An impromptu trip to San Fran with my man earlier this summer (this post has been sitting in my drafts… oops) was filled with food (always), so much history and very interesting people. It was both of our first trips out to the bay area of California, and coming from NYC… we did a little research on the resty’s but then we let the reset of the area take us on its journey.
Here’s how our 72-hour itinerary panned out, and it won’t fail you! The only thing not listed on here is a trip to Alcatraz, because it was too long of an adventure for the time we had. However, the ferry back from Sausalito offers a fantastic view of the island.
Lodging: I found a great deal on booking.com at The Stanford Court. We had heard from the locals although the Union Square area is nice, it borders the Tenderloin, which, is a not so nice area. Coming from NYC, I see and have seen my fair share of homeless culture. The Tenderloin is a whole different ballgame. I recommend staying closer to Nob Hill.
*The Stanford Court is right near two ritzy hotels so it definitely competes: free bicycle/helmet rentals AND a super comfy bed.
First up, lunch. Must get a burrito in the Mission at La Taqueria. This is a small, quick spot and perfect for your first lunch right off the plane. Get the pork burrito with all the toppings. Authentic and delicious and I want one right now. Thrillist says this place is one of the OG’s of burritos.
Next, hop on a trolley (you just have to and you’ll want to), and check out Fisherman’s Warf and the Ferry Building. Getting there later in the afternoon will guarantee a smaller line at Humphry Slocombe, the San Fran ice cream store that you absolutely cannot miss. The flavors will delight every taste bud, and the combos range from bourbon and cornflakes to milk chocolate passion fruit to Halva and Black Vinegar caramel. This is a true treat.
Do dinner at Locanda. This trendy place is really gorgeous inside and the service was top notch, among the food being delish. I recommend to step out of usual ordering habits in all of SF and take some risks (and order a few extra dishes, just cause).
- Locanda’s Bianca Pizza
- Bucatini all’Amatriciana
- Seasonal tortelloni not on the menu currently
Find yourself a Philz Coffee shop and order a mint mojito iced coffee and an everything bagel Philz style. We got this breakfast twice it was so nice.
Then, grab bikes and make your way over the Golden Gate Bridge into Sausalito. Anyone can do the ride, but it is a long day so dress comfortably (and wear sunscreen!!). Once you get over to the Sausalito side, you’ll see there are a ton of places to park your bikes.
Eat lunch at Salito’s Crab House and order the crab cakes, the crabwich, and a nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc. Because you’ll be full and tired, you can take a cheap ferry with your bike back over to the Ferry Building on the San Fran side, and see a perfect view of Alcatraz.
Before you return your bikes, you have to take a stroll through the Fine Arts Palace (this will be on your way back from the Ferry Building to the bike rental area). It’s truly magical.
Philz Coffee, again. Then we wandered around Dolores Park and loved feeling out the local scene. For lunch, we waited in line at Tartine Bakery, and it was the hardest decision we had to make all day. We decided on the Croque-Monsieur and a plethora of baked goods to hold us over.
We finished the day off at the best meal we had all trip, Tosca Café. This cozy and historic location makes the perfect setting for an April Bloomfield (Spotted Pig, Salvation Burger, etc) restaurant in the heart of San Fran. The roasted chicken is everything and more, as well as their pastas, their appetizers and of course the service.
Another good option verified by the Foodie Gods is Zuni Café.
Around that area are a trio of bars that have been around forever, and one happens to be right next to Tosca Café, The Devil’s Acre. We met some fun locals and grabbed a few nightcaps before heading home.
Some other activities are catch a Golden State or Giants game, or head over to Twin Peaks for the best view of the bay area.
Bottoms up to the Bay Area,