A Perfect Kid-Friendly Day in SF's Cole Valley
Cole Valley is my favorite neighborhood in San Francisco. Alex and I lived here for two years. Start your morning at La Boulangerie de San Francisco (1000 Cole St). I like to get the hot chocolate. It comes in a big bowl of chocolate soup that you can dip your pastries in.
Wander around Cole Valley. Go one street over, and walk up Belvedere Street starting at Belvedere and Parnassus. This street has the most beautiful Victorian Painted Ladies. When you get to the top, turn right on 17th street and follow 17th street until you get to 17th and Stanyan. Here you will find the entrance for Sutro Forest. It’s a small stair case and easy to miss. Walk a little way into Sutro Forest and forget you’re in a city. It smells so good in there!
When you’re done, turn around and walk back down Cole Street to the Ice Cream Bar (815 Cole Street) for a Happy Hiker Treat. The milk chocolate ice cream is really good, but all of their flavors are delicious!
Seward Street Slides: Grab your cardboard for these steep locals-only concrete slides! You can usually find discarded cardboard there. Just don’t wear your nicest pants because if you slide off your cardboard, your pants are out of luck. Even better than the slide is the two old guys that hang out there and laugh at everyone that goes down. (30 Seward St)
If you have a car, pop up to Twin Peaks for a minute on your way to the Castro. Twin Peaks is the greatest and windiest view of the city! I love this view of San Francisco with Market Street running up the middle. It's cold up there though, so bring a jacket. Best on a clear day. (501 Twin Peaks Blvd)