San franscisco

San Francisco has many fun and iconic neighborhoods that I love to explore every time I go. However, I was determined to find someplace away from the tourist crowds on a recent trip, and for that, Union Street in the Cow Hollow neighborhood definitely fits 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 you can create your own feast from The Epicurean Trader. This small grocery store and cafe describes itself as “rustic chic” and includes specialty liquors and small-batch, worldwide artisan products, including cheese, spices, olive oil, and seasonal preserves. You can even purchase and ship gift boxes filled with delicious goodies 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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