I ❤ San Francisco

September 24, 2011

By Katrice

I recently traveled to San Francisco for the first time and spent a long weekend getting to know the very East Coastesque city in the west. As soon as I arrived, I set out on what I expected to be a 20-minute errand to the drug store. Instead, I walked the SoMa {South of Market} district surrounding my hotel for two hours. I was in love. Beautifully mild weather, libations from The Coffee Bean and a quick trip through the Union Square shopping area ... San Francisco had me at hello.  

{The view from my window first thing in the morning. Lovely fog.}

Stay here: InterContinental Hotel San Francisco is one of the city's most eco-conscious luxury hotels featuring rooms with floor to ceiling windows, i.e. an abundance of natural light. I never drew the curtains on the wall window that ran three quarters of the way around my room and only needed to use the lights at night. Loved it. ICSF is primly located in proximity to the Union Square, the Museum of the African Diaspora and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, so there was plenty to see from the 28th floor. The hotel is also home to Luce restaurant and arguably the best brunch in the city. 

Eat here: Roy's San Francisco 
Its menu features an eclectic choice of entrees from the Crunchy Golden Lobster Potstickers and Teriyaki Cheeseburger to Smoked Tomato Soup, Bravo White Cheddar & Winchester Gouda Grilled Cheese with a Waimanalo Greens Salad.

{Crispy Crab Cake Salad Sundried Tomato Pesto, Citrus Vinaigrette}

Go here:
Drop by the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market on Saturday for lunch and take in a cooking class or just grab some fruit courtesy of certified California farmers to take back to your room for a snack. 

Visit the Contemporary Jewish Museum for the Black Sabbath exhibit -- a musical journey through a unique slice of recording history, the Black-Jewish musical experience from the 1930s to the 1960s. Visitors will learn about how Black artists treated Jewish music as a resource for African-American identity, history and politics.  

There is great boutique shopping in the various districts of SF. On my way from the Ferry Plaza I walked through Chinatown and then Union Square where you can find everything you're looking for from Zara to Hermès. Love.

Wear this:
Layering is a must. Pack a lightweight scarf or pashmina, a blazer and comfortable shoes. 

{Started out in layers and ended up in a light cardi by the afternoon.}

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