For a belated birthday Merrill and Marisa took me to San Francisco for one night. It had been a long time since I was there to just wander the streets, stop in small shops and enjoy great food.
We checked into the Fairmont Hotel, dropped our bags and started walking. We walked down to Gump’s for old time sake and bought a few special gifts for those April birthdays. Then since it was a perfect 75 degrees we headed to The Ferry Building. The shops in the Ferry Building are all unique, along with specialized food vendors, there is something for everyone. Lunch at THE SLANTED DOOR at the far end of the ferry building is always a treat. Everything we ordered was delivered hot and perfect to share, try the green papaya salad and crispy imperial rolls.
After a big lunch we headed out to walk along the Embarcadero to the Fishermans Wharf and down Pier 39, a lot of tourist and trinkets and trash. After a quick walk along the pier we headed out toward China Town. When we reached China town decided it was time for a little shopping so we called an Uber and went to Fillmore street. The real shopping started we went in and out of small interesting shops. Could not help myself, the shopping for grandchildren was contagious as we explored one store after the other.
We walked back to the hotel to complete our 20,000+ steps for the day, 8.9 miles. Quick change of clothes and a cab to dinner at “OCTAVIA”, 1701 Octavia street. This special neighborhood restaurant is small, but offers a nice selection of small plates to share. A jewel and worth making reservations if you have an extra evening.
My friend Joanne Weir had recommended Octavia and so when she suggested our breakfast should be at TARTINE, 595 Alabama, I knew we were headed for another great meal.
This was the amazing breakfast egg sandwich I had on a soft bun. We watched the bakers taking loaves of fresh bread from the massive ovens while we ate breakfast, it made me wish I could take some home.
Since we only had an afternoon left to explore before we had to catch a flight home we took off walking to “Hayes Valley”. Fun stores, interesting restaurants and people watching. Found a great store called “Outdoor Voices” nice workout things in soft colors.
Lunch was back in the Financial district, BARBACCO”, 220 California Street. They have lovely salads and simple Italian fare, the room is sleek with a lot of stainless and glass.
Time to hike up the hill to the hotel and back to the airport for our flight home. Sometimes the best way to enjoy a city is limit yourself to 2 days and just start walking.