Paradise Nail Spa celebrates its proximity to the San Francisco Bay during signature manicures and pedicures that include a sea-salt hand soak and sea-salt exfoliation for legs and feet. As for overseas flair, it doesn't get more European than the “Man”-i-cure, designed specifically to address guys' unattended cuticles.
Visitors and locals alike try the doors at Golden Gate Bakery, hoping to score one of their famed egg custard tarts. Unpredictable hours have thwarted many such journeys, however, inspiring fans to start the website, “Is the Golden Gate Bakery Open Today?”. This site divulges the bakery’s upcoming schedule, ensuring each trek ends with a delectable baked good.
After aimlessly wandering down grocery store aisles, chopping ingredients, eating a bunch of warm-up cookies, and assembling the meal, you'll have lost your appetite. Today’s Groupon gives you a healthy, fuss-free option with $40 worth of Tru Meals from Diet Gourmet Houston for $20.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Where to Sit: Try snagging a coveted spot on the patio. It’s more than just sunshine and cool breezes that lure crowds to these outdoor tables, however; the patio is dog friendly, making it popular with local pet owners.
While You're Waiting: Admire the local artwork that adorns the walls and may or may not come to life after the café closes at night.
Carpaccio: thinly sliced raw beef or fish dressed with a flavorful sauce.
Béchamel: a creamy French sauce made by cooking a roux of butter and flour in milk.
Known by its fans as a hidden gem in the Financial District, Jackson Place Cafe brightens weekdays with its blend of Old-World charm, unrushed treats, and addictive paninis. Here are a few tips to ensure your visit goes down smoothly:
The café is hidden. It's actually burrowed inside the One Jackson Place courtyard. You can enter from either Battery or Sansome Street.
Seating is outdoor only. But the space is warm and welcoming. Real gas lamps—among the only ones left in the city—adorn the brick walls, punctuating the space with vintage charm.
Sightglass supplies the coffee. Located just a couple miles from the café, San Francisco–based roaster Sightglass is an independent operation run by siblings.
Batter Bakery supplies some goods, too. Similar to Sightglass, Batter is a boutique bakery that specializes in handcrafted treats—it supplies the café's muffins, scones, and cookies.
It offers a frequent coffee program. Because one coffee quickly turns into a dozen, at which point Jackson Pace will spot you one on the house.
From shampoos infused with extracts of white truffle to soaps imported from Italy and Sweden, you'll find things at Beauty Company you probably won't find anywhere else. That's thanks to the founder's background: on a sabbatical from her freelance aesthetics career, Sherri Ziesche found herself in salons and apothecaries the world over. Inspired by their unfamiliar approaches, she brought back ideas—and products—with which to start her own salon. The result is an all-encompassing aesthetics mecca that lines its retail shelves with finds from around the globe. Housed in a former bank, Ziesche kept the place's hefty steel door, opting to fill the vault not with cash but with waxing pros who carefully banish hair from brows, lips, and bikini zones. Upstairs, tanning services of both the spray and UV variety grant clients with sun-kissed hues. And of course, there's the salon, which takes full advantage of the style experiences and souvenirs Ziesche brought back from her travels—including a blowout that Modern Luxury called "washboard-straight."