Happy Friday!! You guys, we made it – cue Beyonce's "Flawless" and a cocktail. My summer has been super busy not allowing me to go travel as much as I'd like, but since I'm a glass half-full kind of girl I try to make the most out of every situation.
Luckily, I live in San Francisco and basically that's like a vacation in itself. And I've said this many, many times but I love playing a tourist in San Francisco. And if you've met me in-person, you'll know I'm always down to try a new restaurant, overpay for a latte from the coolest coffeeshop, and everything in between.
So, when Old Navy asked me to share my favorite local haunts for their #SummerFridays series, well...you best believe I had a laundry list of places to share.
I live in Pacific Heights and have been ever since I moved to San Francisco. It's quiet, clean, and has a major neighborhood vibe. I love walking down the street and recognizing people's faces (let's be real – their dogs), taking pictures of beautiful Victorian's, and window shopping on Fillmore.
I usually have a routine where I wake up pretty early, snag a cup of coffee at my favorite coffee shop Jane on Fillmore and head to Alta Plaza Park to hang out (aka: dog stalk). If you haven't been to both, I suggest you do! Pro tip: Get to Jane early because it gets wild on the weekends. Also, order the avocado toast with an egg on top. NOM.
After a much needed caffeine fix, you can usually find me wandering the street with my boyfriend, Ittai. He shares my love and curiosity for San Francisco, so he makes a great adventure buddy. More often than not, we find ourselves walking up Fillmore to Cow Hollow and the Marina to get another caffeine fix. Ever since we moved into our new apartment, I've been wanting to fill our new place with some life – i.e. flowers! I love Le Bouquet and the Bud Stop on Union! Beautiful flowers and the people that work there are insanely great.
So, while these places aren't "hidden" gems so-to-speak, they hold a special place in my heart and help me feel like I'm on vacation – even when I'm not.
What are some of your favorite haunts in your town?
Photography via Tory Putnam