Our North America trip: City 3 – San Francisco

Dolores Park San Francisco

Dolores Park San Francisco

The first few months of this year, we’re traveling like crazy. First 22 cities in Europe, and now all “our” 11 North American destinations. We’re very excited to be back in San Francisco to meet our Spotters!

Some of the highlights of our 48 hour visit:

Two Spotters meetings!

The reason we were in San Francisco: to meet our Spotters… As not everybody was able to meet at the same time, we were fortunate enough to have two Spotters meetings!

We met most Spotters on Friday night at The San Francisco Athletic Club (where our Riga Spotter Martins who happened to be in town joined!). On Saturday morning we met Luc and our newest (soon to be introduced) Spotter Rob at Arlequin Cafe.

Unfortunately the smartphone pictures we took (our camera jost broke!) were not good enough to publish…


Just like during our last visit (2013 – read more here), the weather was fantastic! In Dolores Park (The Mission’s breathing space) it seemed like the entire city had taken Friday off work to drink beers in the park.

Rainbows everywhere

San Francisco 2

Many are already preparing for Gay Pride, or showing their sympathy with flags. Not only in the Castro district, but everywhere in the city! Above: a rainbow Crosswalk in Castro – the LGBT district of San Francisco.

Funky shops

Paxton Gate San Francisco

Paxton Gate San Francisco

There are so many original shops in San Francisco. One of our favorites is Paxton Gate – a “a shop for curiosities and unusual things from the natural world.” (as our Spotter Steven describes it well).

Third wave coffee

Sightglass coffee San Francisco

Sightglass coffee San Francisco

San Francisco takes it coffee very seriously. Coffee is not just a commodity – it’s art! A few of the very hipster coffee shops we visited in 2013 were still there. They still look cool, but the locals (and Spotted by Locals users) have relentlessly moved on to new shops like Sightglass, where we had organic espresso from a small Rwandan coffee farm with certified fairly paid workers :).

An art gallery opening

San Francisco 6

We were lucky to be invited to the opening of Janet Delaney’s exhibition at the Jules Maeght gallery by our Spotter Luc. He works at this very cool gallery (soon to be spotted – we hope…)

Our accommodation


Apartment rental website Roomorama – who sponsored our accommodation, had arranged one of the coolest places we’ve ever stayed in: an apartment in a beautiful Potrero Hill house that is owned by an artist couple. They have made the house into one big art gallery…

San Francisco Spotters: thank you for the great tips, and for your company!

Next stop: Los Angeles!

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