Have a work trip to San Francisco on the horizon? The city’s business hustle has a great energy, but San Francisco’s off-the-clock atmosphere is even better. If you plan to stick around for a weekend of bleisure, you’ll want to make sure you make the most of it. Here’s how to spend a dreamy 48 hours in San Francisco.
Start off the weekend at the Top Of The Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins for delicious cocktails and sparkling views of the city. It’s the perfect way to officially switch out of work mode.
Start off by grabbing a cup of coffee (and breakfast too, if you like) at Cafe Detijl, a casual space with an architect owner to thank for its eye-catching design. Next, head off to the Embarcadero for a jolt of fresh air was you walk or jog along the path. You’ll catch views of the Bay and, in contrast to most of the city’s hilly streets, you’ll get to walk along a flat stretch that your calves will thank you for.
Next, grab a tasty lunch at Hog Island Oyster Co., in the beloved Ferry Building. This restaurant gets crowded, but the fast-moving line, waterfront vibes, and delicious oysters make it worth a visit.
If you’re in the mood for a walk after your mela, head out to explore nearby Chinatown and North Beach. Both neighborhoods are extremely walkable and offer fun discoveries around every corner, so wandering is welcome. In North Beach, don’t miss City Lights, a legendary bookstore that played a major role in the beatnik movement.
Next, head to the Presidio to take in panoramic sights of the towering Golden Gate bridge. Take your time soaking in one of the country’s most famous landmarks - and of course, don’t forget to take a picture.
Celebrate your day with dinner at the much-loved State Bird Provisions, a tapas-style spot that locals and travelers alike can’t seem to get enough of. (Heads up, you’ll need reservations.) If you’re in the mood to let off some steam after dinner, head down the street to the Boom Boom Room, a local establishment that’s deliciously divey and a whole lot of fun. Hit the dance floor accompanied by live music supplied by the best jazz and blues bands around.
Fuel up for your day at Universal Cafe in the Mission District. Their brunch is second to none, with organic favorites and generous portions on offer.
When you’re ready to explore, set off through the historic Mission district. You can take in the area’s famous murals, window shop, dip into some of the famous historic bookstores (Dog Eared Books and Alley Cat Bookshop are two favorites), or simply take in the energy of the neighborhood on a wandering walk.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, grab lunch at Street Taco in The Haight for burritos worth writing home about. Then, gear up to explore iconic Golden Gate Park, where you’ll find gardens, walking trails, museums, and lots of locals lounging in the fresh air. If you have the time, take a look at gems within the park like the Japanese Tea Garden and the Conservatory Of Flowers.
Before it gets dark, visit the famous Cliff House for dinner to watch the sunset. Situated on a cliff right on the Pacific, this bistro’s massive windows offer unmatched views of the ocean. It’s a perfect way to close out your weekend and to toast to the week ahead. Cheers to the City by the Bay.