Union Street San Francisco

San Francisco is full of neighborhoods that I love to visit over and over again when I find myself with some time between meetings – even if they’re touristy: Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach, and Chinatown, to name a few. However, last time I was there I discovered Union Street. Not to be mistaken for Union Square, Union Street – especially between Gough and Fillmore in the Cow Hollow neighborhood – is lined with one-of-a-kind boutiques, cafes, wine bars and more, most of which are housed in beautifully restored, historic Victorian-style homes and buildings.

I spent a warm, sunny November afternoon (I had arrived in town for a meeting being held in the Fisherman’s Wharf area a day early) popping in and out of the shops, stopping for a cup of coffee and pastry at one of the several coffee cafes, and absorbing the mellow, unhurried atmosphere of this fun, funky shopping district that felt decidedly more local than tourist-oriented.

I made note of several of the restaurants on this street, (including, The Italian Homemade Company, a local SF chain, that makes their own pasta from scratch daily right in the front window) and can’t wait until business brings me back to San Francisco so that I can give some of them a try. Stay tuned…

2 Tips:

  • I love to walk in San Francisco, however, some of the hills can be daunting. If you come to one that looks especially insurmountable – just walk a block or two down and see if you can find an optional street that’s a bit more doable.
  • No matter what time of year you’re there, always bring a sweatshirt or light jacket; it can be chilly in the “City By the Bay” all year round, especially once the sun sets.

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Susan Brauer

Welcome fellow Road Warriors! Like many of you, I travel for work -- A lot! But believe it or not, I actually pretty much love it. I've become a bona fide business travel tourist by finding quick things to do when I find myself with the bits of free time that we business travelers sometimes get (i.e. after meetings and before dinner.) especially if I'm in a great city like Chicago, NY or San Francisco. Because we never have much time, this blog is all about quick, easy, inexpensive/free things to do in some of the cities I travel to along with recommendations for restaurants that are great for meals with colleagues, but also perfectly comfortable for solo dining. So maybe next time you find that you have a few minutes to yourself on a business trip, before you just automatically head for your hotel room, barricade yourself in with your computer and cell phone and order room service, you'll be inspired to become a business travel tourist and start loving your business travel too. Feel free to comment on any of my posts and let me and other readers know if you have tips, or recommendations. Happy Travels!

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