The Best Cities for Food Around the World: San Francisco

 

We continue our journey around the world at the fast-growing and popular San Francisco.  This place boasts of having many exquisite fine dining restaurants, local specialties and comfort fusion food. Enjoy!

Atelier Crenn, 3127 Fillmore St, San Francisco, reservation www.ateliercrenn.com

If you are planning to walk around the city, you will find a surplus of places to stop for a bite or a drink, but the Fisherman’s Wharf should be first on your list.  You will find outstanding restaurants suitable for big or small groups (despite the area being labeled as a tourist trap!) If you want to mingle with the locals, stop and have a bite at Buena Vistas Cafe, which has been open since 1916 and claims to be the creator of the famous Irish Coffee.  (Saturday and Sunday are the best days to go to this cute cafe!) If the Irish Coffee opened your appetite then take a walk to North Beach (a.k.a  Little Italy) and have your lunch break at Tony’s Pizza Napoletana. This little Italian tavern is the oldest and, sadly, the last family-owned restaurant in the historical Italian district. Craving Asian food instead?  Chinatown is teeming with delectable restaurants, but one place that stands out is China Live. This restaurant has a comprehensive list of Chinese favorites such as dim sum and BBQ, all served so strategically you’re going to want to Instagram it!  Because Chinatown is so large and busy, a guided food and landmark tour is a must if you don’t want to get lost in the sea of locals and tourists!

Bouche, 603 Bush St, San Francisco, reservation wwwbouchesf.com

San Francisco is notoriously known as the heart of the Silicon Valley, and if you’re one of the 5.8 million yearly visitors here on a business trip, you probably don’t have the tourist luxury of searching for a great place to dine.  We understand! A prominent place to have a great lunch is  Tadich Grill, California’s oldest restaurant (166 years!) serving classic seafood on a grill.  If you are looking for a good restaurant to eat after hours, you should try Bouche in Union Square, where you can eat food until 1:00 AM – perfect if you ended your day late and interested in contemporary French cuisine. For Warriors fans, B44, a Catalan-Spanish restaurant located in Belden Place and a hidden gem tucked in the Financial District, is one of the many great places where you can find catch your favorite basketball team on TV. During your visit to the Golden Gate Park, Nopalito, located in the west part of San Francisco’s Richmond District, is a perfect place for sustainable, organic Mexican dishes.

524 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, reservation at www.limonrotisserie.com

San Francisco’s Latin District is where we are stopping next in our quest for authentic Latino food.  Here you will find all kinds of Mexican, Peruvian, Honduran, and Spanish restaurants. Among them is Taqueria la Cumbre, the birthplace of the Mission Style Burrito. This Mexican joint was featured in the popular show Man vs (watch video). Food when Adam took on the challenge of downing a massive, meat-filled burrito.  Just across the street is Limon Rotisserie, which has been serving bona fide Peruvian dishes for over 15 years. If you’re more in the mood to relax with some wine-tasting but don’t have the time to take the trip out to Napa Valley, check out Amelie wine bar one of the best wine bars in San Francisco and the Bay Area. For only $12 people can enjoy three flights of any wines from the wine list served by the glass. And, of course, we cannot talk about San Francisco without mentioning these Michelin Stars restaurants: Gary Danko, Atelier Crenn, Aquarello, Michael Mina, La Folie and  Kin Khao.  

Beyond San Francisco

San Francisco is only a part of the giant called the Bay Area. If you are planning to cross the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito in a nice little city with wonderful restaurants and bars right by the sea. First up on the list in this city is The Barrel Room, a relaxing place to sit back on an amazing patio, feast on a comprehensive menu and sip some tasty drinks. Next up is Le Garage, a French bistro very popular for its brunch, and Mortimer’s.  The latter is known for having the best brunch in the Bay Area. If fine dining and wine-tasting in the wine country is on bucket list you should try The French laundry, it’s a hard-to-book restaurant but if you managed to get a reservation you won’t regret it. In the East, Oakland is becoming the new Eldorado for new restaurants. Many restaurateurs in San Francisco are opening sister restaurants in the East Bay, particularly in the Oakland area. Oakland, which not so long was regarded as one of the most dangerous cities in California, is now a hip place for food and social gatherings in the Bay Area.  We recommend the richly cultural city for those who are situated more Southward and don’t have the time to drive all the way to the City but still desire a fine-dining experience with drinks. In fact, here is a list of 38 of the best restaurants in the East Bay, written by SF Eater, if you’re more interested in this city on the brink of popularity!  Duende Restaurant, a Spanish-style eatery, serves your favorites such as tapas and an extensive list of sherry wines!

 

Rosewood Hotel, Menlo Park, reservation www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/sand-hill-menlo-park/dining

 

With the boom of technology, Silicon Valley is a new destination for food.  if you are visiting the birthplace of the top companies, like Google, Facebook, Tesla,  TourMega and many more, you will be amazed by the how the tech industry is serious about food.  We recommend the Rosewood Hotel, where Silicon Valley socialites meet for lunch and after work drinks.  Coconut, a Jamaican owned and run restaurant, serves mouthwatering dishes such as the Jerk Chicken. If the headquarters is exactly why you made the trip down to the Bay Area, fill up with traditional Indian cuisine at  Sakoon in Mountain View, or go to Alexander Steakhouse in Cupertino.  The latter has one of the best whiskey selections in all of the Bay, and they also happen to be super close to another tech giants headquarters…Apple!  If you continue your travels into San Jose, your bucket list of places to eat will only grow! Santana Row, a luxurious and dynamic shopping center, has everything you need for a day’s worth of activities.  Begin the day with a breakfast at Left Bank, a French-inspired brasserie with a warm and fancy atmosphere.  We highly recommend ordering the crème brûlée; it’s the best in the city!  Then meander through the stores with a drink from Peet’s Coffee, where you will be able to shop at the most popular brands.  Some worth mentioning are  Amazon Library bookshop, the makeup-giant Sephora, retailer H&M, stationary-store Papyrus, Boho-inspired clothing boutique Free People, and luxury brands Gucci and Kate Spade.  Don’t forget to get a pair of Lululemon yoga pants before getting your sweat on at 

Fogo Do Chao, 377 Santana Row, San Jose,  reservation www.fogodechao.com

   Soul Cycle! Lululemon leggings are made of a material that is lightweight and very soft, making them one of the best clothing investments you can make, even if you don’t workout regularly!  Head on over to Yardhouse for happy hour, where they have a list of over 15 appetizers half off! One of our favorites is the fried Brussel sprouts, which come up to less than $7 during happy hour. After a movie at CineArts, end your day with a candle-lit dinner at Maggiano’s or  Fogo de Chao.  Go for the former if you’re craving rich Italian flavor and a romantic setting, and go for the latter if you’re ready to dive into a top-notch All-You-Can-Eat Brazilian BBQ; this place is perfect for big groups and meat lovers. This Sunday, Fogo de Chao will give dads who dine at there restaurant on Father’s Day a certificate for a free Brazilian steak meal on the next visit. 

Endless possibilities…

The Bay Area is a place very near and dear to our hearts, as it is the birthplace of TourMega.  Many of us live here, but still, haven’t explored all the possible pockets of adventure and tasty food there is to offer.  If you’re traveling here this summer, message us on our homepage for even more ideas and inspiration!

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