We teamed up with photographer and content creator Christine of Call Me Christine to show us around San Francisco! As a Bay Area native, Christine has some great style tips and amazing food recs you won’t want to miss. She also pays a little visit to our SF FitShop. Without further ado, meet Christine!
Calling the San Francisco Bay Area home is a privilege a lot of people get to say, but most of these folks have moved here because of work. San Francisco is a bit different for me, because this has always been my home. I’m a local Bay Area native and very proud to say so! There’s something about seeing a city evolve over time. San Francisco has changed so much in the last century, but bits of each decade still remain a strong part of what today’s SF culture is all about.
When you visit there are a few things you should definitely keep in mind. First, come with an empty tummy. There’s so much good food here in the city, and you’re going to want to try everything! Second, dress in layers! San Francisco can be very chilly since it’s right by the bay. As Mark Twain quoted, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” Third, this city is full of hills, so bring a comfy pair of shoes.
One of my favorite neighborhoods is the Mission District. This part of town is filled with Latino culture—from food, to art, and dancing! When you start off your day, I recommend going to the original Philz Coffee. Each cup is made one at a time, and the coffee is strong! I’m not a major coffee drinker, so I go for the tea. Order the yerba-cham with medium honey, which is a mix of yerba mate and chamomile. You won’t regret it!
Right down the street you can stop at Wise Sons to grab some lunch. It’s a Jewish deli that has one of the best pastrami sandwiches in the city! Also add the house celery soda. It’s so refreshing and one of a kind!
Outfit details: Compania Fantastica Uniquely Impactful Midi Dress / Shoes & Accessories: Christine’s Own
Other great lunch spots in the Mission:
Taqueria El Farolito– Easy, authentic Mexican food. They make one of the best burritos I’ve ever had.
Panchita’s Pupuseria Restaurant #2– I’m Salvadorian, and this place has some of the best pupusas!
Media Noche– This place has amazing Cuban food and every corner is Instagram worthy, so bring your cameras.
After a full belly, you’re going to want to stroll through the neighborhoods. The houses are painted all sorts of fun colors. If you look down several streets, you’ll notice a lot of cultural murals. Two famous ones are Balmy Alley and Clarion Alley. Each mural tells a story and they often change.
Another neighborhood that has so much charm is the Fillmore. There are several more restaurants and lots of shopping, so you can explore for hours. One place you’ve got to stop into is the ModCloth SF FitShop! We’re one of the few cities who have a FitShop, so it’s something you’ll want to visit.
Shopping there is a breeze! I recommend going online before a visit and scheduling an appointment with one of their ModStylists. The best part about trying things on there is the variety of sizes they have! Once you’ve picked out what you want, the ModStylist will place your order and have it sent to your house with free express shipping! Jacqueline has been my stylist each time I’ve gone, and now she gets my style and picks pieces she knows I’ll love to try! It makes shopping a lot of fun, and it’s all conveniently shipped to my house.
Of course shopping can work up an appetite, so I like to grab something sweet like an ice cream cone at Salt & Straw. I tried them while I was in Portland about a year ago, and I’m pumped that they’re here in San Francisco now!
Here are some other yummy dessert shops you can visit in the Fillmore:
I hope you get to visit San Francisco soon! Try out some of my suggestions. You’ll feel like a local and will leave with a unique perspective not many get to experience.
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