The life of a short layover. From businesswomen to flight attendant, we all know the feeling of wanting discover an amazing city but only having a limited time frame in which to do so. This is the first post of “24 Hours In….”, a chronicle of articles to help you make the best of your mini-vacation.
First, I introduce to you: San Francisco, California, also known by its various nicknames: San Fran, Fog Town, Frisco, etc. With the armies of young techies that continue to move into this international city, the ever changing landscape of San Francisco constantly has something new to offer its visitors.
1. CAFFEINE FIX – 3 P.M.
For a true Californian caffeine fix, head to Blue Bottle Coffee. With locations across the city, Blue Bottle Coffee provides San Franciscans with their daily caffeine fix. One place you’ll find Blue Bottle Coffee, is in the iconic San Francisco Ferry Building, located at the intersection of Market Street and The Embarcadero. Follow the wafting coffee smell through the Ferry Building and across the hall from the ice creamery, Humphry Slocombe, you will find Blue Bottle. The line is almost always long, but certainly worth the wait. The menu includes drip coffee ($2.75), cafè latte ($3.75), cappuccino ($3.25), caffè mocha ($4.75), as well as their famous caramelized Belgian waffles ($7.50).
2. WING WEDNESDAY – 6 P.M.
Dr Teeth and the Electric Mayhem has a daily special for just about every day of the week. Located in the heart of The Mission, it’s backyard patio is lined with sparkling lights and full of friendly locals. Dr Teeth is famous for their amazing Wing Wednesday deal. You can purchase a plate of chicken wings for the same price as a San Francisco bus ticket – $2.25. The deal includes all the chicken wings you can eat for 25 cents each, with your choice of flavoring. Maybe even throw in a side of their all-American tater-tots while you’re at it.
3. INDIVIDUALLY TAILORED DRINKS – 9 P.M
Rickhouse is packed with a hip crowd, filling up the place after a long days work. The inside walls boast their extensive alcohol collection, which even requires a sliding ladder to access the very top. Rickhouse, known for their inventive drinks, will make you whatever your heart desires. Tell them your preferred alcohol and your favorite flavors and watch the bartender create a drink just for you.
4. BOOZY BRUNCH – 9 A.M.
Boozy Brunch, the weekend must-do, can be enjoyed every day of the week, particularly important for those of us not on that 9-5 grind. Café Flore is typically busy, but the food and drinks are certainly worth your while. Located in the Castro, Café Flore offers an amazing boozy brunch, every day until 4 P.M. Accompany your eggs benny or spinach fritata with a side of bottomless mimosas, for $26. After brunch, take a minute to enjoy the sunshine on their patio and then head over to Dolores Park for a wee nap.
5. NAP IN THE PARK – 12 P.M.
Dolores Park is one of San Francisco’s most popular parks. Located between the Castro and the Mission, two of San Francisco most vibrant and culturally diverse areas. The youth of San Francisco populate Dolores Park on weekends to enjoy drinks and snacks with friends in the Californian sunshine.
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