Faves and raves by Joanne Kipnis (Click on the picture to see Joanne’s faves!)
YEARS IN THE CITY: 16
NEIGHBORHOOD: Bernal Heights
OCCUPATION: Vice president of programs and resources at PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support)
SELF-DESCRIPTION: East Coast transplant, lover of dance, believer in a little bit of laughter each day, lover of animals, passionate about the benefits and healing power of the human-animal bond
FAVORITE VIEW OF THE CITY
WHERE: Bernal Heights Boulevard
WHAT: Happy dogs and happy people
Bernal Hill has a magnificent view of The City, but the best part is it’s full of happy dogs and happy people. I get happy when I’m up there.
FAVORITE CAMBODIAN RESTAURANT
WHERE: 3471 Mission St., at 30th Street
WHAT: Enchanting Cambodian food
INFO: (415) 550-8417 or www.cambodiankitchen.com
This delicious, affordable, family-owned neighborhood dinner retreat will thrill your taste buds without bankrupting your wallet. The lovely hosts and beautiful surroundings make every dining experience delightful.
FAVORITE PIZZA PLACE
Goat Hill Pizza
WHERE: 300 Connecticut St., at 18th Street
WHAT: Sourdough crusts make everything taste good
INFO: (415) 641-1440 or www.goathill.com
This is a happening, fun place. Great service. Very welcoming. Serving a large menu of tasty pizzas, pastas and sandwiches. When you walk in, you feel like you are home.
FAVORITE PLACE for SALSA DANCING
WHERE: 650 Indiana St., at Mariposa Street
WHAT: A dancer’s paradise
INFO: (415) 824-6910 or www.cafecocomo.com
I go for the fantastic salsa bands, spacious dance floor and plenty of seating for when I need to rest. Even if you go without a partner, you will get asked to dance quickly. Everyone I’ve met there is nice and really into dancing.
Nob Hill Spa
WHERE: 1075 California St., at Taylor Street
WHAT: Tranquil place for getting pampered
INFO: (415) 474-5400 or www.nobhillspa.com
This is the place to go when you want to treat yourself to a day of luxury. You must ask for Luke Barela because he is absolutely the best masseur in the world. Very professional, with a magic touch.
FAVORITE SUNDAY MORNING STROLL
John McLaren Park
WHERE: Mansell Street and John F. Shelley Drive
WHAT: Peaceful rolling hills of greenery
This is a calming place with luscious smells. Not a place for a vigorous workout, but rather the perfect place for a delightful stroll. It’s nice to wander through the sweet-smelling nature.
FAVORITE YOGA STUDIO
WHERE: 461 Courtland Ave.
WHAT: Nurturing environment for novices and the experienced alike
INFO: (415) 643-9007 or www.bernalyoga.com
I love the high-caliber yet unpretentious and down-to-earth instructors here. They welcome all ages and experience levels, and I take classes with people from 20 years old to 60-plus, all of whom feel right at home.
FAVORITE WORKDAY COFFEE SHOP
The Little Spot Café
WHERE: 1199 South Van Ness Ave., at 23rd Street
WHAT: Your perfect cup of joe
INFO: (415) 550-1800
The owners are as sweet and hard-working as they come. It’s run by a lovely young couple who make me laugh all the time. Their iced coffee comes with ice cubes made from coffee, so when they melt the coffee isn’t watered down — genius!