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Guest Post: Returning to San Francisco

21 Apr

As I mentioned earlier this week, I’m heading to San Francisco next week for the first time (I know, I know!) for work. My co-worker Fay, has been there a bunch of times and has shared some great tips for those who are looking to scope out the San Fran scene, off the tourist track.

Check out her post below and thanks Fay!

Guest Post: Returning to San Francisco

Planning a first time trip to a new city or country is the best—everything is yours to discover and the options are endless.  There’s nothing like experiencing a place for the first time but preparing for a repeat trip to a city you love can be just as much fun.

I’m heading to San Francisco next week—a city I’ve visited many times but have been hard at work planning just the same.  I have a mix of visits to old favorite shops, restaurants, cafes, and sights that make each visit San Francisco feel like returning home again, along with neighborhoods I’ve yet to fully explore and places that have long been on my list.


Daily Candy SF

Daily Candy SF

The first thing I did after booking my flight, I signed up for a variety of San Francisco e-newsletters to give me ideas for recent openings, special events, and interesting tips.  Two that have yet to lead me astray:


San Francisco has some of the best boutique, consignment, and vintage shopping in the US—better than NYC in my opinion.  Some of my favorites:



  • Crossroads Trading Company—Four locations in San Francisco proper, one in Berkeley, one in Oakland
  • The Firm—This boutique used to be Brown Eyed Girl but has come under new ownership since my last West Coast trip.  I’m excited to see what the updated version has to offer
  • Painted Bird—A super stylish, native San Franciscan friend recommended this vintage shop in the Mission as a not-to-miss
  • Benefit—Mecca for make-up junkies, the original Benefit boutique is located in the Russian Hill neighborhood, also brimming with great shops and cafes to stumble upon along the way


Eats and Drinks

Without a doubt, my first stop will be at Blue Bottle for a cup of amazing coffee and a look at their mesmerizing preparation method.

Blue Bottle

Blue Bottle

  • Tartine Bakery—This treat shop seems to be popping up in conversations and articles I’ve read, and looks delicious.
  • San Francisco has some of the best sushi restaurants in the US.  A few favorites:
  • Tokyo Go Go
  • Live Sushi

Lucky for me, I’m staying in Japantown so will have lots of new sushi options to try.

  • The Slanted Door—another one everyone seems to be talking about so I need to see what all the fuss is about


Museum of Modern Art

Museum of Modern Art (Getty)

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