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The 9 Coolest Parklets In S.F. For Outdoor R&R

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    [UPDATE: This story was originally published on April 30, 2012.]

    If there's one thing we want to do on the weekends it's…well…nothing! And while the Bay's plethora of lush parks are definitely conducive to outdoor chilling, we're also lucky enough to have a host of alternative, more urban R&R spots in the form of the parklets popping up all over town. The best tiny, park-like structures make their home in the parking spaces in front of some of the coolest city spots (Four Barrel, Delfina, Trouble Coffee, and Farm:Table among them), and they don't just consist of a few uninspired tables and chairs on the sidewalk. Instead, the mini venues are getting made over by some of the coolest design firms and creative types in town. Don't believe that these auto zones can be jazzed up to stunning effect? Just take a virtual walk through our slideshow and plan your summertime sit-ins accordingly.

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