December 7, 2017
The city of hills, beautiful houses and great coffee.
I stayed in Noe Valley and the night we arrived we walked up to Bernal Heights Park to see the view of the city (and have a swing!) It was a great thing to do the first evening as it gave me an idea of how the city was mapped out since for most of my stay I planned on walking everywhere. I always find that’s the best way to discover a new city. Even if you end up getting lost, it’s kind of the best thing.
I was right by the Mission District area so would often go and get coffee (ice coffee that is, there was a heatwave over the whole of California when I was visiting in early September). There’s a Reformation store in this part of town too which I of course visited, even though I had already ransacked the LA store. Mission was a great area to wander around, and end up in Dolores Park. I loved the vibe of the city, everyone seemed really friendly and quite laid back (in comparison to London, anyway).
The city is essentially one big hill so you’re constantly going up and down, which was exhuasting at times but always worth it when you got to where you were going and saw the view. The houses are tall and often colourful. Even the Palace of Fine Arts had pink columns.
We did some exploring on the last day and rented a car to drive to The Marshall Store for some Oysters by Tomales Bay and then headed to McClures beach for sunset. It was an amazing way to say goodbye to California, for the time being anyway.