This fantastic fresh produce market takes customers on a trip across South and East Asia, Middle East, Italy, and Mexico. A must-visit place for exotic products and favorite items you can’t find elsewhere. You can buy almost anything here, from fruits and veggies to bread, deli meats and cheeses, loose leaf tea, and ingredients you probably have never heard of before.
A fine dining restaurant that offers creative dishes in two dining rooms with an elegant decor, Boulettes Larder also features The Larder section for food lovers. Among Chef Amaryll Schwertner’s ingredients, foodies can buy blended-to-order spices, house-made yogurt, imported oil and vinegar, Japanese condiments, and treats such the popular canelé de bordeaux and the restaurant’s signature beignet.
Ecology Center Farmer’s Markets are open-air marketplaces with a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Here, Californian farmers have the opportunity to sell their locally-grown produce directly to customers. Products include fresh fruit and vegetables as well as farm-processed foods like jams and preserves, olive oil, baked goods, tofu, and much more. Keep in mind that Thursday’s market is always 100% organic.
Run by a talented couple – Chad, who is a bread maker and Liz, pastry genius – Tartine beckons passers-by inside every morning with the scent of freshly baked bread, buns, and croissants. A popular neighborhood place, the bakery also serves breakfast along with sandwiches, tarts, cookies, and other delights. In 2017, the shop started offering its own brand of coffee, Coffee Manufactory.
Stock up on gourmet ingredients and artisanal items by stopping by Little Vine in North Beach. This specialty food shop may be compact, but has a fantastic selection of products that can rekindle one’s love of food and good living. Wine, cheese, charcuterie, and sandwiches are some of the things you’ll find here, along with friendly staff that is always ready to help with suggestions.
At Epicurean Trader you’ll find only craft products. Selected from small producers and local farmers, the products stun with their high quality and variety. For example, you can browse through farmstead cheeses and charcuterie before picking an organic wine and selecting your favorite kind of small batch chocolate or coffee. The Epicurean Traders sources products from all over the country, making a stop here crucial for all foodies.
Focusing on community, The Market aims to create a friendly hub that supports and promotes local producers and brands. Here you can get a bite to eat or buy some high-quality groceries and ingredients. Apart from artisanal cheeses and charcuterie, at The Market you can also find fish and meat along with some good coffee and other locally sourced and made products. Fun fact: the building is also home to Twitter HQ.
A wine bar with premium cheese and charcuterie offerings as well as an extensive tapas menu. Union Larder offers the perfect solution to take a break and charge up your batteries with some good food and good wine in the company of friends, while visiting San Francisco. It features both communal and bar seating, with a first-come first-served policy.
Welcome to cheese heaven, where you can indulge yourself while visiting a historic location at the Ferry Building. First opened in 1998, the cheese shop has expanded and grown to become an iconic brand in San Francisco and beyond. Here you can find award-winning products and a huge array of cheeses. Take your time to discover the premium farmstead cheeses and artisanal products from around the world, including Italy, Greece, and France. The Cowgirl Creamery’s own award-winning selection features soft ripened cheeses as well as cottage cheese, crème fraiche, and fromage blanc.
Leo’s Oyster Bar is a high-end seafood and bar that has a posh 1950s vibe. Ideal for lunch or drinks with friends, it offers a fantastic oyster and seafood menu as well as a range of small bites-style fare. Caviar, champagne, and exotic salads and appetizers are also available, along with tasty and creative cocktails.
The oldest restaurant in California, Tadich Grill opened its doors to customers in – wait for it – 1849. With a history that dates back almost 170 years, it’s no wonder that this place is a destination in of itself. This busy and beloved seafood restaurant has kept up with the times but still maintains a charming old-school feel. The menu certainly reflects the restaurant’s dedication to premium quality. Starting from 5 am, the chef chooses the ingredients for the day and changes the menu to include only the freshest produce.
A perfect place for a night out with friends. Sons & Daughters is located in the Nob Hill neighborhood and features an open kitchen design with a wraparound dining area that offers the perfect view of the cooking process. The changing nine-course tasting menus also impress with a range of seasonal and local ingredients as well as creative flavor combinations. Fine dining in a laid-back atmosphere? Yes, please.
Located in the bustling Mission District, Central Kitchen is a great choice if you want to eat well while taking a break from exploring the city. The daily-changing menu celebrates Northern Californian cuisine, with seasonal and local ingredients that highlight the flavors of the region along with organic wines from small producers. And the decor is equally stunning, boasting an industrial-chic design scheme and a lush water feature at the entrance.
La Taqueria is a popular and busy place. No wonder, considering that it serves what many locals and tourists say are the best burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and carnitas in the country. The award-winning dishes will probably put this restaurant at the top of your ‘favorites’ list, especially if you love Mexican-style food.
Del Popolo has come a long way. In 2012, it served Neapolitan-inspired pizza from a mobile shipping container on a Freightliner truck, while in 2015 it transformed into a stylish but casual brick-and-mortar restaurant with minimalist wooden tables and fantastic atmosphere. What didn’t change? The pizza, which has remained as delicious as ever but now comes with an array of accompanying Italian dishes along with the option to sit down with a glass wine. Plus, you can also get carry-out on Fridays and Saturdays.
Since it opened its doors in 2008, Ichi Sushi has been consistently included in ‘Best Restaurants’ lists in local and national publications and guides. Indeed, some foodies consider this place to be one of the best sushi places outside of Japan. Focusing on sustainability, the restaurant serves sashimi and nigiri along with the all-important sake. And the great part? You don’t need a reservation as the restaurant accepts walk-ins.
The Michelin-starred Spruce is perfect for a special night out in San Francisco. Stylish and sophisticated, the decor boasts elegant details such as chocolate mohair walls, a Baccarat crystal chandelier, and artworks. The contemporary American menu features about 80% produce from a local farm. If you can’t find a table or simply don’t have the time for a longer lunch, stop by the restaurant’s café to try the artisan coffee and freshly-baked cookies.
Italian cuisine at its Californian best. A16 delights tourists and locals alike with finger-licking Neapolitan-style pizza, fresh pasta dishes, and house-cured meats. The name of the restaurant lovingly refers to the highway running between Napoli to Bari, with the menu paying homage to the region’s cuisine – Campania’s in particular.
Blending dim sum-style dishes and Californian cuisine is a stroke of genius. Which explains why State Bird Provisions has become such a popular restaurant and has received a Michelin star. Beyond the ingenious concept and ever-changing menu, the restaurant also features an urban-rustic decor and a great bar area that offers a view of the kitchen.
Dreaming about pizza while exploring the city? Make sure you drop by Pizzaiolo to get a taste of authentic Italian pizza. Made with California-sourced ingredients in wood-fired ovens, the pizzas here are the real deal. And if you want to try something else, the restaurant also serves fantastic Italian food as well as great cocktails.
Not only does Camino serve tasty American food with a menu that changes with the seasons and features premium local ingredients, but this restaurant also dares to do things differently. It actually pays employees a living wage, so there’s no tipping here. A great choice if you want to support a local business that wants to bring some positive change into the world.
Love seafood and Italian cooking? Then you should definitely go to La Ciccia. Apart from the authentic Sardinian dishes – made with ingredients sourced from the island, no less – this family-owned restaurant also offers a fantastic wine lists filled with all-Italian labels that represent every Italian region.
Stop by this Michelin-starred restaurant to get a taste of modern Californian cuisine in casual and relaxed atmosphere. The menu focuses on local ingredients sourced from local markets and farms, so you know it’s good. The only downside? Getting a table reservation may be more difficult than you’d like, as this compact restaurant is also incredibly popular.
Located on the premises of The Progress Theater which opened it doors in 1911, this modern restaurant delights food lovers with a fantastic New American menu in a beautiful setting. A younger sister of the popular State Bird Provisions, The Progress serves delicious family-style dishes. So delicious in fact, that the restaurant has received a Michelin star in 2018.
If you love food – cooking it, Instagramming it, eating it – then you must visit Omnivore Books. This bookstore specializes in titles about food. Here you can find everything from 19th-century agricultural guides on how to grow your own food, to cookbooks, books about food history, or the latest magazines. The bookstore’s collection of vintage titles is impressive, making a visit to Omnivore Books the perfect opportunity to find hidden gems.
One of the most popular – and beloved – bookstores in San Francisco, Green Apple Books offers a selection of new and used books, along with magazines, journals, vinyls, and art accessories, among others. If you visit, you’ll also have the chance to see a collection of ultra-rare titles, first editions and signed rare books, all protected by a glass panel.
This independent bookstore is located in the historic Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. More than just a place from where you can buy rare titles, The Booksmith is a cultural institution. Interesting talks, events, and author readings and book signings are the norm here, meaning that you’ll always have the opportunity to see something new. Oh, and don’t forget to read the staff’s book reviews and recommendations added as Post-Its on the shelves!
At Dog Eared Books, you’ll find a literature wonderland. Step inside to browse through a range of small press as well as Beat and off-beat titles, along with a selection of books written by local authors and books about the San Francisco area. Like many other bookstores and shops in the city, Dog Eared Books also showcases art from local artists, so you can buy a few books and some paintings to take back home.
Needles & Pens is more than just a cool bookstore. This neighborhood hub of creativity is also an art gallery and place where locals can sell their self-published zines, handmade goods, jewelry and accessories. Go here if you want to shoot two birds with one stone: find great books and see awesome art and goods from local artists and artisans.
City Lights is an iconic bookstore and a travel destination in its own right. Founded in 1953 by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin, the book shop was influenced by the Beat Generation, alternative culture and rejection of the conventional. Those influences remain to this day, present in the selection of hand-picked titles. And now for a bit of trivia for history buffs: City Lights is the first all-paperback bookstore in the US.
Located at the intersection between Japantown, Fillmore and Pacific Heights, The Buchanan offers access to a vibrant neighborhood filled with cool restaurants and bars, shops, cinemas, and jazz clubs. It’s an ideal choice for those who want to see another side of San Francisco and experience it more like a local. The rooms are also oversized, for that rare, airy hotel feel, while the in-room Keurig coffee brewers give you the perfect start for the day each morning.
The classic Hotel Drisco offers an elegant and comfortable accommodation solution in a fantastic location in the iconic Pacific Heights neighborhood. A major plus, this charming hotel also provides bikes to guests who want to explore the city on two wheels. Complimentary amenities include the aforementioned bikes along with a gourmet continental breakfast served with the morning newspaper, an evening wine reception and a complete concierge service. Truly San Franciscan hospitality at its finest.
Modern style meets high-tech features in Hotel Zetta. The rooms are elegant and comfortable, with one-of-a-kind antique Oriental rugs adding a colorful accent to the neutral decor. Ideal for business trips, the rooms feature large desks as well as G-LINK™ docking stations and smart TVs with Internet connectivity. Plus, the SoMa District location is perfect for travelers who want easy access to the best parts of San Francisco.
Hotel Zeppelin brings together nods to the city’s bohemian past, homages to the Beat Generation, and modern design influences. Exposed brick walls and wood-burning fireplaces appear alongside eclectic furniture and accessories. Every room has a vintage turntable and vinyls, but guests can also enjoy the free high-speed WiFi. The hotel’s bar is equally sophisticated, providing the perfect opportunity to unwind in style.
Like many buildings in the city, Cavallo Point has a rich history and dates back to the 1900s. The location is stunning, at the foot of the Golden Gate bridge. With both historic and contemporary lodges, guests have plenty of amazing rooms to choose from. A spa, tea bar, meeting rooms, and a healing arts center are also available, along with a concierge service and restaurant.
The epitome of comfort and refinement, Hotel Vitale focuses on wellness and relaxation. Honestly, the location alone is worth the booking. Built on the waterfront, the hotel offers views of Bay Bridge and the bay area. And that’s not all. A spa on the penthouse level features rooftop soaking tubs, taking the leisure experience to a whole new level.
It doesn’t get more rock’n’roll, quirky, and cool than Phoenix Hotel. This iconic hotel that dates to the 1950s has hosted legendary musicians and bands over the years, along with a celebrity or two. The hotel has a restaurant and bar and conveniently offers free WiFi AND parking. Outside, the art-filled pool surrounded by vegetation adds the perfect Californian vibe to this vibrant hotel.
Built in 1909, Hotel G is located just minutes away from Union Square in downtown San Francisco. Guests can stay in one of the hotel’s 153 rooms which feature a mid-century and modern decor with local artworks and eclectic pieces. The hotel also offers access to a gym, a meeting space, and perhaps more importantly, to a cocktail and oyster bar.
San Francisco is a haven for the latest technology and digital innovations. The Axiom boutique hotel provides the perfect solution for those who love modern tech and state-of-the-art amenities. Apart from the free – and super-fast – fiber optics Internet connection, expect to find smart TVs along with iPad and iPhone docking stations. Plus, the decor is minimalist and also has some industrial-style touches, so it’s a win-win!
Even before entering this hotel, you’ll probably fall in love at first sight with its flatiron, red brick building. Sophisticated and elegant, Proper Hotel welcomes guests in gorgeous rooms that combine Italian and French early Modernist influences and Cubism cues with modern touches. Iconic designs, custom pieces, a selection of eclectic items, and commissioned artworks complete the decor.
At The Gardener you’ll discover thoughtfully curated products and tools for both gardeners and nature lovers along with items for their homes. The San Francisco store in the Ferry Building features everything from gardening tools and accessories to baskets and tote bags, cookbooks and bowls as well as vases, candles, and napkins.
Opened in 1943, Alemany Flea Market is the city’s oldest market. Its popularity has only grown over the years and the market is now one of the busiest places where locals and tourists alike come to buy fresh produce. Of course, you can find the freshest products early in the morning, but for the best deals on produce, drop by just after noon.
Azalea brought more style to San Francisco when it opened in 2003. Fifteen years later, the popular store show no signs of slowing down in its quest to prove that the city is one of the most fashion-conscious in the US. If you go here, you’ll have plenty of options. The store features a huge range of apparel, accessories and lifestyle items from over 200 brands.
Like its name suggests, Woodshop is a place that showcases various items made of wood. Opened by four artisans who shared the same love of design and woodworking, the shop features an array of beautifully made products. Here you can find high-performance wooden surfboards, custom furnishings made from salvaged wood, old chairs with quirky new details, and home accessories.
Minimal style and refinement define the women’s apparel selection at Modern Citizen. These are must-have items for any wardrobe. They blend versatility, timeless design and edgy details that make all the difference. Inside, customers can also find a range of accessories along with home and beauty products, stationery, and more.
More than just a charming area, Temescal Alleys allows tourists to browse through a range of locally-owned artisan stores and mingle with the locals. Here you can stop at the ice cream shop to buy a delicious sweet treat before you admire some lush plants and vibrant flowers at the florist, window-shop for jewelry, find a vintage home accessory, buy an illustration created by a local artist, and then stop at the cafe for a shot of espresso.
General Store was founded in 2009 in San Francisco, with a location in LA opening later, in 2012. Expect to find a beautifully curated range of products here, all with a thoughtful design that marries minimalism and traditional craftsmanship. The store offers a collection of home goods, apparel and jewelry, along with apothecary and vintage items. On sunny days, the large garden offers a great opportunity to relax before heading out to explore the city.