THREAD's 10 Best of the Bay

What To Do In

San Francisco 

                   |  Bay Bridge, 2014. 

                   |  Bay Bridge, 2014. 

Whether you are planning to have your wedding here or just taking a break from planning and jet-setting, here are some hints to help you to find the gems and enjoy your trip without feeling too much like a tourist.  Take a look at our favorite places and feel free to add some recommendations down in the comments section. Enjoy!

1. Get Coffee

Four Barrel is one of our favorite spots.  Every visit to San Francisco consists of at least three stops to this warehouse of caffeinated alchemy.

Four Barrel is one of our favorite spots.  Every visit to San Francisco consists of at least three stops to this warehouse of caffeinated alchemy.

2. Go To A Bakery 

  This is the Morning Bun.  If you haven't heard of it, you can find it at Tartine. Most likely there will be a line that goes out the door and pours onto the street - DON'T LEAVE! It's worth the wait and, besides, it goes quite quickly. There are many imitation Morning Buns out there, but I assure you, this is the original and best, hands down.

 

This is the Morning Bun.  If you haven't heard of it, you can find it at Tartine. Most likely there will be a line that goes out the door and pours onto the street - DON'T LEAVE! It's worth the wait and, besides, it goes quite quickly. There are many imitation Morning Buns out there, but I assure you, this is the original and best, hands down.

3. Go On A Hike

Need to stretch those legs? Check out the Land's End Trail for panoramic views of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. It's an easy hike with the exception of the never ending flight of woodland stairs, but don't worry that's only at the end.

Need to stretch those legs? Check out the Land's End Trail for panoramic views of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. It's an easy hike with the exception of the never ending flight of woodland stairs, but don't worry that's only at the end.

4. Go To A Farmer's Market

The Mission Community Market is an excellent farmer's market held every Thursday from 4-8pm on Bartlett and 22nd. Besides the bounty of beautiful fruits and veggies, you can also purchase organic flowers grown by environmentally conscious means.

The Mission Community Market is an excellent farmer's market held every Thursday from 4-8pm on Bartlett and 22nd. Besides the bounty of beautiful fruits and veggies, you can also purchase organic flowers grown by environmentally conscious means.

5. Check Out A Historical Building

  The Ferry Building, built in 1898, was once the main transportation hub of the city. Today it's a bustling marketplace inhabited by some of San Francisco's finest retailers, including Heath Ceramics, Cowgirl Creamery, Blue Bottle, Farm Fresh To You, and so many others! 

 

The Ferry Building, built in 1898, was once the main transportation hub of the city. Today it's a bustling marketplace inhabited by some of San Francisco's finest retailers, including Heath Ceramics, Cowgirl Creamery, Blue Bottle, Farm Fresh To You, and so many others! 

6. Get Chowder

  Until you've had legit chowder you are missing out on life. While you are at the Ferry Building, check out Hog Island Oyster Co.  They know how to handle their seafood. Paired with a cava, this dish is simply delightful. Oh, and their oyster selection isn't too bad either. 

 

Until you've had legit chowder you are missing out on life. While you are at the Ferry Building, check out Hog Island Oyster Co.  They know how to handle their seafood. Paired with a cava, this dish is simply delightful. Oh, and their oyster selection isn't too bad either. 

7. Go To A Reading

A few weeks ago when we were visiting the big city, we made a stop at Alley Cat Books and got a special treat. Robert Anasi was giving a reading from his memoir, The Last Bohemia: Scenes from the Life of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It was quite a lovely experience. Alley Cat's has events like this going on all the time, so be sure to take a peek at their calendar for what's coming up.

A few weeks ago when we were visiting the big city, we made a stop at Alley Cat Books and got a special treat. Robert Anasi was giving a reading from his memoir, The Last Bohemia: Scenes from the Life of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It was quite a lovely experience. Alley Cat's has events like this going on all the time, so be sure to take a peek at their calendar for what's coming up.

8. Get Some Good Beer

  There's a right time and a right bar for every occasion. We prefer a more cozy atmosphere which is why The Sycamore is our go-to place to grab a nice sour ale. This corner pub is a cozy spot with the community feel we love.

 

There's a right time and a right bar for every occasion. We prefer a more cozy atmosphere which is why The Sycamore is our go-to place to grab a nice sour ale. This corner pub is a cozy spot with the community feel we love.

8. Get A Delicious Brunch

Sometimes it can be difficult to find a place that has both ambiance as well as amazing food. Baretta in the Mission District knows how its done! Combining great cocktails with delicious treats is their specialty. Personal favorite: the gnocchi florentine. 

Sometimes it can be difficult to find a place that has both ambiance as well as amazing food. Baretta in the Mission District knows how its done! Combining great cocktails with delicious treats is their specialty. Personal favorite: the gnocchi florentine. 

9. Check Out A Garden

  The Berkeley Rose Gardens are a great place to spend a quiet afternoon reading amongst the blossoms or simply taking a stroll along the stadium seating.  It's also a great location for wedding photos! 

 

The Berkeley Rose Gardens are a great place to spend a quiet afternoon reading amongst the blossoms or simply taking a stroll along the stadium seating.  It's also a great location for wedding photos! 

10. Crash A Wedding 

( Just Kidding - don't do that )

 

  But DO check out the Berkeley City Club for a gorgeous venue. Built in 1929, the space has a feel conducive to enjoying leather, cigars, and fine books. With a grand ballroom that can accommodate 350 people comfortably, this beautiful location will live up to all of your wedding dreams!  

 

But DO check out the Berkeley City Club for a gorgeous venue. Built in 1929, the space has a feel conducive to enjoying leather, cigars, and fine books. With a grand ballroom that can accommodate 350 people comfortably, this beautiful location will live up to all of your wedding dreams!