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.
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Written by Aislyn Greene
Explore European-style pastry—we love the colorful macarons—at the adorable Miette patisserie.
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Photo by John Lee; written by Aislyn Greene
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.