Taste the West: San Francisco
Our guide to the very best culinary experiences in this foodie paradise
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.
Explore European-style pastry—we love the colorful macarons—at the adorable Miette patisserie.
San Francisco sourdough
Local bakers, like Tartine’s Chard Robertson, are taking the city’s signature bread in new (and delicious) directions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.