Quality coffee, a cool bar and a quiet city escape 

Faves and raves by Mika Moore

PERSONAL STATS

AGE: 23

YEARS IN THE CITY: 18

NEIGHBORHOOD: Cole Valley

OCCUPATION:
Teacher’s assistant

SELF-DESCRIPTION: A fresh-out-of-college outdoors person who likes to take advantage of everything The City has to offer — if it’s on a budget, so much the better

FAVORITE BAR TO GET A BEER

Toronado

WHERE:
547 Haight St., between Steiner and Fillmore streets

WHAT: So many beers to choose from

INFO: (415) 863-2276 or www.toronado.com

There are more than 100 beers to choose from at this cool bar. You’ll find every type of person there, so if you have nothing to talk about, you can always people-watch. If you’re feeling peckish, then you can get a sausage next door [at Rosamunde Sausage Grill] and bring it in.

FAVORITE PLACE TO READ A BOOK

Strybing Arboretum (Botanical Garden)

WHERE:
Golden Gate Park, off Lincoln Way between Ninth and 19th avenues

WHAT: Outdoor reading bliss

INFO: www.golden-gate-park.com/index.php/attractions/strybing_arboretum

It’s a quiet escape from The City, in The City. There’s no traffic, and it’s easy to find a free spot to sit and get indulged in a good book. Plus, you get to enjoy the great outdoors.

FAVORITE PLACE TO BUY A COFFEE

Coffee to the People

WHERE:
1206 Masonic Ave., at Haight Street

WHAT: Coffee with comfort

INFO: (415) 626-2435 or www.coffeetothepeople.blogspot.com

There’s a relaxing environment and comfortable seating. The staff are very pleasant and good-quality coffee sums it up.

FAVORITE PLACE TO GET A BURRITO or TORTA

El Metate

WHERE:
2406 Bryant St., at 22nd Street

WHAT: Fabulous Torta la Mexicana

INFO: www.elmetate.webs.com

There’s an awesome atmosphere and you can bring your own beer. On a nice night you can sit outside. The Torta La Mexicana shouldn’t be missed, and is a bargain at around $6.

FAVORITE WEBSITE FOR THINGS TO DO IN THE CITY

FuncheapSF

WHAT:
A hub for all The City’s goings on

INFO: www.sf.funcheap.com

It posts a variety of activities to do in the Bay Area. You can search by category, such as art, music and clubs. It is organized by day, so it’s easy to navigate, and you are sure to find something for every age group to do.

FAVORITE MUSEUM EVENT

California Academy of Sciences Nightlife

WHERE:
55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park

WHAT: Kid-free Thursday nights at the museum

INFO: (415) 379-8000 or www.calacademy.org/events/nightlife

Enjoy the museum at nighttime in a more adult environment. Have a few drinks and listen to the DJs while you go explore. The jellyfish in the aquarium are a must-see.

FAVORITE NEW DISCOVERY

House of Air

WHERE:
926 Mason St., in the Presidio

WHAT:
Bouncing fitness

INFO: (415) 345-9675 or www.houseofairsf.com

This is a different take on exercise. Rent a trampoline for a mere $14 an hour and bounce to your heart’s content, or mix it up with trampoline dodgeball. Make a day out of it and take a walk along Crissy Field beforehand, as you’ll definitely be tired afterward from all the bouncing.

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