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Ritual Yoga
586 6th St., SoMa
An all-inclusive hot yoga studio, Ritual gives you everything you need when you step through the door: mat, towel, yogitoes, water (as well as shampoo, razor, toothbrush, etc.). Ritual classes are choreographed to some pretty rad music—from 90's soul to hip-hop and pop remixes. And each session (50 minutes long) is run by two teachers—one leading the group, and then another providing one-on-one, hands-on adjustments and support throughout the session. Every week, a new "peak posture" move is introduced, so regular students continue to build up their yoga practices. What's even better: Sessions at Ritual end with a neck massage.
Blue Bottle Coffee
1355 Market St., SoMa
There are now ten locations strong in the bay area, with cafés in the Ferry Building, Hayes Valley, Heath Ceramics, Market Square, Mint Plaza, and on Sansome. There are two locations in Oakland, on Broadway and Webster St. Perhaps the most groundbreaking of their brews is the chicory-spiked New Orleans cold brew, which comes in a handy single-serving carton. They also make a pretty great granola in-house while the SFMOMA rooftop location is home to Chef Caitlin Freeman’s modern art desserts. Think: a loaf cake made to look like a Mondrian painting and cookies inspired by Richard Serra’s sculptures.
Dirty Habit
12 4th St., SoMa
The place to be at this lounge-y restaurant (which is up on the fifth floor of Hotel Zelos) is the covered outdoor patio, which has long fire pits that keep guests warm in the cooler months—you can actually eat outside here all year round. Chef David Bazirgan puts together shared plates in unexpected combinations—soft-shell crab with banana ketchup, asparagus with smoked egg yolk, sweetbreads with kimchi and pineapple—which keeps things pretty exciting. They're also known for a fantastic cocktail program. Private dining options here spill onto the patio, making it a particularly good choice for cocktail reception-style events where guests will want to walk around.
Bar Agricole
355 11th St., SoMa
The first thing you'll notice about Bar Agricole is their spacious, light-filled building—it's a historic warehouse re-purposed to LEED-certified standards specifically for the restaurant. In the outdoor space, you can sit in booths with your back to raised herb gardens—or, inside, you can sit inside on chairs made with wood from reclaimed wine barrels. The scene here is great any time of day, but it gets especially lively during weekend brunch (their boozy breakfast drinks, like the Radler and the Sangrita, are a strong draw).
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