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It is the coziest time of the year! Your student housing in San Francisco has just gotten almost unbearably cold, which means you need to know where to go to get that cozy cup of cocoa you have been craving so bad. We have you covered:

  1. Dandelion Chocolate

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Head on over to the fun and eclectic Mission District to find a variety of chocolate infused hot beverages from this little shop known for its handmade chocolate treats.

740 Valencia St, San Francisco

  1. Ghirardelli

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Looking for a classic cup of cocoa right on the San Francisco Bay? You’ve found it.

900 North Point St, San Francisco

  1. The Chocolate Dragon – Bittersweet Cafe and Bakery

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This cafe embodies the funky artistic nature of Oakland.  Try their Champhurrado! A Mexican hot chocolate with hints of anise and piloncillo.

5427 College Ave, Oakland

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This cozy coffee shop native to Piedmont Ave in Oakland now has a location on College Ave right in Berkeley! If you’re feeling extra festive, stroll through Elmwood to see the trees aglow with string lights.

4252 Piedmont Ave, Oakland

2965 College Ave, Oakland

  1. Perch

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Perch is the perfect pitstop near Lake Merritt to choose between a classic hot cocoa and a Mexican hot chocolate.

440 Grand Ave, Oakland

  1. Hive, the place to bee

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In case the clever name isn’t enough, this Oakland cafe has a neat modern vibe with a delicious food menu as well!

2139 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland

 

Don’t feel like leaving your San Francisco housing? Stock up on packets of your favorite instant hot chocolate and watch one of these digital fireplaces roar on your computer screen from the comfort of your couch.

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Post written by contributor Rachel Fay

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Every now and then it is important to get out of your single rooms in San Francisco and go explore this incredible city. San Francisco is a city filled with wonders, and one of my favorites is the little fairy garden called the Conservatory of flowers. If you are a flower fanatic like me, nothing soothes you like wandering through a maze of tangled vines and colorful blooms, the soft sound of bird chirping and the light scent of falling petals hanging heavily in the air.

Furthermore, this is an excellent place to go if you want to expand your knowledge on flowers and plants. There are three different areas you can go inside the conservatory, and each a distinct humidity level and different plants that thrive in that environment.

 

Best of all, during the Butterflies & Blooms exhibit, there is a butterfly area on one side of the conservatory! I could sit in that section and watch the butterflies flit around from flower to flower for days on end. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to make a friend like I did!

It is only $6 with a student ID, but if you feel like saving a dime, the exterior of the Conservatory is nearly just as breathtaking. My friend and I spent nearly an hour taking photographs with the beautiful blossoms, all-white building, and rich greenery. If you are looking for that good Insta pic, you need not even go inside!

Finally, the Conservatory of Flowers has an exquisite light show on the exterior of the building from sundown to midnight. The nonprofit art group Illuminate created the installation piece using gobo projectors, and it transforms the all-white landmark into a garden of its own with a series of exquisitely illuminated flower scenes.

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If you are a plant lover seeking an oasis, need a good date idea, or just want to take some good pics, this enchanting spot is just what you are looking for.

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Post written by contributor Isabelle Kaplan.