There is nothing sweeter than feeling like home when you are on trip somewhere. For me, this particular journey was truly a trip going back to my hometown. I grew up in the Bay Area so it was an incredible treat being able to experience San Francisco as an adult along with my best friend. The whole goal of this trip was to celebrate my birthday, my bffs (Whitney) birthday and it was also a babymoon for her since she is 6 month prego with a baby boy on the way! Being able to spend time with someone this dear to me was honestly very special. Thanks to Airbnb, we also had a gorgeous apartment for the week in Nob Hill. It felt like we were back in college being roomates, sans the additional crazy roommate, the random boys who were always in our living room and no frat/athlete parties were attended that weekend!
I want to break up this post in two sections. Fashion first and then I want to provide reviews for the restaurants I went to. Fashion-wise, I would describe the city as casual chic. The city is full of hilly roads and the city is made to walk from place to place. I wore low heels or high-tops most of the days and at night I would throw on 4-inch wedges or heels. Clothing wise I brought a few leggings with me and paired them with either a dress top or I dressed them down with a denim top or a crop-top. While traveling I highly suggest wearing clothes you think you will be comfortable in for 12-hours straight, so leggings or thin jeans are my go-to.
Being able to shoot photos in SF was so delightful. There is beautiful scenery on every corner, whether it be the Golden Gate bridge, the trolley, the buildings, the homes that mimic the show Full House, or even just the graffiti on the walls. Honestly, any outfit looks amplified in this city, so to all you Franciscans, I salute you and your ability to look casual-cool all the time.
I like to travel to metropolitan cities in order to try restaurants out that will be best to take clients to. With that being said, I knew I had to make reservations way in advance to go to some of these restaurants. Since I am a writer for this blog, a lot of these restaurants gave my friend and I a truly unique and special experience by squeezing us in and letting us try some items off the menu. My favorite restaurant hands down in San Francisco is SPQR. From their wine list to the presentation of their foods, you honestly would impress whoever you planned on taking there. This small spot located in the Marina brings you the most intricate and delicate dishes. I had some of the best salmon I have ever had, and the chef brought me over the most incredible beet ravioli that tickled all of my food senses. So I definitely am adding this restaurant as my number one spot to take a client to for dinner.
Since you know I love to provide you all with lists, I also listed additional spots that you absolutely must either go to or take your clients to in the city.
1. SPQR (Greek American Italian Fusion)
2. The Slanted Door (Vietnamese)
3. Capannina (Italian)
4. State Bird Provisions (Contemporary American Cuisine)
5. Nopa (Californian/American)
6. Kokkari (Greek)
1. Brixton (good looking crowd!)
2. Top of the Mark
3. Novela Bar SF (same crowd as Brixton)
1. Olea in Nob Hill (Fave spot! Unreal and Wade is the best server there)
2. La Boulange (hello croissants!)
Casual Quick Bite:
1. Molinari’s in North Beach (A prosciutto must!)
2. Tacolicious (healthy taco spot)