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5 THINGS TO DO IN SAN FRANCISCO | VEGAN & SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL GUIDE


Vegan San Francisco Guide - Sustainable San Francisco
San Francisco is a wonderful city with its picturesque oceans, colorful architecture, crazily steep hills and trend-setting culture. Despite being home to the world's best start-up hub, the mighty Silicon Valley that makes and breaks trends on-the-go, San Francisco has become a city focused on slow living, where minimalist and conscious lifestyle is thriving. Did you know that SFO has committed to going waste-free by the year 2020?

San Francisco is also well-known for setting many food trends and its innovative eateries top the list of best restaurants in the world. It has been beckoned by people who love to eat for decades. So naturally, the vegan food scene of the city is also top-class (my favorite vegan restaurants in San Francisco are listed below too).

If you're a newbie on the turf, a word of caution. SFO is also home to many homeless people with plenty dodgy neighborhoods. I found myself unearthing some pretty ghastly locales on my last trip, and was almost mugged. So make sure to stay safe and learn about the neighbourhood you are planning to visit on your own by foot.

After navigating my ways around the city, I explored some of the coolest spots of the town, ate at city's best vegan restaurants and have put together a list of must-visit places in town, including where to shop.

Whether you are a vegan or not, here are 5 things you must do when you are visiting San Francisco.

Shopping at Hayes Valley


Located in the heart of the city, this thriving neighborhood is filled with creative boutiques, sophisticated interiors, niche specialty shops and lots of conscious brands and stores to shop from. Hayes Valley is the liveliest urban hubs in SFO and you will love this place. Everyone talks about Union Square when it comes to shopping in San Francisco, but that's only for the boring and banal. Hayes Valley is where you should head to for cool shopping and discovering great sustainable brands.

I happened to discover the shopping scene of this area by chance on my last visit to San Francisco and couldn't get enough of this place. With sustainable fashion stores, amazing organic juiceries and cafes, Hayes Valley should definitely be on top of your list of places to visit when you are in SFO.

Here's what you should do:

Kick off your day with a healthy brunch at Urban Remedy. I love their Blue Magic made with organic cashew milk and vegan sushi bowl, super yummy and filling. If you love coffee, go across the street and get your caffeine fix at Ritual Coffee Roasters on Octavia Street - a fair-trade, third wave coffee company that SFO coffee lovers are hooked to.

Sustainable Shopping in San Francisco - Conscious Brands in SFO - VEGAN SAN FRANCISCO
Amour Vert

After your brunch, stroll down the street and make sustainable fashion store Amour Vert your next stop. In addition to their own label, Amour curates various sustainable and vegan fashion brands. Stylish kicks from Veja, vegan handbags from Angela Roi, jewelry from conscious brands like Soko, organic cotton dresses and much more will not leave you disappointed. This was one of my favorite stores in SFO!

Also, check out the indie shop Gather next to Amour that sells local and handmade clothing, accessories, and home goods. For sustainable denim, drop-in at Covert boutique, they have a great selection of eco-friendly denim brands and also organic cotton and sustainable knits, basics and shorts.

No visit to Hayes is complete without stepping inside the two famous sustainable fashion stores, Everlane and Reformation, both of which are just 4-minutes walk from Amour Vert. For me, Reformation is more of a visual treat, as unfortunately, they don't have a very petite-friendly collection but if you're tall and skinny (their type) you will love the store. Everlane, on the other hand, had an expansive collection to suit every body type and budget.

If you're a bit peckish by now, stop by at Project Juice, another healthy cafe on the street (Hayes is full of them!), for a snack or cold-pressed juice.

Next, you can head to Veer and Wander, a beauty store and salon on Brady Street. They have a wonderful curation of clean and vegan-friendly brands like Rahua, RMS Beauty, Juice Beauty and wellness products from the likes of Moon Juice.

Don't forget to get yourself a pair of stylish sunglasses from Warby Parker.

If Jazz and Theater is your scene, you will love Hayes Valley even more because it is home to SFJazz Center and Nourse Theater. So once you are done shopping, a nice play or some Jazz will be the perfect entertainment you need to end the day!

Watching the Golden Gate Bridge by the Day & Night

Where to get best views of Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco Sustainable Travel Guide - Vegan San Francisco
While I still don't understand the big craze about this bridge, aside from the fact how Hollywood made it a celebrated spot, the views of and across the bridge of the city is picturesque. Plus, if the weather is promising, you'd love to sink in the sun with the cool breeze and relax. Besides, you cannot leave SFO without a good picture of the most photographed bridge in the world. Can you?

For the best views (and pics) of the bridge, I would recommend the vista point. In fact, our friends in SFO even took us to the spot to get a good view of the city and the bridge at the night. While it was very windy and cold, it was worth a visit. So make sure to get the best views of the city not just by the day but also the night.

Dinner at Shizen Vegan Sushi Bar and Izakaya

Shizen Vegan Sushi Bar - Best vegan restaurants in San Francisco - Vegan San Francisco Guide

You haven't had the best sushi in your life if you haven't yet been to Shizen. This sustainable all-vegan sushi bar and izakaya is one of the best places in town for Japanese food, and their sushi are totally out-of-the-world. I even managed to get Jain options at this place, after a little struggle explaining them what I don't eat.

Shizen Vegan Sushi Bar - Best vegan restaurants in San Francisco - Vegan San Francisco Guide - Vegan Travel

This truly innovative restaurant has pushed the boundaries to create delicious vegan food, that trumps even the meat versions. Shizen takes meatless sushi further with marinades, sauces, and different preparation techniques. This clubbed with beautiful presentation and a chic minimalist ambiance makes this place one of the must-visit restaurants in San Francisco. Don't visit this place in a rush, take some time and enjoy the meal. The place may seem a bit pricey but its worth every penny! Make sure to try out their nigiri, they're delectable.

P.S. Opens for dinner only. Be prepared to wait for atleast a 30 minutes to get a table, this place is always buzzing and thy dont' take reservations.

In case you are wondering where to have the lunch, you're in luck because you will have one of the best vegan meals of your life and an ambiance to match at the famous Gracias Madre, the plant-based sustainable restaurant. If healthy food is your thing, then Nourish Cafe is another of my favorites in SFO, and once you try it would be yours too.

Take a Stroll on Haight-Ashbury & Drive Down Lombard Street

With its unique history and charm, and an eccentric personality, Haight-Ashbury is one of the most interesting neighbourhoods of San Fracisco, and a must-visit to explore SFO's essence. With vintage bookstores, quirky shops, swanky cocktail lounges, fun cafes and bars, a unique culture and lots of hipster vibes, the Haight has it all. This was the place where I picked by vegan Dr. Martens sandals, from the brand store.

For all ethical fashionistas, you will find loads of great vintage stores to replenish your wardrobe without breaking the bank. I am not into vintage shopping (yet), but my friends do love this place. In addition to vintage, there are plenty of other digs too in this area. I loved the hippie boutique Jammin’ on Haight for its psychedelic interiors and tie-dye clothes.
Veganburg San Francisco - Best vegan restaurants in SFO
Also, you have to visit this place if only to eat with full heart and spirit at the famous Veganburg, dubbed as the McDonald's for vegans but only better. A vegan chain from Singapore, this place is loved by the likes of Sir Paul McCartney and Steve Aoki and for good reasons. We had a large vegan burger and a vegan soft serve and oh boy, it was so delicious. All the food here is GMO-free and with some healthy twist. Its definitely a vegan paradise especially if you love junk food.

You also have to make sure to drive down the famous crooked road, known as the Lombard Street - Famous Crooked Road in San Francisco. Located in the upscale Russian Hill neighborhood, this steep, hilly street goes one way (down) past a bevy of gorgeous Victorian mansions and will make for a great Instagram-worthy visual treat, aside for a fun ride down the hill.

While I haven't yet been on the popular cable cars of San Francisco that you must have seen in countless Hollywood movies, that is also one of the things you should do when in the city.

Road Trip to Monterey, Carmel

Carmel Getaway near San Francisco Sustainable Travel Guide - San Francisco to Monterey Bay

San Francisco has so many things to see and do, but make sure you also plan a day trip to Monterey, Carmel. You will need about 2 hours 40 minutes to reach the scenic 17-mile drive, one of the most beautiful drives that you can't leave San Francisco without.

SCENIC DRIVE from San francisco to Monterey Bay driving time17-Mile Drive Carmel-by-the-sea - San Francisco Travel Guide - Vegan SFO
This romantic stretch of coastline takes you through a wind-sculpted forest of cypress trees to a rocky coastline dotted with some of the most envy-inducing homes on the planet, and pristine white sandy beaches and ends in the charming town of Carmel with beautiful boutiques and cozy cafes.

The 17-mile drive (that's what its called) costs $10 for the entry and runs through Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach. Trust me, if you are going to SFO, you have to make time for this short detour!

Enjoy SFO! Don't forget to share your favorite places in the city.


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