Hello my lovelies!
I am going to do a series on my recent trip to San Francisco, since we just did so many fun things! I always kind of like to space stuff out on the blog so anyone that is interested in one aspect of my trips can maybe get a more in-depth look at specific pieces instead of a big picture kind of post! So, keep an eye out for my other posts on San Francisco coming later this month!
Lucky me, I do not have school on Fridays so three of my close friends and I took off early Friday morning for this trip, so we would have an extra day to explore. We stayed at the Clift Hotel. If you are in need of hotel recommendations this is definitely a great place to stay if you want to be close to everything and in the heart of the city. The Clift is a short walk from Union Square, where all the shopping is, and it is also right around the corner from the famous San Francisco trolley. The trolley was a must do for me just because of the history behind it, and honestly, I am so glad I did ride it because it was so fun and enabled me to get a good look at the city! We took the trolley down to The Warf. This was an interesting environment on the water with tons of restaurants and random shops. There was even a magic shop at Pier 39! Pier 39 is the most populated portion of The Warf and you can see my favorite… Alcatraz from there. This was a life long dream of mine to see the infamous prison. The whole area reminded me a little bit of a carnival or SeaWorld, who knows why but those were the vibes I was collecting. We spent the afternoon at The Warf, got some lunch, and shopped around before making our way down to Ghirardelli (yes, the chocolate) Square. This was a nice day of sight seeing and shopping around. Although the majority of the day was spent in this area we also took a journey over to Lombard Street after visiting the Famous Buena Vista cafe!
Lombard Street was beautiful, I love the curvy road, even if driving down them would make me nauseous, and for February everything was so green and in full bloom. There was the prettiest tree with little purple lilacs all over it. I honestly loved walking the streets of San Francisco, even though they are basically giant mountains!! One suggestion I have is to bring good walking shoes you 100% will need them but the walking is a good workout, and a killer workout (my legs are dead).
For dinner we went to this great place called El Techo. It is kind of family style, or at least my group made it that way. We got a couple of different courses form the menu and shared them all. The Carne Asada tacos were absolutely delicious and my personal favorite. Next door is another restaurant called Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, we did not eat there so I cannot really give you an opinion on it, but it looked super unique and I implore you all to eat there if you are in town and let me know how it is, because I really want to go my next time in town (there will be a next time). They have a movie playing during your nice dinner too which in my mind is a winning idea.
That is pretty much how our first night in the big city went! I will be writing more on this trip and let me know if you have any questions for me and or recommendations for my next trip!