A run on the beach, a cup of coffee and the ultimate dive

Faves and raves by Síofra Caherty

PERSONAL STATS

Age: 24

Years in The City: One

Neighborhood:
Lower Pacific Heights

Occupation: Designer

Self Description:
Irish clothing and product designer with a passion for playing the banjo and riding her rusty red bike

FAVORITE PLACE TO GO FOR A RUN

Ocean Beach

WHERE: West coast of San Francisco, adjacent to Golden Gate Park

WHAT: Gorgeous trails

INFO:
www.parksconservancy.org/visit/park-sites/ocean-beach.html

Run along the beach and the trails at a comfortable pace looking at the gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean. Its at its best in early spring, when fog is less prevalent. Stop off at the Java Hut Café for a juice drink on your way home.

FAVORITE BIKE RIDE

East Beach, at Crissy Field

INFO: Mason Street in the Presidio

WHAT: Run, cycle, fly a kite

INFO: www.yelp.com/biz/east-beach-san-francisco

Skip the touristy Marina area and take your family and friends down here for a relaxing and scenic bike ride. Great views of the bridge and the bay. Visit the Warming Hut for a hot chocolate.

FAVORITE PLACE TO BUY CHOCOLATE

Ghirardelli Square Chocolate

WHERE: Ghiradelli Square, 900 North Point St.

WHAT: Good, old-fashioned, handmade chocolates

INFO:
(415) 775-5500 or www.ghirardellisq.com

Be prepared for a long wait that is well worth it. These chocolates are amazing. Brownie sundae with butter pecan and Ghiradelli chocolate-flavored ice cream? Yum! Also, hang around long enough and they will give you a free sample.

FAVORITE PLACE TO GET A COFFEE ON THE GO

Blue Bottle Coffee

WHERE: 66 Mint St., between Jessie and Mission streets

WHAT:
Coffee and sweets

INFO: (415) 495-3394 or www.bluebottlecoffee.net

By far the best coffee in San Francisco. Each cup of coffee is prepared artistically and beautifully. It’s located beside some of the few remaining sewing factories in San Francisco, so you can watch designers take rolls of fabric and rails of clothes in and out of the neighboring buildings.

FAVORITE BAR

Gold Cane Lounge

WHERE: 1569 Haight St., between Ashbury and Clayton streets

WHAT: Dive bar

INFO: (415) 626-1112

One of the best dive bars I have been to. Stiff measures, excellent juke box, pool tables and a patio area. What more could you want? The bar staff is really friendly, especially the lovely Brendan, and when you run out of things to talk about, you can admire the 180-pound head of a real moose on the wall or answer the trivia on the napkins.

FAVORITE PLACE TO SPEND A SUNDAY AFTERNOON

Golden Gate Park

WHAT: More than 1,000 acres of natural beauty to discover

INFO: www.golden-gate-park.com

You can spend hours here wandering around the Japanese tea gardens, exploring the de Young Museum or just lying on whatever piece of grass strikes your fancy. Bring a picnic and chill out while enjoying the sound of the hippies playing their bongos.

FAVORITE PLACE TO GO ON A FIRST DATE

Chantel Sing-a-Long

WHERE: Hyde Street pier aboard Balclutha

WHEN:
First Saturday of every month, 8 p.m.-midnight

WHAT: Sing old chantey songs aboard an old ship whilst sipping hot cider — reservations required

INFO: (415) 561-7171

A fairly random activity for a first date, but it is sure to be an icebreaker. Make sure to wrap up warm and bring a mug for hot cider. Spend the night singing old chantey songs, then tour the boat and admire the city lights during the interval. Each chorus is easy to learn so you will be singing your heart out in no time. Afterwards, take a stroll along the pier and stop off at the Buena Vista Cafe for an Irish coffee.

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