Fashion trends aren’t the only exciting things to emerge out of San Francisco lately. The new SF Parklet movement is putting more usable, communal outdoor space right at street level for everyone to enjoy.
Whether crafted from an unconventional wood structure or an immersive set design with a story to tell, parklets are like popup art galleries or concept restaurants but out in the street (quite literally) and totally free.
A bonus ripple effect of this “pavement to park” trend is that more SFers are hopping on their bikes and walking as a result of the reduction of parking spots—a pretty brilliant urban planning model any way you look at it!
We fully embrace the SF Parklet lifestyle here at Rothy’s HQ (if you couldn’t already tell). Check out a few of our faves:
Luna Rienne Gallery | Mission District
Amid the Mission’s galleries and murals, tucked in a few spots from lively Valencia Street, stands the ever-evolving Luna Rienne parklet. One of the first, it nevertheless continues to reinvent itself. The structure is overhauled every year to showcase another artist’s work. With the Luna Rienne Gallery across the walk, it truly is an indoor-outdoor art happening.
Columbus Avenue | Russian Hill/North Beach
432 Columbus Ave.
With café seating and modular landscaping, the Columbus Ave Parklet is situated across from Caffé Greco on highly walkable Columbus Ave. This inviting space was designed by artist Erik Otto who received the SF Weekly Best of the Bay award for his first parklet design. Using environmentally friendly materials like bamboo decking and low-water plants, it’s right at home in our green-minded city.
Rapha Cycling Club | The Marina
2198 Filbert Street
This hip parklet hangout is full of good energy, and ruddy-cheeked climbers and cyclists converging inside a vintage cargo truck converted into a sundeck. A great place to kick back with a Four Barrel iced coffee after a long ride. Great for people watching and people meeting.
Farley’s Coffee | Potrero Hill
1315 18th Street
Situated in the “banana belt,” the largely fog-free South of Market microclimate, the weather gods tend to spoil Portrero Hill. There’s never an inopportune time to park it at this colorful parklet outside of Farley’s Coffee. With live music wafting from the indoor stage and the Bay Bridge off in the distance, its relaxed vibe is perfect for the after work wind down.
Pizzeria Delfina | Pacific Heights
2410 California Street
You can’t not win noshing on yummy Delfina pizza while taking in the sweeping vistas of Pacific Heights. An extension of the clean modern vibe inside the pizzeria, this San Francisco parklet is a mash up of urban concrete and lush verdant greenery. A sunny spot for fueling up before shopping Fillmore Street. Dog- and kid-friendly too.