Apparently, Nikko and I are all about the staycations, because we can't seem to stop taking them! Our last stay was in Pac Heights, which is easily in my top three neighborhoods in the entire city. Yes, it is home to some of the largest and most beautiful houses in the city and has a street view of the bay that's pretty phenomenal, but it has also got the most concentrated selection of my favorite spots. While we are home now to continue on with our renovations and to enjoy the holidays, we're planning another stay before the end of this year and I can't wait to go back.
While the shopping is incredible, I wanted to share my top 5 places to swing by when in the neighborhood that go beyond the boutiques. So here goes!
Jane on Fillmore: One of my favorite lunch/coffee spots - try the super healthy salad. The name is literal, it's so delicious, and very filling!
Juicy News: Hands down the best place to get the magazines you just can't find anywhere else. I could seriously blow all my money here - and this is where I got my limited edition Kate Moss Playboy But alas, they are going to have to relocate, which is so so sad! But if you love printed mags as much as I do, you can help save Juicy News by donating here. Every dollar counts!
Bun Mee: They have vegan banh mi! And also non-vegan bahn mi that apparently is delicious too. A great spot if you want a grab-and-go kind of meal. I love taking the smokey eggplant bahn mi to nosh on in Lafayette park.
Chouquet's: This is my favorite restaurant in the neighborhood. I love their Smoke Trout Mache Salad but everything on the menu is good. The atmosphere is very cozy and you can easily linger here comfortably for a leisurely meal.
Clay Theatre: My favorite theatre in SF. They show a great selection of art flicks and foreign films and they always have something good on the bill. I have a personal weakness for French films, and they supply these regularly. However, check ahead to make sure you know the schedule! And if you accidentally missed your film like I did during our last stay, you can also head to the Sundance Kabuki Theatre down the street, which usually has a good Indie flick or two.
Photos by Nikko DeTranquilli