How to Spend an Afternoon in San Francisco


For those of you who don't already know, I happened to spend middle school through high school living in San Francisco - yes actually in the city. And as part of my family still lives here, I come back pretty darn often. While it wasn't my favorite place to live, it's hard to deny that it's an amazing city to explore. These days, when I'm back, I always try to hit new spots and see the city in a different way. Of course, having some insider tips doesn't hurt. Here's how I spent my most recent afternoon in San Francisco:

  • Home: A little caffeine seems like a good start to any adventure. Home is known for their "creative" coffees which range from flavors like Birthday Cake to Lavender and are cutely decorated to boot. They manage to hit that sweet spot between a perfect interior, Instagrammable lattes, and seriously tasty coffee. I went for the Lavender latte, which had the cutest little bear face and fresh lavender on top. So delicious. There are even two locations, so you can decide which one is more convenient.
  • Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park: Now that we're caffeinated - I'd never been to the Conservatory of Flowers before which is kind of insane considering how many times I've been to Golden Gate Park. That just goes to show how much there is to do in this park, you could probably spend a full day in it. Anyway the Conservatory is housed in a huge and super architecturally dreamy building. It does cost money to get in, but they offer different discounts and to me it seemed worth it. The building is divided into different areas with different climates and relevant plants for each area. You really feel like you're in the jungle and there's an unbelievable amount to look at. We spent maybe an hour here and had so much fun.
  • Potrero Hill: If you want some great views of the city, most people head to the Pacific Heights neighborhood. It's a classic. However, I've come to prefer the views from the hills of the Potrero Hill neighborhood. I lived here in high school and it is guaranteed to be less crowded than Pac Heights. No need to be elbowing fellow tourists trying to get the perfect shot. Head to 18th St to browse cute restaurants and shops amongst beautiful Victorians and more modern homes.
  • Food: Why not cap this off with food? Live Sushi in Potrero Hill is a long-time favorite of mine. It's underrated and usually not crowded if you're there fairly early. But I'd also recommend heading to the nearby Mission neighborhood for a cubano at Media Noche - which literally is the best sandwich I have ever put in my mouth.

Have fun roaming!