We decided to ring in the 2016 Chinese New Year at one of the largest celebration outside of Asia, in San Francisco’s Chinatown!
If you are looking for some interesting sights and sounds and tons of great food, stop by Chinatown for a visit!
We entered Chinatown at the infamous Dragon’s Gate, located at the intersection of Grant Ave and Bust St.
We wandered down Grant Ave admiring all the red decorating and popping in little shops selling all type of Chinese themed goods. It was around noon so we decided to grab some lunch at Hunan Home, I had the delicious seafood fried rice.
Chinatown is situated in the middle of San Francisco’s Financial District leaving you with views of the towering buildings, the Transamerica Pyramid here is the tallest building in San Francisco at 853ft.We decided to wait in the 35 minute line for the prized egg custard tarts from Golden Gate Bakery. Talking the the local in line is well worth the wait. This hours here vary drastically, so always call ahead. They were so worth it, fresh out of the oven – so warm and flaky!
There is an abundance of great food in Chinatown especially bakeries, I could not believe there was a Fortune Cookie Factory in San Francisco. It is a small space and you do not get a tour, they are just there to sell you different types of fortune cookies. Though there is large machines pressing out the cookies and then they get pressed into a round mold for folding. We took a final stop for coffee and mooncakes at Eastern Bakery and then headed to the parade!
We saw the start of the parade at the cotton candy sunset was setting on the City. It was a beautiful day and Chinatown is always a fun spot to explore!
Happy Year of the Monkey!
We got settled in to our Airbnb in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco and biked to Golden Gate Park. It was a gorgeous sunny day in San Francisco’s west side, which is not very common but much enjoyed, I LOVE the houses and the colors and the vibes, San Francisco is my spirit animal. We got to Golden Gate Park and it was lush and green, there was laughs, smiles and crazy festival fashion – it felt like home. We laid in the grass and listened to Leon Bridges then headed to the main stage and sang along with First Aid Kit. We moved up to get close for St. Vincent – oh my god! I saw her last year but she never fails to disappoint – she is such a BADASS! Wilco played next, one of me and Seth’s favorite bands. Always a fun time singing along to Americana classics with them.
We woke up Saturday and biked to see Twin Peaks, it was early show around noon – wow it was incredible. These guys are young and full of angst! Later that day, we got to see two of my favorite bands – Mac DeMarco and Tame Impala! Tame Impala was my favorite show from the festival – the lights and visuals were excellent! The night ended with the rowdiest crowd of the festival – Kendrick Lamar!
We saw Givers, Benjamin Booker, Odesza. Elton John came on and played all his classics – it was a short set but throughly enjoyed!
We grabbed our bikes and headed home after a whirlwind weekend in the city of music and hills and love. Anyone planning on going to OSL 2016?
San Francisco is absolutely breathtaking and a must see on any travel bucket list! It is rich in history and vibrant in character. It has a mystical quality to it and truly is a magical city with so much to offer. It is packed full of local gems and well known attractions. Here are a just a FEW of my favorite places and all time classics of San Francisco!
1. Visiting Sutro Baths
Ancient swimming pool ruins from the late 1800s. Gorgeous and eerie at the same time…
2. Golden Gate Bridge
The world’s most photographed bridge…
3. Amoeba Records & Haight Ashbury District
Intersection of the 1960s counterculture movement. The Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin lived in this neighborhood. Coined “Hashbury” by Hunter S. Thompson.
4. The Warfield Theater
A gorgeous 2,300 seat music venue opened in 1922.
5. San Francisco Bay
Ferry rides from Sausalito back to San Francisco are amazing!
6. Pop Up Art Shows
The Beehive Society present Springfield, Springfield!
7. Baker’s Beach & Fort Mason
Gorgeous views of the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge – fun for the whole family!