Hey sweet babes! I got back from San Francisco a few days ago and I'm in love, I'm in love and I don't care who knows it (name that movie)! Because Hayes got me plane tickets to SF for Christmas (read about the sweet gift and how he totally surprised me here), we had finally found a reason to get out of town for a few days and explore somewhere new together!
In this post, I'll tell you about where to stay, eat, explore, etc. But first things first.... what did I pack?
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Because it was chilly and we had minimal space for packing, I packed things that were pretty versatile like chunky knit sweaters, frayed hem pants, and heels that can be dressed up or down. I've been loving my Litizia Ferrari wingtip shoes (no longer in stock, similar here) and have been pairing them with my Ashley Mason LA denim and fave cashmere sweater (less than $100! Y'all, it's the cutest. Get it here) for a more casual look and for a more styled look, my frayed denim and cutest blush turtleneck sweater.
WHAT TO SEE:
- The Golden Gate Bridge. OBVIOUSLY. Y'all... this is a freakin' site to see. I hadn't gone in years and I forgot how breathtaking it is! Absolutely mesmerizing. Don't just settle for seeing it from the city. I suggest getting an Uber to take you the the entrance of the bridge on the city side and walk down to Fort Point. There is a little coffee and gift shop so if it's cold outside, you can grab some coffee and walk along the water with the city on one side of you and the bridge on the other!
- China Town. Everyone talks about how cool SF's China Town is but if you've never been, you don't know the half of it. There are beautiful red and gold lanterns, traditional tea rooms, jade shops, vintage stores, and so much more. Sadly, We didn't spend much time there but we loved it so much.
Gotta take one ring selfie, amiright?
- Haight Street. If you like hippy culture, rock n roll, kinda grungy/kinda flower child scene (aka Hayes's heaven) you will love this place. Edgy boutiques, trendy tattoo parlors, organic cafes, and the best damn vintage shops I've ever been in all reside on Haight Street. Did I mention that music legends Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, and Jefferson Airplane all resided on this street in the 70s. So yah, you get the vibe.
WHERE TO EAT+DRINK:
- Gitane. We ate here on New Year's Eve and Hayes and I agreed that it was hands down one of the best meals we've ever had together! They had a prix fixe menu with the choice to do a wine pairing for every course. So of course, we said yes and it was the best decision ever. We had the most amazing sommelier come up and tell us about each wine in a way we could understand. But the food was what was so memorable. The highlights of the five courses were most definitely the black truffle filet mignon and the chocolate mousse. Definitely not a cheap place, so if you are here for a fun or exciting occasion, consider getting a reservation here!
- Elite Cafe. Not only is this place in the coolest neighborhood ever, but the food take traditional southern comfort food and puts a bit of a trendy spin on them without ruining the flavor or authenticity of the dish. Hayes and I ordered signature cocktails and ordered three half plates for us to share: the crawfish etoufee, duck gumbo, and chicken jambalaya. If you asked us our favorite, we couldn't tell you! We loved all of them for their authentic flavors and real ingredients.
- Bourbon and Branch. I'm not going to tell you much about this amazing bar. Not because I'm totally 110% obsessed and not because Hayes and I spent the whole night there talking about how it is totally "our kind of bar" (because it is), but because this is one of San Francisco's best speak-easies. It isn't exactly a secret. So what makes it a speakeasy? Well for starters, it's unmarked on the outside so to those who don't know, you simply have to go with someone who does know. But the best part? Once you get inside (with a password and reservations, of course), there are five, yes five, other bars inside... all password protected. Here is one for you: ask your waitress to, "see the library." You won't regret it.
WHERE TO STAY:
- Hotel Rex. Hayes wanted the whole trip to have a theme (is that not the sweetest thing you've ever heard? Love a man who puts in some serious effort) and this hotel fit in perfectly with the vintage '30s theme he wanted. It had a total intellectual vibe with a quiet library bar, book decor, and dimly lit hallways made for a very vintage feel that did not disappoint.
Can't you hear the jazz music and taste the sazerac now? Photo courtesy of jvdhotels.com
- The Marker. This sweet and sunny hotel is about the same price as the Hotel Rex and owned by the same company. The funky and trendy decor makes for the perfect girls weekend or fun for a solo trip too! There is also a delicious trattoria downstairs called Tratto that you must try!
Have you been to San Francisco? What was your favorite thing to see? Anything you would never do again? Let me know in the comments below!