Johnny Was Blog
While our heart will always be in Los Angeles, there is no question that San Francisco holds a sweet spot. Perhaps because it feels like the polar opposite of our hometown with its tiny size (only 49 square miles) and endless foggy days, or that fact that it’s a city with a serious food obsession (we love that). If you’re looking for a weekend getaway, it’s hard to beat The City By The Bay; you could even say we opened up our Johnny Was store on Grant Street just so we’d have an excuse to go to Tartine and stock up on croissants. Baked goods aside, here’s how we spend our days.
Where to Stay
We have two words for you when it comes to the Hotel Drisco Pacific Heights; pillow menu. Yes, starting with an array of slumber accessories is just one of many thoughtful details that makes us love this spot. The views are amazing since it’s at the top of Pacific Heights and it has a great “old school” charm but still packed with modern amenities like free bike rentals and complimentary vino in the evening. Another option is the Proper Hotel, with interiors designed by LA uber-designer Kelly Wearstler and a rooftop bar with a knockout view of Market Street and beyond. Super chic.
What to eat
You can’t go wrong in this restaurant-obsessed city but two that we find worthy of making a reservation for are SPQR, which is irresistible Italian food created by chef Matt Accarrino. It’s got a Michelin star so expect to book and try and score a spot at the chef’s counter, when you can watch culinary magic happen. Also, a wine list to rival all others. For something totally different (and a brunch favorite) head over to Indian Paradox, which as the name suggests in Indian fare with a creative twist like Disco Fry Eggs and Chili Cheese Toast. Wash it down with a lemongrass chai.
What to do
While the mainstay attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz get approximately 17 million visitors per year, there are tons of other sights too. You can’t go wrong with a trip to SFMOMA, one of the largest museums for contemporary art in the country, and our favorite part is the outdoor sculpture garden.
If you just want to soak up some culture, take a stroll through the Mission, full of street art murals, local taquerias, indie galleries like Galeria de la Raza and one of our must-visit latte spots, Sightglass Coffee. Another great spot is Chinatown, and San Francisco has the oldest one in the US. With its maze of streets, peruse the gift stores on Grant Ave and the produce markets on Stockton Street.
If you’re a dim sum fan, our favorite authentic and delicious spot is Hang Ah Team Room. Just show up with an open mind and an empty stomach!