No other city perfectly embodies both the relaxed Southern California demeanor and New York’s grit and hustle quite like San Francisco. It’s one of our favorite destinations, and we covered all of our picks for the best places to stay, eat, and drink in our Weekend Guide.
Whether you’re planning your first trip or you’re an avid visitor, we’ve rounded up a mix of old favorites and new-to-the-city spots to keep your Instagram feed full of North California inspiration.
1. Alamo Square
Alamo Square is a must for anyone visiting San Francisco for the first time. Although best known for the colorful Victorian houses lining the perimeter, Alamo is also a picture perfect destination for a picnic with city views.
Steiner St & Hayes St
2. Mr. Holmes
Mr. Holmes has become an Instagram favorite for their neon pink sign, but that isn’t the only picture-perfect part of the bakeshop. From the pastel display cases and the subway tile floors to their proprietary cruffins in pretty gold lettered boxes, it’s a must visit.
1042 Larkin Street
San Francisco’s Chinatown is the oldest in the United States. The neighborhood is right in the middle of the city and each street is home to intricately designed buildings, colorful murals, and dozens of hole-in-the-wall restaurants.
4. The Presidio
The Presidio is an expansive greenway at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. The park is home to multiple beaches, The Walt Disney Museum, and special events year round. Be sure to check their calendar before your trip to snag tickets for a festival or a happy hour. Or you can head a little further to Kirby Cove for the famous swing.
5. Media Noche
Banana wallpaper in the bathroom, an oversized flamingo mural on the wall, and the prettiest vintage tile on the floor. What more can an Instagrammer ask for? Media Noche in San Francisco’s Mission District serves up delicious Cuban sandwiches with a perfect backdrop.
3465 19th St
6. Museum of Modern Art
Shake up a monotonous feed of San Francisco’s tourist-favorites with a few beautiful photos of San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art. Located just south of the Ferry Building, the MoMA features unique installations against modern architecture.
151 3rd Street
7. Ferry Building
The Ferry Building originally opened in the late 1800s to welcome travelers and immigrants to San Francisco, but after years of re-purposing, the historical space just reopened in 2003 as an indoor and outdoor marketplace. The building itself is beautiful, and also offers unobstructed views of the Bay Bridge.
8. The Riddler
The Riddler is the chicest champagne bar in San Francisco, so it should come as no surprise that it was founded, backed, and now staffed entirely by women. Classic black leather booths and black and white photos pair perfectly with the quirky quotes on the tables and dishware.
528 Laguna St
9. San Francisco Flower Mart
There are only a handful of wholesale flower markets owned by growers in the country — and the SFFM is one of them. Wander down aisles overflowing with fresh flowers from dozens of vendors or check their What’s in Season calendar to track down your favorite hard-to-find bloom.
640 Brannan Street
10. Point Bonita Lighthouse
Just on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge are dozens of scenic lookout points across the bay in Sausalito, one of the best being the Point Bonita Lighthouse. Dating back to the mid-1800s, it was the last manned lighthouse on the California coast. The bay view combined with the historic landmark is a must-see!
Sausalito, Marin Headlands
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