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SAN FRANCISCO’s BEST ●Attractions●Parks/Zoo

          These sweet retreats officially began in San Francisco in 2005, when someone rolled out a grass carpet on a Mission Street parking space.  Dubbed “parklets,” they started multiplying in 2010.  Now, to the concern of some and the delight of others, more parking spaces have merged with sidewalks to make more mini-parks.  Usually they are affiliated with restaurants, which maintain them, and prefer to see their own customers taking their purchases there to enjoy and do not usually encourage picnicking. 

A few of my favorites:

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Caffe Greco  423 Columbus Ave./Vallejo St., North Beach.

Devil’s Teeth Baking Co.  3876 Noriega St./45th Ave., Outer Sunset.  Three diagonal parking spaces were converted to make this award-winning parklet.  More information.

Ritual Coffee Roasters  1026 Valencia St./21st St., Mission District.  The whimsical parklet at this contemporary-style little coffee cafe resembles a pirate ship.  It is the perfect place for refueling and prepares the drinks using French press.  Good choices are the almond latte with steamed almond milk and latte art, and the Ethiopian blend pour over.  Note that this is drip coffee; don’t be in a rush.  The hot cocoa is also very good, and the pastries are, too.    

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