*means I’ve been and recommend 🙂
Al’s Place– dinner spot, seafood & veggies
As Quoted*– cutest trendy cafe in Laurel Heights with the yummiest toast made in-house (the AB & honey was to die for), and a great turmeric latte! A must-go. Also on the menu? Bone broth, cookies, muffins, salads and bowls on special.
Bar Crudo– happy hour, oysters, shrimp, fish tacos
Bare bowls– located in Palo Alto
Basik Acai– also heard it’s just v BASIC & full of sugar (?)
Belcampo Meat Co– grass-fed burgers, bone broth
Beloved cafe– located in the Mission, smoothie bowls, plant-based, tonics
Bluebarn*– yummy salads!
Bluestone lane*– aussie style breakfast/brunch & coffee
Boudin- amazing sourdough at the fisherman’s wharf
Che Fico– Italian food made with local ingredients
Del Poppolo– pizza
Proper Food– wholesome, seasonal ingredients, grab & go style. Looks delish!
Farmhouse kitchen– Thai cuisine, gluten-free menu included!
Greens restaurant– sit down restaurant, farm-to-table
Homegrown– healthy salads / sandwiches, to-go style
Jane on Fillmore*– cutest little cafe around lots of shops. Lots of healthy options on the menu! I loved the asian chicken salad (sub asian ginger dressing for their avocado dressing) & add chicken, nutty bird bread (GF nut & seed bread with almond butter & fruit preserves)– it’s insane!
Kitava– paleo restaurant in the Mission
Little Gem– gluten, dairy & refined sugar free, great for dinner
Locanda- breakfast/brunch, recommended to get the purgatorio (like Shakshuka)
Loving cup– great vegan options
Mariposa bakery– gluten free treats
Mendocino Farms– great salads
NOPA– organic, wood fired cuisine, seasonal & local ingredients
Nourish cafe– located in Nob Hill
Pacific catch*– yummy, fresh seafood! The poke is amazing and Bridger loved the Lobster roll. Located on Chestnut street, so lots of great shopping + cafe’s
Paleo by the sea
Plow***– breakfast/brunch in Protreo Hill, all local ingredients, our FAVORITE brunch spot in SF. Be prepared to put your name in and wait 45 minutes or longer for a table…don’t worry, it’s worth it. Order the Plow– 2 eggs, bacon, breakfast potatoes and almond flour pancakes, you will NOT be disappointed!
Project juice*– Love the location on Chestnut! Great vibe, around tons of shops and lots of healthy options on the menu: smoothies, grab n’ go, wellness shots, wellness lattes, yummy healthy treats, toast,
Rainbow Grocery– specialty items
Roam artisan burgers*– grass-fed, organic burgers. We postmated them TWICE to the hotel….delish. Lettuce wrapped burgers, market salad & sweet potato fries.
Souvla**– greek, the BEST food!!! Easily one of our top favorites in the city. The chicken salad (sub olive oil for their ranch-style dressing) was my favorite and you HAVE to get the greek fries & greek side salad. Bridger got the lamb gyro & loved it. Ugh, so good I could eat that food everyday. Their frozen greek yogurt is also well-known! Topped with Baklava.
Spark social– elevated food truck scene, putt putt golf
St. Jorge’s– located in Bernal Heights, great avo toast, matcha, avocado smoothies, Portuguese treats
Tacolicious– located in Marina District
Tartine bakery– most definitely NOT in correspondence with Tartine Bakery in Boston. V underwhelming when we got there 🙁 Apparently they do make their items with organic ingredients.
The Mill– known for their toast, recommended to try the “adventure bread”
The Plant cafe
The Tonga Room– located inside the Fairmont, classic SF spot with TIki Bar & live music
Top of the Mark– for drinks, Thursday has live music
Trouble coffee– known for cinnamon toast
Waterbar– best view of the Bay
Wholesome bakery– gluten-free, vegan & refined sugar free
Alcatraz Tour*– the BEST! I highly recommend. We bought tickets straight from their website. Arrive at Pier 33 according to their recommendations, 30 minutes early, at least on the weekends! The ferry ride was very short & easy, about 10-15 min to Alcatraz. Obviously do the audio tour when you get there and jump into the live tour guide talks whenever they’re around for more history/fascinating stories.
Alta Plaza park*– we’ve been here two times now & love it! Lots of stairs + playground + benches. Great spot to watch the sunset
Painted ladies– picturesque SF homes near Alamo Square park. This is the park in the intro of Full House
Baker and China beaches– located to the west of the Golden Gate bridge
Crissy Field– dog friendly, park / beach near the Golden Gate bridge
De Young– museum
Farmer’s market at the Ferry Building on Saturday’s
Fort Mason/Marina district
Golden Gate Park*– definitely a must-see. FYI it’s closed to cars on Sunday’s and is worth running/biking through! You can wind your way to Ocean Beach & get breakfast at Outerland, Judahlicious (smoothies + bowls), or Devil’s Teeth (breakfast sandwiches).
Japanese tea garden
Lands end– hiking
Legion of honor– museum
Lyon Steps– outdoor exercise, great views
Marin Headlands– located over the bridge, best views!
Mission Dolores park– we uber’d here and it was v underwhelming…. but a cool park to hang, I guess! haha
Rent paddle boards and go around McCovey Cove
Shopping: Chestnut street, Lombard Street, Hayes Street, Union Square
Sutro baths– hiking, public saltwater swimming pool built in 1896
Walk across Golden gate bridge
Ashta tea house*– extremely delish!! Bridge and I got the matcha latte with almond milk, unsweetened. Very much worth the wait if there’s a line. Located in the financial district so parking is basically nonexistent.
As Quoted*– matcha & turmeric lattes
Buenavista– irish coffees
Farm:table– local, sustainable ingredients, merpeople matcha: blue matcha
Matcha cafe Maiko
Saint frank– for coffee, housemade nut milk
Samovar tea lounge
Lagree Fit 415- pilates
PLACES TO STAY
Fairmont*– we stayed here and I highly, highly recommend. It’s worth the extra money– great location, rooms/bathrooms are beautiful (they use Lelabo toiletries!), access to a gym connected to the hotel (will have to pay to use)
Wholesome Bakery is also vegan and GF!
You need to go back to Dolores when the weather is better. I’ve been in the city for quite some time now and grew up in the Bay Area. It’s hands down one of my favorite places when it’s nice and sunny. Sit up towards the top of the park and get an amazing view of the city. Bring drinks and snack with you, people watch, taste the drinks/food/420 friendly treats (if you’re into it) that the locals make and sell there. It’s always a perfect day if Dolo is a part of it!
Rachael Devaux says
Thanks girl, will definitely have to go back and try it out on a warmer day! 🙂