The Embarcadero BART Stop: the first and last stop before the Transbay Tube. Though it may seem like a tourist destination, it’s also the gateway to the Financial District, South Beach, and more.
There are a lot of hidden places to explore if you know where to look; and on a GenZe e-bike, getting around is half the fun.
The Ferry Building
Is cheese your thing? Let’s be real – it’s everyone’s thing, and Cowgirl Creamery is a MASTER of cheese. Featuring everything from fig jams to some eclectic local cheeses (coffee rind gruyere, anyone?), this is the perfect place to load up on snacks before hitting the bike path. Their staff is extremely knowledgeable and will leave you feeling smart and satiated.
Blue Bottle Coffee
Speaking of loading up, it’s always a good time to refuel with some coffee. Take a quick walk down the corridor from Cowgirl Creamery, and you’ll find Blue Bottle Coffee. With roots in Oakland, Blue Bottle has made a name for themselves by promising to serve coffee that has been roasted in the last 48 hours! Their New Orleans style iced coffee is a fan favorite, and arguably one of the best iced coffees you’ll find in the Bay.
Heading Down The Path
After checking out The Ferry Building, you’re ready to cruise along the Embarcadero. If you head north (and eventually west), you can get your touristy fill with the sea lions at Pier 39, the Presidio, and the Golden Gate Bridge! But if you head to the south (and east), you’ll hit AT&T Park, South Beach, and the Dogpatch.
Cruising down the Embarcadero is one of my favorite rides in the Bay. The visible lanes make you feel safe as you ride alongside commuter traffic. You get a panoramic view of the ocean, and that breeze makes you feel like you’re flying alongside the Bay. As you ride, make sure to grab a view of the Bay Bridge!
Experience SF like a local, and spend some time in the Dogpatch. Having an e-bike makes it a quick 15-minute trip from the Embarcadero. This micro-neighborhood has amazing restaurants, bars and shopping. From the Embarcadero path, take a left on 3rd street, and follow it down to about 19th or 20th.
Head just a few blocks up to 22nd to hit Rickshaw Bagworks. You wouldn’t be far off to call this place the Wonka Factory of commuter bags. As soon as you enter, you’re immersed in colors and designs that are out of this world! They also have some very traditional looks to keep it simple.
And if you’re more of the hands-on type, you can customize your own bag right in the shop! Although I’m not a big shopper, stopping by Rickshaw Bagworks is a nice break in the day, and I HIGHLY recommend picking one of these up to complement your GenZe. They’ve got a bag for everything!
Sunset at The Ramp
In my opinion, there’s nothing better than enjoying a drink outside and watching the sunset. You’re not going to find anywhere better to do this than The Ramp! If the sunset doesn’t keep you here, the classic cocktails and draft beers definitely will. The outdoor seating can get pretty crowded, but if you’re there for the view, seating in the Pier 66 Boatyard is usually open (but drinks are not allowed).
After my adventure around the Embarcadero BART stop, I’m seeing the city in a whole new light. My e-bike gives me the flexibility to stay close and do the staycation thing, and cruise off the beaten path to experience something new—all in one day.
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