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Visitor -- Coffee? Chinatown? Good Bar for a Single Lady?

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Visitor -- Coffee? Chinatown? Good Bar for a Single Lady?

Living_Fiction | May 9, 2012 10:01 AM

Hi 'hounds,

I'm visiting your beautiful city this Thursday through Monday. We're staying in Pacific Heights, but will be visiting friends in the Mission District and Haight-Ashbury. I am looking for three specific recommendations, and please feel free to direct me to previous threads:

1) Where can I find the best cup of joe in any of the above neighborhoods, or somewhere in between? It would be nice if there's a good spot close to Lombard/Van Ness so that we could stroll over for an early morning jolt. Patio and tasty snacks are a big plus, but not required. With respect to the actual coffee, I usually prefer french press, but my companion is fine with drip. I like a warm, rich, full-bodied, savory cup with little acidity.

2) Is SF's Chinatown worth a stroll? I've visited Chinatowns in London and Manhattan, which were both great for dim sum and cheap massages. Does SF's Chinatown offer comparable food and massage? Any particular restaurants/massage parlors to which you'd direct me?

3) I'll be out one night on my own and would love to have a drink or two at a really unique bar. Atmosphere is paramount. I prefer dive bars to pretentious "see and be seen" places, and I really like counter-/sub-cultural spots. Please don't send me to a meat market. I'm not a big beer drinker; I prefer whisky, scotch, etc. My biggest concern would probably be safety and readily available taxis to take me back to Pacific Heights. If you think there's somewhere in Pacific Heights that might be cool, huge bonus.

I know these are kind of general questions, so please don't hesitate to probe if there's any other info I can give to help you with recommendations. Many, many thanks in advance!

Lara

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