Amazon Basin

A good thing about San Francisco is that City Hall will not allow big shopping malls in the city.There are for instance no Walmarts in San Francesco. There are big malls but they are way out on the perimeter. The city is full of quirky, charming, little shops.

Two degrees in be-bop, a PHD in swing  He's the master of rhythm he's a rock and roll king  If you like country with a boogie beat he's the man to meet (he's the man to meet)  If you like the sound of shufflin' feet he can't be beat (I say he can't be beat)  If you... If you wanna  If you wanna feel real nice, just ask the Rock and Roll doctor's advice

Two degrees in be-bop, a PHD in swing
He’s the master of rhythm he’s a rock and roll king
If you like country with a boogie beat he’s the man to meet (he’s the man to meet)
If you like the sound of shufflin’ feet he can’t be beat (I say he can’t be beat)
If you… If you wanna
If you wanna feel real nice, just ask the Rock and Roll doctor’s advice.

This is where I take my flute for its annual overhaul. Daniel is a great guy.

Bike shop and funky barber

Bike shop and funky barber

Only sells soda pop and candy

Only sells soda pop and candy

Self explanatory

Self explanatory

Buy jewels

Buy jewels

Man with no hair looks for hat

Man with no hair looks for hat

Jokes Wood

Jokes Wood

I am always surprised on returning to Europe by the vitriol that normally reasonable folk vent on Starbucks. I like Starbucks but I have only been in US Starbucks, maybe the overseas ones have smelly toilets and rude staff. Anyway, a central theme is that Starbucks have strangled the native coffee shop species. I cannot actually remember ever going to a coffee shop in Britain when I lived there but that was some time ago.  We went to the pub. Anyway there are loads of Starbucks in the City but also loads and loads of fantastic independent coffee shops.

Just around the corner

Just around the corner

Another local coffee shop

Another local coffee shop

These places all offer many different excellent coffees, chais etc, fresh sandwiches, pastries, sofas, armchairs, fast wireless. The staff are friendly, quirky and fun. I suppose if people want to get rid of Starbucks they should open some competition

 Er, inside

Er, inside

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3 Responses to Amazon Basin

  1. Ian Calder says:

    The vitriol chucked at Starbucks stems mostly from their use of the tax rules. Despite a large turnover, they pay little tax. it means that large international companies can crush small ones, who do have to pay tax. I can recommend “Treasure Islands” or “The Great Tax Robbery” , but you will not be cheered up. For instance, Scotland now makes very little money from whisky. Damn shame.

  2. Lauren McG says:

    You should come visit us in Brighton! Many cute little coffee houses and bespoke shops – although probably not quite as whacky as SF! Lxxx

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