Around this time of year I normally like to take a vacation somewhere I’ve never been and this year I decided to go to San Francisco! Last year I visited Seattle for the first time with my friend Ally and my mom and it was such a fun trip, I legitimately fell in love with Seattle.
This year, my boyfriend Jordan and I decided to go to San Francisco! Our main reason for going was to visit the Museum of Ice Cream, you can read all about my experience here. I had never been to San Francisco and Jordan visited a long time ago so it was the perfect place for us to take our first solo-trip together! Overall, San Francisco is an amazing city with a lot of history and cool things to do. Plus, we saw so many dogs during our trip, so that was definitely a bonus. We did A TON while we were there so I broke up it by each day! Get ready for a lot of information but also some cute pictures.
Day 1: Friday
Once we landed in San Francisco (after a 40 minute delay) Jordan and I took the AirTrain to the BART and took that all the way into Downtown SF. There was a BART stop right near our hotel so it worked out perfectly. I highly recommend take the BART from SFO or Oakland, it was only $9 each time. We looked at Lyft or Uber before we left and it was going to be around $30 and the BART gets you where you need to go just as quick!
We checked into our hotel, grabbed a bite to eat at the little cafe in the lobby and headed out! First stop, the museum (of course). It was only 4 blocks from our hotel so on our way to Pier 3, we stopped and took a few pictures. It took us about 30 minutes to walk from our hotel all the way to Pier 3 but we really got to see every part of downtown! Across from the Pier is a park and they had a cute ice rink set up and we thought about trying it out but the line was so long! We ended up walking around the pier for a bit and grabbed dinner at Seaside Cafe. I had the Clam Chowder and Jordan got a pizza, both were delicious!
We then walked back towards Market Street and shopped around a bit inside the mall near our hotel. We wanted to get some dessert and I had looked up this place called Brenda’s French Soul Food before our trip because people highly recommended their beignet. So we decided to walk over there and grab some but on our way we noticed that it increasingly got more sketchier and sketchier. If you don’t know San Francisco does have a large homeless population and while they’re relatively harmless it was pretty dark in the direction we were heading and I just really got a little scared. So I decided the beignets were not worth it and we turned around. Instead we grabbed dessert from the Ghirardelli store inside the mall and headed back to our hotel and fell fast asleep because the day was v exhausting.
Day 2: Saturday
The next day we woke up pretty early and decided to go get breakfast at a tiny little restaurant called Taylor Street Coffee Shop that was around the corner from our hotel. It had great reviews and the food look good, plus there was even a little line outside which is always a good sign. Jordan got some sandwich thing that looked pretty good but I ordered the Swedish pancakes and a side of hashbrowns because this place literally had this huge thing of hashbrowns as a side and I just couldn’t pass it up.
We finished up breakfast and headed back to the hotel so I could get ready for the museum. We only took about an hour and a half (lol) to get through the whole thing but afterwards we headed back to the hotel so I could change because we were about to do A LOT of walking. Our plan was to walk all the way to Fisherman‘s Wharf and get as close to the Golden Gate Bridge as we could. That meant a lot of hills and a lot of walking but I was really excited to explore the city. Here are a few of the spots we came across on our journey to fisherman‘s wharf.
At Fisherman’s Wharf we ate at this place called Chowders, I got the fish & chips and Jordan got a Clam Chowder bread bowl. Both were delicious. We then went to check out Ghirardelli Square! It was super cute and right by the water, we even saw people swimming in the ocean so basically they’re insane and need some help because wtf it was cold.
After grabbing some hot cocoa (that was obviously our favorite drink for the trip) we walked over to a park so we could take some pictures of the bridge.
If you plan on exploring San Fran and the bridge is a PRIORITY for you, I suggest riding a bike or catching an Uber/Lyft because the bridge is very far. We snapped a few pictures of the bridge and headed back to our hotel.
No lie, we walked 10 miles that day so to say we were hella tired was a understatement. I was so tired, I took a two hour nap when we got back. Both of us weren’t very hungry so instead of going out for dinner, we just grabbed some food in the store at our hotel and then went back to bed.
Day 3: Sunday
Our flight home wasn’t until 5:30 so we had a few hours left to explore San Francisco and the two things on my list that we hadn’t seen were The Painted Ladies and Mr. Holmes Bakehouse. The Painted Ladies were up first and it was definitely cool to see them, but I will say they could use a new paint job because the colors were pretty dull. Also, fun fact, the Full House home isn’t even one of these houses, but the intro for the show, shows The Painted Ladies in the background so that is why they are famous. Once we snap some pictures we headed towards Mr. Holmes Bakehouse.
One thing to note, there is no signage outside of the bakehouse so we legit passed it and had to turn around. It is a lot smaller than I thought it would be but this sign is still as amazing as ever and the baked goods are super delicious. I was still full from breakfast so I didn’t get anything but Jordan got a Churro Croissant and a Sausage Croissant thing and he says the churro one was one of the best things he’s ever eaten. Which is definitely saying a lot. We then walked back to our hotel, grabbed our bags, took the BART to the airport and headed home!
This was SUCH a fun trip and I was so happy to have Jordan there with me. He deserves some love because he took all of my pictures and didn’t complain once. This post was kind of long but I wanted to share my experience so I can help anyone looking to visit plan their trip.
We are looking to plan our next trip soon so if you have any recommendations, comment below!