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Third time’s a charm – San Francisco


Escaped from the cold weather in Europe at the end of September for a 5.5 days trip in San Francisco. Not the first time, nor second time visiting, but I was quite excited to see my college friends and try all the Asian food I could in such a short amount of time. Some of my favorite spots:

Spot #1: Boba Guys

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Heard about this popular bubble tea shop for quite awhile. Finally, get to taste it. What’s even better? You get to choose your sweetness level.  50% for me.

Spot #2: SFMOMA


Lots of very interactive installation. One of my favorites is the floating porcelain bowls in a water pond by French artist Céleste boursier-mougenot. You could sit down and listen to the crisp clicks.

Spot #3: Lands End 

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Lands End is a nice spot within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.  If you have more time, would be nice to hike around the Lands end trial. It is also a great spot to take pictures of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.

Spot #4: Uji Time


If you love ice-cream, red bean, tofu, sesame, matcha or all of the above, this is the place to get your sweet treat.

Spot #5: HOME

Wouldn’t find this place if we hadn’t missed our afternoon-tea reservation at Neiman Marcus. Nordic style decoration and the names of the drinks are amusing… They also have colorful and creative latte art that is super instagrammable.

Spot #6: Local edition

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An underground lounge at downtown SF-Market street. Unnoticeable entrance, just like any speakeasy bar.  Good cocktails, vintage settings, and a bit loud yet still manageable for conversation.

Spot #7: Sam Wo Restaurant 

Authentic and delicious, as in eating at a local food place in Hong Kong.  ❤ Duck dry mixed noodle

Spot #8: R&G Lounge

Cantonese food that needs RSVP. Try the Crab with salt & pepper and Geoduck Sashimi.

Spot #9: The view lounge 

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Walk around the lounge, you would have a 360-degree view of San Francisco. Best time to go: during sunset.

Spot #10: Philz Coffee

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Haven’t had a ‘normal’ size to-go coffee for awhile 🙂 Mint mojito is my choice.

Hope you enjoy the list.  Ciao San Francisco, till next time.

San Francisco is poetry.
Even the hills rhyme.

-Pat Montandon



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