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A Quick Guide to San Francisco


A Quick Guide to San Francisco

Emma Bates

Until last week, the only major Californian city I hadn't visited was San Francisco. I don't know quite know how, but I'm very glad I've now made it a little further north along the Californian Coast.  

I decided to book a spontaneous trip over to the West Coast for 5 days. I'm heading back to London for July and August, so I wanted to make the most of being in the US and the consequent ease of flying from state to state. Finn had been working on a project over in San Fran for the last few weeks, I have family friends in LA and we have both been longing to check out Big Sur. Consequently a pit stop in San Francisco to check out the city was on the cards before the journey South along the Pacific Coast Highway. 

Here's a quick guide of where to see and eat with a few days in the city. As well as a number of photos we took during our stay in the city. 


Kasa - Amazing Indian food, super quick and delicious. They serve Thale, which was my absolute favourite dish whilst travelling through Northern India last September. 

Lalonda - This is a Latin American steakhouse, really fun atmosphere and incredible food. Definitely order their ceviche with fried corn, you won't be disappointed! 

Green Surge Smoothies - The perfect spot to pick up a smoothie in the morning. Great for post work out fuel or just for your breakfast. 

The Mill - An obvious recommendation, you may be paying $5+ for a piece of toast, but I can absolutely guarantee you it'll be the best slice of toast you've ever eaten. I don't know how they make their bread this delicious but it's incredible. Go. 

Rose's Cafe - This place is super cutesy, I was told to order their breakfast pizza but was actually a little disappointed by it. Their pastas however are delicious and it's the perfect spot for breakfast or lunch in the sunshine. 

Zuni Cafe - Another great lunch spot, their famous for their roast chicken and you should definitely check it out. 

Lark - Apparently this is one of the best spots for brunch, I didn't have much chance to check out other places given I was only in San Francisco for two days, however it was pretty delicious and I would recommend you pay a visit when you're in town. 


Bluebottle Coffee - Delicious lattes and beautiful space. 

Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters - Really great iced coffees, located on Union Street in Pacific Heights. Grab a coffee here and wander along the high street. 

Four Barrel Coffee - their pretty famous and for good reason too. Grab yourself a morning coffee here, it's delicious. 


Golden Gate Bridge - Obviously. The iconic bridge really is as magical as it looks in photos. The best viewing spots are Marshall's Beach where you can walk up to the bridge and also from the other side in the Marin Headlands. Cycle across the bridge or drive, if you're lazy like us. If you wanna get high up into the hills however you will need a car, unless you're a particularly talented cyclist. The view across the bay is beautiful, we were very lucky as the day we went it was completely clear. 

Alamo Square - To see the Painted Ladies, which are the famous row of houses that everyone takes photos of. They're really cute so definitely check them out. 

Twin Peaks - For a great view across downtown head up here on a clear day.

Coit Tower - For a view of the bridge and the financial district. 

Palace of Fine Arts - This is absolutely beautiful, it's completely unique and a gorgeous place to take a little stroll around. 

Golden Gate Park - The biggest park in the city, go for a walk around it and pay a visit to the Japanese Gardens within.

Point Bonita Lighthouse - This again, is only accessible via car, but you park at the end of the road and can take a walk out to the old lighthouse which looks out over the bay and has a great view of the bridge. You may also be able spot some sea lions and potentially even whales out at sea! 

There's plenty to see and do in San Francisco and it's definitely easy to spend longer than just two days in the city! Hope this goes someway to aiding you on your trip to the city.