We are in a corrugated steel loft building at 18th St. and Carolina. There are two entrances. Go to the metal gate. It is up a few stairs and next to the empty lot / basketball court. On the wall to the left of the gate there is a keypad. Find 409. Buzz us, and we will buzz you in. Walk up the stairs and continue along the building until you see the lobby through t he windows and a door on your left. The keypad by the lobby door is disabled so you have to wait until we come down to get you. When we get to you, we will take you up the elevator. Writing Pad is on the 3rd floor. If you’re running more than 5 minutes late, please do not buzz. Instead, call us at 213.325.6910 or your SF location managers Grant at 703.867.1984 or Raphael at 510.388.8411. We will come welcome you and let you into class quietly. If you are not coming to class or you will be late, please text me so I know how long to wait for you to let you in, and I can tell your teacher.
We apologize, but you can not park in our little building garage. If you do, you will be towed. Luckily, Potrero has an abundance of free street parking. We recommend parking in front of the lot on 18th or snagging one of the spots close to the building. Potrero is a safe neighborhood full of coffee shops, city views, and delicious restaurants. However, we recommend the following safety tactics:
1. Lock your car doors when you park your car.
2. Don’t leave anything visible on your car seats or floor, even plastic bags. If you have a messy car and a busy life, take an extra 5 minutes to clean these items up and put them in your trunk. It’s worth it!
3. Come upstairs to Writing Pad if you arrive within 30 minutes of the class start time.
Things To Do
Here are some nearby restaurants we recommend:
Up the hill on 18th street. Delicious Peruvian food. Great appetizers (ceviche, lomo, empanadas) and drinks.
1469 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107, (415) 278-0480
Up the hill on 18th street. Great sandwiches and soups. Salads are not great. I recommend the Thanksgiving turkey sandwich with cranberry sauce.
1319 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107, b/t Texas St & Missouri St, (415) 647-7941
Up the hill on 18th street. Good burritos. They also have tacos and salads. Open for lunch and dinner.
317 Connecticut St, San Francisco, CA 94107, b/t 19th St & 18th St, (415) 695-0147
Up the hill on 18th street. Two minutes away. Great smoothies, pastries, and coffee
to fuel your writing.
301 Arkansas St, San Francisco, CA 94107, b/t 19th St & 18th St, (415) 206-0300
A five minute walk. Delicious Brazilian restaurant that has excellent smoothies, Acai bowls, black bean stew, chicken and black bean plates, and pasteles and coxinas. In the front of a gym. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner but closes at 8 p.m., 2:30 Sat., closed Sun.
290 DeHaro St, San Francisco, CA 94107 at 16th Street, (415) 800-7057
A neighborhood favorite café. Empanadas and coffee are good.
1315 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107, b/t Texas St & Missouri St, (415) 648-1545
Up the hill on 18th street. Oh la la. OK French food.
1401 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107, b/t Connecticut St & Missouri St, (415) 655-9542
Five minute walk from the pad. Delicious Ramen and Chicken Katsu. They have wine and beer too. Fast and good (ask for them to not make your ramen spicy at all if you like regular Ramen).
300 Deharo St, Ste 338, San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 937-4357
El Sur (Empanada place)
Five minute walk from the pad. Delicious Empanadas and salad.
300 De Haro St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 530-2803
Five minute walk from the pad. Decent burger and salads. Great soft pretzels, wine and beer.
450 Rhode Island, San Francisco, CA 94107, (415) 552-1155
Up the hill on 18th street. Great for brunch or lunch. It is a very long wait (1-1.5 hours).
1299 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107, b/t Mississippi St & Texas St., Potrero Hill, (415) 821-7569