A Day In San Francisco | Places

San Francisco holds a special place in my heart. Not just because I was born there but because it was always my dream to live in an overpriced apartment with a bay window while attending art school, and just live that city life. Although I never got to fulfill that dream, after all these years the city still has that magic that I saw when I was a kid. And it kind of makes sense that San Francisco plays a big role in my style and design aesthetic. No wonder. 

Bringing Peter here for the first time was even more special to me that now we could explore the city together, even if it was just for a day. So our first stop was the Golden Gate bridge! 

We were greeted by "Carl The Fog" and a 60 degree summer wind, but that didn't stop us from trudging through the cold and endless amounts of tourists.

It was actually Peter's favorite part and he already has plans of returning to walk/bike the entire bridge someday.

Our next stop was to grab some lunch at the Ferry Building located near the Piers. Madison was determined to have the infamous mac and cheese and I was determined to find the chicken dumplings I had about 8 years prior.

The market place is filled with reasonably priced food/goods vendors galore. One of them was a mushroom store, the best banana de leche empanadas, and I found my chicken dumplings as well as matcha soft serve. There was also a Heath Ceramics store and Blue bottle coffee. Madison found her mac and cheese and Peter had a lamb burger. Pretty much like a gourmet food court!

Next on our tourist list was Lombard Street, also known as Crooked Street. The last time I was there I could barely speak, 23 years later same street and even more tourists!

The view from the top was breathtaking as it has always been, but there was so many people and cars I'd suggest going early morning if you really want to enjoy the view and actually be able to drive down the street without hitting any tourists in the middle of their selfies. 

We decided to wind down in Madison's favorite coffee shop where she studies often called The Mill. I'm not sure if they're related to the one in Sacramento but nonetheless it was my kind of coffee shop!

A simple coffee menu accompanied by multiple flavors of toast that I hope to try next time! They literally had bread and beautiful ceramics in every shelf. Definitely a place I'd love to stop by again the next time we come back although I know the city is filled with coffee shops!

Until next time San Francisco, you'll always have my heart! 

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