Sharing the best of the best Airbnbs in San Francisco! SF, what can I say? It’s my hometown, and there are a million reasons to visit—from the food to the coastal vibes and the history, all the way from Union Square to Outer Sunset.
It’s one of my favorite cities in the United States, and it’s best explored using an Airbnb as a base. After all, this the home of Airbnb! (You can even take a tour of the company’s HQ here).
So, here are my choices for the coolest San Francisco Airbnbs out there!
With its colorful and eclectic collection of furnishings and cool details, this place is just about perfect if you're in San Fran as a tourist. It's located in North Beach, which puts you close to Union Square for shopping, as well as tons of great places to eat.
But this Airbnb Plus in San Francisco also has a very nice kitchen, so you can go to the farmer's market at the Ferry Building and create some dishes at home to really feel like you're a local in the city. This apartment has everything needed to feel like you're at your home away from home! The host at this Airbnb also has amazing reviews.
Views of the Bay from here are pretty divine as well.
It's a bright and airy guest suite that is small, sure, but perfectly equipped for your break in the city. It's located right by Dolores Park in the Mission, which means you're surrounded by the Mission's foodie scene. Plus Dolo is a really fun place to hang out—on a sunny weekend it's packed with people sunbathing, partying, and relaxing.
Decorated in reclaimed coastal redwood, there are wide Lanai windows that open onto a patio with a hot tub (!!). This would definitely be a great place to chill after a day exploring the city.
Ok, when can I move in?? That cute outdoor space is really calling my name.
Less like staying in an Airbnb studio, and more like staying in some cool trendy loft, this place is pretty much perfect for a San Francisco trip.
It is easily one of the top vacation rentals you can find in San Francisco. The windows are huge, there are houseplants aplenty, and it's been designed super nicely. It's also in a great location right at Valencia and Market Street, giving you easy access to Hayes Valley and the Mission. Definite winner.
This house is really crisp and clean, with an incredible outdoor backyard space. Set in the historic Castro neighborhood, this little blue detached home is set between two modern properties. It looks a little like that house from Up!
With one private bedroom, it can sleep up to four guests, but I would definitely recommend this San Francisco Airbnb for couples. Unwind with a glass of wine in the backyard after a day of sight seeing!
This stylish little house is right by Golden Gate Park. It's located in the Outer Sunset, very close to the ocean. Now, that does mean you'll be a bit further from downtown—but that comes with perks, like lower costs and a quieter neighborhood.
If you're looking for a clean, cozy, affordable spot by the beach, this Airbnb is perfect for you!
Views here = awesome! You can see right out across the city from this property.
This Airbnb is located in Potrero Hill—between Mission District and Dogpatch. I actually used to work pretty close to this spot at my first job in SF, so I can tell you that Potrero is really cute and there are tons of cool places to eat and shops to browse in the neighborhood. Also, a huge plus is the free street parking outside. It's definitely a quieter neighborhood and a little further out from downtown, but that just makes it a little more affordable than other Airbnbs!
It's definitely not the cheapest Airbnb on this list, but it might just be the classiest. There are bookcases, a grandfather clock, a fireplace, and even a rooftop.
The open-plan feel of this property gives it a ton of space and makes it feel like much more than a one bedroom apartment. It's like a mini-mansion! Another great spot in Hayes Valley, close to BART and MUNI stops.
Elise Armitage is an entrepreneur and founder of What The Fab, a travel + lifestyle blog based in California. At the beginning of 2019, Elise left her corporate job at Google to chase her dreams: being an entrepreneur and helping women find fabulous in the everyday. Since then, she’s launched her SEO course Six-Figure SEO, where she teaches bloggers how to create a passive revenue stream from their website using SEO. Featured in publications like Forbes, Elle, HerMoney, and Real Simple, Elise is a firm believer that you can be of both substance and style.