San Francisco to a Tea: Where to Find the Best Brews in Town

It’s no secret that San Francisco has it all when it comes to niche cafes and restaurants—and tea bars and shops are no exception. Whether you enjoy sipping your afternoon cup at a charming tea service, selecting artisanal loose-leaf to brew in the comfort of your high-rise home or grabbing a boba pick-me-up at a local favorite spot, SoMa and its surrounding neighborhoods are sure to have something that is, well, just your cup of tea. Here are our top picks to elevate your teatime routine.

Somovar Tea Lounge

A chic tea lounge with an exceptional ambiance, Somovar Restaurant and Tea Lounge serves a wide selection of artisanal tea—from matcha bowls to tea cocktails. Just minutes from The Harrison’s front doors, this tea lounge is located within the Yerba Buena Gardens’ beautiful urban sanctuary. Head over for some serious zen time (the menu’s “mindfulness tea” is complimentary if you agree to enjoy the beverage, sans technology, for 60 minutes) or grab a bite for brunch or lunch.

Dartealing Lounge

Located minutes from The Harrison, Dartealing Lounge provides a cozy nook perfect for gathering with friends over refreshments and delightfully dainty sandwiches, scones, chocolates and other bites. This quirky and charming space, which resembles that of a homey living room, offers a posh high tea spread that’ll make you want to dress up in your finest tea party hat.

Steep Creamery & Tea

An 11-minute walk from your home at The Harrison, Steep is the place to satisfy your boba craving. From house milk teas to a variety of ceremonial uji matcha, this tea shop offers a selection of specialty refreshments that perfect the perfect caffeine hit. And, if your sweet tooth kicks in, try out the shop’s ever-popular ice-cream rolls.

Stonemill Matcha

Sourced from the shade-grown farms of Kyoto, Japan, Stonemill Matcha’s artfully-crafted drinks are not only picture-perfect, but also meticulously prepared in hand-whisked, sparkling and latte varieties. While getting your matcha fix, pair your tea with the cafe’s Japanese and Japanese-inspired pastries, which include favorites such as matcha cream puffs and black sesame strawberry roll cake.

The St. Regis San Francisco

Treat yourself to afternoon tea at The St. Regis San Francisco for a modern take on traditional tea service. Set within the hotel’s lobby lounge, the St. Regis’ “Art of Tea” experience offers a daily afternoon tea menu with a selection of teas from around the world and sweet and savory bites.

Boba Guys

Head to Boba Guys to grab the ultimate tea fix. Choose from seasonal and specialty options or customize your beverage entirely to your liking with the build you own drink option. And, along with the option to add boba, an array of unique toppings are available—including almond jelly, chia seeds and egg pudding.

The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco

Known as a longtime favorite when it comes to tea service, The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco’s afternoon tea in the lounge presents a luxurious take on the beloved teatime tradition. Recurring the first Saturday of the month, afternoon tea is accompanied by a live harpist and variety of tea options, gourmet tea sandwiches and decadent sweets. For those looking for a spread fit for a queen, the hotel’s Royal Tea experience presents a glass of Veuve Clicquot Brut ‘Yellow Label,’ accompanied by strawberries and cream.

The Registry SF Profiles The Harrison’s Available Penthouses

Bay Area real estate news source The Registry SF  has featured The Harrison’s last three remaining penthouses, speaking to the desirability of stylish SoMa living. The article covers the fully-amenitized high-rise penthouses 48B, 48A, and 48C — 48B being a half-floor penthouse, and the latter two being corner penthouses. 

“‘We’re seeing strong demand for stylish living in a fully-amenitized luxury high-rise in what’s becoming the city’s tech epicenter,’ said Bree Long, Managing Director of Compass Development, California. ‘SoMa offers everything buyers are looking for — cultural intrigue, top dining options, public parks and access, so we anticipate sales to continue to soar.’”

Read the full article here.

Experience the First Taste of Summer at BottleRock in Napa Valley

Memorial Day Weekend marks the start of summer. We love celebrating this change in seasons basking in the warm, California sun—bonfires, camping trips, pool parties and more. For fans of good music, good food and some of the world’s best wine, we recommend “the first taste of summer” festival: BottleRock in nearby Napa Valley. From May 24–26, wine country will be filled with crowds of those who enjoy the good things in life. If that applies to you, here’s what you can expect at this annual weekend celebration.


More than 75 new acts and seasoned artists alike will take the stage over the course of the festival’s three days. Standouts on Friday include pop-rock bands Imagine Dragons, OneRepublic and Neon Trees; rock band The Dandy Warhols; and vocalist/bassist Shannon Shaw. Saturday brings us the legendary Neil Young + Promise of the Real, Pharrell Williams and Elle King. Sunday ends things with a bang with performances by Mumford & Sons, Santana and Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra.

Wine & Beer

Set in the middle of wine country, BottleRock is sure to deliver with its wine offerings. They’ll have an on-site staff of sommeliers and wine experts to pour you a glass of wine from JaM Cellars, Raymond Vineyards, Amuse Bouche and more. If you aren’t a wine drinker or your palate craves something a little different, there will be plenty of craft beer offerings all weekend as well.



Did you know that Napa Valley has more Michelin stars per capita than any other wine region in the world? It’s as much a place for divine cuisine as it is for wine. BottleRock goers will get to pair their wine and craft beer with delectable bites from some of the area’s finest chefs. Try sushi from Morimoto, fried chicken from Ad Hoc, caviar, donuts, pulled pork, dumplings, mac and cheese…every possible cuisine you could ever imagine will be at your fingertips.

Spa & Salon

Perhaps the most unique (and well-appreciated) feature of BottleRock is the spa and salon offerings. Recharge your mind and body in the midst of all the festival chaos by treating yourself to hydration therapy, a foot or body massage, hairstyling or custom festival jewelry.

Silent Disco

Dance the night (or day) away, listen to feel-good music and still be able to have a conversation with someone without screaming “what?” every five seconds. Silent discos pump music through individual headphones instead of speakers, so you can control the volume or even put the party on mute as you please. We have a feeling this trend won’t be going away anytime soon.


BottleRock brings together people from the Napa Valley and all over to form a music-and-wine-loving community for a weekend. Also included in this fellowship are local and visiting artists, displaying temporary fixtures for the rest of us to enjoy during BottleRock.

With BottleRock around the corner, we don’t want to miss a moment of all that the celebration affords. For residents at the Harrison, planning the perfect BottleRock experience—from buying tickets, to booking accommodations or coordinating transportation—is all made effortless with the help of our Luxury Attaché.

Live Your Best SoMa Sunday

We like to think that San Franciscans know how to do Sundays best—whether it be leisurely “brunching” into the late afternoon or getting a dose of the city’s renowned outdoor views. As we head into the spring season and enjoy daylight that stretches a little longer than usual, there’s every reason to sidestep the “Sunday blues” and enjoy the day, SoMa-style. Here, we’ve curated a list of our favorite go-to outings sure to brighten your Sunday.

Explore The San Francisco Bay Trail

Minutes from the Embarcadero, The Harrison enjoys coveted proximity to bayside trails that boast the ideal route for a run, bike ride or simple stroll. Set your own pace on the beautiful shoreline path, and if you’re feeling ambitious, take on additional segments of the San Francisco Bay Trail—which stretches 340-miles around the entire San Francisco Bay. A paradise for cyclists and runners alike, this pathway offers effortless access to get your daily sweat in or decompress amid some of the city’s most breathtaking scenery.

Go Savory and Sweet at Brunch

SoMa dwellers don’t need to look very far to satisfy their brunch cravings. With neighborhood classics around the corner, you’ll need to make a breakfast bucket list to keep track of where to grub next. First on the list? An order of cornbread and chipotle jelly (as featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives) from Dottie’s True Blue Cafe. For savory and sweet menu items galore, order up at Bluestem Brasserie. And, over at Marlowe, residents will feel right at home within the restaurant’s Ken Fulk-designed interior and almost too-pretty-to-drink cocktails. Be it brunch or dinner, there are countless restaurants in SoMa that are sure to end your weekend on a sweet—or savory—note.

Meander the SFMOMA

A 15-minute walk from The Harrison, residents enjoy coveted proximity to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. A must-see museum of modern and contemporary art that stands as one of the largest in the United States, relish in a serene Sunday spent meandering the SFMOMA’s outdoor sculpture garden, thirty-foot “living wall” and artwork by artists from around the world. With three eateries to dine at, stay here all day if you want to take in the museum’s incredible views and extraordinary exhibitions.

Indulge in the Tastes of the Ferry Building Marketplace

Nothing pairs with San Francisco Sundays quite like spending an afternoon browsing The Ferry Building, which awaits just a mile-long stroll from our front doorstep. A city landmark and one of the most renowned artisan marketplaces in San Francisco, The Ferry Building is home to a wide selection of world-class merchants. From seasonally stuffed croissants to stunning ceramic tablewares, it’s easy to lose your sense of time while wandering The Ferry Building remarkable restaurants, shops, sweet-treats, specialty items and goods and wares. Located within the Embarcadero, this setting offers the ideal opportunity to gather with friends and grab your groceries in one trip.