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Christopher Bettig

Art Director, Google

San Francisco Guide

Coffee & Tea

  • La Boulange de Cole

    Yes, Starbucks now owns the Bay Area chain, however, the pastries are still really really good.

  • Trouble Coffee

    Local spot, with a long, complicated, sad story about the owner.. what it means is you get coffee, really great toast and coconut. That's it.

Shopping

  • General Store

    A wide mix of womens apparel, home accessories, books, magazines, greeting cards, cookware, rugs, plants, pots, etc. Designed by architect co-owner Mason St Peter and married to the artist co-owner Serena Mitnik-Miller, it's a really nice space with great product. In the back of the store there is a succulent garden / greenhouse where they sometimes teach workshops.

  • MAAS & Stacks

    Awesome mens boutique. Patrick Ervell, Porter, White Mountaineering, Nonnative, Our Legacy, Band of Outsiders etc.

Food

  • Outerlands

    Just reopened after a lengthy remodeling, it's now twice the size and just as beautiful with raw barn wood finishes, and a large modern bar and still with outdoor seating. The menu changes seasonally, so good.. the brunch is fantastic. Within walking distance of Trouble Coffee, Mollusk Surf Shop, and The General Store.

  • Halu

    Amazing, family owned, tiny little Japanese yakitori restaurant. Bacon wrapped mochi!

Bars

  • Bar Agricole

    Nice design and outdoor seating.

  • Biergarten

    Outdoor seating, SF's version of a German beer garden. Really close to a ton of shopping in Hayes Valley like: Gant, Steven Alan, Rand + Statler, Acrimony, Welcome Stranger, and across the street from the best candy / sweet shop ever, Miette.

Adventures

  • Napa

    Heading on a weekend trip to Napa is awesome. It's only about an hour or so north of the city. The Carneros Inn is a large compound with multiple pools, spa, restaurants, etc. and it's just in the country.. so you get to relax and visit the country side or relax in your private yard behind your little bungalow.

  • Big Sur

    Big Sur is a bit of a drive south, a few hours at least, but some of the most beautiful scenery in the US. Amazing forest all around you. There are plenty of really nice spas / hotels to stay at too, like Ventana.

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