Although San Francisco is just over an hour away, I don’t actually make many trips out there. Because it’s a little more of a rare, special trip, I like to plan out a few places to hit when I do make it out there. Recently, Haley, Julia and I took it to a geeky new level with a Google Doc full of shops, cafes and gardens we were dying to visit. We only spent a day there, but here’s a quick and dirty guide to our fun day trip!
Reveille Coffee – Castro District
Nestled in the Castro district, this coffee shop has great coffee, pretty marble countertops, and a killer chia pudding with fresh kiwi. Whether you cozy up inside or enjoy some sun on the front patio with vines over the facade, you’re sure to enjoy a stop here.
Azalea Boutique – The Mission
This was a must-visit on all of our lists. The @azaleasf Instagram and website is always stocked with covetable, minimal styles, and their store was too! They have an awesome selection of boots and slides, and carry accessories and dainty-yet-edgy jewelry as well. I finally got a poof for my purse there! Azalea carries brands like Soludos, LNA, and Janessa Leone.
Tartine Bakery and Cafe – The Mission
This place exceeded my expectations, which were already high. Everything in the bakery case looked amazing, and their sandwich menu was equally decadent and tempting. We each ordered a pastry (or two!), laid them out, and gobbled them up with our sandwiches. We were almost scared off by the line, but we were assured that it moved fast and it really did! The only thing I’m regretting is not taking a loaf of bread home, which you can buy after 4:30!
Dolores Park – The Mission
Crowded in a good way, this hilly park is mostly packed with lounging adults rather than kids. It’s the perfect place to chill after you’ve been hoofing it around the Mission for a while, have a picnic and indulge in all the people watching your heart desires. It’s really a place to BYO-whatever and get some good photos.
I can’t say we did much in Hayes Valley aside from walk around and enjoy the cute neighborhood. We strolled along the perimeter of Alamo Square, and got some cute photo opps with a pink car and pretty houses.
Till next time, SF! Should be making another trip with the ladies over the summer!
Photography by: Julia Maya