A Foodie’s Guide to San Francisco
Free-thinking and vibrant, healthy and ethnic, it’s no wonder San Francisco has a kaleidoscopic food scene for which this article merely grazes the very tip of the iceberg.
The city’s penchant for healthy Mediterranean food has now diversified wildly into North African, Middle Eastern and Eastern European dabblings. Staying true to its roots, however, you’ll never be far from good old American soul food either. Bon appetit!
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market ££
1 Ferry Bldg Marketplace #50 San Francisco, CA 94111 +1 415-291-3276 cuesa.org/markets
A real San Francisco must-see, the Farmers Market here is widely acclaimed for the variety and quality of its produce, and it’s as much an educational experience as it is a shopping destination.
The CUESA organisation who run the market offer all manner of talks, cookery classes and market tours throughout the year – well worth a look if you fancy impressing your foodie neighbours (or meeting like-minded locals) while you live here.
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The market runs every day with some variations as to what’s on offer throughout the week. Thursday, for example, is artisan street food day where you can get your chops round a portion of tacos, a slice of pizza or a gourmet sandwich as your browse. On Saturdays, local restaurants run pop-up shops for relaxed al fresco lunches.
Dinner and a film at Foreign Cinema ££
2534 Mission St San Francisco, CA 94110 +1 415-648-7600 foreigncinema.com
An arty collaborative space in the stylish Mission district of San Francisco, Foreign Cinema is a chic warehouse-restaurant that serves a daily-changing menu of Mediterranean food. They also screen independent and foreign films in their covered courtyard area, complete with Chinese lantern lighting, lush greenery and heaters for the cooler months.
After a truly gorgeous dining experience, retire to the chic restaurant bar to groove the night away to its resident-DJ tunes. We love!
Cal-Moroccan fare at Aziza ££
5800 Geary Blvd, San Francisco CA 94121 +1 415-752-2222 aziza-sf.com
We just love the idea of Moroccan food with a Californian twist, and the tasty Aziza menu features a riot of seasonal flavours mixed with North African spices, as well as killer cocktails for the most culinary-minded. And they’re good value too at just $10 each. Sound good? We thought so.
The tasting menu is reasonably priced at $95, and a great treat for visiting friends or a first date. There’s a cous cous variety for everyone here, and the chicken wings are out of this world. Well worth the trek, especially since they’ve got a Michelin star.
Retro charm at St Francis Fountain £
2801 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, +1 415-826-4210 stfrancisfountainsf.com
A proper old-school diner laying on American classics like mac n’ cheese, sodas, chocolate sundaes and burgers, this is a justifiably popular haunt in San Fran for tourists and locals alike. They’ve got a real working soda fountain here where they prepare ice cream sodas, and the interior is all formica tables, vintage typography and polished steel.
Feels like you’ve just stepped onto a film set, though for goodness’ sake do try to get through your coffee and waffles without Instagramming them. That’s a challenge…