I got a break at the conference, so I’m posting about my day yesterday. I flew into San Francisco at 11 yesterday. I took the first flight out (I left at 6 am #woof) so I would have plenty of time for exploring and fun. And I totally took advantage of that half day around town.
I got to the hotel before checkin, so I had them store my luggage and I headed out for some lunch.
I took off up the hill (San Fran is SUPER hilly…more than I imagined!) to Chinatown. A lot of places were closed since it was Sunday…but I ate lunch at Hang Ah Tea Room. It is touted as the oldest dim sum restaurant in the US….and while it wasn’t fancy, it was GOOD.
I ordered a dim sum sample plate. It had (from L clockwise) a delish BBQ pork bun, a fried sesame ball (and don’t judge me…I ordered 3 more of these! They are SO good), an egg roll, a shrimp fried dumpling, a pork dumpling, and a chicken packet. The dumplings and the pork bun were amazing. They also gave me some yummy tea.
After lunch, I walked up the hill to a cable car stop. I hopped onto a cable car for a little ride. I have to be honest, though, the cable car was a bit overrated. It was crowded and overpriced…but it’st the SF thing to do!
I hopped off the cable car at Lombard Street, touted as the curviest street in America. And it is! I opted not to walk down the sidewalk next to it. My original plan was to visit Coit tower (the tower in the distance) but thought it looked far away and just a residential walk…so I headed down the hill where I could see water. I wanted to find the Golden Gate Bridge!
I found her! As I was coming down the hill from Lombard Street, I got a view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
I continued down to the water and found the beach. I didn’t put my feet in (Didn’t want to get sandy), but I got more great views of the bridge. I also turned around and saw Ghiradelli behind me. I didn’t want to tour, but I did want to eat…. so I went and got a chocolate shake. It was SO good.
I drank my shake and kept walking down the waterfront. I came to Fisherman’s Wharf and wished I was hungry. There were SO many good smelling seafood booths..I’m hoping to head back there this week for dinner.
I kept walking and came to Pier 39. There were a TON of shops, restaurants, and also SEA LIONS. They smelled awful, but were fun to watch. I also go some great views of Alcatraz and the bridge from this area.
While I was traveling around, I posted on Instagram, and a friend told me I HAD to go get some Trish’s mini donuts. And I instantly went to find it. It smelled great, and I got a small order for a snack (at this point, I had walked like 4 miles, I earned it!) They were delish! Hot, fresh, and perfect.
I kept walking along the waterfront back to the hotel, where I rested for an hour or so before heading out to the Alcatraz night tour (more on that tomorrow!).
I’m loving San Francisco!