Last month I visited San Francisco for the second time this year and like before, it was wonderful! The 10 hotspots I shared with you last time are still a popular post, so I thought it could be fun to give you a sneak peek in my travel diary this time and share some of the new hotspots I discovered.
We stayed at the Hyatt Regency, which is located right across from the beautiful Ferry Building at the top of Market Street. This hotel not only offers everything in terms of facilities, restaurants and service you have come to expect from a top brand like Hyatt Regency, but the room we stayed at had a fantastic balcony! I can’t even remember how long ago it was that I stayed at a hotel in an city center with a balcony, let alone one with spectacular views across the magnificent San Francisco Bay.
The location is fantastic, at walking distance from a variety of traditional San Francisco highlights: the Italian neighborhood North Beach, all the fantastic Chinese restaurants in Chinatown and if you’re into these things or visiting with children: Pier 39 with all of its tourist traps and beautiful AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. However, I think the Ferry Building is a destination in itself with all the artisan food places. So make sure to spend time there to check out all the stalls and vendors, but here are my new discoveries elsewhere across the city:
1. LEMONADE //
Lemonade is an LA based restaurant chain that has started to pup up around San Francisco since the beginning of the year. They offer a great great variety of healthy comfort food, fresh salads, great lemonades (duh!) and some killer sweets. You can create your own plate, order each item separately and just pay for everything at the cash register.
2. RÉVEILLE COFFEE //
Réveille Coffee is my new favorite discovery! I have seen many coffee places use all kinds of exotic coffee brewing methods, but at this place they take it a step further! First, they start by actually roasting the coffee beans themselves, no kidding! And aside from my love for their on fleek interior – who can say no to pink tables? – they also offer a delicious menu in addition to their amazing coffees.
3. THE BUD STOP //
Walking along Union Street – my favorite street in San Francisco – I stopped by the Bud Stop to pick up some flowers for a dinner party. This cute little local flower shop is a delightful place with a rainbow wall of flowers. They have a variety of beautiful, rare and original kinds of flowers. Since I can never decide on which flowers to get, I really appreciated the help creating a beautiful custom made arrangement.
4. KIN KHAO //
Kin Khao was a little challenging to find, tucked away in the back of the Parc 55 Hilton Hotel. It’s very unassuming on the outside, but has a hip vibe once inside and serves an authentic Thai meal with a creative twist. I am an absolutely snob when it comes to Thai food and yet I loved everything we ordered!! I secretly wanted to order more (and more, then some more) but my stomach was just too full – even for dessert.
Two crucial tips:
- when the waiter says a dish is spicy, believe him the first time!
- make reservations: we dropped in without reservations and the place was absolutely packed. Although it was definitely worth the wait, I would have loved to have started dinner without the 45 minute wait.
5. BELLY GOOD CAFE & CREPES //
Last but certainly not least, is a place that I can recommend to all my Instagram friends out there: Belly Good Cafe & Crepes. It serves the cutest savory and sweet crepes that are totally Instagram worthy ;). But aside from their infamous character crepes, they also have some lovely ice cream and boba drinks.