A Local’s Guide to San Francisco
I had so much fun doing my local’s guide to San Diego a few weeks back, so I’ve asked my friend Jeanne from Shop Sweet Things to share her favorite haunts in her hometown of San Francisco. Here they are:
Hi everyone, this is Jeanne from Shop Sweet Things and I’m thrilled to be here to share my local’s guide to San Francisco. I’ve been living here for 25 years now and each day I am still discovering new places as well as old ones. It’s becoming such a wonderful and lively city to live in. It is said that SF may soon become a metropolitan city just like NYC, except we have better weather all year round. 🙂
Where to get a facial – If I have to choose between getting a massage or a facial, I always go for the massage. But recently I was pampered by Burke Williams and received their new signature anti-aging facial. It was so soothing and it even included a shoulder and hand massage – which was so needed because I’m on my laptop all day long. The facial itself was purifying. I actually walked out looking fresh and radiant, rather than red (which was my previous experience at another facial salon.) They have definitely changed my mind that getting a facial is equally as good as getting a massage.
Where to get a massage – I wouldn’t mind getting my massage at Burke Williams either, but to maximize your experience in SF, you should probably try International Orange on Fillmore in Lower Pacific Heights. It’s a contemporary boutique spa/yoga lounge and all of their services are worth indulging! Afterwards, step out of the spa and there are plenty of local boutique shops, cafes and restaurants around, all within walking distance.
Where to shop for your man – This one got the stamp of approval from my husband. Whether it’s the style or the quality, he’s pretty picky about his clothes. Recently, I introduced him to Unionmade and he probably just found himself a favorite shop. Lots of locals love this spot and their counterpart, Mill Mercantile, which is the same store but all for women. They also have a nice collection for home goods too. You really can’t go wrong buying anything from these two shops.
Where to shop for your home – Lately, I love to hit up H.D Buttercup. They have great furniture pieces in lots of different styles and I love going there for unique home decor accessories. You would think it looks expensive when you walk in, but realistically, their prices are very reasonable for the quality they have.
Where to shop for your kids – Even though the pieces can be a little over priced here, I love going into Mudpie for my kiddos. It has a vintage shabby chic feel and they carry labels that are not usually found in other kids shops. It’s my place to go if I feel like spoiling my little ones with some unique pieces.
Where to get a sweet treat – This is a toss up for me, if you’re into little bites like macarons, I would suggest you check out Chantal Guillon on Hayes. They have some really unique flavors and the textures are so soft and chewy. For something more substantial like a piece of delicious coffee cake, I would visit the contemporary patisserie Craftsman & Wolves located in the Mission district. They just opened last year and it has already won the hearts of many locals here.
Where to get a cheap eat – When you come to SF, you have to try a bowl of Pho. Turtle Tower serves up the best Northern style Vietnamese noodles and always has the freshest and tastiest chicken stock. Nothing is more comforting than a hot bowl of noodle soup when you get caught in the foggy SF weather.
Where to wine and dine – This is a very, very tough one, especially in SF where there’s a new restaurant opening almost every month! I can easily name 10 restaurants you should try, but I’m going to stick with Cotogna in Jackson Square because it is tucked in a neighborhood that not many visitors outside of SF would know. It’s a very charming, historic little neighborhood between Chinatown and Embarcadero. This spot is great for lunch as well as for dinner. If you ever make it there, I would get the raviolo with the farm fresh egg – the best! Other notable restaurants around there are Quince, Kokkari, Bix, and Bocadillos.
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**editor’s note: an earlier version of this post included a comment that offended some of our readers and for that, Jeanne and I both truly apologize. Anyone who follows this blog and/or any of my social media channels knows how much I love New York and everything to do with it, and I should have been more sensitive to what was intended to be a light-hearted remark before hitting publish. My sincere apologies. We love New Yorkers and everything about your city — in fact, your local’s guide is up next! Thanks for understanding.**