I have been to San Francisco three times already, and each 5-day trip was a full food experience one… I have tried enough sandwiches, cookies, burgers, Italian food and desserts to feel the nostalgia of this city that moves at a slow pace. Surely there’s more to discover and more to enjoy, but for the meantime, I think I've discovered enough places to give you my Top10 list of favorite restaurants and tasty discoveries to satisfy your taste buds in the city of the sea.
The Ferry Building San Francisco's Marketplace: A Food Landmark
What makes the Ferry Building San Francisco’s most famous landmark? First is its strategic location at the foot of Market Street --- on the western edge of the continent, and at the center of the city’s financial, banking and transportation district. Second is its history as the primary portal of the city. Third, is the dramatic clock tower that has been the icon of the San Francisco waterfront for more than 100 years.
Roxanne Cafe: American Breakfast in San Francisco
On the corner of Bush and Powell, few meters from my hotel, Roxanne serves breakfast until 2 pm. Eggs, French toast, pancakes, and waffles alongside omelets and sandwiches. An American diner with its benches and white table covers, light music and cooking sound coming from the kitchen.
Eight AM: Pretty Good Food for Breakfast in San Francisco
Amazing food, great colored and loaded with flavors, breakfast at Eight Am was memorable. I loved the waffles with whipped cream and red fruits. The bagel texture, the salmon quality, the cream cheese taste. The croissant is an innovative compilation of awesome ingredients. I enjoyed my time so much that I ended up taking a dozen videos which you can all watch on YouTube.
Mr. Holmes: San Francisco’s Sexy Bakery
Renowned for its cruffin, Mr. Holmes is indeed much more than that. It’s where a sign on the wall says “I got baked in San Francisco” and where innovative pastries will make your heart skip a beat. Try the superb cruffin as of 9 am, a croissant baked like a muffin but don’t stop here: have a croissant, a sticky bun and everything on display because the food rocks!
Ziggy’s Halal Burgers San Francisco: Fast and Good
Open for breakfast from 8 am and then lunch from 11, Ziggy’s serves eggs, burgers, sandwiches and platters. Jazz playing in the background, I walked in to give Ziggy’s a try. The colors and that big dinosaur at the entrance made me curious. Some people were already here enjoying the food. It’s Monday in San Francisco, and full of life after the weekend.
Marlowe: A Vibrant Restaurant in Downtown San Francisco
Marlowe is a neighborhood bistro owned and operated by husband and wife team Anna Weinberg & James Nicholas, along with chef/partner Jennifer Puccio, since 2010.
Soma Eats: Memorable Breakfast Creations in San Francisco
The story started when I received a message on Instagram... "we know you are around, please pass by for a bite!" Things became more exciting when I walked into this big and relaxing space decorated with hundreds of whiskey, wine, and beer bottles... a cafe, a liquor shop or a restaurant, I was lost and loving it!
Mazarine Coffee: The Tartines of San Francisco
Walking down the streets of San Francisco, a coffee shop grabbed my attention. Mazarine Coffee looks fresh with a traditional feel. A wide space, ceramic tiles, an industrial ceiling, wooden tables, and leather benches follow the walls. Soft music finishes the scene.
Blue Barn San Francisco: Delicious Food I Recommend!
Salads and sandwiches, a salad bar and bags of chips, the Blue Barn is a tiny little place that looks like a country barn, that sells everything fresh... They take their time in preparing things, and they tell you that...
La Boulangerie San Francisco: The Reuben Sandwich!
La Boulangerie is a French concept in San Francisco. It is a place inspired by the old French bakeries where wood is used all over, where art pieces are no other than pictures of food, where an open kitchen and counter welcomes you with a large selection of pre-prepared sandwiches or a-la-minute choices.
Lori's Diner: A Typical American Diner in San Francisco
A typical American diner, Lori's Diner is where you feel like you're one of the stars in Grease the movie... Red leather sofas, a bar in the middle, the floor decorated with white & black tiles, yellow lights, and photos of Marilyn Monroe. I was excited to try their food...
Baked Bear: Mouthwatering Ice Cream Cookies, Donuts, and Brownies
Childhood friends, Rob Robbins and Shane Stanger, left their careers to follow their true passion: serving up inventive sweets to their hometown of San Diego. At The Baked Bear, they assemble monstrous ice cream sandwiches that have won the hearts of locals and drawn accolades from Forbes, Eater, Thrillist, and more.
The Workshop Cafe: Come for Coffee and Work
What a place! What a concept! A coffee shop and a dedicated place for work where only people with a credit card or a ticket can access. An industrial and calm well designed to focus and work.
Tartine: A Memorable Bakery!
Occupying the corner street is a bakery with a black facade. Without a signboard at sight, you will spot Tartine from far as you see a long line of people just waiting to enjoy breakfast. A popular place, Tartine is worth waiting in line for.
Ghirardelli: The Destination for Chocolate Fudge and Whipped Cream
One can't come to San Francisco and not visit the home of Ghirardelli, one of the world's famous chocolate manufacturers. In the heart of California on the San Francisco Bay facing Alcatraz is Ghirardelli Square. The place opened in 1852.
Smitten: Nitrogen Ice Cream and Crunchy Waffles
Smitten, in San Francisco, looks like a chemistry lab where nitrogen flows around the place in pipes, machines rolling and producing ice cream à la minute, actually a la minute and a half bit using fresh seasonal ingredients, organic milk and fruits... Walk in and get mesmerized by a concept that makes ice cream from scratch in front of your eyes...