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Brunch, Arts, & Buena Gardens 🌺

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Ryan Brandt. Tech entrepreneur living in the Bay Area, who enjoys coastal adventures, hikes, and breweries with friends.

This week you discover new sides of the Bay Area. You'll grab a delicious brunch in SoMa, experience modern art from one of the best museums in the world, and then settle down for a quiet stroll at a nearby park. The perfect weekend plan with friends!

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The Pink Elephant Alibi 142 Minna St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA

You’ll start your day at The Pink Elephant Alibi, which is only a short walk from the museum. The Pink Elephant Alibi is an amazing brunch spot with nice vibes. It’s known for its monstrous (yet delicious) breakfast offerings. You can view the full menu by clicking here.

Locals Recommend:

  • Order the chicken waffles because they’re delicious, and there’s plenty to share!
  • Other great options are Beef Nachos and French Toasts.
  • Wash everything down with the Passion fruit or mango juice.

Dubbed as the ‘best’ Brunch spot in San Francisco, this is the perfect place to start your day. It’s a popular spot, so the wait time can likely be longer on weekends. Call ahead at (415)-872-9379 to reserve a spot. On weekends the restaurant opens at 9:00 AM, so plan accordingly.

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Image and carousel images of Pink Elephant Alibi by @whodoesntlovefood on Instagram

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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 151 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

Your next stop is the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art! This fantastic museum has more than 170,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor galleries. It’s one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art in the U.S.

There are lots to explore with over seven floors of stunning media arts, design, architecture, photography, sculpture, and painting.

Tickets: Your tickets will set you back about $25 (or as little as $19 for younger children) and you can grab them here. Timed tickets are required, so book early to secure the spot you want. We recommend getting there 30-minutes early for seamless admission.

If you’re curious about social distancing measures, you’ll be happy to know that the museum uses state-of-the-art safety measures and protocols to ensure you are comfortable and safe.

After your fun time at the museum, you’ll wrap up your day with a walk through the Yerba Buena Gardens. Lucky for you, it’s only a 2-minute walk from the museum.

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Image by @sfmoma on Instagram

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Freshroll 157 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA

Before heading to the Yerba Buena Gardens, grab some to-go food from Freshroll Vietnamese Rolls & Bowls. This counter-service concept is relatively affordable and perfect to grab a meal for a picnic. You can order your food online here and easily pick it up on your walk to the Gardens.

Freshroll uses only the finest ingredients and authentic Vietnamese flavors. They want to show you just how delicious, healthy, and unique Vietnamese cuisine can be. They use 100% all-natural meats, meaning no hormones or antibiotics. Vegetables are sourced from local farms, and they strive to promote a trash-free environment by serving only recyclable or compostable materials.

Locals Recommend:

  • The formula is simple. For $10, you get a bowl of your choice of noodles, rice, or lettuce base. Then you can add chicken, pork, or tofu, or garlic shrimp for an extra dollar. Ask for a mix of proteins for some even more heterogeneity.
  • The namesake rice-paper-based Freshrolls are pretty good, but for outright value, you just can’t beat the bowl.

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Image by @shopmetreonca on Instagram

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Yerba Buena Gardens 750 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

Yerba Buena Gardens offers a beautiful and relaxing setting for your evening. The park has plenty of green spaces with lots of benches. You can settle down for a nice evening picnic with your friends over a bite and drinks.

The park also has a little garden with fragrant flowers. You’ll enjoy walking around. As evening sets in, you’ll enjoy unobstructed views of the sunset. The park closes at 10:00 PM, so you have ample time to pack everything up.

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Image by @yerbabuenagardenssf on Instagram

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