We did a quick pit stop at Dynamo Donuts a couple of weeks ago. David had the Chocolate Rose and I tried the Vanilla Bean, they were both delicious; not too sweet or sticky as I find that so many donuts are. The Lemon Thyme and Chocolate Star Anise are on my list for our next pit stop.
2760 24th St.
When your mom's in town...
...you have to take her to Kinokuniya, because if anyone can love this store as much as you, it'd be her.
Everything in Kinokuniya is imported from Japan. There's tons of beautiful designed books on arts, crafts, interior design, cooking and so much more, all in Japanese. They sell Japanese magazines, CD's, manga and a few toys too and they do have a tiny selection of books in English as well. Trust me, you'll need at least an hour to really explore this place.
1581 Webster St (inside the mall)
...you'll take her out for pizza, and you'll both agree that this pizza is the second best you've ever tasted. In fact the only pizza to beat this margherita is made by the Italian mom of your old exchange student and so, this was a pretty amazing pizza.
2406 California St
3611 18th St
When your parents are in town...
....they will put you on a boat and sail to Angel Island. They'll go nuts over the stunning views and you'll declare this view point to be the very best of San Francisco.
This trip was one my parents favourite part of their SF visit. And I'll highly recommend it too. The views really are amazing and so is the history of the island (Angel Island was referred to as 'the Ellis Island of the West' in the early twentieth century as the island processed hundreds of thousands of immigrants in that time period).
To get here we took the ferry from Tiburon in Marin County but there's ferries sailing from SF, too.
This place makes a really good latte but, according to my dad, their regular coffee isn't anything special. And really, you guys should listen to him because I'm not a coffee drinker at all and I only just recently started drinking a latte here and there. But if you're in the area you should definitely check this coffee shop out. It smells delicious of coffee (they have their own coffee roaster in the back of the store) and the interior design is pretty awesome.
Also, make sure to check out the cool shops, like Voyager and Taylor Stitch, that are in the same block as this coffee shop.
375 Valencia St
ImagiKnit is the best knitting store in SF in my humble opinion. It consists of two huge rooms that are filled from floor to ceiling with every yarn worth mentioning (so there's plenty of opportunities to grope all of that soft soft yarn). Couches and chairs are available for knitting, relaxing or for browsing through the many knitting books and magazines that are for sale.
This is definitely my squishy heaven of colours and cozy.
3897 18th St