Hello everyone! A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to visit San Francisco for a long weekend. San Francisco is known as a food capital of the world, and after visiting I can confirm that this is true! All of the choices can be quite overwhelming to some visitors, so today in this post I will be guiding you through some of my favourite restaurants in the city.
Breakfast sets the tone of your day, so if you are planning a fun-filled day of sightseeing in San Francisco, an amazing breakfast is essential. One place to fuel for the day is the Café De La Presse, a cafe located a short five-minute walk from Union Square.
The restaurant is a 1930s style French café, that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast runs from 7:30 to 11 on weekdays, 8 to 11 on weekends.
Here’s what my mom got. Looks delicious!
One restaurant synonymous with San Francisco (for good reasons!) is Boudin Bakery. Boudin is known for its amazing sourdough bread, which is available at the restaurant. The restaurant also offers many classic meals such as sandwiches and bread bowls with clam chowder.
Boudin is located at Fisherman’s Wharf, a major tourist attraction in San Francisco. As it is so well known, it can get quite busy at times (usually lunch) so make sure to come a bit before or after prime time if you don’t want to wait for a table.
Here’s an example of one of their meals. This is a tomato soup served inside a sourdough bowl!
(P.S. Sorry about the quality of this photo. We came at a busy time and the only seats left were in the back of the restaurant, where there was bad lighting. More reasons to plan your visit ahead of time!)
Another great place I discovered while in San Francisco was Cafe Madeleine. If you are looking for a more laid back place to have a meal, this is a great cafe for you. It is also great for a dessert or snack after exploring the city as it has three locations each near big tourist spots!
An interesting option to order from the cafe is this strawberry pear and goat cheese (not certain, some type of cheese) sandwich. I wasn’t sure quite what to expect but it was actually quite good!
A nice place to spend an afternoon in San Francisco is the Ferry Building. The Ferry Building was once the city’s ferry port, and it is now full of trendy shops and restaurants, one of them being the Marketbar.
This is a great dinner (or lunch) option as it is also a great place to people watch. When visiting any major city, you will find a lot of street musicians which are definitely common in San Francisco!
This is what I ordered. I’m not a food expert by any means, but I can assure you that their fish and chips are great! Not the classic English “chips”, but the fish were very good (and even reminded me of what I had in London!).
While wandering through the Ferry Building, we came across this store/restaurant called Boccalone. It is known for its “tasty salted pig parts”, and a popular item on its menu is the Salumi cone (pictured above). It was a fun and inexpensive way to sample some of the Boccalone’s offerings.
Personally I’m not a huge fan of meat so I didn’t try any of the Salumi cone. My mom did though, and she really liked it!
Humphry Slocombe is a famous ice-creamery also located in San Francisco’s Ferry Building. As my trip to San Francisco was a surprise, the minute I figured out where we were going I began researching place to go/eat. Humphry Slocombe was mentioned in a lot of the articles I read, and so I decided I had to visit!
I got the Malted Milk Chocolate which was amazing. There are many different flavours (check out their website), ranging from Bacon to Salt & Pepper. I believe they only have a smaller selection of flavours available at the shop, and they rotate every once in a while. Here are their current flavours, and a list of all flavours ever created.
That’s it for my first San Francisco post! Hope you enjoyed. Which restaurant or café would you most like to visit from this post? Leave me a comment below letting me know 🙂
Thanks for reading.