My husband and I are heading to SF this weekend for the web 2.0 conference. We've only been to San Francisco once (for our honeymoon - LOVED IT). This time we wanted to try some spots that aren't as "touristy". We're spending a few days in Sausalito to see Muir Woods, and wondered if you could help us with a restaurant recommendation? I've been looking at old posts of yours and the restaurants you have tried (and liked), but I'm having a hard time finding something in that specific area. The rest of the week we'll be in Union Square neighborhood. Any recommendations of things we must see? Thought about going to the Cherry Blossom parade on Sunday - worth it or not?I love a weekend in the city (obviously!). There are so many things you can do.
One of my all time favorite places, and not just because we're having our wedding there. There's a lot to see and do in this sunny part of the Bay Area. You can't fit everything in, but here are a few of my favorites:
Kayaking - If it is sunny, which it doesn't look like it will be, rent a two person kayak and paddle up to downtown.San Francisco
Seafood - Sit out by the marina with a margarita and a giant bowl of ceviche.
German Tourist Club - If you're hiking around in Marin, take the dipsea trail to this hidden gem. Bring a picnic and a love for german culture.
Way too many things to choose from! I would plan days that combine one museum or sight with one cute neighborhood followed by dinner. Here are a couple combos:
Golden Gate to Lower Haight - Go see the de Young and walk around the park before coming down Haight street all the way to Pierce. Have ethiopian food at Axum Cafe.And there are so many more you could do! North Beach, Embarcadero, Cole Valley, Noe Valley, Portrero Hill, Russian Hill....Have a great trip!
The Richmond and Legion - Start at Sutro park. Hike the lands end trail to the Legion of Honor. Dinner at Burma Superstar in the Richmond.
Downtown - Go to MOMA, shop Union Square, visit Gump's and admire the architecture. Dinner either at Boudin Bakery at Macy's (cheap clam chowder bowls) or at Oola (not so cheap but really good). Also a favorite, lunch at the Palace Hotel.
Civic Center and Hayes - Go to the Asian Art Museum and City Hall before walking up to Hayes Valley for stores and restaurants. Eat at Absinthe or Zuni.
Mission Foodie - Eat your way between Dolores Park (Bi-rite, Tartine Bakery) and Valencia Street (Truly Med, Bombay Ice Creamery). Good restaurants abound in this zip code. I really like Chez Spencer, a few blocks further north.
Marina Exploration - Walk Crissy Field and around Union Street and Chestnut Street. Shop for antiques at Past Perfect. I don't have a favorite restaurant in this neighborhood.
Japantown & Filmore - Go see the Cherry Blossom festival and eat from the street fair booths. Then walk up Filmore Street to look at the fancy shops and houses. Admire the bay view from the top of the hill. Dinner at Cafe Mediterranee.