Bay Area J-Fashion Tourist Guide - 2022 Update


An updated guide from last year!


Since some of you are traveling to the Bay Area for our Holiday Pop-Up Shop, we thought we'd put together a brief guide to the Bay for kawaii/J-fashion enthusiasts! Most of our recommendations are in San Francisco, but we've thrown in a few other options in East Bay and South Bay in case you are willing to travel a bit further.


J-Fashion Shops


Important Tip: We recommend making an appointment before visiting either Angelic Pretty or Baby! While they have walk-in hours, making an appointment is the best way to ensure that you can visit the shop - you wouldn't want to travel to your favorite J-fashion store only to realize that they're not open!


Photo Credit: Angelic Pretty USA

Angelic Pretty/Harajuku Hearts (SF, Union Square)

Angelic Pretty is located inside Harajuku Hearts, which is a J-fashion retailer that carries other brands as well, such as Atelier Pierrot, Emily Temple Cute, Enchantlic Enchantilly, Melody BasKet, and Listen Flavor, among others!





Photo Credit: BTSSB USA

Baby, the Stars Shine Bright & Alice and the Pirates (SF, Japantown)

Baby, the Stars Shine Bright/Alice and the Pirates is located inside the New People building on the second floor - take the elevator or stairs up, it should be easy to spot!







Food/Drink

December is a busy time of year, so we recommend making reservations at restaurants that you want to eat at. Weekends can be especially hectic, so for those of you staying a while, try getting a reservation on a weekday!


Tea Salons

The Holiday Pop-Up Tea Party is full, and while you can sign up for the waitlist, there are also plenty of options to get tea around the city! We recommend booking seats at Crown & Crumpet if you wish to stay close to the event in Japantown, but we have listed tea salons from all over the Bay if you're feeling adventurous.

Three-tier tea platter with sandwiches and sweets
Lovejoy's Tea Room

Lovejoy’s Tea Room (SF, Noe Valley)

Lovejoy's is a staple of SF meets for good reason! Their food is delicious and filling, and the staff are extremely kind and friendly. Don't forget to take a pic in front of the giant heart outside!


Son & Garden (SF & Peninsula)

Son & Garden has two locations - one in San Francisco, and one in Menlo Park. You can order their set tea service for two, but they also have great brunch options! Visit this location if you want beautiful images for your Instagram - their interior decor & food presentation is divine.





Three tier platter with sandwiches and sweets
Crown & Crumpet

Crown & Crumpet (SF, Japantown)

Crown & Crumpet is an adorable tea salon located conveniently in the New People Building on the first floor!


Sip Tea Room (SF, Sunset)

A modern take on traditional tea service - Sip Tea Room has all the options of a full tea service with the option to dine outside on their back patio.


Dartealing Lounge (SF, SoMa)

Dartealing is now serving limited tea service on weekends, and currently have reservations open for their holiday tea!




Maison Danel (SF)

Afternoon Tea, but make it French! Maison Danel specializes in pastries and baked goods, and has a tea service option that includes sparkling wine.


The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus (SF)

An elegant tea service in downtown SF with a dietary restriction-friendly options.


The Garden Court Restaurant at The Palace Hotel (SF)

Luxurious dining under a beautiful glass dome! Their Holiday Tea starts on December 2nd, so if you happen to be in town, head over to The Palace if you're feeling fancy.


Japanese Tea Garden (SF)

Traditional Japanese tea in Golden Gate Park


Afternoon Tea Tasting Experience: A Filipino & Latin-inspired Concept (Daly C