I loved every second of this trip! It was the perfect amount of relaxing, sightseeing, and family.
We originally decided to go because Gabe has family that is from San Fransisco and they were having a big family reunion. I hadn’t met anyone from that side of the family yet so we wanted to take advantage of the opportunity and go. I had also never explored that city before though, so it was so fun to go and see new things and eat amazing food all day!
*WARNING: If you hate pictures of food and pictures of pretty stairs, you might want to sit this post out*
We flew in on a Thursday afternoon and stayed in San Jose, so we took the afternoon to relax by the hotel pool, grab some yummy food, and just relax together. We had had an incredibly busy and stressful week leading up to the trip, so we took this time to devote to resting and each other. Friday was all in San Fransisco, which I’ll be talking about in a second, and Saturday was my husbands family reunion. It was so great to meet everyone there and eat delicious Italian food! But you wanted to know about San Fransisco, so here we go!
Brenda’s French Soul Food
We started the day off by going to Brenda’s French Soul Food for breakfast. This place is incredible. It has delicious Louisiana inspired breakfast foods perfect for brunch. We got the Chocolate Beignets, Andouille Sausage & Cheddar Omelette, and the Egg & Bacon Tartine. I’ve heard the Shrimp and Grits are amazing though!
Our next stop was Chantal Guillon. This is a cute little macaron shop on Hayes Ave that has some beautiful and delightful macarons! I LOVE macarons, and I still haven’t found great ones in Orem yet, so I’ll take any opportunity to grab some that are as good as these were! They were kind of pricey, so we only got three. This was enough though because we were so full from breakfast still. We tried the Passion Fruit, Red Velvet, and Salted Carmel. Isn’t the Salted Carmel gorgeous?!
The Painted Ladies
From here, we ventured to see the Painted Ladies and let our food digest. The Painted Ladies are the Victorian houses right by Alamo Square that are a beautiful sight against the city. Something I really loved about San Fransisco was all the views. Anytime you walk you were going up and down hills, but you were always rewarded with beautiful sights!
16th Avenue Tiled Steps
I wanted to make this day a good combination of the typical tourist sights and the not typical tourist sights. This stop surprised me by being one of my most favorite places to go. These steps were a community project in the Golden Gate Heights neighborhood. The pattern of this follows from the bottom of the sea, to the moon, stars, and sun. Some of these tiles had names and dates of people and groups who contributed or made an impact on the neighborhood. It was so inspiring and neat to be around!
Golden Gate Bridge
Obviously we had to go! It wouldn’t be San Fransisco without taking a picture here. This was probably one of Gabe’s favorite spots. The little pier we went to had people riding bikes, fishing, and just walking around. The weather started to go grey while we were here, but it was still so nice to walk around and look at what everyone was catching! I think if we had more time, I would want to ride bikes across the bridge. Everyone who was doing it looked like they were having a great time!
The street was SO crowded, and I almost died at this point walking up to the bottom of the street, haha! We stood in a crowd at the bottom of the road while everyone took pictures of cars driving down the “Most Crooked Street”. Obviously we had to take a picture too! Honestly though, this was one of my least favorite stops. I think we just went because we felt like it was another “have to”, but it’s really not that interest.
After Lombard Street we went to Ghirardelli Square. It was really only worth it to us for the free chocolate when we walked in the door! Then we went to Starbucks for some drinks and a snack before we hit the Pier. This was one of both mine and Gabe’s favorite places to go! The whole environment was magical! We were able to find so many fun and different shops, treats, and street performers. We decided to escape the changing weather and went into the little aquarium on the pier. This was so fun!!! It was a really small, local aquarium, but it was great to just have fun looking at the different fish and sharks.
That night we ate at Pier Market Seafood. Oh my heavens. So amazing. We got the oysters since I had never tried them and Gabe only likes to eat them fresh. I think it’s got to be an acquired taste. Gabe loves oysters but thought these were really great! He also got the Ahi Tuna (I think?) and I got the Grilled Salmon on Bannock Bread. Pro tip from my friend Taylor – if you go here and order at the window it’s cheaper!
The food was delicious and the atmosphere was just what we needed to pick ourselves up after a long day! I am sitting here drooling thinking about all the delicious food and treats we had and looking at these pictures.
After this we walked around the Pier and “accidentally” bought 2 pounds of fudge. But it was so delicious! And the view at the end of the Pier was beautiful.
Well, this was our day in San Fransisco! I know we didn’t do everything everyone tells us to do, but I was actually really happy with how our day here worked out! If we did anything different or extra, I would want to ride across the bridge and take a whale watching tour. What are your favorite things to do in San Fransisco? Did you go for a day or longer? I would love to hear about your experience!