One of my favorite ways to take photos in San Francisco is to explore different neighborhoods. There’s a lot of stereotypes about San Francisco neighborhoods including the type of people who live there and more often then not, they happen to be true. I find it hilarious and love taking advantage of the different characteristics of each neighborhood and dressing to match the scene. A lot of my outfit photos are usually taken in Noe Valley, but here are a few of my favorite neighborhoods to venture out to for outfit photos and useful tips on each neighborhood!
Pacific Heights: aka “specific” heights. Here you’ll find beautiful homes and mansions (including this one) and perfectly manicured lawns. It’s a quiet neighborhood since it’s pretty residential making it a great spot for peaceful photos.
How to dress: bougie, well put-together, and proper.
What to do here: Drive around and get mesmerized by all the beautiful homes/mansions. Stop by Lyon Street Steps for a breathtaking birds-eye view of San Francisco.
Mission District: vibrant area, very gentrified with tons of great restaurants, and graffiti artwork.
How to dress: casual, hip or grunge. Think boots, anything distressed, plaid, and studs.
What to do here: Eat and go to bars. Valencia Street has a ton of great spots for food including Souvla, Tacolicious, and Flour + Water Pizzera. Some of my favorite bars are also in the Mission like Beehive and Bon Voyage. These are all walking distance too!
Noe Valley: upscale, neighborhood feel with beautiful well-maintained homes (where most of my photos are taken) and lots of family-owned stores.
How to dress: classy, approachable (it’s a family-friendly neighborhood), and casual.
What to do here: Walk down 24th street and visit all the local boutiques and restaurants. My go-to spots are Vive la Tarte for coffee, Aha Fresh for brunch (they have the best hashbrowns in SF) and Flowers of the Valley for fresh flowers and a very instagrammable store front.
Downtown San Francisco/Financial District: where the majority of people work and where the best name-brand shopping is. Come here for city shots with grand buildings in the back.
How to dress: professional, put-together and fashion-forward.
What to do here: shop till you drop, literally haha. They have every store you’d ever want to visit, including all the designer stores like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci. Financial District also has great bars and clubs. Local Edition has always been one of my favorite bars here.
Nob Hill: great spot for classic San Francisco shots since it’s on a hill and there’s a lot of beautiful old buildings. The views here are gorgeous, but the streets are busy with traffic and tourists so be careful.
How to dress: comfortable (to walk up all the hills), trendy, and unique.
What to do here: I personally don’t come here often since it’s busy and there’s nothing particular worth visiting over and over, but it’s a great neighborhood to check out if you’ve never been to San Francisco. Grace Cathedral is a beautiful episcopal church in a prime location worth seeing. If you’re lucky you might even see a classic San Francisco cable car drive by!