Take advantage of all this beautiful city has to offer.
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If you've always dreamed of a Bay Area bachelorette party, a trip to San Francisco will not disappoint. Home to beautiful hotels, stunning architecture, an exciting restaurant scene, and plenty of activities, San Fran has more than enough to keep you and your best friends occupied for the duration of your pre-wedding getaway—whether it's a night, a weekend, or a whole week. To help you craft the ultimate itinerary, we asked our friends at the Venue Report to share the top ten things to put on your must-do list as you begin to plan your bachelorette party in this coastal California town.
First up, you'll need a place to stay. The pros recommend a spot that's centrally located and bursting with the kinds of amenities every girl group needs—including a rooftop bar with epic views of the surrounding city. As for what you'll do by day, the experts have a few ideas. Start with oysters and a beer at the Ferry Building, then enjoy some fresh air on a walk to Ghiradelli Square, where your group can spend the afternoon enjoying a wine and cheese pairing class at the Cheese School. When you're ready for dinner, you can't go wrong with dim sum from State Bird Provisions. Just make sure to reserve your table early as this hotspot fills up quickly. For dessert, head over to the Museum of Ice Cream, where you're encouraged to play with your food, too, not just eat it.
Whether you're looking for nights on the town or want to take in the local arts and entertainment scene, it's clear that San Francisco offers exactly what you and your bachelorette party are looking for. Here, ten things to do during your getaway to the Bay Area.
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Stay at the Loews Regency
Your bachelorette party needs somewhere to stay. For the party that wants to be in the heart of it all without compromising on amenities, Loews Regency San Francisco is your spot. Centrally located in downtown, just about anything you could want to visit in this city is walkable or a mere 10-minute ride away. Beautifully decorated, the hotel has a rooftop bar to start your weekend off with a toast overlooking the best view of the city.
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Explore the Ferry Building
Touristy but not too touristy, the Ferry Building has so much to do—start with the famous oysters of Hog Island Oyster Co.; grab a beer at San Francisco native brewery, Fort Point; indulge in a sweet treat from one of the several on-site bakeries and ice creameries; shop for handmade homewares at McEvoy Ranch and Heath Ceramics; and walk through the historic building, taking in the beauty and bustling atmosphere around you.
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Take a Class at The Cheese School
A short 20 minute walk (or car ride), from the Ferry Building is Fisherman's Wharf. There, your group can experience the quintessential sunbathing sea lions (and inevitable turf wars on the docks). From there, head to The Cheese School in Ghiradelli Square, where you'll be treated to a fun and delicious cheese tasting experience overlooking the bay and Alcatraz. Book one of their pairing classes—we suggest wine and cheese or chocolate and cheese—for the ultimate most fun (and delicious!) bonding experience ever.
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Get Happy Hour at The Dorian
If your party will be in town on a weekday, make sure you stop into The Dorian in the Marina for happy hour. One dollar oysters and deals on bottles of rosé make this an easy "yes" before heading to your dinner reservation. When you walk in, the bar area feels like a moody library that gives way to a colorful and airy dining room. Pro tip: Happy hour runs until 7 p.m. here so you have plenty of time to round up your girls and make it in.
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Go for Dim Sum at State Bird Provisions
A dining experience like you've never had before, State Bird Provisions is a modern, Michelin starred spin on traditional dim sum located in Japantown. The cozy yet minimal interiors lend their energy to your group as soon as you walk in the door while the dim sum style service makes dining (and sharing!) with your group a breeze. Just be sure to make your reservation early, this spot books up fast!
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Experience the Museum of Ice Cream
The most fun museum of them all, the Museum of Ice Cream, definitely deserves a spot on your bachelorette party itinerary. Located in the heart of downtown, spend a few hours at the interactive museum trying ice cream, having fun with the exhibits, and, of course, taking some photos in the sprinkle pool. Once you've had your ice cream fill, head to the nearby shops on Market Street like Anthropologie, Nordstrom, Madewell, Bloomingdales, and much more.
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Get Dinner Tickets to Lazy Bear
Another unforgettable dining experience, Lazy Bear in the Mission is a ticketed, multi-course dinner where all you have to do is show up. A mural of Yosemite adorns an entire wall while live edge, communal dining tables run down the center of the space ending at the open-concept kitchen. The dinner selections are different every night depending on what is in-season and available. This spot is popular, so book your tables early and opt for the wine pairings!
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Grab a Matcha at Stonemill Matcha Before Hitting Dolores Park
A long weekend in San Francisco isn't complete without a day at the park, and there's no park that captures this better than Mission Dolores Park. Before heading over with your crew, grab a matcha and treat to-go at San Francisco's favorite, Stonemill Matcha. Iced or hot, choose just about any base for your latte complemented by matcha themed treats and baked goods.
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Go for Pasta at Flour + Water
After a day at the park, continue the fun in the Mission with a night out filled with wine, pasta, and ambience at Flour + Water. Perched on a corner overlooking this lively neighborhood, request a big table near the industrial windows for a family-style dinner with your girls to remember. Once dinner is wrapped up, head to the bars on the same block like Trick Dog and The Homestead.
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Catch a Show at The Warfield
Definitely grab tickets to a show at The Warfield, a movie palace from the 1920's (yes, palace) that now hosts some of the best talent that comes to San Francisco. With performers from Snow Patrol to Jessie James Decker to Jai Wolf, there's something for every bachelorette party. And the gilded, ornate interiors don't hurt either.