San Francisco Makes Sloane Crosley's Heart Explode

Most of these friends lived and still live in the Mission, drinking coffee that will slap you awake after sleeping on beds in closets. But there’s no part of San Francisco I can’t appreciate: the bay, the bridge, the other bridge, the pedestrian variety of Telegraph Avenue, the fresh food, the vintage signs, Chinatown, the pastel row houses, the sun setting behind Dolores Park, the sailboats in the marina, the just-sprung-from-the-institution meanderers of the Tenderloin, the first sight of the Golden Gate as you drive down the 101 and think: How can anyone stand to live in a place this pretty? Don’t it make your heart explode?

-- Sloane Crosley writes about her first time visiting San Francisco for Newsweek.