alcatraz, painted ladies, & city eats

6 days in san francisco sure flew by fast. this was our last full day in the city and we were ready to make the very most of it!

IMG_7463IMG_7466 HRD coffee shop is not your typical coffee shop. when we walked up here, i was expecting it to be a cute little cafe, but was pleasantly surprised when joe told me we would be getting korean food (YES.) the spicy pork kimchee burrito was great. we were also tempted to try one of the cheesesteaks – honestly, everything on the menu sounded good.

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we had some time to spare before going to alcatraz, so we stopped by R & G lounge for some cantonese food. i believe they’re best known for their salt & pepper dungeness crab, which smelled amazing.

IMG_7469 alcatraz island is only a 15ish minute ferry ride away. it’s definitely worth your while to make a stop here while you’re in san francisco! it’s awesome that they kept this piece of history intact for so many years. i would recommend buying your tickets sooner rather than later because they tend to sell out fast, especially for the night tours.IMG_7472IMG_7473IMG_7479IMG_7482 joe and i took the self-guided audio tour. highly recommend!IMG_7503IMG_7505IMG_7507IMG_7513IMG_7517
boudin bakery is oh-so-famous for their cute bread animals. loved these little turtles!IMG_7521boudin is also known for bread bowl clam chowder. the clams in this were super fresh. IMG_7525IMG_7549
hello painted ladies! besides the golden gate bridge, this is another one of san francisco’s most photographed locations. these colorful victorian houses are located in alamo square, a spacious park that’s great for laying out and relaxing. IMG_7562IMG_7563IMG_7565IMG_7567
joe and i tried to eat at burma superstar on our first day in the city, but unfortunately, they were closed for renovations. we were so happy we had time to come back AND to find out there was no line! we heard this place usually has waiting times of up to 2 hours, even on weeknights so walking in and getting seated right away was awesome. i had never tried burmese food before so i was pretty excited to see what all the hype was about – and it certainly didn’t disappoint. the food and service here were fantastic. some of the things you should definitely order if you come here: tea leaf salad, vegetarian samusa soup, and the nan gyi dok.

IMG_7570 after dinner, we did a little barhopping. we went to mikkeller bar first, a pretty busy spot with lots of beers on tap. i’m also happy we got meet up with our friend at smuggler’s cove, which another friend was raving about. it’s a pirate-themed bar with awesome decor (sit at the bar on the lowest level for the best atmosphere!). but talk about getting your bang for the buck. specializing in rum, all the drinks here were super strong. our buzzed minds then thought it would be a good idea to pig out on as much korean food as possible at cocobang. at 1:30 in the morning. luckily, they open quite late and had delicious army stew!   IMG_7461goodnight san francisco (and our little airbnb companion).  more on our san francisco trip: day 1 | day 2 | day 3 | day 4 | day 5

 

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