Growing up two hours from “the city” means I treat it more like an upgrade from Sacramento than a tourist destination. It’s where we go for good shopping, the hottest clubs, classy restaurants and winning sports teams (Helllooooo World Series Champions!). I can’t remember the last time I visited Alcatraz, rode a cable car or walked up Lombard Street (although my mother assures me that I’ve done all of them).
It’s also the go-to city for recent college graduates in Northern California, which means I’ve spent quite a few weekends splurging on drinks and crashing on couches. Last weekend, when the sun came out and the ever-present fog failed to appear, my friends and I decided to cure our hangovers with a view of the Golden Gate and a sourdough bread bowl. It was a good reminder why San Francisco is one of the world’s top places to visit.
The Dungeoness Crab and Corn Chowder in a sourdough bread bowl at Blue Mermaid.
The iconic San Francisco cable cars.
Did I mention that all of these photos were taken in January? Yup, it was tank top weather in the city by the bay.