Best of the Bay 2012: BEST INDOOR PERCH FOR INFINITE INSPIRATION

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BEST INDOOR PERCH FOR INFINITE INSPIRATION

Killer panoramas aren't hard to find in San Francisco. But what if you want a bird's eye view of beauty that's unfettered by cold winds and within an arm's reach from a good read? The Potrero Hill branch of the San Francisco Public Library is a modern two-story building awash in natural light. Its best spot is the row of squishy armchairs aligned inches from a wall of windows facing out over the northwestern horizon, with a clear view of the landmarks galore splayed beyond Potrero's rooftops. Claim one of these chairs and you'll be rewarded with an expansive landscape that's at once geographical and intellectual, giving the contemplative bookworm both a superior vista of the peninsula and a clean, well-lighted place from which to explore the literary world.

1616 20th St., SF. (415) 355-2822, www.sfpl.org