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Mar 3, 2012 04:55 AM

Best places to take a 7 year old

I will be visiting SF with my 7 year old son. Looking for unique places in the city.
I appreciate any and all suggestions!

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  1. Is there any food your 7 year old won't eat? Sushi, Indian, Thai etc. all on the table? What about budget? This persons itinerary that was just posted today is a good place to start:

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    1. re: goldangl95

      Thanks for the link! He is open to anything except he does not eat burgers! His favorite are sushi bars and good, casual izakayas!

      1. re: AdamD

        We just entertained a 7yo last week and a highlight was a visit to Japantown. Some places that may appeal in the Kintetsu Mall: sushi from moving boats @ Isobune, udon with an egg flower@ Maki, Japanese curry @ On the Bridge, grilled squid set at the corner rest upstairs next to the stationery store (can't remember name, but it's next to the waffle crepe place); and outside of the mall: famous coffee crunch cake @ Yasukochi's Sweet Stop inside Super Mira market, spam and eggs @ Denny's, manju from Benkyodo. Nijiya Market is fun to browse, especially the sweets, beautifully packaged meat and fish, and prepared food aisles. We also idled in the mall on the first floor at the awesome sticker store, and on the second floor at Kinokuniya Bookstore (lots of cool Japanese mags and books) and at Pika Pika where we made commemorative trip pix using Japanese photo sticker machines. Next to the mall is the Sundance Cinema in case a movie might appeal and Dosa is across the street in case your mood changes to Indian.

        1. re: rubadubgdub

          Thanks for the tips. Mom is Japanese so we will definitely be spending some time there!

    2. Ghirardelli Square ice cream parlor or Swensen's ice cream parlor off the Hyde St cable car line.

      1. Ice-cream: Humphry Slocombe and Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous for unusual flavors and very SF locations/settings.

        Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream
        2790 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous
        699 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

        1. Thanks for the suggestions, ice cream always works with a 7 year old!

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          1. re: AdamD

            My now 9 year-old loves both Bi-Rite and Mr and Mrs Miscellaneous. She's not a sushi fan, but loves Piccino for pizza and the Saturday market at the Ferry Building. Also, what about dim sum, especially if he is adventurous?

            1. re: absc

              Dim sum is a possibility, he is definitely adventurous. Any suggestions?

              1. re: AdamD

                There are separate threads on "best dim sum" that discuss that topic to no end. I think Chinatown is fun for kids and I try to hit the fortune cookie factory @ 56 Ross Alley. The kid we were with had to be dragged from Grant St with its many giftshops. But thankfully Golden Gate Bakery is halfway down Grant and you can fortify with the best egg custard tarts in SF. Walk one street over to Stockton St. and it feels like a different world with its many Asian food markets, bakeries, and takeout joints, worth a stroll.

          2. We had forgotten how much fun Fishermen's Wharf can be for a 7yo, especially the street performers. If you give in to this urge, I recommend eating a fresh crab from a vendor on the street. Boudin Bakery has a huge operation in the heart of the Wharf and it was nice to rest our heels in their upstairs restaurant, away from the crowds. We didn't eat there, but the menu covers a lot of bases including a whole crab for $33, which comes with sides, clean restrooms, and a great view of the bay.