San Francisco City Guide

The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco City Guide. Illustrated by Marie Pottiez.

Every time I think about San Francisco, my heart skips a beat. It comes in a narrow second behind Copenhagen on my list of cities I love. Today I’ve teamed up with my friend Marie to share with you my San Francisco City Guide. This is not meant to be an end-all city guide, but more so to showcase a few places I like in the city I love.

San Francisco Skyline, San Francisco City Guide. Illustrated by Marie Pottiez.


Craftsman & Wolves
Coffee, pastries, and sandwiches. Try the Rebel Within, a savory muffin with a soft boiled egg baked inside.
746 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Delicious cafe four blocks from Ocean Beach.
4001 Judah Street, San Francisco, CA 94122

State Bird Provisions
Michelin rated, make reservations ahead of time or arrive very early.
1529 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Dandelion Chocolate
Take a tour and end with some delicious hot chocolate.
740 Valencia St San Francisco, CA 94110

Bi-Rite Creamery
Try Honey Lavender Ice Cream. Very small inside, eat at nearby Dolores Park.
3692 18th Street, San Francisco, Ca 94110

Lombard Street, San Francisco City Guide. Illustrated by Marie Pottiez.


Lombard Street
Pictured above. Known as the most crooked street in the world.
Lombard Street, San Francisco, California 94133

Dolores Park
Extraordinary playground, large lawn can be crowded on nice days.
19th & Dolores Street, San Francisco, California 94114

Painted Ladies
Built around 1896, also known as Postcard Row. Shown in opening credits of the show Full House.
710–720 Steiner Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

Land’s End Trail
Beautiful hike along the North-West coast of San Francisco.
680 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121

San Francisco Painted Ladies, San Francisco City Guide. Illustrated by Marie Pottiez.


Go early. Some parking free with validation. Eat at nearby Pier 39. Budget 3 hours.
Pier 15, San Francisco, California 94111

Spreckels Lake
Rent a vintage miniature sailboat here to sail around the lake and look for the turtles.
Spreckels Lake, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California 94121

Ride the Cable Cars
A big part of San Francisco’s past are the cable cars, some are still available to ride today.
Hyde Street & Beach Street, San Francisco, California 94109

Palace of Fine Arts
Do yourself a favor and watch the sun set from here.
3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco, California 94123

San Francisco Trolley, San Francisco City Guide. Illustrated by Marie Pottiez.


Mollusk Surf Shop
A sweet surf shop for surfers and artists alike.
4500 Irving Street, San Francisco, California 94122

Little Paper Planes
Items made by artists to wear, carry, and to enhance your home.
855 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Azalea SF
Women’s & Men’s clothing.
411 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Mapamundi Kids
One of the most adorable children’s boutiques I’ve ever visited, and the owners are great people!
1306 Castro Street, San Francisco, California 94114

The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco City Guide. Illustrated by Marie Pottiez.

All of these beautiful illustrations are done by Marie Pottiez of Miles of Happiness. You can also visit her on facebook here.

Do you have any favorite spots to add? Let me know in the comments!

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Responses to “San Francisco City Guide”

  1. Oh, I’d love to visit San Francisco one day! Those illustrations are just darling and these places sound amazing. Definitely going to bookmark this for any future excursions.

  2. One day I will make it out to San Francisco. I’ve always heard Dolores Park is nice and Dandelion Chocolate sounds right up my alley. How many days do you recommend spending in the city?

    1. It really depends on what you’d like to see. If you want to see ALL of the major stuff, and see smaller more local stuff as well I’d recommend at least 5-7 days. There are lots of other side trips and stuff you can make too to nearby places. There is A LOT to see in and around SF.

  3. San Francisco is definitely one of the places I’d love to visit. And I love those illustrations!

  4. What a fun post! Love the illustrations 🙂 Those are def some of my faves as well! xo

  5. I am with you, I absolutely love San Fran! It’s one of my favorite places on Earth! These are gerat suggestions. I’ll be traveling back again in the Fall and will be bookmarking these! XO

    1. Have a great trip!

  6. Great list (and adorable pictures). I’d have to add the Ferry Building!

    1. Great suggestion. 🙂 I haven’t spent as much time there as I’d like. There’s so much to love in San Francisco, I feel like I’m trying to choose which child I love most!

  7. Beautiful illustrations and great suggestions. We are big fans of Tartine (the original bakery and the new restaurant, too). Our favorite museums are the deYoung and the Legion of Honor.

  8. Imogene

    I love the penny arcade Musée Mécanique on pier 45. Also, the Japanese tea garden is lovely. Lots of beautiful flowers and scenery, plus lots of tea and treats to eat inside. Right by the tea garden is the DeYoung Museum which is great to do before or after the tea garden which is right down the road. It’s hard to not have fun in SF, no matter what you do!

  9. Off to San Fran in 4 weeks so this comes at the perfect time! Love it xo

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