San Francisco has been at the top of my list ever since I moved to New York 2 and a half years ago. I always pictured it as this far away fairytale destination with its pretty Victorian houses and stunning bridges on the opposite end of the country. Last weekend we decided to combine San Francisco and Big Sur into one big roadtrip. While we were there, Hotel Tonight helped us find last minute hotel deals. I usually like to have things planned out way in advance, but the app actually made it fun to live like gypsies for 4 days sleeping in a different bed every night. Here's a little guide on where to go and what to eat:
The Mill - Probably the best coffee shop I've been to in a long time. They have the most incredible toast menu (my favorite was the butter and apricot jam) and the whole place just smells of butter. Does it get any better?
Sightglass Coffee - I've had Sightglass roast coffee before at other places in New York, but I really loved the cool space and the awesome pastries (get the raspberry dark chocolate scones). It's so fun to watch coffee being roasted as you drink your morning cup.
Pizzeria Delfina - Great Italian food and perfect gelato.
Bi-Rite Ice Cream - If you've been following for a while you'll know I'm obsessed with ice cream and this place has Honey Lavender which is one of my all time favorite flavors.
Wrecking Ball Coffee - Great coffee to go.
Mr Holmes Bakehouse - Far and away the most insane pastries I've ever tried, I could only finish half of their famous cruffin, because it's just that intense, but it's definitely worth a try!
Downtown - And not to mention Chinatown are worth a stroll to get a feel for the city and get some pretty cool views of the Transamerica building.
Coit Tower - For the best view of Downtown.
Fisherman's Wharf - For a serious tourist experience and a view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Marshall's Beach - This one is a little difficult to get to, but you can literally walk right up to the Golden Gate and get some incredible photos from the rocks below it.
Sutro Baths - Ruins of an old bath house and a beautiful park by the ocean.
Golden Gate Bridge - Obviously you need to drive across the bridge and stop for pictures on the opposite side, but you don't need me to tell you that.
Twin Peaks - Drive up the hill for views of the entire city on a clear day.
Alamo Square - The Painted Ladies (pictured below) are far too cute to miss out on.