When planning a trip, there’s nothing like advice from a local or a frequent visitor. RueBaRue asked savvy globetrotters to share what they like best about the places they love. This time round, we asked The Travel Bite to share with us her San Francisco secrets.
Why did you choose San Francisco?
It's one of my favorite cities in the USA because of it's refreshing coastal charm and proximity to some of California's best wine lands.
When was the first time you visited the city?
The first time I visited San Fran was in 2007. I was there for a conference, but made time to try the city's famous dim sum and then spent the weekend in nearby Napa Valley and hiking in Muir Woods.
How often do you visit?
It seems I make it out to the west coast every other year. I wish it were more often!
What is your favorite place for…
I'd grab a cappuccino and bagel to go at DeLise and go for a nice walk along Fisherman's Wharf in the morning hours when it's more quiet and serene. If you're wearing the proper shoes, you can walk all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge, and then just Uber back.
Definitely Dim Sum at Yank Sing!
Mid afternoon treat
Mission Pie in the Mission District. Everything is handmade from scratch with locally sourced seasonal ingredients. When we were there, we couldn't get enough of their rhubarb pies.
The Tonga Room at The Fairmont. It's a quirky tiki themed bar reminiscent of the 1950s. One of MGM's leading set director's designed it, and because of it's history, no visit to San Fran would be complete without sipping a cocktail here.
The Cliff House for dinner with the best sunset view in an eclectic historic building.
Which part of town do you like and feel that most visitors never get to see?
The Mission District is definitely a bit off the beaten path and can look a little rough around the edges (though it's perfectly safe) and it's worth a visit if you're into food. Our favorite place there is Mission Pie for a cup of locally roasted coffee and a seasonal sweet treat.
Are there any shopping secrets we should know about?
The Ferry Building Marketplace is a must-stop for any foodie. From artisan cheese shops to a village market with local produce and fresh baked goods, it's the perfect place to stop and pick up edible souvenirs for home or to pack a picnic on your way to Napa Valley.
What is your favorite touristy landmark in the city?
The Golden Gate Bridge can't be beat. I recommend driving over the bridge to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area for a different perspective and some amazing views of the bridge as well as the Pacific.
Do you have a favorite museum?
Not necessarily a museum, but the Grace Cathedral is definitely a must-see. The architecture and stained glass windows are breathtaking and there's a meditation labyrinth inside that's modeled after Chartres Cathedral in France. I highly recommend their yoga in the labyrinth or one of the candlelight walks if you can plan your schedule around it.
What is your favorite hotel in town?
Definitely the Fairmont San Francisco. Nothing beats their views. And if you get a chance to upgrade (or a least sneak in a tour), their Penthouse Suite is one of the best in the US. I could spend a whole day in that suite, exploring the library with it's celestial ceiling or playing pool in the Persian themed billiard room. There's also plenty of fun stories about famous guests that have stayed in this suite, from U.S. Presidents to Mick Jagger.
About Rachelle Lucas
A foodie with a zest for life and a passion for travel, Rachelle's goal is to help you plan your next culinary vacation and temp your tastebuds with a few globally inspired recipes. Rachelle's blog, TheTravelBite.com, has been named one of the 10 Best Food & Travel Blogs by USA Today and has been featured in PEOPLE and Four Seasons Magazine. You can follow her on Twitter at @TravelBlggr and Instagram at TheTravelBite.