San Francisco definitely ranks in as one of my top favorite places in the world. There is always something for everyone: art, history, nature and food adventure. It can’t get better than this. As a Bay Area native, it’s been a pleasure to explore the nooks and crannies of the ever-growing café scene, something I am always taking advantage of, and one of the best things to do in the city is without a doubt- café hop!
Classic to its core, the new Tartine Manufactory sits in a 5000-square-foot architecturally stunning warehouse, with a big open kitchen to showcase the process of food making and a massive custom-made oven in the middle of the restaurant where you can see fresh loaves of bread being made. Wrapped in the same space, there is also a bar, an ice cream and a coffee roasting counter. It is an alternative to its original Tartine Bakery. The natural light filled space of Tartine Manufactory is absolutely gorgeous- with high ceilings, industrial chic design, and giant lanterns, making it bright and airy. Their menu is always evolving, from savory to sweet; you can really taste the essence of California cooking. Although it is a little bit pricey but it is worth every penny!
Address: 595 Alabama St San Francisco, CA 94110
Mr. Holmes Bakehouse
Let me guess, you have probably seen pictures of Mr. Holmes’s “I got baked” pink neon sign or their esteemed cruffins at least once on Instagram, am I right? The crushingly popular bakery in SF is the sugary heaven for sweet tooth. If you do not know what a “cruffin” is, it is essentially a next level invention of cronut, a one-of-a-kind hybrid of croissant and muffin. It is soft and flaky with different flavors of custard filling everyday. Despite their opening at 7am, these cruffins do not come out until 9am. Stop by for a box of goodies and get your instagram picture in front of the sign!
Address: 1042 Larkin St San Francisco, CA 94109
If I were to pick a love at first sight moment in my foodie career, it is definitely the second I walked into the aesthetically pleasing Cafe Reveille in Soma. The space divides up in two, you will see a coffee counter up front and a bar counter further down. The décor of the bar area is absolutely hip and colorful. Did I mention they also got these bright pink round tables outside? Perfect setting on a sunny day! The ambiance is cozy and just makes you want to linger all day. The Kale salad is to die for, with lots of fresh greens and bacon bits, yum!
Address: 610 Long Bridge St San Francisco, CA 94158
20th Century Café
I did not know food from the 20th century was this fresh and good! Ha, just kidding. 20th Century Café in Hayes Valley serves open face bagels, fruit tarts, pastries, knish and a nice selection of cakes. The café inspiration comes from the owner’s travel experiences in Vienna, Budapest, and Prague. The café has a charming vintage vibe and the china and utensils are very cute with delicate design on them. It is almost like having a tea party! Get the Russian honey cake, it will not disappoint.
Address: 198 Gough St, San Francisco, California
The café is a joint collaboration between Josey Baker Bread and Four Barrel Coffee roaster. The layout of the store is gorgeous, photogenic, and the art will keep your eyes busy. The Mill is legendary for their inch-thick open face toast with locally sourced butters and jams. Hipster toast at its finest. You can smell the coffee aroma along with the glorious fresh-baked bread the minute you walk in. The Mill definitely lives up to the hype. Besides the handcrafted espresso drinks, I highly recommend their hot chocolate, rich, soothing and steamy.
Address: 736 Divisadero St San Francisco, CA 94117
Jane on Larkin
Jane on Larkin is the neighborhood gem in the Tenderloin. Since there is almost no signage pointing to it, it is a bit hard to spot. However, once you walk into the bright open space, you will be greeted with a beautiful painted flower mural and a glass tray with different baked goods. As an avocado enthusiast, I got to say, Jane has some amazing avocado toast with poached egg and jalapeno. If you are feeling extra healthy, the café also sells raw cold pressed green juices.
Address: 925 Larkin St San Francisco, CA 94109
If you're looking for a highly Instagrammable brunch spot, As Quoted is the spot. With a very appealing and elegant white space, most people come for the gram but end up staying for the food. It is tucked into the quite side of Sacramento street surround by other boutique shops in the neighborhood. The menu caters a selection of very health conscious food from delicious coffees, fresh salads, open face sandwiches, and best of all? Gluten free options! There are wifi and power outlets so you can simply grab your laptop and get some work done here!
Address: 3613 Sacramento St San Francisco, CA 94118
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