I asked one of my favorite bloggers, Anne Sage of The City Sage, who lives in my old stomping grounds of San Francisco to give us a tour of some of her favorite spots. What Anne came up with we just love! Here's a look...
Best Girls’ Day Out: Crown and Crumpet
If the words ‘tea time’ make you think of stuffy grannies in support hose and orthopedic shoes, then a trip to Crown and Crumpet will blow your mind! Located in Ghirardelli Square, this adorable tea parlor is more Mad Hatter than Miss Marple; think pink and white checkerboard floors, riotous Cath Kidston upholstery, and tea-themed artwork from all your favorite Etsy sellers. Get cozy by the fire and order scones, petite sandwiches, or a fat slice of sponge cake, then choose from thirty-eight different types of tea to wash it all down. My favorite? Fig de Blanc, a delicate white tea with mellow fruit undertones. Sneak away for an afternoon with your best gal pal, or gather a whole crowd of tea lovers; Crown and Crumpet accepts reservations for parties of up to twenty, making it the perfect place to celebrate a birthday girl, a bride, or a mommy-to-be!
Best Impress the Folks Photo Op: Fort Point
Don’t get me wrong—I’ve snapped my fair share of photos featuring the sweeping arches of the Golden Gate in the distance. But to get the best pics, go beneath the bridge! You won’t believe the view from Fort Point, a Civil War era military structure situated where the bay meets the sea. Pose with 19th century cannons, explore the mossy corridors of the fort, climb the stairs to the top of the battlements and watch surfers brave the waves below. And don’t forget to look up! You’ll find yourself standing in the radiant red shadow of the city’s most iconic landmark, where the sun shining through the great iron girders is enough to strike awe in the hearts of even the least engineering-savvy amongst us (guilty as charged!).
Best Swoon-Worthy Home Finds: Tazi Designs
When I’m looking for a unique home accent piece or just want to immerse myself in stunning interiors inspiration, I head to Tazi Designs. A mini Moroccan bazaar hidden in Hayes Valley, this boutique is a visual feast. Handwoven linen pillows, vibrant ceramics, and intricately carved wooden screens vie for space with dozens of the brightly colored leather poufs that first drew me to the store. If you’re lucky, you’ll meet shop owner Tazi himself. A suave sweetheart of a guy, he’ll offer you some walnuts then engage you with his thoughtful interior design tips or his insights into the artisanal history of Morocco. And the best part? The prices at Tazi are beyond reasonable—I even received $50 off my purchase when I mentioned it was my birthday. Sweet!
Best Unexpected Gourmet Meal: Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack
Tucked away in an unassuming pocket of Bernal Heights, Emmy’s has all the markings of a hipster dive bar: Christmas lights strung along the walls, 40’s of Bud at the bar, and a troupe of grungy yet oddly alluring staff who are singlehandedly keeping the city’s tattoo artists in business. But the lines out the door and the diverse mix of clientele—everyone from young families to the golden years crowd—speak to how delicious the food is at Emmy’s. Order the celebrated spaghetti and meatballs and share it with a friend; finishing the generous pile of pasta and three huge handmade meatballs really is a two fork job! Plus if you share, you can leave room for the warm fingerling potato and bacon salad or a gooey side of mac and cheese. Carb lovers unite!