24 Hours in San Francisco: Extend Your Business Trip

San Francisco for me will always be a city full of opportunity and excitement. It’s hard to contain the creative energy that spills out on every corner. I once heard that it’s the city with a thousand views and trust me it’s true.

If you’ve come in for work, I recommend carving out an extra day to emerge into one of the most vibrant U.S. cities. There’s so much to see and an opportunity to disconnect into some of San Francisco’s gems like urban jungles and ocean walks. Take a peak at how I would spend a free day in my favorite city:

Check into the San Francisco Proper Hotel.

San Francisco’s newest and arguably hippest hotel opened up in one of the best locations on Market Street. Footsteps from the main metro line that runs down into the Financial District and a few blocks away from the Twitter HQ, you’re never too far from the action. Settle in to your room, get situated, and be sure snap a photo of Kelly Wearstler’s impeccably designed space.


Head to morning yoga at Love Story Yoga.

If you’re looking to sweat out the week’s stress, there’s not a better or more stylish place to grab a yoga class in the Mission District. Only a quick Uber ride away from the hotel I would recommend booking in advance an early morning class. (Plus they have showers that are fully stocked, so no need to go back to the hotel.)


Freshen up at Drybar Pacific Heights.

After yoga, I’d hop into a cab and treat myself to a blow out — what better way to prep for the day then having someone else do your hair.

Grab coffee and toast at The Mill.

It’s a classic — the smell of fresh bread and coffee being poured in this institution that is The Mill. The line moves quickly and it’s a sure way to fuel for the day. I’d recommend getting the classic toast (butter + cinnamon sugar) and a cappuccino.


Take the rest of your coffee to go and walk to Alamo Square.

Two blocks away is the Painted Ladies and one of the best views of the city from Alamo Square. Sure it may have quite a few tourists snapping photos, but it’s for good reason.


Escape to a hidden jungle at the Conservatory of Flowers.

It may feel like the city is all concrete but there are more green gems than one can imagine. The Conservatory of Flowers is one of those and this greenhouse with lush, overgrown plants is the perfect place to unwind from a week of work.


Have a healthy lunch at Nourish Cafe.

All roads lead to the ocean in SF, or at least they feel like they do, and along the way there’s this cafe. Tucked off a side street, Nourish Cafe is a vegan restaurant with a range of healthy choices like hummus wraps and bowls.

Take in the sights at Sutro Baths.

Continuing along to the ocean, it’s one view that can’t be missed. It’s a straight shot with Uber as you make your way down California Street and only 5 minutes further to see this iconic place. If you’re in for a walk, you can also make your way to take in a view of the Golden Gate Bridge.


End the day at Leo’s Oyster Bar, San Francisco’s other jungle escape.

Sure the first time I came for the incredible space, layered in lush wallpaper and palm print seats, but trust me the food is really why you want to come. Fresh oysters from their raw bar, cocktails to die for, and plenty of choices for fresh California seafood.