BAY-WATCH : SAMOVAR TEA LOUNGE

(featured photo courtesy of Pinterest)

80 degree weather in San Fransisco at 1 in the afternoon is weather that only really occurs on the 30th of February, so when it occurred on the 18th of September—this past Sunday—I had to take advantage of it. 

I went out to lunch at Samovar Tea Lounge, located in the Yerba Buena Gardens. There are several locations around SF, but this one has always happened to be my favorite. 

Samovar at Yerba Buena has always been my favorite restaurant for a multitude of reasons, the first being that they offer a healthy, delicious, and unique menu—I tried the Jook with smoked salmon, an indescribable sort of rice porridge that was rich in flavor and garnished with all kinds of toppings that I’ve never seen offered at any other restaurant. (In the back is a Chai tea, another one of my favorites).

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Another reason is the location. When I take photos of the café and post it on my snapchat story (add me at itsjustjaylaa), someone is always asking me where I am, as the restaurant combined with the location is what we would refer to today as “aesthetically pleasing”.

Yerba Buena Gardens is located in what feels like the heart of South of Market (SoMA), a scene of quiescence amidst the tall skyscrapers of the city and the busy streets of tourists, shoppers, and business persons from Union Square—which is just a busy, sightseeing walk away.

That being said, Samovar is perfectly rested on a sort of platform that overlooks the skyscrapers and the bright gardens, a place where one can feel as though you’re in the heart of the area, and it doesn’t hurt to have a worldly cup of tea and a delicious meal while you’re at it. 

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(photo courtesy of 7×7)

All in all, I love Samovar—it’s perfect for studying alone or having a calm, relaxed conversation with friends, family, or any other significant other, all amidst a setting that feels fresh, clean, cool, and modern. 

Don’t forget to put this on your list if you’re ever in the city with time to spare! 

‘Til the next post, 

Jayla

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