in San Francisco
Judith Haschert has been working for SWISS since March 2012. Because her family and friends live in California, she can combine her private life perfectly with her career. «I always meet my loved ones in San Francisco.» Judith is vegan and always on the lookout for the latest food trends. She describes her perfect day in San Francisco for us.
The Californian dream city never ceases to amaze. Culture, cuisine, art or technology – the inspirational vibes of San Francisco are virtually infinite. But what should you put on your to-do list if you've only got a short time in San Francisco?
SWISS flies to San Francisco from Zurich (ZRH). It takes just over half an hour to get from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to the city centre using Uber.
A well-balanced breakfast is just the right thing to start the day. Jane on Larkin serves up «the best avocado toast that I've ever eaten.» Judith also sips a green tea and a freshly squeezed juice, and tucks into a bowl of sensational granola with fresh berries and almond milk. «Anyone who likes crusty bread won't be disappointed with the bakery here.»
Have you ever tried a cruffin? Directly opposite, Mr. Holmes Bakehouse serves this exclusive cross between a croissant and a muffin. «I'm always jealous,» admits Judith, because they haven't introduced a vegan cruffin yet. They sell like hot cakes – which is why there's a strict limit of two per person.
Now we walk through the city centre towards Farmers Market, which is in the Ferry Building at the harbour. Legendary Market Street is also a happening place for shopping. Judith samples her way around the market stands at the Farmers' Market. «Fresh kale is an absolute must, of course.» This superfood has long been a firm favourite among Americans. The Blue Bottle Coffee is also a good place to stop for a coffee. «But Humphry Slocombe is an absolute must for all ice cream fans!»
From the market, an enjoyable stroll along the pier will get you to the famous Fisherman’s Wharf, which, despite the crowds, affords you a view of Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge. According to Judith, the neighbouring Ghirardelli Square offers a unique view of the pier and the bay. And «this is where you can find the city's nicest souvenirs.»
Those who want to enjoy their cruffin now can do so with a fresh juice from the Juice Shop on Ghirardelli Square – perfect for recharging the batteries.
Then it's off to keep hunger at bay at ROAM Artisan Burgers on Union Street. «This is where I concoct my own vegan burger,» explains an ecstatic Judith. Apart from a quinoa patty, other essential menu items include avocado, caramelised onions and sweet potato fries.
It's time for a bike ride! «Rent a bike back at Fisherman’s Wharf and set off across the Golden Gate Bridge!» You'll be rewarded by a fabulous view of San Francisco from the other side. The ferry then takes you from Sausalito back into the bay, to the Ferry Building.
Those who are happier staying in the city should definitely make sure they explore the Mission District on foot or by bike. «It's buzzing with cool cafés and shops,» explains Judith. It's also worth going on a detour to the Painted Ladies, famous from the TV series «Full House», in Hayes Valley.
Sushi is a real highlight for Judith in San Francisco. 14th street, home to the Shizen Vegan Sushi Bar & Izakaya, is quick to get to with Uber. Japanese food lovers can find everything their heart desires here – but this means that there can be a lengthy wait for a table. «It's not unusual to have to wait thirty minutes,» confirms Judith. Unfortunately, the restaurant doesn't take reservations. «But it's well worth the wait!»
The rooftop bar El Techo in the Mission District is the perfect place to wind down after a day in San Francisco with a relaxing drink. Judith claims that the walk to the bar helps digestion. «You meet a colourful mix of people in this district.» And anyone who gets hungry later into the night can tuck into the tapas and Latin American street food served here.