Set a Tea Time Date
Katia’s Russian Tea Room offers authentic Russian tea and food in a cozy environment. Reservations are required for a formal tea service, but casual tea and food are offered throughout the day. If you are looking to try many types of tea, Aroma Tea Shop is a great place to stop in. They offer free tea tastings and have a wide variety of loose leaf teas. The couple that owns the store travels to China multiple times every year to find and buy teas, and are exceedingly helpful in finding the perfect tea for you.
Get Boba Tea
The newest fad in the bay area is boba tea, which is usually a flavored milk tea with tapioca balls in the bottom. Tea Papa is one of the places in the area that specializes in boba, or bubble, tea. The store isn’t too large but the staff are friendly and they have a variety of options from fruit flavored green teas to caramel milk black tea. Mr. and Mrs. Tea House is an even smaller location that also has knowledgeable staff and even more options than Tea Papa. You can’t go wrong with either store, and both offer delivery, so you don’t even have to leave your home to enjoy the delicious tea.
Foggy Notion is a quaint store in the Inner Richmond that offers locally made and organic products. The store is owned by Alissa Anderson, who sells some of her own handcrafted goods in the store, and is tucked away into a small shopping mall area. With products ranging from beach hair spray to salty caramels, it’s hard to enter the cozy store and not buy anything. Located not too far away, The Golden Hour is a vintage clothing store that carries some of the most unique clothing, jewelry, and shoes in the area. The staff are engaging and friendly, and the gorgeous floor length fur coats and beautiful 80s wear will entice you to try half the store on.
Visit the Neptune Society Columbarium
Although it may not seem ideal to spend your day with the ashes of those who have passed, the Neptune Society Columbarium is a quiet and stunning site. The architecture of the building is simply amazing; the rotunda is three stories tall with stained glass windows and Greco-Roman sculptures and art, and is located in a peaceful gated garden. As San Francisco’s only non-denominational burial ground that is both open to the public and still has openings, it is hauntingly beautiful and not a site to miss.
Stop in at the Internet Archive
The Internet Archive is a fascinating place to visit in San Francisco. Currently located in an architecturally striking former Christian Science Church, the Internet Archive houses 15 petabytes of digital material, all accessible for free by the public. The archive is a non-profit and aims to keep digital materials from disappearing into the past. It provides articles which may no longer be on the internet or may not be available to the general public and the collection includes over 462 billion internet pages. While you may not be interested in searching the internet, the building is beautiful and is definitely worth seeing.
San Francisco is chock full of unique vintage and antique stores, but the Antique Traders sometimes seems to be more like a museum than a store, and with good reason: many of the pieces there are museum quality and the owners have advised the DeYoung museum. The store houses pieces only from the Art Nouveau period, including Tiffany and Handel lamps and antique stained glass. Be forewarned that the museum quality pieces do come with museum quality prices, but it is an interesting and beautiful store to stop into and the staff is extraordinarily knowledgeable.
Visit a Taoist Temple
Wong Tai Sin may be a small temple, but it loses no character. For those who have never visited a Taoist temple before, Wong Tai Sin is a great place to start as the staff are friendly and willing to guide you through any questions you have. Truly a locals spot, Wong Tai Sin will most likely not be that crowded, so not only will you have peace, but the staff will be fully available to aid you.
Get Some Treats
Fuel up for the rest of your adventures in San Francisco with some delicious treats. Pretty Please is a bakery founded by Alison Okabayashi which carries everything from cupcakes to mini pies. Their daily menu can be found on their Facebookand they have both vegan and gluten-free options in multiple cake flavors. The Toy Boat Dessert Café is located down the street from some of San Francisco’s best restaurants and has been around for over 30 years. It not only serves ice cream, cake, and pie, but has walls full of toys and a mechanical horse for kids.
The Inner Richmond is bordered by two of San Francisco’s largest parks; the Presidio to the north, and Golden Gate Park to the south. Given the areas proximity to these parks, there’s no excuse to remain indoors. Both parks have varying attractions, including beautiful views and interesting history and architecture in the Presidio and bison pens, multiple waterfalls, and extensive gardens in Golden Gate Park, and are must-sees in San Francisco.
Green Apple Books is one of San Francisco’s many unique bookstores. The store has been around for many years, originally built in 1967, and even though the outside of the store has been renovated, the inside of the store has remained pretty much the same as it was during its inception. Many of the book summaries and reviews are accompanied by hand-drawn art, and the whole store has such a cozy vibe that, with kitschy signs and a killer book nook, it’s easy to get lost in the stacks of books for hours.
Source : theculturetrip.com