Hello fellow travelers! It’s finally time for our full San Francisco trip report! If you haven’t been around lately, Matt and I recently took Squirt on our first family vaycay (at least the first one to somewhere other than Disneyland) and we had a blast exploring San Francisco. We love SF and try to make a trip up the coast once a year, but being there with Squirt opened up some new adventures for us in one of our favorite cities. Follow along on our trip!
We checked into our hotel, the Suites at Fisherman’s Wharf at about 2:30 pm and took a little time to get settled into our room. Then we decided to go out and explore a bit. We knew we would be spending our full day of vacation at the wharf, so we decided to head down and check out Ghirardelli Square. It was literally one block away from our hotel (which could have been dangerous if we were there for an extended amount of time). I hadn’t been to Ghirardelli since I was a kid so it was fun to go back and see. The main attraction is obviously the chocolate and ice cream, but there are also a bunch of really cute hipster shops and some fun restaurants. Thursdays-Sundays there is also a beer garden, which sadly we missed. We enjoyed a salted caramel sundae (just like the one at California Adventure) and it was delicious (duh).
After our sundae and walking around a bit, we decided to stop for a beer at The Pub. They had some good local beers on tap and a bunch of specialty cocktails. We didn’t eat there, but all the food looked good. Despite it being a bit chilly, we sat out on the patio since it overlooked the water and gave us a great view of the bay.
For dinner we went to Capurro’s, one of the many restaurants along Beach Street (the main street along the water). It was a little overpriced and touristy and they got slammed right when we got there so the food took a while, but everything was really tasty. Matt had the clam chowder and it was delicious.
We really only had one full day in the city so we decided to spend it at Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39. Both Matt and I had been there several times before, but it’s not a place we would go hang out if we were there just the two of us, so it had been some time since we had visited. But we knew it would be a fun place to take Squirt, with lots to see and explore.
The absolute highlight (as far as Squirt is concerned) of our time at Pier 39 was the Aquarium of the Bay. We went in the evening hours, after nap time (I still can’t believe he actually napped in our hotel) and it was not super crowded, which was nice. We had a really fun time at the aquarium and I imagine we will be going back at some point.
For dinner that night we wanted something a little more causal (and less expensive) than our previous dinner so we headed to the Chowder Hut, which is located outside Pier 39 near the Boudin Bakery. This is the kind of place that serves your beer in a plastic cup and your food in a paper tray, but it was delicious. I had the fried shrimp and it was amazing. Definitely a good cheap and easy place to get some super fresh seafood.
On our way back to our hotel we stopped for some dessert at the Baked Bear. We had never been here before (found it on Yelp!), but it was amazeballs. Matt is not a big dessert person and I had to beg him to stop. While he was eating his custom ice cream sandwich, he looked me and said “This was the best decision ever.” Baked Bear could be easy to miss, it is off on one of the side streets and is basically an ice cream food truck, but you guys, if you are in SF, you need to go here. You create your own ice cream sandwich and they are straight up little pieces of heaven. Side note: We recently discovered we have our own Baked Bear about two minutes from our house. This is going to be very, very bad news for my waistline.
We had an awesome time in San Francisco, as always, and it was really cool to see some of our old childhood vacation spots through the eyes of Squirt. We had a busy vacation month In July, with trips to San Clemente and Disneyland, so more trip reports will be coming your way soon!