Ever since moving to San Francisco, I’ve spent my weekends on the hunt for the city’s most spectacular hidden gems. While San Francisco doesn’t feel quite as massive to me as it once did, there is still so much to see that it can often be overwhelming. I’ve been here for about eight months now and have hardly even scratched the surface!
From all of the places I’ve had a chance to check out so far, I have some clear favorites. I absolutely loved Taylor from Travel Colorfully’s idea to document the most Instagrammable places in NYC, and today I’m bringing you the same from my home here in San Francisco! Because let’s face it… we’re all a little obsessed with Instagram.
Did I miss your favorite spot? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
If you didn’t get a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge, did you even go to San Francisco? Of all the amazing locations around the city to see the bridge, Battery Spencer provides the best panoramic view by far. If you’re feeling up to it, hike across the Golden Gate Bridge on your way to Battery Spencer. It is on the Sausalito side, so it isn’t incredibly easy to get to if you’re like me and don’t have a car. But as Miley Cyrus once said… it’s the climb!
San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf is right in my backyard, which sometimes makes me forget just how pretty it is! You might know of Pier 39 thanks to the adorable sea lions who call this place their home. They are absolutely hilarious and so fun to watch, and sometimes we can even hear them barking from our apartment! Fisherman’s Wharf is super photogenic because of its seaside charm. Don’t forget to grab some chowder or fish and chips on your way out!
The Mission District is one of my favorite neighborhoods in all of San Francisco. Not only was it the first place I lived after moving here, but it just has so much to offer. Because of the area’s incredible food, street art, parks and character, I find myself constantly hanging out here on the weekends. Quaint homes like the ones above are not uncommon in the Mission. In fact, they’re everywhere! If you are a color lover, you have to go for a stroll here. You’re bound to find some original and unique content.
The Palace is an historic luxury San Francisco hotel near the Financial District and Union Square. You might recognize the gorgeous high ceilings and gold details. I stopped in during the holidays and had a chance to see the hotel all decked out in bows of holly! Have you ever seen a more stunning lobby? This was also an exciting day for me because Glitter Guide decided to feature my photo of The Palace on their Instagram feed!
16th Avenue Tiled Steps
The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps project was a neighborhood collaboration to create a sea to stars themed mosaic flowing up a 163 step stairway. Located in San Francisco’s Sunset District, these colorful tiles are absolutely stunning and deserve your undivided attention. For an incredible view of the city, don’t forget to walk all the way up these steps and check out Grand View Park. You can also grab a birthday cake latte from Home Cafe afterwards!
I’ve talked about Miette on Pastels & Passports in the past, and my obsession with this place has not changed. If you are a lover of pink, macarons, colorful tables, floral wall paper, or all of the above, Hayes Valley’s Miette is the place for you. From the pastel pink walls to the adorable afternoon treats, you will find yourself with Instagram content for weeks after just one visit.
While you’re checking out Battery Spencer, you might as well go see Kirby Cove too! From Battery Spencer, it’s a short (downhill) hike to get to that famous swing you’ve likely seen all over social media. Even though you will have to hike your way back up afterwards, the view and the photo opportunity make tomorrow’s sore calves totally worth it.
One word: BLOOMS. As a Florida native, the idea of outdoor flower displays was completely new to me before moving to San Francisco. Why? It’s just too hot to keep them outside where I’m from! I’m still obsessed with this concept and I find it to be an incredibly smart sales tactic as it makes me want to take home buckets of florals every time I pass by. My favorite place to pick up a custom bouquet? Union Street! The Bud Stop and Le Bouquet are both amazing and will help you find exactly what you’re looking for.
Mr. Holmes Bakehouse
You might know of Mr. Holmes because of that bright neon welcome sign and the delectable cruffins that have taken over Instagram. What’s a cruffin, you ask? It’s a hybrid between a croissant and a muffin, and they change the flavors every single day. Cruffins are served right at 9 am, so make sure you get there early! They post their flavors for the week to their Facebook page, so you can plan out when you want to go based on the schedule.
Finally, we wrap up our journey in stunning Telegraph Hill. From its expansive views of the bay to its blooming bougainvillea, Telegraph Hill is one of the most scenic spots in all of San Francisco. While you’re here, make sure to walk up to Coit Tower to finish out your photo tour of the city with one of our magical sunsets.
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