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It's always fun to play tourist in your own city.

My husband and I have been living in the Cole Valley neighborhood of San Francisco for almost nine years and it is still one of my favorite places to be and explore.

The beauty of living in a bustling city is that there is always something to do and always something new to discover. 

Keep reading for where to stay, what to see, and where to eat and drink on your next visit to San Francisco. 

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If we're being honest, San Francisco has a limited number of the type of boutique hotels we prefer during our travels, but the three listed below are worthy of a booking:

Where to Stay

Inn at the Presidio

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What SF lacks in boutique hotels, it makes up for in restaurants and coffee shops. San Francisco boasts an endless number of restaurants that are certain to please any palette. This list includes restaurants, cafe's, bakeries and bars that have remained steady favorites year after year, but also includes a fun selection of new discoveries.

Where to Eat

Brunch, Bakeries, and Coffee



Wine & Cocktails


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Pro tip: pack your layers just incase the fog rolls in during your walk across the golden gate bridge.

What to See

Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge

Stroll through Golden Gate Park

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