We might be a little biased (on account of our West Hollywood digs and general penchant for all things relating to Los Angeles), but we think the state of California is pretty great. Our affection isn’t reserved to SoCal alone: we also love a quick weekend jaunt up to the San Francisco Bay, which feels like a distinctly different locale mere hours from our home. Whether you’re a plane ride away or close enough for a scenic road trip on Highway One, cool-girl designer Anine Bing (who frequents the city) shares her recommendations for the coolest spots to visit, plus what to pack, for a stay in San Francisco.
Where To Eat
"I love to grab a coffee at Blue Bottle Coffee before exploring the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. I also really like the marketplace inside the Ferry Building, my favorite spots there being Cow Girl Creamery and Acme Bread. A perfect lunch or dinner spot is Boulettes Larder. I love how they only use conscientious ingredients from local farms and artisan producers. I could honestly eat here every day (the food is that great) and the view of the Bay Bridge is spectacular! If you like Mexican food, I recommend Mijita, also located in the Ferry Building. The fare is local, seasonal and delicious, and I really like the casual ambiance."
The sleek, modern interior of Boulettes Larder. Photo: @bouletteslarder
Where To Shop
"I go to Union Square for all things high-end—Chanel, Saint Laurent, Barneys and Neiman Marcus are all located here. It's a great place for window shopping or a special treat. However my favorite part of the city is the quaint shopping area in Pacific Heights and around Jackson Square. Browsing through smaller independent boutiques and vintage furniture stores give me so much inspiration. I often get some great ideas that I bring back to the drawing board when visiting flea markets and when I spend a day or two just walking around in the city."
Curve boutique in the Pacific Heights neighborhood. Photo: Courtesy of Curve
What To See
"While you’re in San Francisco you have to make time to go and explore the redwood trees in Mill Valley—cross the Golden Gate Bridge and spend a few hours in the enchanting woods. It’s a perfect adventure for kids, who can run around and explore. If you don’t have time to leave the city but still want to go for a nice walk, I would recommend visiting Crissy Field. You’ll have the perfect view of the Golden Gate Bridge while walking along the beach."
The giant redwoods in Mill Valley. Photo: Trip Advisor
What To Pack
"I never travel without my large leather tote—it's perfect to bring on the plane and has room for everything you need to bring with you (your laptop, a magazine, some snacks and an extra layer if you get cold). My favorite everyday outfit is a pair of jeans, a t-shirt, leather jacket and a comfortable but chic pair of boots. It's the perfect look for shopping and exploring the city."