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July 20, 2015

One Perfect Day in San Francisco: Juliet Pries of Ice Cream Bar

The Ice Cream Bar is a 1930s recreation of a soda fountain located in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood featuring award-winning ice cream, 75 tinctures, frappes, floats and boozy milkshakes. Chef Owner Juliet Pries shares her San Francisco one-day Itinerary.

Juliet's Perfect Day in San Francisco

Grab a Bite at Arizmendi Bakery (1268 Valencia St. or 1331 Ninth Ave.)
Juliet recommends starting out with a cherry corn scone for breakfast at the worker-owned cooperative Arizmendi Bakery at either the Mission District location at 1268 Valencia St. or in at the Inner Sunset location at 1331 Ninth Ave.. This breakfast deliciousness is full of butter, sugar, tart cherries and has the perfect amount of salt.

See the View from Twin Peaks
Then take a two-mile walk (or a 15- 20-minute bus ride on either the 44 bus from Ninth and Irving to Woodside Avenue and Portola Drive from the Inner Sunset location or the 48 bus from 24th and Valencia to Woodside Avenue and Portola Drive) to the top of Twin Peaks. It’s a perfect view of the entire city if it’s sunny, and it’s also quite a San Francisco experience if it’s foggy – a truly breathtaking moment.

Eat Lunch at The Slanted Door (One Ferry Building)
Since you’ve worked up an appetite, hop on a streetcar to the Ferry Building for lunch at Charles Phan’s The Slanted Door located at the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero. You’re here for the cellophane crab noodles and, well, also because of the view. Be sure to grab an outdoor table! And also because it's in the Ferry Building, be sure to walk around and enjoy the marketplace and farmer’s market, a showcase for Bay Area artisanal foods.

Marvel at the Golden Gate Bridge
After lunch, Juliet says you can’t miss the Golden Gate Bridge. Walk or drive across the Golden Gate Bridge, the most photographed bridge in the world.

Eat Dinner at Frances (3870 17th St.)
After walking the 1.7 mile span it's time for dinner at Frances located at 3870 17th St. in the Castro, a cozy neighborhood restaurant gem with an amazing Californian cuisine and seasonal menu. Frances has been nominated for a James Beard Award and previously had one Michelin star. 

Grab a Nightcap at Alembic (1725 Haight St.)
Then head to sip artisan cocktails at Alembic for a very San Francisco cocktail experience and a nightcap. It's around the corner from The Ice Cream Bar and a great place to hang out with friends.

Avital Ungar is the owner of Avital Food Tours which takes guests behind-the-scenes in the San Francisco culinary scene on walking food tours in the Mission District, the Haight AshburyNorth Beach and craft cocktails in Union Square. Get more information at


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