A CONSCIOUS TRAVELER’S GUIDE to SAN FRANSISCO!
San Fransisco is incredibly beautiful and it’s impossible to cover everything in one trip, but I have put together a list of my favorite places, cafes and vegan restaurants and even a sustainable hotel to stay at for those of you who like to travel consciously and with minimal harm to nature. I like to say that every decision is important when you’re trying to live respectfully on our beautiful planet, so even if you do two things differently on your next trip, you’re already making an impact.
You have probably already read about my trip to the majestic Muir Redwoods, and Big Sur and Santa Cruz, which both top my list of amazing places to visit in and around San Fransisco. The thing is, SF is so beautiful all around, just walking the hills of this beautiful city feels like being in nature for someone from a concrete jungle New York. Sure, we have parks, but nature seems to be absolutely everywhere here! Every tree, yard and park seems to be drenched in greenery and the views will simply wow you!
Muir Woods and other expressions of nature in and around SF from my Instagram feed.
WHERE TO EAT VEGAN.
Take time to have a coffee and a vegan meal at Cafe Gratitude.
“I am most inspired by local ingredients, supporting sustainable food systems and using this wealth to create a plant-based cuisine that’s both rich in flavor and nutrient dense!” says the Chef of cafe Gratitude. With their health-based, flavor driven cuisine the cafe serves “the finest organic ingredients to honor the earth and ourselves, as we are one and the same.” They support local farmers, sustainable agriculture and environmentally friendly products. A great place to eat great and make a difference.
Cafe Judahlicious serves unique raw and vegan cuisine, artfully prepared and always made from scratch. They purchase locally sourced products to support local growers and reinvest in the local community. The menu is brimming with healthy vegan options, smoothies and a great selection of hot beverages, so these guys were one of my favorite places to visit for brunch while in San Fransisco.
And somehow, while exploring the hills of San Fransisco, we stumbled upon The Bison Paddock at Golden Gate Park! I have never seen bison before so needless to say, I jumped out of the car and ran towards them! I am not a huge fan of animals in captivity, however, since we’re exterminating wild life on this planet in such speed, this kind of captivity might be soon necessary to keep what we have left from greed and destruction.
One of the most amazing things about the streets of San Fransisco is the colors of the buildings and how well they are taken care of. Walking around might be challenging because how steep the hills are (believe me, most of the time it feels like climbing), but I highly recommend taking a stroll or two, just to enjoy the details of each yard and each door shape of these houses. It’s a feast for the eyes!
The cost of living in San Fransisco is one of the highest in the country, so needless to say, most people have roommates or commute to work. Subway system here is great and trolleys and trams are a pleasure for sightseeing, so use public transportation whenever possible. It’s one way to leave less imprint during your travels.
WHERE TO STAY IN STYLE AND SUSTAINABLY!
While staying a night at the Mariott Marquis Hotel I discovered the best mattress I have ever slept on, but it’s Hotel Zetta that stole my heart!
Their vibrant décor and sustainable architecture, keep things modern and relaxed at the same time. Located in the heart of San Francisco’s SoMa district, within walking distance to Union Square and Moscone Convention Center, Hotel Zetta is conveniently central, is surrounded by a lot of stores, cafes and restaurants, is affordable and also strives to be sustainable. By providing its guests with a mini-bar credit for skipping a day of bed sheet and towel change, hotel saves both money and nature by limiting it’s imprint on environment and encourages conscious thinking.
The staff is incredibly helpful and friendly, room service is immediate and our overall stay was homelike. The rooms are stylishly decorated with art made of recycled materials and everything in the reception area as well as hotel bar is creatively designed around recycling and reusing materials we usually dispose of. Even the chandelier in the lobby of the hotel is made of recycled reading glasses!
The only downside of the Zetta Hotel is that most of the rooms have no views and the ones that do are rumored to be facing loading and unloading trucks in the morning. The area in which the hotel is located is very central and busy, so having no view is actually a better option if you prefer peace and quiet.
And of course, traveling while dressed comfortably is also my key ingredient for successful exploration of new cities and places, so in this post I am wearing the following items:
Tee shirt dress- Tart
Cashmere sweater – Vince
Coat – vintage Peek + Cloppenburg (scored in San Francisco)
Over the knee boots – Rock & Republic (the most versatile boots I have ever owned)
Over the knee wool blend socks – H&M
Hat – Brixton Supply Company
Sunnies- Oliver Peoples
Bag – Kelsi Dagger
Plaid shawl – Uniqlo
I hope you will add some of these destinations to your list of things to do, eat and see if you happen to visit this beautiful city and that you enjoyed sharing my journey here on www.twentyfivehundred.com