San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO | 2 YEARS AGO |
by CassandraHlinka
This was my fiance and I's first trip to San Francisco, so we decided to stay with family to get an authentic experience. Our trip was just for a weekend, but we got to see quite a bit of the city. The people we were staying with took us to a lot of top tourist sites, which were great to visit. But we also got a chance to explore the city a bit on our own.

TRIP OVERVIEW

All Things Food | 3 Ideas
Outdoor Activities | 4 Ideas
Places to See | 3 Ideas

All Things Food

My fiancé and I really love Japanese food, and can't find it where we live, so that was our focus for this trip.

Saiwaii Ramen

This was a spot close to where we were staying that had pretty good ramen. My fiancé and I lived in Japan for a period of time, so we're very familiar with authentic ramen. This restaurant was a different style than those we had in Japan, but it's a great choice if you've never had ramen, or are looking for a filling meal.

Tanpopo

This was a restaurant located in Japan Town that has traditional Japanese meals. It's a great spot to try Japanese food that's not sushi or ramen.

Ebisu Restaurant

We visited this sushi spot on our last day in the city. We loved the cosy feel of the space and the food was delicious. Highly recommend if you're looking for sushi in the city!

Outdoor Activities

The outdoors were my favorite part of this trip!

Mount Tamalpais

My family was kind enough to drive me up this mountain and the view was spectacular. When you get to the top, you do have to hike up a little bit, but the view is well worth it.

Muir Woods National Monument

This may have been my favorite place in San Francisco. I had never seen redwoods before, and it was an amazing experience. The park can get pretty crowded, so I would recommend going on a weekday if possible.

Conservatory of Flowers

I've wanted to visit this conservatory since studying it in Architectural History in college. It's located in Golden Gate Park, so if you're headed that way, I highly recommend stopping by, if only to just see the architecture.

Japanese Tea Garden

This was a really nice Japanese garden, also located in Golden Gate State Park. When we visited, it was a bit crowded, so we didn't get the calm, quite experience we were expecting. But it's a nice place to stop by, especially if you've never visited a Japanese garden.

Places to See

There's so much to see in San Francisco, I definitely have things to add for our next trip.

Conservatory of Flowers

Japantown

My fiancé really loved walking around this area. There are a lot of authentic restaurants and dessert shops. There's also a Japanese dollar store, which has pretty neat merchandise.

Fisherman's Wharf

Fun place to go to see some sea lions and get some snacks. It's a very touristy location, so be wary if you're going on a weekend day.