Clothing Provided By: Picnic Boutique, www.picnicsf.com
Jewelry Provided By: INPINK Fashion Jewelry, www.inpink.com
Written By: Mallory Watkins
Photographed By: Rene Goldfarb Ilyashov
Styled By: Mallory Watkins and Whitney Deng of www.readytwowear.com
It’s a beautiful morning, and the weather is predicted to be beautiful—70 degrees and sunny. We decide it’s the perfect day to get an early start and explore the city. Unfortunately, San Francisco lives up to its reputation and is foggy and cold in the morning. We still both show up in short rompers … better to be cold for a little bit in the morning rather than sweating later. This is how you should be spending your next Sunday in SF.
We aren’t morning people…meeting up at 9 a.m. is a struggle. On any other Sunday, we would wake up late and go to brunch around normal people’s lunch time, but today we have found a good incentive to wake up early:
Mr. Holmes Bakehouse
042 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94109 | 415-829-7700
We park, making extra sure to lock the car due to the neighborhood, and walk over to Mr. Holme’s Bakery to get in line for their famous Cruffins. Cruffins come out every day at 9 a.m. and the line is already down the street by the time we arrive, everyone waiting to get their hands on the croissant-muffin hybrid. We are still rubbing the sleeps out of our eyes in line, but regret not arriving earlier. They bake limited quantities and limit two per customer. Today they only made three pans, and we see the last four go to the couple in front of us. We can’t help but be disappointed … we were so close! We head inside to see the other pastry offerings. Luckily everything they bake is tempting and delicious. We opt for a double-baked almond croissant and chocolate croissant and are perfectly satisfied by our decision. The glowing yelp reviews about this place are well-earned.
Native Knowledge: Employees suggest getting in line by 8:20 a.m. for a better chance at cruffins.
1808 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109 | 415-346-6556
Time to do what we do best and go shopping. We check out Picnic Boutique, which is full of stylish and wearable pieces. Here we browse big names like Free People and LAMade alongside smaller up-and-coming brands. For those wanting to show some local pride, they have a cute selection of SF-themed totes and tees. We spend most of our time in the clothing and accessories room; we will be too tempted by the well-curated home decor in the next room. We don’t have the space for more trinkets, and we know we won’t be able to say no to the gold foil prints and candles if we spend any time browsing. For a boutique, they have an impressive selection, especially in jewelry. We fall in love with their minimalist pieces, like these gold-filled monogram rings.
1001 Minnesota St
San Francisco, CA 94107 | 415-824-4224
The sun has come out, and Nob Hill is starting to get crowded. To escape the bustle, we head to the Dogpatch, which has open space and easy parking (always a plus in our book). Clear skies make it a pleasant day to eat outside, so we walk over to Piccino. Located on a quiet corner, it is the perfect spot to chat and enjoy the sun. Everything on the menu sounds amazing, and we have a hard time choosing. We order the citrus salad and the pizza Bianca and we don’t regret it. The blood orange and grapefruit is a refreshing counterpoint to the rich pecorino, garlic and chili oil of the pizza. It’s pretty warm, and a bottle of Orange Pellegrino really hits the spot. We take our time and enjoy the rays. We see others doing the same at the mini parklet let across the street.
Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous
699 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94107 | 415-970-0750
Since we are close enough to walk, we cannot resist some Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous Ice Cream. With no crowd and flavors that are not offered anywhere else, this place is Dogpatch’s best-kept secret. They constantly rotate their menu, which includes flavors like Earl Gray and Cajeta. Thank goodness they offer tastings or we would never be able to make a decision. We get excited for white rabbit flavor, but ultimately decide to go a different route today. We both end up with Chicory Coffee, which is rich and not overwhelmingly sweet. We can’t even handle a single scoop after pigging out on pastries and pizza. Luckily, they offer a kid’s scoop. Even the kid’s scoop is exceedingly generous. It’s more like a single scoop at other places. It’s too bad they only offer indoor seating because it is too nice to not be outdoors. We take our cones outside and try to finish before they melt.
2573 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107 | 415-800-8121
Wanting to work off the obscene number of calories we consumed, we end our day with some climbing at Dogpatch Boulders. Dogpatch has good diversity in holds (over 300 boulder problems), so both inexperienced climbers like me and higher-level climbers like Whitney can climb side-by-side. Whitney comes here all the time after work and is a member. This is a good thing for me — this means I get in as a plus one, otherwise it would be a $20 day pass. As it is, I only have to swing the $3 shoe rental fee. They don’t require climbing shoes here, but metallic sandals are not exactly climbing-appropriate. Dogpatch changes and adds climbing routes throughout the week, so even if you come as often as Whitney there is always something new to try.
After a good couple hours climbing, we are too tired for much else and call it a day. Before we say our goodbyes and head to our opposite sides of the bay, we vow to wake up even earlier next week so that we can finally get our hands on those cruffins.