Book Review: See San Francisco


San Francisco

Victoria Smith, aka SF Girl by Bay, takes an amazing look at the city in her book See San Francisco. Smith does not consider herself a photographer, rather a storyteller, but I venture to say that she is both because the photos in this book are stunning. For those of us who follow SF Girl by Bay, or those of us just pining after this beautiful city, this book will not disappoint. It is very much a love letter to San Francisco.

From Noe Valley to The Sunset

Smith devotes a chapter to each neighborhood in San Francisco. She showcases not only the hotspots and touristy areas, but also hidden gems within each area.

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We have been lucky enough to visit this beautiful city twice, once in the spring when we stayed at Union Square, and once in the fall when we stayed near Chinatown (more photos in my archives!) During our trips, we visited the Marina, Nob Hill, the Wharf and the Mission. Many of the photos featured spots that I recognized and had visited myself. It brought back so many memories!

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There are cheeky commentaries at the start of each chapter as Smith introduces the neighborhood, recaps its history within the city and how it has changed over time. She does a great job of making each sound so appealing that you can’t help but feel compelled to want to visit each neighborhood on the list.

I’m so glad I took the time to read this book because now I know where we have to go next! I’ve set my sights on the neighborhoods of Bernal Heights, Noe Valley, and the Sunset. It’s clear that no matter where you go in San Francisco, you’re sure to encounter unique beauty and magic.

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What About You?

Have you been to San Francisco? I cannot recommend a trip to this city enough! 🙂



*all photos are from the book ‘See San Francisco’ and Victoria Smith, and do not belong to me

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