After Coachella, we took the shuttle bus back to LAX and flew directly on to beautiful San Francisco. By this stage, my scratchy Coachella cough had turned into full blown flu and I was feeling rough, so my first 2 days in SF were spent curled up in the fetal position in the hotel room bed. With no sign of getting better, I then saw a doctor who diagnosed me with bronchitis and sent me on my way with the most expensive antibiotics of my life (prime example of why medical insurance is sooo needed on a trip to the States!). I ended up losing my voice completely and couldn’t speak for the rest of our time there which was rather inconvenient as we were meeting up with my friend Becca who I hadn’t seen in years, our catchup involved a lot of hand signals, haha.
WHERE WE STAYED
We stayed at the Grand Hyatt in Union Square. We were initially going to do Airbnb, but couldn’t decide on an area, so we opted for a city hotel as we figured being central would make it easy for us to commute around. Webjet had a great deal on where you received two nights free at the Grand Hyatt, so we stayed for five and paid for three. The hotel was great and our room was a decent size with a good city view, so it worked out well! Plus it’s always nice to come home after a long day and fall into a freshly made, fluffy king sized bed.
WHAT WE DID
- Haight Ashbury
Eccentric shops and colourful houses, hippie-fied Haight was well worth the walk around, plus iconic Amoeba is there.
- Lombard Street
San Francisco’s prettiest street, so picturesque with pretty pastel houses & sweeping views of the bay.
- Fisherman’s Wharf / Pier 39
Super touristy, but felt like it needed to be done, if anything, for the taffy shop and the sea lions.
- The Mission / Valencia Street
Thrift stores, dive bars, coffeehouses, bookstores, art galleries, boutiques and really awesome street art everywhere. Definitely one of my favourite areas.
- Alamo Square
I grew up on Full House so this was quintessential San Francisco to me. It was raining when we went, but we still managed to snap some pics in front of The Painted Ladies.
- Golden Gate bridge / Sausalito
On our final day we drove across the Golden Gate bridge to Sausalito, a super cute seaside town on the other side of the bridge. We had breakfast there and walked around before our road trip back down to LA.
WHERE WE ATE / DRANK
- E&O Kitchen and Bar | Union Square
We ate here on the first night because it was late and close to our hotel. Turned out they had a great Asian fusion menu, their butternut squash dumplings were TO DIE FOR.
- Stanza Coffee Bar | Haight
Stopped here for a coffee while walking around Haight Ashbury. San Francisco proved me wrong when it came to American coffee, the coffee here was so good!
- Tacolicious | Mission
Said it before and I’ll say it again, Californian Mexican is the bomb. The tacos here were pretty epic, put Australia to shame. We ordered 10 for $36 between 3 of us, along with some margaritas and we were happy campers.
- Four Barrel Coffee | Mission
Another awesome space on Valencia St, hipsters take their coffee seriously because once again, the coffee was amazing here.
- Brass Tacks | Hayes Valley
My friend Becca took us here, a funky little bar in the heart of Hayes. We went on a weeknight and it was packed, awesome cocktails, good music, nice vibe. Loved it.
- La Boulange | Hayes Valley
A cool French cafe, I had the “Fantastic French Toast” which was on baked brioche, sooo good. I also had the worlds largest latte there, haha. Hit the spot on a cold day.