| August 16, 2010 | by Kim Vallee

Hanging Out at Mint Plaza

mint plaza in in San Francisco's Central Market district

I discovered Mint Plaza, an urban place where residents and tourists can relax and enjoy activities such as art exhibitions, theatre, live music, cafés, and small festivals, when I went to Mint Plaza Blue Bottle café. Since then, I learned that the red chairs are intended for people to be moved around the Plaza to suit their needs, that people can attend Central Market Summer Concerts every Friday from noon to 1 PM from July through September and that during summer, a Farmer’s market is open every Wednesday from 10 AM to 2 PM (from end of July to the end of October).

I compiled a list of what you can do on and close-by the Mint Plaza every day of the year.

For their Siphon Coffee

mint plaza cafe by blue bottle coffee in san francisco

Mint Plaza Café

66 Mint Street (map)

Start your visit in the morning by a stop at the coffee shop of Blue Bottle Coffee. You have to indulge in a pot of siphon coffee. It's an experience that you will remember. The Mint Plaza Café serves a small breakfast menu if you have not eaten yet.

A Glimpse of Provence

panna cotta at chez papa mint plaza restaurant

Chez Papa Resto

4 Mint Plaza (map)

415-546-4134

After shopping in the area, plan lunch at Chez Papa Resto. Eat on the patio if it is a gorgeous day. I recommend the Seared Ahi Tuna Niçoise with roasted peppers, haricots verts, artichokes, arugula and quail eggs. But everything is delicious on their menu.

For the tea lovers

lucipia store in san francisco

Lucipia

845 Market Street (map)

415-227-0533

Before you leave this area, walk for 5 minutes to stop by this Japanese tea store. Lucipia's tea selection is awesome. And you can get nice and affordable tea pots and accessories for you or stock a few for gifts. My husband and I love that shop.

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