San franscisco

While San Francisco has many fun and iconic neighborhoods to explore, on a recent trip I was determined to find some areas to give me a more local flavor of what the city has to offer. For that, Union Street in the Cow Hollow neighborhood definitely fit the bill.

Not to be mistaken for Union Square, Union Street – especially between Gough and Fillmore – is lined with one-of-a-kind boutiques, cafes, wine bars, and more, most of which are housed in beautifully restored, historic Victorian-style homes and buildings. 

There are many restaurants on this street to choose from, including, The Italian Homemade Company, a local SF chain that makes their own pasta from scratch daily, right in the front window. Or The Epicurean Trader. invites you to create your own feast. This small grocery store and cafe describes itself as “rustic chic” and includes specialty liquors and small-batch artisan products from around the world, including cheese, spices, olive oil, and seasonal preserves. You can even purchase specially curated gift boxes and have them shipped directly from the store. 

I loved the mellow, unhurried, local-in-the-know feeling of this fun, funky street in Cow Hollow. I’ll definitely be back whenever I’m lucky enough to return to the City by the Bay.

2 Tips:

  • I love to walk in San Francisco; however, some of the hills can be daunting. When I come to one that looks especially insurmountable – I just walk a block or two down and can usually find an optional street that’s a bit more doable.
  • I always bring a sweatshirt or light jacket, no matter what time of year I’m there; it can be chilly all year round, especially once the sun sets.
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