New years resolution?? Explore more.
It seems only fitting that TJ and I rang in the New Year by doing just that. We welcomed 2018 in a new city that we have surprisingly never been to before: San Francisco. Even though we only had 48 hours to see the city we definitely made the most of it.
When we found out that one of our favorite bands, Tycho, was playing at the iconic Filmore on December 31st, we just had to be there. Starting the year off with music and adventure really set the tone for the rest of an epic year.
-Downtown. We stayed at the Grand Hyatt in downtown SF, right near Union Square. Our room was on the 31st floor with amazing downtown views; it was truly badass. The first day we were there we made up our own little walking tour of the city. We started in Union Square, and then took off making our way past Lombard Street (an unintentional surprise), Chinatown, Little Italy, and eventually ending in Fisherman's Wharf. On the way got some exercise and happened upon some awesome hilltop views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.
-The Buena Vista. This place serves THE BEST Irish Coffee I have ever had; it's no wonder the place is busy af all the time. Seating is a free-for-all, and the place is packed full of people trying to snag the next available table or bar stool. Luckily, just two minutes after we squeezed into the building, I spotted a couple leaving at the front bar and we slid right in. This is a must visit in SF, my mouth is watering just thinking about those velvety coffees. Can't wait to have another.
- Fisherman's Wharf. The neighborhood is filled with shops and restaurants, clam chowder galore! Obviously we had to stop for a bowl, some oysters, and cocktails. We even got to see local fisherman selling fresh fish to the locals straight off of their boat.
- The Fillmore. Such an awesome historic venue in SF. The Poster Room they have upstairs in this place is amazing. It is covered from floor to ceiling in radical psychedelic sold-out concert posters, a must see. When we first got there I kept noticing random people standing around eating apples, I even saw some half eaten on the ground outside after the show. It was hilarious and super random. Apparently, there is a barrel of red apples in the lobby for anyone that wants one. A red apple and some awesome tunes, what more do you need?
- Baker Beach. An awesome beach where you can find locals walking their dogs, having picnics, hanging out, playing games, and casually walking around butt-ass naked. You heard me. This is a clothing optional, nude beach. The day we went was so cold we figured there was no chance people would frolic around naked. We were wrong, and they did: walk, climb, spin and twirl, stretch, and some weird yoga(ish) moves I've never seen before. Go to this beach for some killer views of the Golden Gate Bridge and a little entertainment.
- The Golden Gate Bridge. Obviously the most iconic landmark in SF. We walked from Baker Beach over to the bridge and made it just in time for the sunset. It was really awesome to stand up on the bridge and take in all the sights. It was cold and getting dark so it wasn't overly crowded either. As we were heading back towards the visitors center we were lucky enough to see the first supermoon rising across the bay. It was pretty spectacular and happened just by chance. We had no idea the first moon of the year was a supermoon, or that we'd end up with prime views of the event.
- Piccolo Pizza. Not kidding when I say this is some of the best food we had in SF. We ate it late night and then again for breakfast the next morning. Delish! Craving pizza anytime or late night, try this spot! Full disclosure: not endorsed by Piccolo Pizza, but maybe should be...
Overall, San Francisco is an awesome city with a lot going on. There's good food and drink pretty much everywhere you look, it's easy to get around, the people are friendly, and it's super scenic. Can't wait to go back to spend more time and get to know the city better. If it's not on your list put it there and start making some plans!