A Quick Weekend in The City: San Francisco
San Francisco is such a fun city to have a weekend getaway; there’s always a new restaurant to try, exhibits to attend or new shops to check out. The city boasts a medley of historical and colorful buildings, culturally-rich cuisine, and so many artist-driven events to explore. Each time I go for a weekend trip, I'm never ready to leave and silently start calculating what else to squeeze in! Last weekend I joined some friends for a quick trip to wander around and mostly enjoy some delicious eats. Here are some of the highlights from the trip:
West Coast Craft Fair
West Coast Craft Fair is a bi-annual exhibition of artists and designers “inspired by the mood and aesthetic of the West Coast lifestyle”. It was a happy accident to discover we happened to be in the city during the fair - I always seem to miss Renegade Craft Fairs, so this was an extra lovely surprise! I scored this Katie Dean Jewelry ring I’ve been eyeing for quite some time and a cozy sweatshirt, too. There was a ton of makers there I recognized and it was so fun to get to see their products in-person. Highly recommend this event if you're looking for a little creative inspiration or unique gifts during the holidays.
Mr. Holmes Bakehouse
This dreamy bakery confection on Larkin st. offers creative interpretations of French pastries--from Cardamon Pumpkin Donuts to Matcha-dipped Croissants, they're literally all delicious. The shop always has a line at the door before they open, but lucky for me our hotel was just around the corner and made for an easy early morning walk to beat the crowd and get a boxful of tasty treats.
This small but airy space packs a punch with pretty blue tiles, tons of plants and high-vaulted ceilings. They serve cuban-inspired eats like Cubanos, empanadas, and chocolate dipped Moon Bars. They also serve a house-made sangria that looked delish. I recommend going during off hours to snag a decent sized-table.
This is my favorite taco spot in San Francisco. Granted there's a million I haven't tried (and it's probably because I keep going back to Tacolicious again and again) but it really is delicious and they have the best margaritas. My current favorite veggie tacos: Fried Avocado and Mushroom "carnitas" with tomatillo sofrito and cotija cheese. So. damn. good.
This is a tiny spot - in fact, they call it a micro-cafe (how very San Francisco, no?) but it's jam packed with homemade, local and sustainable food. They make killer toasts (think everything from mixed mascarpone with fresh fruit to savory avocado options) and are known for their house-made cereals. Besides food, they make unique lattes - my favorite being the Charcoal latte, which is actually really delicious and not at all gritty like you might imagine.
Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market
Okay, this might be unpopular opinion, but I love the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market more than Pike Place in Seattle. I’ve been to both several times and I just keep coming back to this one in San Francisco, and not just because it’s closer. The shops in the marketplace are top notch and have everything - from wines with local bottles to bakeries with handmade pastries and great shopping galore, it’s the perfect spot to find a gift (whether it’s for yourself or someone else). Bonus: they're beyond generous with the samples in the booths, so snack away.
Wander: Valencia, 17th, 18th & 19th st.
In the mission district, Valencia st. is an artist and hipster paradise. Wander through quirky home good stores, grab craft beers on a patio or sip on frozen hot chocolate… the options are endless. Some especially worth noting stops: Curry Up Now, Burma Love, Tacolicious, and Dandelion Chocolate. Another thing you can’t miss: Clarion Alley. It’s located on a small street between Mission and Valencia Streets and 17th and 18th Streets (depending which side you’re coming in from). The artwork is grassroots and community based, run by social engaged artists. It’s not uncommon from the murals to be thought-provoking and a little intense. The murals change every so often, so I love to make it a point to make a stop there whenever I can to see what’s new.