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tea's bay-area musts

tea employees are sharing their best kept secrets; the hidden (and not so hidden) gems of san francisco. we hope this board helps you explore our city like a local.

tea's bay-area musts

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From a Chicagoan, this deep dish pizza is competitive with those touted in the Windy City! And, what kid doesn’t like extra cheese?

Zachary's Chicago Pizza

Pizza Place

5801 College Ave
Oakland , CA

(510) 655-6385

The Wave Organ is a wave-activated acoustic sculpture located on a jetty in the San Francisco Bay.

The Wave Organ

Scenic Lookout

1 Yacht Rd
San Francisco , CA

The Wave Organ - Marina - San Francisco, CA

Walking, museums (my personal favorite is the academy of sciences), nature, bike riding, buffalo, tea gardens, golf, frolf, windmills, lakes, what doesn’t it have?

Golden Gate Park


501 Stanyan St
San Francisco , CA

(415) 831-2700

Golden Gate Park

Anything from Bacon Ice Cream to plain old malted milk ice cream, this place has ice cream for both kids and adults.

Humphry Slocombe

Ice Cream Shop

2790 Harrison St
San Francisco , CA

(415) 550-6971

Hard tacos at a Mexican joint that are freshly made and authentic are delicious and even better with guacamole and sour cream. Plus, kids like tacos.

La Taqueria

Taco Place

2889 Mission St
San Francisco , CA

(415) 285-7117

Take an interactive excursion through total darkness in our Tactile Dome. Crawl, slide, and bump your way through the pitch-dark Dome using your sense of touch as your only guide through its chambers and mazes.

Tactile Dome at the Exploratorium


You should go back for a fried chicken sandwich - worth waiting in a line around the block. No tables, just ironing boards that function as a counter for devouring this calorie-worthy sandwich. Hold the jalapeños for the kiddos!

Bakesale Betty


5098 Telegraph Ave
Oakland , CA

(510) 985-1213

Bakesale Betty - Temescal - Oakland, CA

Complete with bocce ball and twinkle lights, delicious drinks and rustically elegant setting. Before or after, wander out the back to the alley with tiny artist shops or out the front door for local boutiques like Ruby's Garden.


Pizza Place

5008 Telegraph Ave
Oakland , CA

(510) 652-4888

Pizzaiolo - Temescal - Oakland, CA

First Sunday of every month, this flea market is one of the largest around! From vintage clothing to refurnished dining tables, this will keep the family busy for hours.

Alameda Point Antiques Faire

Flea Market

2700 Saratoga St
Alameda , CA

(510) 522-7500

Alameda Point Antiques Faire

Best drinks in town.


Moroccan Restaurant

5800 Geary Blvd
San Francisco , CA

(415) 752-2222

Nicely designed goods, designed by locals and made locally.

Rag Co-Op

Accessories Store

541 Octavia St
San Francisco , CA

Rag Co-Op - Western Addition - San Francisco, CA

Another great book store to check out while you're in town.

Kinokuniya Bookstore


1581 Webster St #163
San Francisco , CA

(415) 567-7625

Take the kids here for a day and watch their heads spin. This place is amazing!


Science Museum

Pier 15
San Francisco , CA

(415) 528-4444

I always take out of town guests here. Great ambiance, good food and good drinks.

Foreign Cinema

New American Restaurant

2534 Mission St
San Francisco , CA

(415) 648-7600

Great kid’s section for new books

Books, Inc.


601 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco , CA

(415) 776-1111

Books, Inc.

One of our favorite places to find indie goods.

Little Paper Planes Shop

Arts & Crafts Store

855 Valencia St
San Francisco , CA

(415) 643-4616

Great new and used books

Green Apple Books


506 Clement St
San Francisco , CA

(415) 387-2272

Favorite tiny museum fun for kids and kids at heart. We especially love the animation concept exhibits.

Cartoon Art Museum

Art Museum

655 Mission St
San Francisco , CA

(415) 227-8666

These cement slides are fun for the whole family!

Seward Street Slides


Seward St
San Francisco , CA

Seward Street Slides

Inside Golden Gate Park - The big playground and carrousel are close-by, as is the Japanese Tea Garden, Flower Conservatory etc.

Japanese Tea Garden


75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr
San Francisco , CA

(415) 752-4227

The top of the tower at the DeYoung museum – it’s free (you don’t have to buy admission to go) and it has the most awesome view of the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown San Francisco. Plus, it’s right across from the Academy of Sciences (fun for the little ones, but long lines!).

de Young Museum

Art Museum

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr
San Francisco , CA

(415) 750-3600

de Young Museum