Around Moscone Center, Part 2
By stephen.fox on Sep 30, 2009
10 Temptations Within 10 Minutes and Under $10In the second part to his series, Joe D'Alessandro from the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau reveals the last five temptations on his list. He's got a few more Oracle OpenWorld diversions for us on his arts and culture themed tour, and then we get to the sweets and treats!
6. If you're a book lover, and I am, one of the latest temptations to open in the Yerba Buena neighborhood is a new branch of William Stout Architectural Books on Mission Street. Architecture, art, urban planning, graphic and industrial design, furniture and interior design, and landscape architecture—you name it, it's here.
7. At this point, you're just a few steps away from the new SPUR Urban Center on Mission Street, a magnet for urbanists. In a recent San Francisco Chronicle column, John King urged readers to go to the "Agents of Change: Civic Idealism & The Making of San Francisco" exhibit and proclaimed it a "winner."
Now, this is where the calories start kicking in (thank goodness, there are also at least three health clubs within walking distance of my office):
8. Beard Papa, located at the entrance of Yerba Buena Lane, offers highly addictive Japanese style cream puffs for $2.25 each. The Zagat Survey calls them "little pockets of heaven." Standard fillings include vanilla bean and chocolate; however there's also the "flavor of the week," which is likely to be coffee during Oracle OpenWorld.
9. Just a few doors away you'll find Schoggi Imported Swiss Chocolates. San Francisco's "first true Swiss confiserie," offers 80 different chocolate creations, petite pastries, pate de fruit, and macaroons. I'm personally smitten with the dark chocolate Schoggi bears and the mini Ice Squares. Chocolate is sold by the pound and individual pieces average about $1.50 to $2.
10. Inside the ultra modern glass sheath of Metreon, is a very old-fashioned concept: a farmers market. San Francisco's only indoor farmers market that's open daily, Island Earth Farmers Market houses 50-some vendors offering everything from organic ice cream—ever tried beet balsamic-flavored ice cream?—to locally harvested honey, fresh fruit, and coffee. If cupcakes are your thing, head straight to Kingdom Cake. The lavishly decorated mini-cupcakes come in more than 50 flavors.