Faves and raves by Josie Adele (Click on the picture for Josie’s fave)
YEARS IN THE CITY: Eight
NEIGHBORHOOD: Potrero Hill
OCCUPATION: Jewelry designer
SELF DESCRIPTION: Warm-hearted, hard-working, inspired daily and loves to dance and play
FAVORITE DAY SPA
Kabuki Springs & Spa
WHERE: 1750 Geary Blvd., at Fillmore Street
WHAT: Japanese-style peaceful sanctuary
INFO: (415) 922-6000 or www.kabukisprings.com
Whether getting a treatment or not, this is my favorite place to unwind. You can stay as long as you’d like, sip warm tea, read, lay cucumbers on your eyes and celebrate yourself for less than $30!
FAVORITE OPEN SPACE
Starr King Open Space
WHERE: 1100 Carolina St., at 23rd Street
WHAT: Undeveloped nature with a great view
INFO: (415) 633-6756 or starrkingopenspace.org
Wonderful sunset views of Twin Peaks, and on a clear day you can see the Golden Gate Bridge! It’s a nice place to enjoy California’s native serpentine rock and wildflowers.
FAVORITE PLACE TO MEET FRIENDS
The Summit SF
WHERE: 780 Valencia St., at 19th Street
WHAT: Third space café and art gallery
INFO: (415) 861-5330 or www.thesummit-sf.com
In the heart of the newly renovated Valencia corridor, this space offers ambiance and creative culinary treats at a great price. It’s a comfortable place for good conversation or your afternoon Internet work frenzy.
FAVORITE PLACE TO GO DANCING
Shine Dance + Lounge
WHERE: 1337 Mission St., between Ninth and 10th streets
WHAT: The best DJs and sounds
INFO: (415) 255-1337 or www.shinesf.com
Where I go to dance in an intimate space with great DJs and a cool local vibe. You can’t go wrong piling everyone in your party into the photo booth, which streams live all night long.
FAVORITE PLACE TO TAKE VISITORS
Japanese Tea Garden
WHERE: 7 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive (Golden Gate Park)
WHAT: Native Japanese plants, ponds and bridges
I love taking visitors here because it is one-of-a-kind. A leisurely stroll through the gardens followed by a cup in the tea house makes for a memorable afternoon. Being here when the fog rolls in is extra special.
FAVORITE DENTAL OFFICE
San Francisco Dental Spa
WHERE: 255 King St., at Fourth Street
WHAT: A spa for you and your mouth
INFO: (415) 644-0644 or www.dentalspasanfrancisco.com
You’re greeted by a wonderful host and a waterfall, and the experience continues as you choose your hand or eye treatment to have while getting your teeth gently cleaned by Dr. Kogan. A warm towel at the closing makes it simply blissful at the dentist.
FAVORITE PLACE TO GET MY FINGERS DIRTY
Arkansas Friendship Community Garden
WHERE: 705 Arkansas St., at 22nd Street
WHAT: City-sponsored community garden plot
This is where I feel like a most lucky urban dweller. The garden is beautiful, we have ample growing space and a marvelous view of the Bay.
FAVORITE PLACE FOR A LAUGH
Big City Improv
WHERE: 533 Sutter St., at Powell Street
WHAT: Furious entertainment with audience participation
INFO: (510) 595-5597 or www.bigcityimprov.com
For a fantastic hour of good laughs any time of the year. This is a great downtown experience where you can take locals, out-of-towners or yourself for some Friday night fun.
FAVORITE PLACE TO WORK OUT
Bakar Fitness & Recreation Center
WHERE: 1675 Owens St., near 16th Street
WHAT: Three floors of fitness with a rooftop pool
INFO: (415) 514-4545 or campuslifeservices.ucsf.edu/fitnessrecreation/missionbay
This UCSF Mission Bay campus is where I go for an amazing outdoor swimming pool and climbing wall on the fourth floor overlooking The City. All new, state-of-the-art equipment, and plenty of classes make this my home away from home.