Magazine article Sunset

Zen in the City

Magazine article Sunset

Zen in the City

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One of only three remaining neighborhoods of its kind in the country, San Francisco's historic Japantown is anything but static. The six-block enclave has been wooing art and design lovers of late with its Zen boutiques, sushi and ramen restaurants, and the success of the hip new Buchanan hotel. Book a stay in April, when trees lining the storied Peace Plaza burst into life during the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival (Apr 9-10 and 16-17), then take in some lesser-known diversions. -Jenna Scatena

EAT Don't expect An Japanese Restaurant to satisfy your Califomia-roll craving. Traditional nigiri reigns at this cozy 16-seat sushi bar. An omakase menu drives the dining experience, beginning with creamy monkfish liver with white truffle and ponzu jelly. The menu varies depending on availability and the whims of the chef, but expect uni from Hokkaido, sashimi from Tokyo's Tsukiji Market, and a catch of the day from San Francisco's local waters. $$; 22 Peace Plaza; sushiansf.com.

SHOP The gallery-like Song Tea & Ceramics has been amassing a small but fiercely devout following since opening in 2013, namely for its terroirdriven selection of oolong, red, and aged teas with vintages that date back more than two decades. …

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