It was love at first sight between me and San Francisco, but oh don’t get me started with the tricky weather. I was wearing a dress on my first day, because I was telling myself: « It’s gonna get warmer. We’re California after all. » So. Damn. Wrong. It is surprisingly cold during summer, so as everyone would tell you, wear layers.
We spent the first day exploring The Mission District, which has strong Hispanic influences. There were so many grocery stores on the streets and we couldn’t stop ourselves from buying organic and locally grown fruits (apricots, plums, strawberries, name it!). They taste so damn good compared to the ones we find in Montreal! I was amazed, seriously nothing beats seasonal produce. As we walked in the area, we stopped on our way to admire beautiful street art on Balmy Street and grab a cup of coffee at Philz Coffee. San Francisco is so charming and lovely. I fell in love with its steep hills, the colourful houses, the succulents found on the streets, the people and the abundance of bougainvilleas. On Valencia Street, we visited many cute cafés, restaurants and design shops (so basically we ate, sipped warm drinks and lingered in the boutiques the whooole day). It was really inspiring to discover the local spots and I wrote down a few favourites (well those that I could remember :/).
Eat & Drink
Mission Cheese | 736 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Dandelion Chocolate | 740 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Philz Coffee (many locations) | 3101 24th St, San Francisco, CA CA 94110
Samovar Tea Lounge | 411 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Craftsman and Wolves | 746 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
The Mill | 736 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Blue Bottle Coffee (many locations) | 2900 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Tacolicious (many locations) | 741 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Heath Ceramics | 2900 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Joshu + Vela | 3042 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Acacia | 415 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103
The Pirate Store | 826 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110