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A Houstonian’s Guide: San Francisco in 24 Hours

I have a new favorite city, y’all. Well, aside from Houston. San Francisco is amazing (and the polar opposite of Houston). There’s tons of public transportation, elevation (what is that) and it’s COOOOOLLL. Like, midsummer… midday… in the sun… and sweater weather. If there’s a heaven, its climate is similar to San Fran’s.

Here’s where to take pix in the gorgeous city of San Francisco!

Of course, every city has a downside, and San Fran’s is the uphill foot traffic. Everyday is leg day in San Fran. Ouch. My calves are screaming still. Do yourself a favor and wear tennis shows.

Breakfast with Pat

This tiny, lil b-fast spot is great for eggs, waffles, biscuits and gravy and… everything tbh. It’s small, colorful (complete with fun pillows — my mom took several photos of me with them, but I’ll spare you) and a hidden treasure. Get the waffles.

A morning stroll through the Golden Gate Bridge

I mean, you can’t not, right?

I have to say, it’s a bit anti-climatic when you get stuck with a foggy day (which is pretty often). But it’s free and important — you gotta go to the bridge! You probably want to be on the San Fran side of the bridge, rather than the other side (v natury). Head toward the Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center. You can park there and buy any souvenirs. I don’t recommend doing the full walk. If you want to see both sides, I say drive it. The other side has tons of things to explore, but it’s more of a hiking experience.

Extra points if you have a clever photo. #Winner

Then boat under it

Cable car to lunch in Chinatown

Chocolate and shopping

Get crooked on the crookedest street

Climb the Twin Peaks

It might not be worth it for the view, but it’s definitely an experience… a very windy one. Plug in Twin Peaks into your phone and use the GPS. It’s one big loop, and there are places to park at the top.

Dinner at Cotogna

OK, pardon the excess of photos, but come on. Dat food doh. It’s a v trendy spot in a v trendy area. Get a pizza, for sure!

Visit the Tanners

Whatever happened to predictability? It’s still in Alamo Square Park with the Painted Ladies (the colorful stacked houses). Hint: the Tanner house from Full House is at 1709 Broderick St.

Have a night cap and watch the sunset on the beach

The Buena Vista is where Irish Coffees became a thing, so I feel like I owed it so much. Much like everything else in San Fran, it’s a tad overpriced. They created something delicious, and for that I drink your tiny, overpriced drink with my pinky out.

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