I visited my boyfriend in San Francisco recently, we ate a lot of food and saw some of the touristy sites. I had been to SF twice before but I was only there for the day and didn’t get to see very much so going for almost a week gave us plenty of time to hang out and see the city!
I arrived around midnight from Seattle so we went to bed immediately and then got up pretty early the next day. We already bought Alcatraz tour tickets for that day so we went out to brunch near G’s apartment which is in the best location ever, the marina district! You can see the golden gate bridge from outside his door and all the apartments have the typical SF ornate style.
I did a quick Yelp search and this place, Cafe Golo came up with good reviews and it was like a 2 minute walk so we gave it a go.
My handsome BF:
This is a teeny tiny kind of hole-in-the-wall looking place, our waitress/possible owner was really sweet and brought out some pastries made in-house (it’s also a bakery):
G and I ordered the same things, the blueberry french toast on their cinnamon swirl bread with a scrambled egg and bacon (mine went to G of course). Verdict: Great bread, tasted like a cinnamon roll! BUT they used terrible fake maple syrup instead of real which is basically a sin for a cafe specializing in brunch. The eggs were nothing special either and the meal costs almost $15 each! Unexpectedly pricey for the look for the place and for somewhere that uses fake syrup.
G lives about a 5 minute walk from the Golden Gate Bridge!
Next we walked to Fisherman’s Wharf where the Alcatraz cruise takes off. I pictured a bigger boat but the use pretty small ones that bounce a lot on the waves and almost sent me flying a few times! It was sunny but pretty chilly on the water because the wind is super strong near the bay.
Arriving to the rock…
It’s actually quite pretty:
Not very pretty inside though:
The great escape:
So close to the beautiful city! I can see why one would want to give swimming to shore a try
A decaying house of one of the prison officials
We escaped the rock!
The tour took longer than we thought so we were starving by the time we got off the boat. I had yelp’ed this fish and chip stand which has amazing reviews to we went to find it near the piers. I LOVE the name!
These are the BEST fish and chips I have ever had! They are in the classic English style with malt vinegar included. The breading was so airy and light and the fish was perfectly moist.
After that huge meal, we walked back to G’s apartment and passed out from sun over-exposure (me the Seattleite – not him).
The next day I dubbed “mission district day” so we headed over there and played a fun game of mini golf at Urban Putt which was so fun! After playing golf, we went to La Taqueria El Farolito which is supposed to be one of the best mexican restaurants and it’s super cheap! I got a veggie burrito with guac of course and G got some meaty burrito. It’s a very narrow little place and kind of dirty but they have good food and the lines are long. They do only take cash though!
Burritos the size of newborns:
Mmm so tasty!
Because we are gluttons with endless pits for stomachs, we also got ice cream at Bi-Rite Creamery! I have been here before and they have high-quality stuff! I got cookie and cream and mint chocolate chip and G got a huge ice cream sandwich that he couldn’t finish. Don’t worry, I finished it for him.
The next day was reserved for the enormous Golden Gate Park! We went to the Japanese tea gardens and the botanical gardens. The whole park is so beautiful and it’s so much bigger than I thought!
I love this wisteria, so pretty!
Weird plant in the Australian section:
Japanese tea gardens:
In front of one of the museums:
The succulent part of the botanical gardens is my favorite!
So many succulents!
G caught me mid-complaint about something lol!
This is my favorite picture:
Whew this is such a long post, hopefully you are hanging in there!
The next day, we went to Chinatown and the financial district area for some tasty eats.
First I dragged G to a highly-rated bakery called Good Mong Kok, here is their menu:
Everything is SO cheap so we got a bunch of stuff to try. G got a barbecue pork steamed bun:
I got some scallion/shrimp dumplings which are so delicious:
G got us egg custard tarts which are really good and he loved them so much he said it was the best thing we ate the whole trip! The crust is super flaky and buttery and the custard is just right.
Not a great picture, it’s hard to balance a camera and a tart! 😉
A pineapple bun – decent but nothing too special,there is no filling so it’s kind of plain, I wish it was filled with custard.
Scallion bun/bread – yummy and super huge, couldn’t finish this one!
After our massive chinese bakery breakfast, it’s only natural to wash it all down with a bubble tea! We went to G’s favorite place, i-Tea, which has a bunch of locations in the bay area. They have an awesome large menu and the tea is really good! I wish they would come to Seattle.
I got a jasmine green tea with boba and G got a wintermelon milk tea:
Then we walked around the Ferry Building Market for a bit, always a good time.
At this point, coffee was needed, so we got blue bottle NOLA iced coffees, the only coffee I like! It has roasted chicory root in it.
Unbelievably, we got hungry again and since it was my last night, we decided to go for Italian food so we stopped at The Italian Homemade Company which I have been to before and they make the best pasta! We went to the original restaurant in the teeny Italian district of SF.
I got pesto ravioli and savored every bite.
G got spaghetti with meatballs which also looked divine.
To end the night, we stopped at Naia Gelateria for a cone, I got hazelnut chocolate and biscotti something or other. Good thing we walked so much otherwise I would have gained 10 lbs from this trip! We averaged about 20,000 steps a day!
The next day I had a late afternoon flight so we were able to go out to breakfast. I looked up some places close to his apartment and chose a rather touristy spot, Hollywood Cafe, which is in the Fisherman’s Wharf area. G got blueberry pancakes and I got french toast and fruit.
The amount of fruit is impressive! It was pretty good french toast.
We walked around at the marina park and got mojito iced coffees at Philz coffee. It is a little too sweet for me so G had to finish mine for me.
I ate some farmers market strawberries too:
It’s such a pretty area, I would love to live near this like G does! I ran 11 miles here on one of the days for my half training and it was super hot but it had great views!
I love these apartments! They cost a fortune to live in though.
We also had time for one last frozen yogurt, we went to this place like 3 times during my visit because it’s SO good. It’s called Loving Cup and they make their own probiotic froyo and then mix in toppings for you. It’s only a few blocks from G’s apartment on Polk street! I actually like this better than the famous Bi-Rite Creamery.
I got the “Dirty Hipster” a couple times, it’s vanilla froyo with oreos and nutella mixed in…Heavenly!
We walked by this donut shop and I saw the biggest donut I have EVER seen! The cinnamon roll next to it is the size of an adult hand so the donut is about the size of my head! And no, we didn’t eat that too 🙂
We also stopped for a quick drink on Union Street, G got a beer and I got a rather weak black currant kombucha. They don’t really have much kombucha around in SF that I saw, I should open a kombucha bar there!
That concludes this super long post! I hope you enjoyed reading. Have a good weekend!