Last weekend was the anniversary of our move to San Francisco. It is hard to believe that it has already been four years of city livin’. Regardless, I feel so fortuante to call this magical place “home.” EVERY time I jog along the waterfront, with the Golden Gate Bridge in sight, I am overcome with emotion that I actually live here. It gives me chills. I didn’t know it was humanly possible to be so in love with the city in which you reside. So what’s so great about living in San Francisco? Allow me to explain.
It makes you Smarter
Whether or not you are trying to learn something new, it happens on the reg when you live in the “center of the universe.” The technology we rely on globally comes from Silicon Valley. The Apple iPhone you are glued to, the Facebook and Instagram newsfeeds you religiously scroll though, the search engine you ask the most asinine questions to, the cab hailing service that makes it possible to have a private driver, etc., are ALL based here. Some of the most acclaimed entrepreneurs (Larry Ellison, Elon Musk, and Marc Benioff to name a few) reside in San Francisco and as a result your peers – the people you converse with on a daily basis, work for them. So many new technologies are beta tested here and I love being one of the first to learn and/or test them.
Dog-Friendly Dogs Rule
In no way shape or form am I exaggerating when I say, “dogs rule.” Supposedly there are more dogs in San Francisco proper than there are children. Fur babies are everywhere and I mean EVERYWHERE. Although I do not necessarily agree with it, it is not surprising that at least one four legged friend is walking around Trader Joe’s whenever I shop. If your restaurant doesn’t have a patio you are essentially putting yourself on an unofficial blacklist. People take the definition of “Man’s Best Friend” very seriously around here and it works to my advantage! I love that GG can accompany me to the hair salon, nail salon, blog clothes shopping, etc. Click here for dog-friendly recs.
Living in San Francisco is Picture Perfect
Now let’s be frank, the Bay Area is absolutely stunning. Aside from the most famous landmark, the Golden Gate Bridge, the views and sights are breathtaking citywide. Going for a “stroll” though Russian Hill with Alcatraz to your left, and the Bay Bridge in front of you is pretty incredible. Scooting or biking along Ocean Beach with the endless Pacific Ocean to your side is a close second. But it is also important to note the scenic destinations that are all driving distance from San Francisco. My friend once said that the drive to Big Sur reminded her of a coastal drive in Hawaii. I couldn’t have said it better myself. But it doesn’t stop there. Whether you go due North to Mendocino Country or Northwest to Lake Tahoe, there is no shortage of vista points.
There is an App for Everything
If you really wanted to, you could accomplish everything on your to-do list from the comfort of your couch. San Franciscans believe in efficiency and as a result there are an impressive number of tools available to boost your productivity. In terms of convenience, there are a bunch of apps for that too. Having cash on hand is RARE these days…but coins – yeah freaking right! I have become so accustomed to paying for parking via the PayByPhone app. Hopefully your city will follow suit. On the other end of the spectrum, there is also an app to satisfy every vice you may have. Cookie craving at 9:30 pm?! Doughbies will deliver you cookies on demand in 20 minutes or less. I’ve never had to wait more than 10. Don’t have time to wait in line for cruffins? Send a TaskRabbit instead. It even goes as far as pricing cosmetic surgery and other out of pocket healthcare costs.
The Food is Exceptional
Finally, San Francisco is heaven for foodies. Although talked about for the sourdough bread and Dungeness crab, in reality, the diversity in cuisine is unheard of. From Moroccan, Puerto Rican, Hawaiian, Burmese, Ethiopian, Scandinavian, to Italian, you name it, it’s here. My appreciation for food has grown significantly since I’ve been living in the city. While my favorite chicken shawarma is still in Louisiana, my favorite pasta, pizza, and tostones are all here! My stomach is growling just thinking about it! For food reviews of some of the top restaurants in San Francisco and the Bay Area, click here.
Do you too have a love affair with this city? What are some of the things you like the most about living in San Francisco? *All photos taken with my iPhone 6 and 7 Plus.