My Favorite Places in the Bay Area

I get a lot of messages when people visit the bay area. They want to know all about the local zero waste happenin's, and let me tell you, I LOVE giving people recommendations!  

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I love sharIng all of the cool places I've stumbled upon. Granted in SF it's really hard not to stumble into a cool place. This is only a small sampling of places I like to frequent, but some of my favorites. 

gather:

Gather is my new favorite restaurant! They are one of the most sustainable restaurants in the Bay Area. From their website. "Gather was inspired by the social and ecological ethos that businesses can positively impact the community and, by extension, the planet.

We believe that the way food is produced before it gets to our restaurant is every bit as important as how it is prepared in the kitchen. That means raised naturally, harvested at the right time, delivered with care, and prepared with love.

Spicy Tomato pizza from Gather Berkeley one of my favorite places in the bay area zero waste edition from www.goingzerowaste.com

Our goal is to nourish our community on several levels, in a lively, yet relaxed environment which makes use of recycled and repurposed materials in creative ways." 

They have something for everyone whether you're gluten free or vegan. My personal favorite choice is the Spicy Tomato pizza available for brunch, lunch, and dinner because it's THAT good.  And a side of roasted potatoes too. 

Their cocktails are fabulous, but my personal favorite drink is the citrus cooler. 

asha:

Asha is my favorite tea house. They make their boba fresh in house every morning. It's better than any you'll ever have. 

Boba tea from Asha Tea house in berkelely with a reusable boba straw one of my favorite places in the bay area zero waste edition from www.goingzerowaste.com

They only have reusable cups for their ceremonial matcha so make sure that you bring a reusable cup and pick up a reusable boba straw so you can be completely zero waste, but you don't need a straw - you can always use a spoon. 

ayla:

Ayla is gorgeous, and my top pick for a non-toxic facial. They have several different brands to chose from like Marie Veronique, May Lindstrom, MyHavtorn, or Vintner's Daughter. 

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I personally went with the Marie Veronique facial. Beth, the on site esthetician, is amazing and I cannot recommend a visit highly enough.  

They have a store front full of tons of different non-toxic beauty products to chose from so even if you don't stop by for a facial you can pop in to pick up some goodies. 

wasteland:

Wasteland is on Haight street in San Francisco. It's a thrift store with lots of hi-end offerings at pretty reasonable prices. They have male and female clothing. I have had excellent luck there when I'm looking for something specific.

I have gotten some great deals on rag and bone! I also just love the name. It's a really funky place that's worth popping into if you're in the area!  

cha cha cha:

If I'm in the city and don't go to Cha Cha Cha, I am so sad. It is my favorite restaurant! It's also on Haight just a short walk from Wasteland.

It has a super fun atmosphere, and they have the BEST sangria. If you go, you have to have a glass for me. 

The restaurant is vegan-friendly. My favorite items on the menu are roasted potatoes with a plate of black beans and plantains. I know it sounds super plain, but it will blow your mind.

Mmmmmmmm, so good!! 

rainbow grocery:

This is the mecca of bulk shopping in SF. Even if you don't buy anything it is worth popping in and taking a look around! 

They have a massive selection of dried fruit, dried pasta, fresh pasta, syrups, herbs, spices, beauty items, I could go on and on. But, I already wrote a full post on rainbow here, so go check it out! 

sparkly ragz:

This one is a little out of the way in Suisun, CA. But, if you're tripping up to Sacramento or Tahoe it's worth popping over. It's an adorable consignment shop for women's clothing that looks just like a high-end boutique.

Lots of high-end designers and at amazing prices. There's also a large selection of small batch handcrafted beauty products and upcycled jewelry. I just got an amazing Kate Spade dress I geeking out over.

If you're in the area it is definitely worth stopping by. 

wine tasting:

Wine tasting is my favorite zero waste activity. The wine is always served in real glasses. Nothing goes to waste in the vineyards.

Anything that's considered "waste" (leftover grapes, twigs, branches) is all composted and used to grow more grapes to make more wine. 

You're at the location that the grapes were grown, which is the definition of local. In fact, much of the soil is so rich it absorbs carbon.

Grgich Hills is definitely worth the tour. When we went, we met the winemaker and he explained how the soil absorbed carbon. The winery is still in the family, which I love!

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It was also really fascinating to learn how climate change is affecting the wine making seasons. Anyways, I highly recommend Grgich Hills. 

Buena Vista is definitely on the top of my list It's such a fun place to visit. The tour is great too. It's one of the oldest wineries in California.

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The owner Jean-Charles Boisset is a character. He's known as the Willy Wonka of wine and this winery does a great job of showing it off. Justin and I often attend events they host like the Masquerade Ball. 

Schramsberg is all about the champagne. It is amazing. Their estate is gorgeous, and the tour is great. It's focused on the history of champagne and the bad ass woman who perfected the method, Madame Clicquot.

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Burgess Cellars is so much fun. The tasting room is in among all the barrels. Tastings are by appointment only so you don't have to worry about overcrowding. When I went, I was chatting with this guy Steve. After a while, I realized it was Steve Burgess... the owner of the winery. He was soooo nice.

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The views here are incredible, the wine is great, it's definitely worth stop.   

golden gate park:

Golden gate park is amazing! There are so many cool sections. I love the botanical gardens, but I am partial to the Japanese Tea Garden where Justin proposed. There's a lot wrapped in packaging at the Tea Gardens, but you can get a great cup of tea package free. 

California Academy of the Sciences is there as well. If it's a Thursday night, they have a nightlife event for adults 21 and up.

It's a big party with lectures and stations all surrounding a certain theme. Each Thursday they chose a new one. I was super bummed I didn't make it to the canning night. But, it is definitely worth the trip if you're in the area. 

bi-rite:

I don't care how full I am, if I pass bi-rite I am popping in for a cone of their vegan flavor of the day. I feel like that's all that needs to be said about bi-rite. Get a cone! 

credo beauty: 

This place is heaven if you love green beauty. If you're looking for organic beauty products that come in sustainable packaging, this is the place for you! 

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I wrote a lot more about Credo in this post. 

amphora nueva:

This is one of my favorite places in the bay area. They have several locations, but my favorite is in Berkeley. It is heaven. Walls lined with stainless steel tankards full of freshly pressed olive oil and amazing balsamic vinegars. 

They have a refill program, where you get a discount for bringing your bottles back. I know that doesn't help if you don't live in the area, but it is worth stopping in for a tasting and taking a look around. 

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The oils make amazing gifts too! You can request no seal around the bottle to keep it plastic free. There's a bakery a couple of doors down where you can get a fresh loaf of bread to go in your own cloth bag. 

Combine it with some fresh oils for a delicious snack!