San Francisco: Wandering Noe Valley

I decided to keep my day simple, since by the time you read this blog post, I’ll be in Napa Valley with my classmate, Deb Aoki.

After sleeping in, I met my friend Glen Shannon for lunch at a quaint Czech restaurant in the financial district. I don’t know how it is for today’s Ad2 Honolulu kids, but back in the day, the club helped me make lifelong friends in the industry. Glen is one of them.

From there I spent the rest of the day in another one of my favorite neighborhoods, Noe Valley. If you ever want to go there, catch the BART to the 24th St. Station and walk several blocks uphill, or catch the bus nearby. If you eat like I do, you probably should walk. It’s a totally laid back neighborhood filled with boutiques and eateries, and the people are pretty dedicated to keeping their wares local. It’s like being in a small town within the big city, which is why I like to go there for a little escape.

Cafe Prague

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But first, lunch with my friend Glen. We went to a place called Cafe Prague, a Czech restaurant with Czech staff on a side street in the financial district. It’s known for cheap beer and comforting food, and for being so tucked away that no one can find it.

Cafe Prague
424 Merchant St.

If you have the time, check out Noe Valley! It’s a different side of San Francisco. I sure walked a lot today; my feet are so tired! I should have stopped for a massage.


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