Next week, the Bachelor (and his bimbos) come to San Francisco. Hooray!
As a local city girl, I thought I’d share my thoughts on things to do, places to go. I’m also inspired by friends who put their friends in touch with me when they plan a trip out here. I love playing tour guide. So here goes.
San Francisco in a Weekend
Happy Hour: Get your ass on over to Americano at the Hotel Vitale for the happiest happy hour in town. It’s always a vibrant scene abuzz with locals, bridge-and-tunnel, the employed, the unemployed. Don’t miss it.
Dinner: Walk across the Embarcadero, wander around the Ferry Building, then on to enjoy a meal overlooking the water at the Plant Café. There are lots of good options in this area, but I like the Plant Café because it’s so distinctly Bay Area with its natural ingredients and green technology for cooking and recycyling.
Nightlife: If you can’t make it to wine country, the next best option is Press Club–a unique concept of various wineries housed under one store front. Make it an early night and sleep well for a full weekend schedule.
Breakfast: Start your day early with a heart breakfast. Take your pick and stand in line at either of the following two beloved breakfast nooks: Dottie’s or Brenda’s. The food will make up for the bad neighborhoods.
Explore Like the Locals: Hop on a cable car without waiting in line. Simply hop on at any stop. Pay when the gripman asks. Make sure to see Chinatown, Lombard—the crookedest street, Crissy Field and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Lunch: In-n-Out at Fisherman’s Wharf. Make sure to order your burger Animal Style and get your fries Well Done.
Tea Time: Crown & Crumpet
Dinner: So many restaurants to choose, but my pick is Foreign Cinema. Fantastic food with a foreign film playing in the background. Very chic! Always a good locals scene. Afterwards, walk around the Mission and Valencia.
Nightlife: Mission pub crawl: Bruno’s, Elbo Room, Cassanova, Skylark—all very hip.
Explore Like the Locals: If I had to pick one museum, it would be the DeYoung. Explore and make sure not to miss the Observation Tower with 360-degree views of the city.
Brunch: Cross the main park pathway and have brunch at the upscale Moss Room in the Academy of Sciences.
Continue to explore Golden Gate Park after brunch: Japanese Tea Garden, Conservatory of Flowers.
Leave the city, venture over the Golden Gate Bridge, and spend the rest of your time at Cavallo Point. Have a drink or early dinner at Murray Circle.
Extended San Francisco Stay
Wine country is a must. I prefer the Sonoma side. Restaurants: Ad Hoc and Redd.
Attractions: Exploratorium Tactile Dome (feel your way around a maze in complete darkness), Alcatraz
Outdoors: Muir Woods
Restaurants: Nopa, R&G Lounge, Presidio Social Club, Amber India
Nightlife: Minna, Bourbon and Branch