Trip Diary: San Francisco

At the end of June, I was in San Francisco for the ALA Annual conference. Most of the time I look forward to, or at least don’t mind, traveling for work. But this time, I wasn’t into it. It was a busier than usual conference for me – we had official events at the end of every day. I really didn’t get to see much of San Francisco aside from the immediate area around the Moscone Center. Rather than do a full writeup in my usual style, I think I’ll just hit the high points.

Mikkeller Bar – A very chill spot to hang out and enjoy some beer and a cheese plate. They have a large bar and I had no problem grabbing a stool on a Saturday night. The bartenders were friendly and knowledgeable, and I had a couple of great beers.

Epicenter Cafe – Tucked back behind the convention center, this cafe was one of the few spots open for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. I wound up eating breakfast there twice, as it was quiet and the food was great.

Basil Canteen – This was my pick for a group dinner with friends, and it was great. A bit of a walk from the convention center, but it was nice to stretch our legs, and I think the cab ride wouldn’t be too expensive. Everyone was happy and the food was delicious.

There are lots of fast casual places around the convention center, I tried Split Bread and Freshroll, which were good. There’s also a Whole Foods with a huge prepared foods section, including breakfast options, and a City Target.

I flew in and out of Oakland, which seemed like a good idea when I booked tickets and worked out OK. But transportation to and from the convention center was more expensive than I planned – I was bumped on the way in, and ended up taking a cab ($85) instead of the BART. I was leaving too early in the morning for the BART on the way out, and ended up booking a shared SuperShuttle for something like $65.

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