San Francisco Recommendations

San Francisco Recommendations
A guide to some of the best San Francisco recommendations, restaurants, spots to eat, and places to go.


How do you narrow down some of the best San Francisco recommendations? Perhaps start-ups and Silicon Valley are what come to mind when you think of San Francisco…or maybe hippies and counterculture…or maybe the opening scene from Full House. Regardless of what initially comes to mind, San Francisco is a dynamic city worthy of a visit and a chance to confirm, change, or create new, stereotypes around it.

My dad lives on San Francisco’s Embarcadero (across from AT&T Park, in view of the Bay Bridge, and dreamily close to some of the important farmers markets), so I have spent a lot of time in the city. Although it is true there is nothing colder than a summer in San Francisco, there’s something about this dynamic city that makes exploring it a continuing adventure that you can pick up right where you left off every time you go back…

Here are some of my top San Francisco recommendations:

♥ = healthy favorite

♥As Quoted (wellness lattes and teas $)
♥Asha Tea House (Union Square; boba hot tea $)
-Buena Vista (home of the Irish Coffee; take the trolley from here $)
-Four Barrel Coffee ($)
-Ritual Coffee (no wifi…it’s a good thing $)
-Trouble Coffee Company (fresh coconut juice too $)
♥Samovar (teahouse and brunch near MOMA $$)


-Sunflower (hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese $)
♥Bowl’d Acai (food truck with massive acai bowls $)
♥Project Juice Test Kitchen (snacks and adaptogenic lattes $)
-China Live Area (Chinatown restaurant mecca)
-Z&Y (great restaurant in Chinatown $$)
♥Jane on Filmore (amazing healthy brunch spot $$)
-Amber (Indian food buffet style $$)
♥Plant Cafe Organic (healthy takeout $$)
♥Basik Cafe (acai/smoothie bowls $$)
-Sanraku Sushi (looks sus because its in a food court, but great, fresh sushi $$)
-Yank Sing (dim sum $$)
-Hong Kong Lounge II (other great dim sum $$)
♥Gracias Madre (vegan Mexican food $$)
-Hog Island Oyster Company (ferry building $$)
♥Nopa (California fare $$$)
-The Slanted Door (a classic, Veitnamese $$$)
-House of Prime Rib (a little cheesy and carnivorous, but fun experience $$$)
-Hakkassan (upstairs in Financial district $$$$)
-Gary Danko’s (French in Finsherman’s Wharf, great for special occasions $$$$)


♥Garden Creamery (vegan, and normal, ice cream $)
-Fenton’s (classic ice cream parlor $)
-Shake Down (boozy ice cream and shakes $)
-Le Marais Bakery (on Chesnut, beautiful French pastries $)
-Golden Gate Bakery (worth the line in Chinatown $)


-Spark Social SF (food trucks/beer garden $)
-Ferry Building Farmers Market (thursdays and saturdays $) especially check out…
  • Urban Remedy (raw foods and juices)
  • Miette (bakery, must try the caramels)
  • Far West Fungi (fresh shrooms)
♥Rainbow Grocery
♥Berkeley Bowl

If you have any San Francisco recommendations, or are going to one of these places and want a recommendation on what to order, comment below!!

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  1. April 18, 2019 / 2:45 pm

    These are some amazing recommendations. Definitely trying a few on my next trip to SFO. Thanks for sharing.

  2. April 17, 2019 / 9:00 pm

    The photo from the Le Marais bakery looks awesome! I love French patisseries.

  3. April 17, 2019 / 2:39 pm

    Next time I visit i am for sure going to check this place out I didn’t get a chance to check out any of these when I was there last

  4. April 16, 2019 / 7:46 pm

    Ok now! I’ve never been to San Francisco but now it’s on my list! The food looks amazing! I literally just want to pick the food straight out of the picture and take a few bites. This was very informative especially for someone like me who has never visited. Definitely pinning this for later. Thanks for sharing

    • April 16, 2019 / 10:22 pm

      It’s such an amazing city!! And these are just SOME of the amazing restaurants if I had to choose…there’s too many to list lol!! I hope you get to go 🙂

  5. Elizabeth | Tired Mom Supermom
    April 16, 2019 / 3:31 pm

    What a great post! I love the picture with the teapot, it is so inviting. Great idea to separate the restaurants by price point.

    • April 16, 2019 / 7:16 pm

      Aw thank you so much!!! and yes! You never know what vibe people are in the mood for 🙂

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