Hi out there! I had the fun opportunity to travel on behalf of Glitter Guide with Airbnb to San Francisco this weekend, and I wanted to share a few of the highlights. By no means am I qualified to share an entire guide (it actually drives me nuts when people create guides for places they’ve only briefly visited), but I have had a few people ask about our favorite parts of the trip.
Side note: we were there to try out Airbnb’s new Experience program, and I really do recommend it! It was such a unique way to get a local experience in the city and connect with people who live there. Honestly, I’m hoping they introduce a few classes in Nashville soon so I can do them here!
Top 3 Recommendations:
Run the Golden Gate Bridge. This was actually my friend Caroline’s idea as soon as I invited her on the trip. She knows I’ve been training for the half marathon (and, truthfully, struggling a lot over the last few weeks!), and suggested we do this on Saturday morning. The weather was initially not in our favor (rainy and cold), but as soon as we arrived at the bridge, the sun came out, the clouds cleared, and I had one of the best runs of my life. The views were absolutely stunning and the energy was so great! I ran over and back and then back up to the middle for a few pictures and then down again and it was right at 5 miles. When we ran back down, we came to a spot that overlooked Crissy Field and it was one of our favorite views of the trip. I would spend more time in the Presidio area next time because I just loved the views (and Pilots’ Row!)
Wander down Fillmore and Sacramento Streets. This was another favorite area of ours. We walked in and out of so many adorable stores (March, St. Frank, and Hudson Grace being three favorites!) and stopped into Jane for lunch. What I would do to have a place like that for lunch here in Nashville! Like I said on Instagram, it’s the best avocado toast I’ve ever had – and that’s not an accolade I take lightly! The entire area was really quiet and quaint. It sort of reminded us of West Village in NYC!
Leave time to explore. I’m a little bit obsessive about planning trips, and while I think it’s important to have a general plan mapped out, we were so glad that Saturday afternoon was completely open so we could go with the flow. We wandered around the Ferry Building, walked to a late lunch, and took our time getting ready for a late dinner. San Francisco had a slower pace than I was expecting, so it was really nice to just explore the random shop on the corner or walk around our cute little neighborhood. On Friday afternoon before dinner, we had a little time so we went to the new Reformation store. YOU. GUYS. You have to go! It was a brand new experience where you shop the store on a huge screen, build a dressing room, and then when you’re ready to try on, all of the clothes are in the room already. In the room, you set the lighting you like, plug your phone in to play music, and can add things or change sizes just by tapping the screen and closing the doors to the closet in there. It was the coolest shopping experience I’ve ever had. I bought this little tank (because I need another black tank…), and I am really interested to see if this is the way of shopping in the future. It took the best parts about shopping online and the best parts about shopping in a store and combined them – we were obsessed!
The Restaurants We Loved:
There were lots of delicious spots we hit, but I have to say Union Larder, Jane on Fillmore, and Zazie stand out in my mind as the very best. Union Larder was one of my highlights of the trip. We stopped in before dinner for a glass of wine and cheese board, and the cheesemonger there helped us pick exactly what we love. The bar where we sat looked out onto Union Street, and we had the best time people watching and taking it all in. We had brunch on the back patio of Zazie on Sunday before our flight, and we couldn’t stop raving about it. It was just steps away from our Airbnb, and at 9:00 when they opened there was already a line. It might be a bit touristy, but Adele eats there, so I’m okay with it. Tip: get there before they open, put your name down, and definitely request the back terrace.
Where We Stayed:
I cannot say enough great things about our Airbnb. I was hesitant when I was booking because I truly don’t know anything about the layout of the city and what the different neighborhoods are like. While there might have been a few places more convenient, this little gem was absolutely a dream. Like I mentioned above, it was walking distance to the most adorable brunch spots, a fabulous French cafe, and a few other cute local groceries and shops. I loved Cole Valley! We wandered around on Saturday morning after grabbing a coffee at La Boulangerie, and we were charmed.
The Airbnb itself was very private with its own courtyard. As you may have seen in Glitter Guide’s Instagram, the decor was so pretty! The owner is a graphic designer, and her yellow-door adorned home was out in front of the Airbnb. Catherine, the hostess, is originally from Paris, has lived in Abu Dhabi, and is now a graphic designer living with her husband in San Fran. She stopped by before we left on Sunday, and I only wished we had spoken sooner so that we could have grabbed dinner or drinks with them. She honestly could not have been any kinder, and I couldn’t more highly recommend that you stay at their Airbnb! (Also – I’m not paid to say this or even write this post. I just really, really liked her and wanted to give you the scoop on the place!)
Where are your favorite San Fran spots?
(P.S. I’ll share more this week, but the Shopbop sale started today and almost everything is 25% off!!!!)