing at exhibits and whispering, “Art!”
(In all seriousness, the museum reminded me that it’s okay if we don’t “get”certain pieces of art…but that’s a rambling for another day.)
The food in San Francisco is also incredible. Some of our favorite treats were Delfina pizza; raspberry hot chocolate at the Bread and Cocoa ; and Dirty South ice cream at Little Giant Ice Cream. Little Giant has a TON of flavors–if you are feeling adventurous, try the asparagus ice cream!
My favorite dinner–hands-down–was at Hawker Fare. I ordered the Homemade Penang Tofu Curry, and OH. MY. GOD. I wish I could have ordered more for the trip home.
They also have an impressive drink selection. We both ordered the Montego’s Bay, which was probably a mistake…I’m more of a wine/beer kind of gal, so it was pretty strong for my tastes–but they came in super cute tiki cups!
I’ve always found it painful to say goodbye to my favorite cities, and San Francisco was no different. My travel wish list is miles long, but I’m already dreaming of our next visit to the Golden State–whenever that may be.