I just recently realized that it’s been almost three years since I moved back to the Bay Area. I honestly could not imagine living anywhere else at this point and time (that isn’t to say never). The Bay has endless amounts of things to do and places to go. I often get emails from friends saying they are visiting SF and asking for food, shopping and activity recommendations, so I thought I would put together an edited-down list of my favorites.
Note: This list consists of food, shopping and activity recommendations in SF and Palo Alto. This list is extremely short, but I’ll stay tuned for updates. I’m also still exploring different cities in the Bay Area and looking for new things to discover so if you do happen to live in the Bay Area and have a hidden gem, please share!
Bill’s Cafe – a great place for Brunch. (Palo Alto)
The Creamery – This is a retro-style diner known for its milkshakes, but they also serve a full menu of classic American fare. If you visit make sure you look at the waiters shirts, they’re shirts are the most creatives ones I’ve seen in dinners! (Palo Alto)
Crepevine – They serve sweet & savory crêpes, plus classic American bites. (Palo Alto)
Eureka! – AMAZING burguer place, just to put it simple. Cocktails are awesome too, bit pricey, but they have an excellent happy hour. Oh and the Mac n cheese balls! Yes, you need to have those too! (Mountain View)
Los Alto Taqueria – Hands down the best Mexican food in Palo Alto/Mountain View area. My entire family loves this place! Excellent burritos, tacos, and more!
Orens Hummus – One of my favorites Mediterranean restaurants in Palo Alto. They serve housemade hummus with falafel or meats, plus many sides & sauces. (Palo Alto)
Palo Alto Sol – One of Mark Zuckerbergs favorite spots. This is a colorful cantina with outdoor seating specializing in traditional Puebla cuisine. Make sure to get their early because restaurant fills up fast! (Palo Alto)
Patxi’s – If you’re looking for Chicago deep dish pizza, look no further. This is the best deep dish pizza you’ll find in the Bay Area. (Palo Alto)
True Food Kitchen – My favorite eating spot in Palo Alto! This is a eco-chic chain restaurant that serves health-conscious fare, including vegan options, gluten options, and they’ve got great cocktails. (Palo Alto)
The Village Cheese House – Looking for a great sandwich? You can’t pass up the Village Cheese House. This is my go-to for custom orders & daily baked breads. (Palo Alto)
Other Food Options
Nekter – Hands down my favorite juice bar. They’ve got everything, juices, smoothies, acai bowls. So good and so fresh!
Cream – Cream is a counter-service chain for ice cream sandwich lovers! (Palo Alto)
Humphry Slocombe – Spending a hot day in the city? Stop by Humphry Slocombe and try some of their creative flavors with offbeat names! (San Francisco)
Mr. Holmes – This bakery services a mix of tarts, donuts & croissant-muffins, plus coffee in a cozy, bright space. If you’re looking to try a croissant-muffin make sure you get there early – they sell out fast! (San Francisco)
Susie Cakes – This bakery offers desserts made from-scratch , including cookies, pies & the best custom layer cakes. (Menlo Park)
Tin Pot Creamery – Super small-batch ice cream parlor that sells baked goods & scoops of gourmet flavors with vegan options. (Palo Alto)
The Patio – Palo Alto bar with big patio Great place to watch big sporting events, especially football! Palo Alto, CA.
The Old Pro – This is a high-energy sports bar known for its Stanford allegiance, happy-hour deals and a mechanical bull. Palo Alto, CA.
21st Amendment – A great place to stop before heading to AT&T Park. They serve housemade brews, pub grub, and brunch!
SF MOMA– The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is a beautiful place to spend the afternoon. *Note: The first Tuesday of every month is free entrance!
Bike to Sausalito– This is a fun activity to do for the day. You can rent a bike over near Fisherman’s Warf and ride it all the way across the Golden Gate Bridge and then take a ferry bake into the city.
Ferry Building– Walk along the Embarcadero (a beautiful view of the Bay bridge) and head to the Ferry Building, which is full of great restaurants and shops including Miette and The Slanted Door, two of my faves. There is also a wonderful farmer’s market on Saturdays that we love to go to!
Cable Car Ride– It’s a little touristy, but you get the full SF experience when you take one of the classic cable cars around the city. I did it with some of my girlfriends back when we were visiting in college.
Presidio – A former military base, the Presidio is now used for many things, including housing the Disney Museum and the Presidio Social Club, a restaurant I’ve been meaning to try. It has some of the prettiest views in the city overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge.
Beach Blanket Babylon – explore North Beach, which has some of the best Italian restaurants in the city.