Golden Gate Park, in my book should be every bit as popular and well known as Central Park and for some unknown reason it’s not. It is a virtual oasis in The City.
One of many reasons is the Japanese Tea Garden. For a few dollars you can be transported to another place in time. It is peaceful and joyous and well cared for. Because of the small entry fee it is busy but not overrun with crowds.
So take a picnic and enjoy a first rate garden in the middle of the City by the Bay.