We left our loft at 10 AM and started our urban hike down Folsom Street with the first stop on route being coffee! We approached 7th Street and made a sharp right turn to enter the beautiful independent coffee space. We ordered a Cappuccino, a drip coffee and a chocolate croissant at Sightglass Coffee. A lot of their pastries are from Hookers Sweet Treats and are all really delicious.
The chocolate croissant that is made with an orange dark chocolate.
Sipping a drip coffee.
Behind the scenes!
From SOMA, we continued up Folsom and then turned down 16th Street to make our way towards the Mission district. A sandwich was next on the list. We headed for Bi-Rite Market to get a deli sandwich and ordered one of our favorites, the Bahn Mi Tofu sandwich. We took the sandwich to Dolores Park to enjoy the sunshine and city views.
From Dolores Park, we walked up and down a few hills towards our next destination – Kite Hill Park.
Headed up 20th Street and stumbled upon a beautiful, modern house with an outside living plant wall.
Only one of at least 10 sets of stairs on our journey.
And we made it to Kite Hill Park. Definitely a hidden gem of San Francisco. You get to the park and don’t know what to expect until you make your way up the final small hill and are greeted with one of the most beautiful panoramic views of lovely San Francisco.
Dolores Heights bordering Eureka Valley, SF.
City views from Kite Hill Park.
Taking a water break on the bench at the top of the park. From here, we decided that we were already at least two-thirds of the way to Twin Peaks (which has been on our list of places to walk to for a very long time) so we decided to continue our journey to that destination. And it didn’t hurt that it was 70+ degrees on the last day of November.
Houses, teal pots and cactus in Eureka Valley.
And after quite a few more hills and stairs later, we made it to the very top of Twin Peaks. Such an incredible view of San Francisco from here and a whole new perspective on the city. Front and center you have the Bay Bridge and to the left, the Golden Gate Bridge. And a great view of Market Street cutting through the entire city leading all the way to the Ferry Building in the background.
December 1 was one of the most beautiful days in San Francisco (and we have been lucky to have many of these this year but in December?!) Quite amazing and kind of scary, too 🙂 It was again, over 70+ degrees. We drove out to Ocean Beach to have brunch at Outerlands. You add your name to the list which the wait time varies between 30 minutes to two hours. Luckily, you include your cell phone number next to your name and they text you when your table is getting close to being ready. Oh – and Ocean Beach is two blocks away. We had an amazing time strolling up and down the beach, feet in the sand and not a care in the world.
Nigel enjoying Ocean Beach.
After brunch, we walked two blocks in the other direction to end up at Golden Gate Park. We walked through a few different trails, going from the Lincoln side of the park to the Fulton side.
The squirrel that was loving any and all attention and up for anything!
And of course being in Ocean Beach, the surf shops!
The urban hike ended at the Sutro Baths and Lands End, one of my favorite places in San Francisco. We kept commenting on how lucky we are to live within 20 minutes of a place like this. After the journey back home, we had walked a total of 16 miles.