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What are the best local blogs about San Francisco?

Get insider tips and inspiration for SF travel and lifestyle from the creators who live here
Posted on January 22, 2021

Looking for insights and inspiration from local blogs in San Francisco? With such a diverse population and an incredible variety of places and experiences to enjoy in SF, of course there are countless blogs and sites across that array of topics. But if you’re looking for travel tips from local bloggers in SF or general lifestyle inspiration from locals in the city, then I’ve rounded up some of the best local blogs and websites for San Francisco info.

I hope this list helps you plan your time in our city by the bay! If you’re ready for a special day out, I would love to show you around my home city. I grew up in the Bay Area and have been leading local tours since 2015, creating Spark Experiences to help share the magic of the Bay Area with visitors and locals alike. I’d love to help you plan a custom San Francisco day tour or a day trip to explore farther afield. Napa and Sonoma wine tours are the perfect escape from the city, and I’m always excited for a Muir Woods tour to get out into beautiful nature.

I would truly be delighted to have you join us at Spark Experiences! Feel free to reach out for help crafting your perfect tour.

Tour Guide Heather with Muir Woods Private Tour Family smiling


To help inspire your planning, let’s take a look at some great local SF blogs and websites…

Best Local Blogs About San Francisco

Get tons of SF-specific recommendations from Whimsy Soul, plus plenty more tips across California and beyond. Created by Kara, a Wisconsin-native who now calls San Francisco home, the site is filled with fun finds and plenty of bright, positive entertainment, too!

Traveling with kids? Leslie is a former lawyer who offers helpful insights into traveling with little ones on Trips with Tykes. The family is based in San Francisco, so you’ll find tons of helpful tips for the local area.

Lia and Jeremy, the creators behind Practical Wanderlust, are world travelers and full-time bloggers who chose San Francisco as their home. They love sharing local tips!

Anne offers lots of insight into life in San Francisco, the city she’s chosen to call home despite being a full-time remote worker. Get her tips as a Part-Time Traveler.

Justina Vanessa offers endless inspiration on her Instagram feed and highlights hyper-local finds in the city. She’s a Sonoma native who now calls SF home, so you can trust all her local insights!

Best Local Blogs About Northern California

When you visit San Francisco (or if you’re a local!), we definitely getting out of the city to explore more of the Bay Area and beyond. This is a beautiful part of the world! From Wine Country to Silicon Valley, from the coastal redwoods to Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, and more…

Northern California is a stunning region. Here are some local blogs to help you plan your adventures!

Sonoma Valley

Based in Northern California, Jessica of Bon Traveler shares in-depth guides on some lesser-known spaces and places around this region.

Annette is not only the creator behind Bucket List Journeys, she is also co-owner of Petaluma-based Sugo Trattoria. She writes about adventures around the world, but you’ll also find plenty of helpful insights for Northern California from this local resident.

Helpful Local Sites for San Francisco Tips

Local San Francisco bloggers are writing on their own sites, but there are also plenty of other writers contributing to more news-based or broader sites. We recommend you check out the following to get the latest on all things SF…

For food and wine, the SF Chronicle has some incredibly talented writers on staff. We especially trust the recommendations of Soleil Ho and Esther Mobley — and we’re not alone! Check out their award-winning work.

Also for food and drink, SF Eater is a top contender!

Napa Wine tasting

For music and the arts, look no further than The Bay Bridged. Get the inside track on up-and-coming artists and live music events in the area.

Filled with helpful tips and stories on all things San Francisco, 49 Miles covers the 7×7 of our city by the bay.

Speaking of the 7×7, that’s another helpful resource for local SF insights!

Get all the basic tourist information you might need for the city from SF Tourism Tips.

Want to keep up with all the latest? Hoodline is your place to go for neighborhood-level local tips.

View over San Francisco Bay from Grizzly Peak Boulevard at sunset


What do you think? Did we miss your favorite local blog about San Francisco? We’re always happy to connect with more like-minded folks who adore SF and the Bay Area as much as we do, so feel free to connect with us! You can get in touch any time, or follow along on Instagram or Facebook.