With endless options and world-class dining, San Francisco’s culinary delights will keep you coming back for more.
Wondering how to get an authentic taste of San Francisco, California? You’re in luck: The city offers robust public transportation, and stand-out eateries are densely packed. Let these 10 principles guide you to the city’s defining culinary experiences.
1. Amazing Produce Year-Round
Northern California is nicknamed “The World’s Salad Bowl” as some of the planet’s most prolific food producers grow within a short drive of San Francisco. The result? Chefs and casual shoppers alike can flock to the city’s year-round farmers markets for fresh fruit, vegetables and more.
In San Francisco, you can visit the largest Chinatown outside of Asia for authentic dim sum, then head to the Mission District for craveable burritos and tacos from no-frills taquerias.
3. Award-Winning Restaurants
Some 59 restaurants in San Francisco and the surrounding area have earned Michelin stars. Don’t miss Coi, Rich Table, The Slanted Door or State Bird Provisions. (The latter two restaurants are also James Beard Foundation awardees.)
Northern California is also home to some of the world’s leading wine regions. Experience tastings in the city at wineries including Bluxome Street Winery and Treasure Island Wines. Then check out expertly curated restaurant wine lists and several quaint wine bars around the city.
5. The Freshest Seafood
From local Dungeness crab to oysters harvested on farms near the city, take your pick of fresh seafood here.
6. Ice Cream (Of Course)
San Francisco chefs treat ice cream with the same artisanal care afforded to high-brow cuisine. Sample Humphry Slocombe’s unique flavors such as Secret Breakfast, made with corn flakes and bourbon, and Smitten’s made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream.
7. Coffee Culture
San Francisco leads the way in American coffee culture, ushering in a new era of premium coffee that’s locally roasted, sustainably sourced and expertly prepared. In fact, San Francisco’s been a coffee city since Buena Vista Café invented Irish coffee here in 1888. Since then, a host of local roasters have joined the scene.
8. Cocktails & Beer, Too
Several locations around San Francisco boast amazing cocktail lists, such as Trick Dog. And the Northern California craft beer tradition has been going strong since Anchor started brewing beer here in 1896.
9. Sustainable Farming
San Francisco restaurants and grocers are mindful to offer responsibly sourced produce, meat and seafood to diners and shoppers. Fresh, local and sustainable really does taste better.
10. High Quality
San Francisco fosters a culture of quality, whether you’re talking fresh produce, artisan ice cream, haute cuisine or authentic burritos.
Where to Stay
Parc 55 San Francisco – a Hilton Hotel, 55 Cyril Magnin St., San Francisco, is home to three restaurants and lounges, including Michelin-rated Kin Khao. The hotel is near destinations such as Union Square, Fisherman’s Wharf and the SoMa district. Get in a workout in the on-site fitness center, equipped with the latest generation of cardio and strength-training machines.
Embassy Suites by Hilton San Rafael-Conference Center, 101 McInnis Parkway, San Rafael, offers guests cooked-to-order breakfast in addition to local cuisine and artisan cocktails at Grille 101. Relax in the hotel’s tropical atrium by a koi fish pond, swim in the heated indoor pool or kick back in the whirlpool. The hotel is near Napa and Sonoma Wine Country, Sausalito and Northgate Shopping Mall.
DoubleTree by Hilton San Francisco Airport, 835 Airport Blvd., Burlingame, is home to 37 North, an award-winning restaurant serving sustainable, local foods. The hotel features updated rooms with views of San Francisco Bay. A complimentary 24-hour shuttle service to the San Francisco International Airport or nearby Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station.
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