The hustle and bustle of the city can be overwhelming at times, so finding somewhere quiet is a must. Fortunately, there are a number of beautiful and peaceful gardens to escape to in San Francisco where you can take your lunch break, read a book or just simply relax.
Head over to the west side of the city and visit Golden Gate Park for a chance to explore the Japanese Tea Garden. Decorated with bridges, pagodas, koi ponds, bonsai trees, cherry blossom, Buddha statues and native Japanese plants, this spot is the picture of tranquility. There’s also a teahouse on-site offering authentic green tea and light snacks so you can refuel after a visit.
This place is beautiful amid the chaos of the Financial District. As you walk into the park, the soothing sound of the waterfall smothers all distractions and the air seems so much cleaner and fresher. Grab a Beard Papa pastry puff from across the street and nibble it as you wander through the hedge maze, or have a lazy morning drinking Blue Bottle Coffee and soaking up some sun on the grass. It is the perfect pit stop to catch some rest before continuing your tour of the city and its surroundings.
Esme Benjamin contributed additional reporting to this article.
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