Excuse us for a second while we obsess over the hotel we’re checking into during our trip to San Francisco, the White Swan Inn. How can we not fall in love with the way this charming boutique hotel nails the interior design by combining English country chic and 1960’s mod? We can’t stop admiring the juxtaposition of the antique floral wallpapers and bright pops of color in the eye-catching art pieces. If there weren’t so many sights to see in this city, we’d be tempted to cozy up in the parlor all day and enjoy a few glasses of wine by the fireplace. Fortunately for us, our new little home for the weekend is situated on Nob Hill and is a short distance away from all the touristy goodness in San Francisco.
The first stop on our list to eat is Loló, a festive and eccentric Mexican spot located in the Mission district. Just walking into this place and setting our eyes on the colorful interior design and playful atmosphere makes us smile. Loló is serving up some seriously delicious non-traditional tapas, and we recommend tasting as many dishes as possible. Our favorite is the tuna tacon – seared albacore tuna, shellfish aioli, avocado, and roasted tomatillo sauce on the side. Pair this with any of the drinks from the Agave Bar, and we promise you’ll leave happy.
Speaking of drinks, we’re feeling a bit thirsty after dinner and decide to hop over to Two Sisters Bar and Books for some after dinner cocktails. The ambiance here feels much like a scene out of a 19th century romance novel, and there’s something comforting about this atmosphere that makes us want to stay for a while. We’re sipping on the chamomile old-fashioned (chamomile-infused old forester bourbon, honey, and bitters), but we also recommend trying one of their seasonal cocktails for the perfect night cap.
For the best start to the morning, we’re stopping by Jane on Fillmore for a coffee and some breakfast. We love the avocado mash here – it’s homemade sourdough bread smothered with avocado, smashed soft boiled eggs, cracked black pepper, pickled shallots and jalapenos. Perfect before a long day of roaming around SF!
There are so many sights to see in San Francisco that it’s hard to fit them into just one weekend. We suggest picking and choosing from the long list of places to see if relaxing is more your thing. If you’re up for the adventures, don’t miss Alamo Square, the Painted Ladies, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Palace of Fine Arts, Alcatraz, Haight-Ashbury, Golden Gate Park, and of course, the Golden Gate Bridge.
For more recommendations, check out our SF directory here. Or, let us know your favorites to check out next time we’re in town!