Frazzled? An Affordable, DIY San Francisco Spa Day


Stressed to the limit, but can’t afford five-star luxury? No worries. You’ve got everything you need right here in the city to create your own spa day. Don’t think of it as a splurge—think of how much you’re saving on airfare and hotel.

1. Start your spa day right with a class at The Yoga Loft, where the schedule runs nearly nonstop starting around 7:30 a.m: Iyengar, Naga, tai chi, restorative, vinyasa, meditation—it’s all here. The drop-in rate is $17, and if you’re a first-timer, you can get three classes for only $35. 321 Divisadero St., 415-626-5638.

2. Breakfast at Café Gratitude, where I Am Great (live buckwheat granola with almond milk) or Yo Soy Bonita (red rice with avocado, salsa and pepitas) will have you thinking, “I Am So Full, Yet Not Guilty!” all for less than 10 bucks. Now that’s something to be thankful for. 2400 Harrison St., 415-830-3014.

3. Now it’s time to relax. A half-session of shiatsu massage at Kabuki Springs & Spa will get those mouse knots out for only $65. Afterward, lounge around the indoor pool all afternoon, alternating a cold plunge with the steam room when you need to wake up. 1750 Geary Blvd., 415-922-6000.

4. Wrap things up with a light dinner at the newest Samovar Tea Lounge, in Hayes Valley. Sit by the modern fireplace and order yourself some squash dumplings ($7), a blood-orange Pu-erh tea ($8) and, for dessert, chocolate-chip brioche breading pudding ($8). 297 Page St., 415-861-0303.

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