The Mis­sion

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life -

Clock­wise from left: Bi-rite Cream­ery; Dolores Park; one of Tar­tine Man­u­fac­tory’s hip­ster staff and a glass of arty cof­fee; one of the Mis­sion dis­trict’s fa­mous mu­rals; freshly baked bread at Tar­tine Man­u­fac­tory; flow­ers from La Fleuriste at Heath Ceram­ics Al­though best known for the vi­brant pub­lic mu­rals painted on the walls of its build­ings, San Fran­cisco’s Mis­sion dis­trict is fast­de­vel­op­ing into one of the city’s coolest hang­outs for those want­ing to sip, snack and shoot the breeze. Queues at Bi-rite Cream­ery’s fash­ion­able ice-cream par­lour on 18th Street snake around the block. Its dairy de­lights are hand-made with or­ganic milk from nearby Straus Fam­ily Cream­ery, and ex­tra treats such as peanut brit­tle, brown­ies and marsh­mal­lows are con­jured up in the ad­join­ing bak­ery.

Best­sellers in­clude salted caramel and bal­samic straw­berry ice cream, but more un­usual con­coc­tions like Bom­bay spice, white choco­late with miso caramel swirl, Earl Grey, orange car­damom and roasted banana are equally lick-tas­tic, as are the fresh fruit pop­si­cles and ex­trav­a­gant sun­daes—try the honey laven­der ice cream topped with hot fudge, driz­zled with blood orange olive oil and sprin­kled with sea salt. Stroll across the road to the beau­ti­ful and bustling Dolores Park to en­joy your frozen feast.

More queu­ing is re­quired at the city’s hippest bak­ery, Tar­tine Man­u­fac­tory. Scan­di­na­vian min­i­mal­ism meets Ja­panese tea­house Zen at this shrine to baked goods de­signed around an open-plan bak­ery. Bag one of the comfy leather-clad booths in the light and airy, In­sta­gram-friendly space, which is dom­i­nated by beige wood, white walls, ex­posed con­crete and glow­ing orb lanterns. Bearded, tat­tooed staff saunter around de­liv­er­ing pas­tries, sand­wiches, pizza, craft beers and gen­er­ous pours of Cal­i­for­nian wine, while a reg­i­ment of baris­tas whip up caf­feine­fu­elled bev­er­ages topped with frothy hearts. Pop next door to Heath Ceram­ics for kitchen porn, plus fresh-cut flow­ers, jew­ellery, bags and other house­hold temp­ta­tions.

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