San Francisco

 

Eat

 

  • b.patisserie: best kouign-amann in SF
  • Bi-Rite Creamery: best ice cream in the city
  • Cala/Tacos Cala: Gabriela Camara’s first US spot after her institution Contramar in Mexico City, slightly higher-end Mexican seafood; Tacos Cala is open in the back alley on weekdays and serves cheap tacos that are phenomenal
  • Craftsman and Wolves: fancy contemporary pastries and lunch, get the "devil inside," a muffin with a soft egg baked inside
  • Duna: "peasant food" from the chefs behind Bar Tartine (RIP), fine-casual
  • Gracias Madre: vegan Mexican in the Mission

  • La Taqueria: many hail as the best burrito in the city

  • Mission Chinese: Bourdain approved, so you know it's good, low key no frills imaginative Chinese eats

  • The Mill: Josey Baker Bread's spot, go for hipster toast and Four Barrel coffee in the morning, come back for pizza night
  • Nopa: beloved neighborhood institution, known for their brunch 

  • Plow: people line up for brunch here, and it's always worth the wait

  • Pizzeria Delfina: best pizza, locations in the Mission and Pac Heights

  • Souvla: fine casual greek fare with spit fired meats served as either gryos or salads, save room for the frozen greek yogurt, multiple locations throughout the city

  • State Bird Provisions: American small plates served dim sum style

  • Swan Oyster Depot: no frills seafood counter, get there early because there's always a line

  • Tosca Cafe: April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman revamped this old school place, amazing Italian food and cocktails

  • Outerlands: the perfect neighborhood restaurant in the Outer Sunset, especially popular for brunch 

  • Zuni Cafe: an SF institution, famous for their roast chicken and bread salad 

  • Tartine Manufactory: the folks from Tartine Bakery's new space with with a bakery, Californian cafe, coffee counter, ice cream window and wine bar

drink


caffeinate

  • Blue Bottle: well known Bay Area roaster with spots all over the city
  • Four Barrel Coffee: our personal favorite, visit their shop on Valencia, their affogato is out of this world
  • Philz Coffee: specialize in drip coffee with customized blends
  • Samovar Tea Lounge: tea bar with good food to boot
  • Trouble Coffee: in the Outer Sunset, the place that pioneered fancy toast (on accident), also serve coconuts


shop

  • Bi-Rite Market: beloved neighborhood market with great produce and local products
  • General Store: cute boutique in the Outer Sunset for clothing and housewares
  • Gravel & Gold: funky boutique with cool clothes, have their own line
  • Heath Ceramics: in the Ferry Building and Mission
  • Needles & Pens: artsy shop/gallery featuring independent zines, local artists, gifts and clothing
  • Rainbow Grocery: incredible co-op market that has been around since 1975, geek out on their bulk section
  • Rare Device: the ultimate destination for cards, knick-knacks and beautiful objects, a designer's dream
  • SF Ferry Building: go for their Saturday morning farmers market, tons of great food and drink merchants inside (don't miss Cowgirl Creamery)
  • St. Lightning: awesome vintage