Katie O'Brien

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August 28, 2014

SF Personality: Katie O'Brien

Katie O'Brien

  • Neighborhood: Pacific Heights
  • What do you love about your neighborhood? Divisadero always has something interesting to do. I love being able to walk to Fillmore as well.
  • Native or Transplant: Transplant
  • How long have you lived in San Francisco: A few months.
  • Gig: active learner, travel writer
  • San Francisco is…my playground

What do you like better: Bay Bridge or the Golden Gate Bridge?

The Golden Gate Bridge — it has this iconic character you can’t ignore.

What's your favorite neighborhood to hang out in (other than your own)?

Eating my heart out in North Beach gives me nostalgia of when I was living la dolce vita in Italy. Roaming down Haight-Ashbury makes me feel awesome.

Where AND what would be your last meal here in San Francisco?

A tie between the wild mushroom eggs benedict and the french toast with honey mascarpone and bourbon syrup at Mission Beach Café with people I adore.

What is your go-to drink spot?

Sangria, happy hour style at Fly Bar.

"Know when to just get lost, don’t mind the fog, and always remember to laugh it off and enjoy the city by the bay."

Where in the city do you go to take in arts and culture?

Jack Kerouac Alley warms my heart.

What's your favorite outdoor activity?

Wandering through the Ferry Plaza to catch the local artists, and sampling goodies at the farmer’s market.

What is the one celebration in the city you look forward to every year?

Outside Lands (I’m making an oath to save up) but the Holi festival in April should amazing after loving the Festival of the Chariots.

What is the one thing you have yet to check off your bucket list in San Francisco?

Twin Peaks at dusk.

What piece of advice would you give to a traveler about visiting the city?

Know when to just get lost, don’t mind the fog, and always remember to laugh it off and enjoy the city by the bay.

What makes San Francisco unique?

The people are not afraid of themselves; they embrace individuality and you can see creativity and rawness from the street art to the distinctiveness of each city district. San Francisco will blow your mind over and over again.


Katie O’Brien is a 20-something lover of life, experimenting photographer, and returning European nomad. This dreamer follows her bliss, and spontaneity is her guide. Born and raised in the East Bay, she discovered her insatiable love for San Francisco by crashing at her twin sister’s apartment for the summer, allowing her to explore the city’s quirks. She can’t get enough of this electrifying city. Follow her adventures at: www.thesweetadventure.wordpress.com.

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