japanese tea gardens // san francisco, ca


This past week, Zach and I headed to California to celebrate the marriage of my sister-in-law and new brother on the Mendocino Coast. Before making the trek up glorious Route 1 to their destination wedding location, we took a few days to explore San Francisco.

This was my second time to San Francisco, but it was Zach’s first trip to California. With the help of recommendations from my favorite fashion blogger, Julia Engel over at Gal Meets Glam and some tips from a San Francisco native who Zach befriended through law school, we had a blast eating and shopping our way around the city.

Among our favorite activities included brunch at Sweet Maple, dinner with our friend Sundar at Central Kitchen in the Mission District, and our visit to the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park.

I visited the tea garden when I was a wee thing with my parents. Memories of koi fish, twisted bonsai trees, and glorious landscapes were enough to entice us to make a return trip. The first time I visited the Japanese Tea Garden in high school, I had never been to Japan, but after going to authentic gardens in Kyoto a few years back, it was nice to return to a garden that possessed renewed familiarity and this time share it with Zach.

In my opinion, a visit the tea garden is a must for anyone going to San Francisco. As I mentioned above, it’s in the middle of Golden Gate Park which is home to art museums, rose gardens, and beautiful natural vistas.

Can’t wait to share more about our SF adventures in the posts ahead.

Cheers loves,


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And the LORD will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail. ~ Isaiah 58:11