Any excuse to stroll around the Marina district in the middle of a beautiful day when the streets are drenched in sunshine I'll take. It was around one in the afternoon when I finished up with errands and just so happen to have my camera on me. I was free of plans for the rest of the day and found myself with an unusually lucky, meter free parking spot just off Union Street. I knew I had to take advantage of it and wasn't ready to head home. It didn't occur to me until I was photographing the yellow, blue and pink hues of the Marina District that my San Francisco neighborhood guide was in need for a new feature on The Marina! Although there are many other areas of this district worth nothing, Union Street is a better alternative to neighboring Chestnut Street. It's a little less hectic which makes it nice when you are free of plans and looking to simply browse the homes, shops and eateries in the surrounding area.
There are some great boutiques along Union Street along with a few flower stands and cafes worth stopping in at. One particular flower stand I love is The Bud Stop which has a long display of beautiful blooms. Don't have what you're looking for? Simply cross the street and check out what the other, smaller stand has to offer!
You'll want to stop in at Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters to get a snapshot of the famous pineapple wall. Don't forget to hashtag your photo #pineappleselfie when you get there! After, sit outside and enjoy your coffee and a pastry at their cute table and chairs set up along the sidewalk. Talk about a great place to catch up with friends!
For all your paper and party supplies, Union Street Papery is not to be missed. It's tucked away within Union Street and it's easy to miss. Follow the small path towards the string lights and the garden bungalow and you'll stumble upon it. If you're in the mood for some pampering, visit Dermaplus for a facial, skin treatment, spray tan and a really great selection of products.
The day I was on Union Street, the sidewalks were sprinkled in fallen cherry blossoms and I swear it was made the area even more charming than it already is, although, I must admit that I miss the blossoms already! For a Caribbean vibe in an urban setting, visit Palm House for giant punch bowls and a tropical themed menu.
Visit The Mason Jar for all your home good needs (wants) in what feels like a miniature Anthropologie, which is definitely a good thing! If you're looking to get in a work out, SoulCycle is a just few block down. Once you've finished up on Union Street, head to Crissy Field or The Palace of Fine Arts for additional stunning city views. Nearby Chestnut Street offers many shops as well.
What are you favorite things about The Marina? Have you ever strolled around a new neighborhood alone? Did you enjoy the quietness of being by yourself? I'd love to hear about a time where you had fun exploring alone! Stay connected with Sunshine Daydream on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for even more hidden gems of San Francisco, local secrets, daily lifestyle inspiration and travel tips.