San Francisco Guide: It’s Always Gonna Be An Uphill Battle
I feel like quoting Miley Cyrus is actually really accurate here. Other than it being a Party in the U.S.A on this trip to Cali, walking around the City of San Francisco all day is literally an uphill battle – It’s The Climb. (With the occasional downhill balancing act).
All jokes aside though, San Fran is one of the best cities. So many different things going on, never too hot or cold, and you get a workout built into your exploring. You can never really see it all. Frankly, the rolling hills in the city are actually loads of fun. I got into the city around 11am and headed out around 7. I’m staying outside the city with family so sorry, no hotel reviews. I walked everywhere.
Side Note: How fabulous are these pants? I’m in love.
The Ferry Terminal / Ferry Building Marketplace:
We started the morning at Embarcadero – The Ferry Terminal. First we took a stroll down Pier 14. Lots of people fishing at the end. I thought it was a great place to grab some shots of the San Francisco – Oakland bridge. Luckily, the morning was really nice out – blue skies, sunny. Quite a pretty bridge, though nowhere near as colourful as it’s red counterpart.
Then we headed into the Ferry Building Marketplace. I really wish I had more time to spend here. The entire building is filled with little coffee shops, ice cream parlours, bakeries, and small specialty shops. It was relatively quite this Wednesday morning, but I’m sure it can be quite busy on holidays and weekend. We grabbed coffees from Blue Bottle Coffee (It was great by the way – they have two windows inside on the water side, and one outdoor shop facing Embarcadero), and headed outside to enjoy the sun. Right next door is Hog Island Oyster Farm. I’ve been dying to try this, but I felt like 11am oysters was pushing it a bit. Hopefully next time. I’ve heard fantastic things about this place.
TransAmerica Pyramid/ Sushirrito:
Okay for some reason I was dying for this sushi burrito fad, so I dragged my mother to the foot TransAmerica Pyramid for one from Sushirrito (Clay and Sansome). They claim to be the original sushi burrito, who knows about how true this is, but it was really darn good. There was a relatively line-up that seemed to be filled with financial district workers on their lunch breaks, plus my touristy self. We grabbed a Geisha’s Kiss (Tuna and a bunch of other stuff) to share and ate it outside in the park out of the pyramid. I thought the half made a really good snack.
Next we headed toward Pier 39. However, as we climbed up the hill towards that general direction. We got a little distracted by Coit Tower. For those of you unfamiliar, it’s literally a cone shaped tower on a hill sitting in the middle of the city. We thought we’d check it out. So after dragging ourselves (me), we bought out $8 tickets and headed up. I think we’re lucky we came on a quite day in the city. The top of the building apparently only has capacity for 35, so I can imagine the lines can get quite long. We already had to wait a bit as it is. Great place to get some upper views of city. I was disappointed not all the windows were open so I couldn’t get some great shots of the angles I wanted. Glare is evil my friends. Either way, the fog was covering up the Golden Gate so probably didn’t miss out on much. On the way down, I grabbed a few shots on the terrace and on Telegraph hill and we headed down.
At this point. I was just hungry and tired. So I picked up my phone and found an okay sounding restaurant in the Pier and headed in. Usually I try and avoid eating in touristy areas (I hate mediocre, overpriced, tourist traps). However, this place wasn’t too bad -we picked Fog Harbour Fish House. We were sat next to the window on the edge of the Pier with a great view of the water and Alcatraz (yes the prison). We had the Pacific Sole which came at the servers recommendation (it had been apparently caught locally the morning of), Clam Chowder in a Sour Dough Bowl (I love bread), Oysters, and Crab Cocktail. None of it was bad. Actually it was all quite good. Oysters were fresh, bread was fantastic, clam chowder was great, and fish was very fresh and came in a very large portion. We had everything to share, and they were incredibly accommodating. For a tourist restaurant, not bad at all. After eating, we basically walked around the pier to grab a few shots and then moved on. There’s a lot of funky shops here, and sea lions. I’m particularly entertained by the Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Co. here.
Honestly, I didn’t even really go in. I’ve been here before, so I tried to avoid the immense tourist-ness of it all. I grabbed a shot of the sign and gave up. We were honestly running a bit late on time (it was like 4 pm), and it was getting really windy.
I LOVE CHOCOLATE. I literally came here for the ice-cream and chocolate. Oh, and for a photo-op of the sign. It’s considered a national historic place, so at least I didn’t just come for the food. The block used to be the headquarters for the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. I won’t complain. I bought a few chocolates, and grabbed a sundae. It was great. I was a little full from lunch and it was really heavy so I didn’t finish it. But it was still great.
This came as a request from my momma. So we hiked up the hill again for this. She loves flowers, and so do I. The street itself is quite pretty, to but filled with tourists. It was really difficult to get a good shot from either the top or the bottom due to the angle of the street. Fun experience nevertheless. I’d definitely try and drive it at some point in the future. Lots of hydrangeas which is good because I like hydrangeas. I keep thinking that if I lived there I would go nuts with tourists stomping on my front yard all the time.
I really wanted to hang off the side of the cable car for some unknown reason. So we did just that. We walked over to the cable car turntable at Bay for the Powell-Mason line. The line wasn’t too bad, but damn is this thing getting expensive. When I was here when I was younger (according to my mother) it was $3 a person, now it’s $7. So we ended our day riding it up Mason and Powell all the way to Union Square/Westfield Mall and ended our day there. I had planned to do some shopping earlier, but I ended up being dead tired and gave up and went home.
(Side Note #2: There were really cute guys who got on the cable car. Just saying)
All in all, great day. Exhausting. I hope I burned some calories that I probably ate back in Chocolate. 5am trip to Yosemite tomorrow. I should probably sleep before I crash.