If you’d asked me what my favourite spot in SF was a couple of weeks ago, I’d probably have said the embarcadero. (Now I’d probably have to lean towards Grandview Park which I stumbled upon a couple of days ago.) But anyway, back to the main point. The embarcadero is pretty much perfect for me: it’s by the bay, it has gorgeous views, good restaurants and bars, and is near shopping.
I ate at Coqueta the other day for dinner which serves delicious Spanish tapas and of course great paella:) And if you’re not a spanish food fan, there are tons of other options. The Ferry Building is right there of course, with a great Farmers’ Market on some days, and great food places inside including ice cream and healthy pretzels. The atmosphere there is great; strolling by the water and walking down the public promenades makes for a perfect relaxing day. You also have gorgeous views of the Bay Bridge from there. You can walk all the way down to Pier 39 and do the full tourist thing like I did, and even stop at Coit Tower along the way. It’s a pretty lengthy walk though so be prepared with some comfy walking shoes. If you’re in a workout mood, wear some running shoes and go for a jog (sunny + windy = perfect for running) and even stop by the Bay Club (my favorite workout place) along the way if you’re a member.
The Embarcadero Centre is just a stone’s throw away, where you can do some light shopping or stop for more food; shopping would be my choice. There is however a great ice cream and cookies place called ‘Over the Moon’ and you can get delicious and healthy juices at Thrive Juicery at Embarcadero Centre 1 (also Pressed Juicery at the Ferry Building), which I love every once in a while, though I’m not a full-on juice cleanse person.
Bring a light jacket because it can get chilly when the wind blows in from the bay in typical SF fashion. So grab some friends or take some alone time, and pop on down to the embarcadero.