Taste the West: San Francisco

Our guide to the very best culinary experiences in this foodie paradise

Farm to foam

Photo by Maren Caruso; written by Aislyn Greene

Farm to foam

Dinner is a splurge, yes, but restaurants like Atelier Crenn (pictured), Saison, and Coi are revolutionizing the farm-to-table trend started by Berkeley’s Alice Waters.

More: San Francisco's farm-to-table revolution

 

Say cheese

Photo courtesy of Cowgirl Creamery; written by Aislyn Greene

Say cheese

No trip is complete without tasting the cheese for which NorCal is famous. Travel north for a wheel of the buttery Mt. Tam at Cowgirl Creamery (and get oysters) or stay local and go crazy at Mission Cheese, the city’s first cheese bar.

More: Cheese tasting at Cowgirl Creamery 

Pastry masterpieces

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Pastry masterpieces

Explore European-style pastry—we love the colorful macarons—at the adorable Miette patisserie.

More: Indulge your sweet tooth at Miette 

San Francisco sourdough

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San Francisco sourdough

Local bakers, like Tartine’s Chard Robertson, are taking the city’s signature bread in new (and delicious) directions. 

More: San Francisco's sourdough bread renaissance

Spirits in the city

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Spirits in the city

Taste your way through a new crop of gins at these four Bay Area distilleries, including the pioneering St. George’s Spirits in Alameda.

More: San Francisco's new batch of gins

Chocolate

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Chocolate

Need we say more? Skip the Ghiradelli and take a free factory tour of TCHO, where you can sample sweets like the lemony Citrus bar, made with 67% cacao.

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The coolest ice cream in town

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The coolest ice cream in town

When you're craving a cone, don't miss Bi-Rite Creamery, with its legendary salted caramel ice cream (also available in soft serve) and just as iconic out-the-door line.

More: The West's trend-setting ice cream shops

Foodie trucks

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Foodie trucks

Food on wheels is serious business in San Francisco, where a single tweet can send downtown office workers running to queue up for Curry Up Now’s tikka masala burrito.

More: San Francisco's food truck scene 

Best brews

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Best brews

At the City Beer Store, you can taste an array of amazing brews, all in one spot. Grab a bottle to go, or sip at the bar where the on-tap list changes weekly.

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Road trip to oyster country

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Road trip to oyster country

Just under an hour north of the city lies Point Reyes, a gorgeous seashore that also boasts the Bay Area's lauded oysters. At Tomales Bay Oyster Company, you bring the sides, the drinks and the appetite; they supply picnic supplies, hot sauce, and some of the best oysters you can find.

More: Oyster picnic at Tomales Bay Oyster Company

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