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Photo Diary: 48 Hours In San Francisco

One of the most iconic San Francisco book shops! Jack Kerouac lived above it at one point! If I had to pick only one book store to ever shop at again, it would be City Lights Books.

This past weekend, I took a quick hour and a half long flight to San Francisco. I was visited a dear friend who I went to school with in Nice and haven’t seen in a few years. We spent the most part of our days in downtown SF, mostly exploring bookstores, coffee shops, and museums.

Although I’d been to San Francisco three or four times before, I’d never been as an adult. I find that, when I visit cities nowadays, they seem completely different than they did when I was a kid. I guess that makes sense.

Anyways, I was surprised by how much I loved SF. There’s a great coffee culture there and a ton of iconic bookstores, my favorite being City Lights. The MoMa was one of the best museums I’ve been to, along with the Nation Art Center in Tokyo. It was just a very entertaining and successful weekend that I got to spend with someone I love.

Here are some of my favorite photos from this weekend, with a little excerpt about each place 🙂

Our first stop in the city: Dog Eared Books on Valencia Avenue. I’ve been to many bookstores in my life and this one, along with the following City Lights, is one of the best. There seemed to be every book I had every wanted and would ever find interesting.
The inside of Dog Eared Books. There was a ton of art on the walls!
Our next stop was 826 Valencia Avenue, the Pirate Supply Shop that was founded by the author Dave Eggers! They sell everything a pirate would need: eyepatches, a metal brush to scrub off tattoos, loaded dice, rope, maps, telescopes, and more.
The Pirate Supply Shop is 100% non-profit. All of the proceeds go to supporting “under-resourced students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.”
One of the coffee shops that I went to: Sextant Coffee Roasters. Among this one, I also visited Four Barrel Coffee, Flywheel Coffee, and S’Bastians. I found that quite a few of them had an industrial, Brooklyn-like feel interior.
Pour over coffee, perfect for those chilly Bay Area mornings!
There is a ton of amazing street art all over the city. It’s hard not to stop for a photoshoot!
Just one of the many beautiful houses in San Francisco!
The view from Vesuvio Cafe, a very cool, once-again sailor-themed bar in the Financial District.
City Lights Books! One of the most iconic San Francisco book shops! Jack Kerouac lived above it at one point! If I had to pick only one book store to ever shop at again, it would be City Lights Books.
Christina being cute at City Lights!!
City Lights had three floors. The upstairs was dedicated to poetry; the ground floor was primarily fiction, art, and works from their own publishing company; and the basement was mostly non-fiction.
Christina and I at Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze at Pier 39.
I’m not going to lie…Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze definitely reminded me of Jordan Peele’s ‘Us.’ It freaked me out.
If you ever find yourself at Pier 39, you MUST grab some donuts from Trish’s. They make them right in front of you and shower them in cinnamon sugar!!
Neon lights at MoMA!
The 5th floor of MoMA had a wonderful view of the San Francisco skyline 🙂
4th floor at MoMA!
SF MoMA had a wonderful sci-fi exhibit! It reminded me of one I attended in London, which went over the entire history of science fiction.
Me at the café in MoMa, snacking on a cheesecake and coffee 🙂

Lucky for me, I received a ton of Instagram messages from my friends saying that they want to go to SF together. It’s a short flight from San Diego but a beautiful (albeit 15-hour) drive. I’m sure that I’ll be back soon because there are still many coffee shops, bookstores, art galleries, parks, museums, and strange places that I’d like to see!

Until next time, SF!

5 comments on “Photo Diary: 48 Hours In San Francisco

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  2. such a great city! And a pirate supply shop??? love it!

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    • Yeah, it really really is! It’s one of my favorites in the U.S. And you definitely should visit the pirate supply shop. It’s pretty entertaining but also the aesthetic of it as a whole is awesome.


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