Alec Scott is the author of four books, including the novel Until It Shimmers. As a journalist, he has contributed to outlets including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Guardian, Los Angeles Times, Sunset, Wine Enthusiast and Smithsonian magazine. He writes on travel, food and drink, business, tech, the arts, and the law—the last because he is a former lawyer. He has taught writing at Stanford and his work has won awards, including a North American Travel Journalists, Association Gold, a Lowell Thomas and an Eureka. Learn more at www.oldestsanfrancisco.com.
I fell in love with the city on my first visit, solo, in my mid-20s and was even interviewed for a job there, which I decided I didn’t want. I’ve been there four times, most recently in June 2022. It