Hayes Valley Gems: Seesaw & Mandarina

We are always on the lookout for fun after school activities that are easy to pull-off, include a snack and are over by around dinner and “bathy time”.  A visit to Hayes Valley is part of our repertoire and we recently hit a couple of previously undiscovered spots.

Seesaw is a cute little play space and cafe for parents, caregivers and kids that opened recently and we had a great time there.  Read: the kids played side by side with the toys and games and the other mom and I got to catch up with minimal interruption from the kids. We nibbled on baked goodies and drank Four Barrel coffee. I am looking forward to the addition of  more food items to their menu so we can eat light meals there.  Seesaw also offers a bunch of fun classes, story times and date night drops-offs, so do check them out.  The space is warm, cozy and inviting and manages to be both kid and parent-friendly (which is often tough to pull off).  Where was Seesaw when Ria was younger and I could not figure out where to go to meet other moms and kids or just to hang out with her?

It was a rare warm day in San Francisco, one that you can actually wear a sun-dress on and not regret it, so we crossed the street over to Mandarina for some paletas (Latin American ice-pops).  My friend Luisa recommended it a while back and I am glad we finally checked it out.  We shared a mango popsicle and it was a refreshing after-school treat.  They have some pretty interesting flavors (mango-chilli?) and the cafe is clean, open and welcoming. Hayes Valley just become a whole lot cooler!

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