Grape ice and shortbread cookie from Skylite Snowballs.
1. Chill Your Thrill
The Sundance Kabuki Cinema
1881 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Without a doubt, the Sundance Kabuki Cinema off Post Street is the sleekest spot in the city to satisfy your quench for some quality AC. Even cooler, grab a “Stiffy” [?] of green chartreuse, Hendrick's gin and club soda a topped with a lemon wheel while stargazing at the big screen. Might we recommend Johnny Depp in Transcendence, a British-American-Chinese science fiction film that anticipates a world where computers may eclipse the human brain. Or is that plot thread too close to reality?
2. Freeze Your Brain
Nevermind those ice cream. Skylite Snowballs is the punk rock of frozen desserts—it doesn't get more back-to-basics than ice and syrup. This desert truck offers over forty homemade syrups to top off your cone using seasonal produce and natural ingredients. Teeth into the shaved ice laced with Moroccan mint for intense brain chills. Don’t worry, if you get too cold, a slightly nutty homemade shortbread cookie in the shape of a heart sits kindly in your dish for some added sweetness.
4. Beer It Like a German
199 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Match the spirit of the weather with a juicy kielbasa sausage served with spicy mustard onion and sauerkraut at Zeitgeist, over in the Mission. If you feel overwhelmed by the grandiosity of the German savoriness, go with a Franziskaner Hefeweizen that will be sure to frost your senses. (Ed. Note: The Bloody Mary's are also amazing.)
5. Swim Back to the Basics
Martin Luther King Jr. Pool
3rd & Armstrong San Francisco, CA 94124
If Ron Howard’s 1985 cult classic, “Cocoon” didn’t persuade you that a nearby swimming pool can imbue you with enhanced energy and a youthful sense of well-being, then you must be from another planet. The Martin Luther King Jr. Pool features a 25 yard by 25 meter pool with a separate wading area for kids. If you’re looking for lessons, check out the various aquatic programs, water aerobics and recreational and lap swim times online.
6. Shop Till’ You Drop
The Urban Air Market
Octavia Street and Hayes Street San Francisco, CA 94102
Living in a micro climate like San Francisco will redefine your wardrobe, literally. Adjust to the unpredictable weather while scouring for that perfect t shirt this weekend at the Urban Air Market. This curated marketplace is a colorful destination for some serious sustainable flare with independent designers featuring men’s, women’s and kid’s clothing, accessories, jewelry and home decor. Sign off of Etsy already.
7. Cool Your Noodle
845 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103
Over in Westfield at the San Francisco Centre, Martin Yan's crew is pulling cold doughy noodles made to order. For those of you with that exotic kind of texturous taste, try the wild-boar scissor cut noodles, a hearty portion for only $14.
8. Swim in the Bay
502 Jefferson Street, Aquatic Park, San Francisco, CA 94109
What are you afraid of? If these folks can survive—and even enjoy—a plunge into the chilly waters, why not you too?