Happy Friday! Time to seize the weekend, hustle your little one(s) out the door and explore a new neighborhood. This weekend, check out Mission Bay and the Dogpatch with Jenny Shaw's expert tips on where to eat, play, and enjoy the Bay views.
Most people know Mission Bay as home to the new UCSF campus, and Dogpatch as a hub for creative types, but these former industrial zones also boast family-friendly activities worth checking out.
Start your morning with avocado toast at Réveille Coffee (610 Long Bridge St.) then head to the massive new playground at Mission Bay Kids Park (Long Bridge St.). Grab lunch from Spark Social SF (601 Mission Bay Blvd.), a food truck park with rotating options, or dine al fresco on the enormous back patio of Stem Kitchen and Garden (499 Illinois St.), amidst their organic planter boxes, bocce ball court, and fire pits looking over the bay.
Head south to the Dogpatch for a tour of some of SF’s finest small-batch fare. Neighbor Bakehouse (2343 3rd St. #100) offers sweet and savory pastries, while Just For You Cafe (732 22nd St.) is legendary for weekend brunch. Kids will love tasting samples at La Fromagerie Cheese Shop (2425 3rd St.). Enjoy family-friendly fine dining at Piccino (1001 Minnesota St.), then let the kids climb around at Woods Yard Park across the street. Finish with something sweet from Poco Dolce Confections (2421 3rd St.) or Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous (699 22nd St.).
Jenny Shaw is a scientist and editor who has enjoyed many a zeppole dessert at Piccino.
This article originally appeared in the August/September issue of GGMG Magazine. Photo of Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous via Flickr.
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