Your Itinerary for the Most Relaxing Sunday Possible
A little R&R before the week ahead of you
You’ve arrived at the weekend, and you have two glorious days to recharge your batteries. Here’s exactly what to do—plus the treats to top it off. Just promise you’ll leave the laptop at home. This is you-time.
STROLL THROUGH THE SHAKESPEARE GARDEN
Start your day with a stroll through one of Golden Gate Park’s best-kept secrets. With coffee in hand, peruse the garden’s lush plants and flowers, many of which are referenced in the bard’s work. It’s so tucked away that most people miss it, so look carefully for the grove right off Music Concourse Drive between MLK Jr. Drive and the California Academy of Sciences.
MEDITATE WHILE TAKING A SOAK
You’ll want to reserve a couple of hours at Onsen to truly unwind. The new Japanese-inspired bathhouse has a communal soaking tub, steam room, sauna and private massage tables. (They also offer acupuncture treatment services.) In other words, it’s got all the things that will take you from stressed to Zen over the course of an afternoon.
466 Eddy St.; 415-780-4987 or onsensf.com
GET A PEDICURE
Once you’re centered, continue to pamper yourself by polishing your tootsies with a pedicure at Mizu. The service focuses on intense hydration—which makes sense since mizu means water in Japanese—and is perfect before winter, when we tend to bundle up our feet and forget about them until spring.
274 King St.; 415-278-9988 or mizuspasf.com
HAVE A SPOT OF AFTERNOON TEA
After all the relaxing, you’ll need a little midday pick-me-up. Head over to the delightfully nostalgic 20th Century Cafe—think antique teacups, aproned servers and no laptops—and order yourself a slice of Russian honey cake with an Earl Grey.
198 Gough St.; 415-621-2380 or 20thcenturycafe.com
TREAT YOURSELF TO DINNER AND A MOVIE
Order a burger and fries right from your seat at Alamo Drafthouse, and your server will deliver your meal while the opening credits roll. Sip a post-meal cocktail or save room for a boozy milk shake (we hear they’re to die for) to top off the most perfect you-day ever.
2550 Mission St.; 415-549-5959 or drafthouse.com