For today’s post I thought I’d have my friend Jenna write something for the blog. Since I’m one year new to San Francisco, I asked her to share some of her favorite spots around the city with a guide to coffee shops, bars, and the best eats.
Eat, Drink, Love, Jenna‘s Guide to San Francisco
Let me introduce myself; my name is Jenna. I am a friend of Aryn’s and uber jealous that she is living THE life in San Francisco. She was kind enough to ask me for a guest post on her blog because she knows how much I love The City. My boyfriend used to live near Golden Gate Park and I would visit him frequently. He has since moved back down to Southern California with me, but my heart is still somewhere between Chestnut Street and The Ferry Building. We continue to visit as often as we can and are always on the hunt for new favorites. If you are new to the city, visiting for a weekend, or just need some new hangouts, I got you covered.
- Fort Funston is dog-friendly and has the best view if it’s a clear day. It makes you feel like you have escaped the hustle and bustle of the city if only for an hour. There is also trail that takes you down to the beach for a nice stroll.
- North Beach is one of my favorite places to walk around. There are a ton of little shops, small neighborhood streets, a beautiful park and church, and a ton of mid-day pitstops, including Tony’s Pizza Napoletana and Rogue Ales Public House. I’m not afraid to say that Tony’s is worth the hype, but enduring a 2+ hour wait at dinner time is not my favorite, so I suggest planning on a noon lunch for the full experience without the crowds. However, if you do want to save your pizza needs for the evening, waiting at Rogue isn’t a bad choice. You are also walking distance to Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghirardelli Square if you insist on visiting these tourist traps… You have been warned
- Last, but certainly not least, is Crissy Field and The Marina. I recommend directing your Uber to The Warming Hut. On a clear day, you can get the best pictures with the bridge and a half decent cup of coffee. After your photoshoot, you can begin the long, but beautiful walk to Chestnut Street. It’s full of cafes, restaurants, and most importantly a Susie Cakes and David’s Tea. If you really want to keep the party going, keep walking to The Interval at Long Now or The Buena Vista. The Interval is a small, but trendy hidden gem in Fort Mason that also doubles as a museum, so there is plenty to look at. Also, their collection of non-alcoholic and coffee drinks is perfect if you don’t feel like indulging in one of their amazing cocktails from their extensive selection. The Buena Vista is the only touristy place I will recommend, I promise. You only go for the Irish Coffees (or Nutty Irishmans if you’re a wimp like me). I repeat, ONLY GO FOR THE IRISH COFFEE. No wine, no food, just good ol’ Irish Whiskey, coffee, and aged cream. After a few of those, you will be ready to walk or Uber to dinner.
- Other notables: Haight and Ashbury, Judah and Irving in the Sunset District, and Golden Gate Park (especially the bison pen).
- Liholiho Yacht Club: This place is my favorite new restaurant in the city. It’s perfect for a night out with girlfriends, date night, or somewhere to impress the parentals when they visit. The dishes are gorgeous and taste even better than they look. Learn more about it on my blog post.
- %ABV has the perfect mix of food and drink in The Mission. Their food is in the style of small bites, but they are delicious and filling enough to enjoy while you are enjoying a cocktail or two…or three (no judgment). I definitely recommend the cheeseburger, lamb dog, and the octopus and potatoes.
- For some post-dinner shenanigans, I recommend visiting Urban Putt. Bonus: If you were already at %ABV, you are just a short walk away. When you walk in, you are greeted by the coolest mini-golf course and a full bar. Could you ask for anything more? It might sound lame, but trust me, if you need a fun place for a Tinder date or you are coming straight from happy hour, this is a great idea.
My favorite SF shoutout was for the Buena Vista but I’m also excited to try out some of these other spots.
Where else should we explore for another City Guide?
Images via Jenna Ramirez