How I See SF:Author & Illustrator Charlotte Rygh
Whether looking through her own eyes or those of her fictional creations, author and illustrator Charlotte Rygh sees nothing but beauty and possibility in San Francisco.
If you want to have a truly genuine San Francisco experience, then you have to consult the experts: our friendly locals. Knowledgable, passionate, and always ready with a recommendation for what to do, see, or eat, San Franciscans of all types have been part of our ongoing "How I See San Francisco" series.
Charlotte Rygh is an author, illustrator, and long-time San Francisco resident. Her love of nature and travel have inspired many aspects of her life. Char's passions shine through in her beloved series of travel-adventure books featuring her salty BFFs, Shrimp ‘n Lobster.
Char's goal is to empower kids to explore new places and have fun learning. We asked her about some of her favorite places in San Francisco, where she finds her inspiration, and what she thinks every visitor must do during their stay.
Describe your typical day in San Francisco.
I have a full-time job that supports the expansion of my Shrimp ‘n Lobster Adventure series. So when I do have the day off, you can catch me at the Fueling Station on Polk Street grabbing an almond milk latte in the morning. On many afternoons, I’m able to join the Russian Hill Neighbors for gardening and street clean up. It’s a fantastic community of people! On Sundays, I’ll visit the Fort Mason Farmers Market or take a stroll to the Ferry Building. And then I pretty much hit the drawing board, illustrating my Shrimp ‘n Lobster’s latest adventures.
Which neighborhood, other than your own, do you like to explore?
The best part about San Francisco is that you can explore it all by foot. I often find myself walking along the Embarcadero. I usually start from the Ferry Building and check out Bay Crossings because they sell my Shrimp ‘n Lobster’s A San Francisco Adventure book. I’m always pinching myself when I see the books on display there! I also love Book Passage, as they have amazing author events there. There’s also a fabulous Farmers Market that includes live music and, of course, local produce, flowers, cheeses, fresh fish, and oysters in the many food stalls. It’s a lot of fun!
From there I usually continue west toward the Golden Gate Bridge, passing the Exploratorium and Pier 23, where I enjoy a Sunday brunch. You can’t miss iconic Coit Tower, and if you keep going, you’ll bump into PIER 39. I really enjoy it. Plus, it’s great exercise.
What are some San Francisco experiences you're eager to have now that our gate is open?
I am really excited to head out on a boat tour to the Farallon Islands. It’s supposed to be an incredible experience with crystal-clear waters and amazing wildlife. I feel like it’s going to be an oceanic safari, and I can’t wait!