November 14, 2012

After last month's "Visit Here, Pack This" series by Brookelyn, so many of you asked for one in my own town! I take this as a sign you will all be visiting soon, yes? While I know my city best, Brookelyn has you covered with the right things to pack so that you stay stylish while engulfed in the fog or chilly sunshine we're so lovingly known for. At the end of the post, I've shared my favorite things to do when you're in town.

When you come to San Francisco, you'll want lots of layers. The temperature changes dramatically throughout the day, and even from neighborhood to neighborhood. It's windy by the bridge, warmer downtown, and perpetually summer in the Mission. There's a reason locals always have a scarf or cardigan in their bag. And leave your flip flops at home - 90% of the time it's too chilly for that, and you'll want something that's comfy for all of the walking you'll do here. The best way to see San Francisco is on foot!

//  FOR DAY  // 

Dorothy Perkins Top |  Topshop Cardigan  |  Faux Leather Pants  | Topshop Snood  |  Cole Haan Ballet Flats

//  FOR NIGHT  // 

J.Crew Dress  |  Topshop Belt  |  Topshop Fur Vest  |  BaubleBar Necklace  |  Cole Haan Booties 


Rebecca Minkoff Clutch (crossbody by day, clutch in the evening)  |  Topshop Coat

Ferry Building Farmer's Market - Make sure to schedule your trip on a Saturday so that you can peruse the world famous market. The early bird avoids the crowd and gets the best selections, so make sure to get up early and head over. Start with a New Orleans iced coffee or an individual drip coffee at Blue Bottle and pick up a breakfast pastry from Mariposa Bakery - great for gluten and non-gluten eaters alike! Make sure to sample as much cheese as your heart desires at Cowgirl Creamery, pick up some fresh fruit from Frog Hollow Farm, and check out all of the unique food options for lunch.

Ice Cream at Bi-Rite - You can't miss a scoop of handcrafted ice cream at Bi-Rite. You know if the locals wait in line for it, it's good. To avoid the rush, head over around lunchtime on a weekday. Grab your scoop - Salted Caramel is one of their legendary flavors - and head to the top of the hill at nearby Dolores Park for a view of the entire city.

California Academy of Science - Where else can you visit a tropical rainforest, planetarium, and aquarium under one roof? This museum is a bit of a bus ride from downtown, but worth the trek.

Golden Gate Bridge - You can't come to San Francisco without visiting the Golden Gate Bridge. Take the 28 from downtown to get there and bring your tripod. You'll want to get the perfect postcard shot with yourself in the frame.

Shop in Hayes Valley - Hayes Valley is an area of town known for its great boutiques, its open air beer garden, and Miette Pastisserie. Grab a macaron or three and stretch out on the lawn to enjoy one of the sunny parts of the city (pssst, the original Blue Bottle Coffee is also in an alley here, in case you didn't get your fill at the Ferry Building.)

Grab a drink at Local Edition - Housed in the basement of the Hearst Building, they used to print the San Francisco Chronicle here. Sip a handcrafted Yellow Kid cocktail and checkout their collection of historic headline front pages. 


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