Colourful San Francisco: Favourite Photo Spots

Painted Ladies 2San Francisco is a colourful, eclectic city that is always so much fun to visit. It has the perfect mix of cool galleries, amazing restaurants and interesting places to see and photograph. I really enjoyed capturing this trip because San Francisco has such an unique style. We went all over the city, exploring different neighbourhoods and visiting iconic spots like the Painted Ladies, Haight Ashbury and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Jonathon was attending the Google I/O conference for the first few days of our trip, so I stayed in the Marina District with my friend Erin (check out her blog Wolf and Stag) before spending the weekend downtown. San Francisco was a really awesome city to research, and my list of recommendations is quite long! To start, I’ve rounded up a few of my favourite colourful photos from this trip and the locations so you can snap the perfect ‘gram next time you’re in this wonderful city.
Sf View 1Theatre 1 16th Ave Steps 2SF View 116th Ave Steps16th Ave Steps 2The 16th Ave Tiled Steps
Located in Golden Gate Heights are the beautiful 16th Ave Tiled Steps. This is such a fun and colourful spot to take photos and see spectacular views of the city. Be warned, San Francisco is filled with hills and this particular spot is up high. You’ll probably want to hop in an Uber to get here. Around the corner you’ll find a second set of tiled stairs called Hidden Garden Steps. Since they’re more tucked away, it will be a lot less busy and easier to get a photo with no one in the background.
Flower Market 2Rainbow LattePretty Coffees & Cafes
After completing the 16th Ave Tiled stairs, a stop by Home Cafe for a Birthday Cake latte is a must! This picture perfect cup of java tasted like a vanilla latte with sprinkles. Isn’t it darling? We had so many yummy coffees and baked goods while visiting San Francisco. I have such a long list of delicious and instagramable cafes to recommend. Stay tuned for my next post dedicated to my favourites.Lyons Steps ViewLyon Street Step ShoesThe Lyon Street Steps
For a beautiful view of San Francisco overlooking the Marina District, head to the Lyon Street Stairs. At the base of the steps you’ll find the house featured in The Princess Diaries, along with other gorgeous Victorian style homes. Be sure to wear good walking shoes so you can make your way up to the top. The views of the Presidio Forest, ocean and city are stunning. From here, it’s a lovely walk into the Lower Pacific Heights and The Filmore District.
Painted Ladies 2Princess house 4Pink House 1Victorian Houses 2Victorian HomesThe Victorian Houses
The most famous houses in San Francisco are the row of pastel homes called the Painted Ladies, near Alamo Square Park. These are fun to see, but there are so many delightful Victorian style houses all over the city. Marina District, Pacific Heights, North Beach; walk around any of these neighbourhoods and you’re bound to see lots of beautiful homes.Β Flower Market 1Flower Mart 3Flowers in San Francisco
There are so many cute flower shops in San Francisco. The Bud Stop in the Marina District has a delightful array of blooms, as does Ampersand in the Mission District. There’s also a farmer’s market at The Ferry Building where you’ll find lots of seasonal flowers.
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Have you been to San Francisco? What were your favourite places to visit?
Let me know in the comments below

  • Wow, what gorgeous, photogenic locations! They’re every blogger’s dream, haha. I’ve never been to CA before, but of course want to travel there someday. I’ve heard such great things about San Fran, so I’ll have to make note of your recommendations. Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have a great holiday weekend!




    • Oh I hope you get to visit some day! It’s such a wonderful city, filled with SO many good food spots and cafes.
      The art galleries are amazing too. Hope you had a lovely weekend

  • Ah looks so pretty!!
    x Rubi
    Pose & Repeat

    • Thanks Rubi! San Francisco is such a pretty city

  • Yay, so glad you had a chance to stay and tour around with Erin!! She’s the sweetest + your time looked amazing. San Fran is such a cool city and LOVE all the places you visited… the houses and character is unreal!! xo

    • Thank you Veronika! I had SOO much fun with Miss Erin exploring SF.
      The city is so beautiful and filled with so many fun things to do. I can’t wait to go back again πŸ™‚
      Next post is about all the bakeries we visited – OMG SO MANY GOOD ONES!

      Hope you’re having a great week so far – catch up date soon xo

  • Yes! Loving all your photo stops! San Francisco is such a colorful city. There’s literally no bad place to take a photo haha.


    • Thank you Emily!! I had THE BEST time in SF. Such a fun city.
      My next post is on all the pretty cafes and bakeries – the list os long!! Thanks again for all your awesome recos xo

  • Gorgeous photos! I love these colourful houses! Reminds me of London πŸ™‚
    Vivian x

    • Thank you Vivian! It reminded me so much of London too, with all the pretty row houses.

  • Chloe

    San Francisco looks amazing! Thanks for sharing xx

    Chloe x

    • Thanks for stopping by Style Calling Chloe!

  • Missy May

    San Francisco have some lovely houses going on. Loving the cheerful colours going on. Great shots beautiful lady.

    • SO many beautiful homes in SF – I had so much fun photographing this city.
      Thanks for stopping by Style Calling πŸ™‚

  • Oh wow, you really DID find the most beautiful photo locations! I don’t think I’ve ever been so keen to visit San Francisco; the pastel coloured buildings look even more special in the sunshine πŸ™‚

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • Oh you must go Gabrielle! It’s such a wonderful city. so pretty and so fun to photograph.
      Stay tuned for my cafe and bakeries – AH there are so many good ones

  • Love this post and I am now sat here wishing I lived in the US! Especially loving the second picture of the view from the top of the road… reminds me of Princess Diaries – one of my fav films!! Chloe x

    • Thank you Chloe! It was such a wonderful city to visit. So much to see and explore. That one house actually is from the Princess Diaries film!! It’s at the base of the Lyon Street Steps. Super cool to see in person πŸ™‚

  • The flowers and that latte are so fun! I went once but I think we missed many of these spots.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Thank you Amy Ann! There’s so much to see and do in SF. I can’t wait to go back again.
      The coffee & bakery scene is SOO good too. I just wrote a new post on my favourite spots πŸ™‚

  • beautiful photos!! I want to go to san fran now!

    • Thanks Kelsey! It’s such a fun city to visit

  • It looks so beautiful there! Have a great week.

    Gemma x

    • Thank you Gemma! xo

  • Rach

    SF is one of my favorite cities!! Everything about it has so much charm!

    • Ah SO much charm in SF- the houses are so photogenic. I had so much fun exploring and finding all the cute spots πŸ™‚

  • You really can’t run out of beautiful things to take photos with in SF. It’s such a photogenic city! Your photos are lovely dear, thanks for sharing!

    Jessica |

    • Ah thank you Jessica! It was such a fun trip to photograph.
      Thank you for the compliments. Means a lot coming from you lady! Hope you’re able to visit SF sometime. You would love it! So many amazing places to snap photos.

  • San Francisco is so beautiful, your photos are giving me nostalgia! xx
    Diana |