I finally made it out to the west coast this past week and it was a lot harder than I thought to get on the plane back home to Philly. I was thankful enough to have my brother as the local guide take us up and down the coast to find some fun places that the SF locals like to keep hush-hush from tourists. Read more for my first day in the bay area
DAY 1 // arrival
On our first full day, we started our trip checking off a few necessary tourist spots in the area and made our way to the Painted Ladies down the street from our Airbnb in Alamo Square. They were absolutely adorable and the park had little green parrots flying around everywhere. From there, we grabbed lunch at this amazing ramen place in Japantown – Marufuku Ramen – which looks like nothing from the outside because it’s in a bizarre shopping mall upstairs but when you walk in it’s absolutely authentic and smells heavenly. Also, traveler tip and something the locals don’t tell you, you have to write your name on a piece of paper and wait for them to call your name.
^^How amazing does this look!?
After lunch we had to go to Fisherman’s Warf just to take a peek at the seals, but it was pretty overcrowded with people so I snapped a couple photos and were able to make the tail end of a happy hour on Pier 39 at a bar that wasn’t totally tacky or playing obnoxious music – The Chart House.
We were blessed with unbelievable weather and there was no fog so we decided to make our way to the other side of the city to Land’s End before the sunset and stopped at a local market to grab a bottle of vino. If you decide to not rent a car, there is a picturesque path along the bay going under the Golden Gate bridge and every angle is breathtaking. Highly recommended during your visit and absolutely worth the trek. Sutro Baths are around the corner and nestled into the Pacific so you might as well make a quick stop there too before heading back downtown.
Thanks for reading and day two will be coming soon!!!! xx