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Foodie San Francisco

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Lauded as one of the top cities in not only the United States but the entire world for foodie culture, San Francisco is the place to go to for inventive California cuisine. Many restaurants blend the best of international cooking with local ingredients, and the result is a treat for the tastebuds. 
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Hotel Kabuki

We like the Kabuki as a budget hotel for San Francisco for several reasons, including its location (in the heart of Japantown, outside the craziness of downtown), its serene Japanese-inspired spa and springs, and its exceedingly good value. Add in cleanliness, a Tokyo-style chic lounge and...

San Francisco Cheese School

Only in the foodie Bay Area would there be an entire school dedicated to cheese, and only in San Francisco would the classes be filled to capacity almost every week. In the Italian district of North Beach is this temple dedicated to the deliciousness that is all forms of cheese. Meet new people, sip...

La Folie

La Folie offers an adventurous dining experience on par with the modern version of a European nineteenth-century Grand Tour. The pressed tin ceiling and sleek table settings create a deceptively simple backdrop for the whimsical creations about to grace the tables. Think dishes like quail foie...

Omnivore Books

Only in San Francisco would you find an entire bookstore dedicated to cookbooks. The selection of new and vintage cookbooks covers every cuisine imaginable, and the exceptionally knowledgeable staff will guide you in the right direction. They also host several events each month, including book...

Ferry Building Marketplace

The gold standard of foodie destinations now known in cities around the world, it wasn't long ago the San Francisco Ferry Building was a dilapidated old structure used as an office building and hidden by an overpass. The freeway came crashing down after the 1989 earthquake, and the Embarcadero as a...

Rainbow Grocery

You would never have to leave the bulk herb and spice collection to feel like a trip out here had been worth it. But if you must, feel free to browse through the other 30 aisles or so, filled with 10 times more produce, products, vitamins, and cheeses than you could ever imagine. The worker-owners...

TCHO

Do you have a discerning taste for the best of the best? We like TCHO Chocolate for their excellence in taste and ingredients. Their chocolatiers travel the world, looking for the best ingredients and producers. The best part is that you can visit the factory, located in a beautiful spot right on San...

Frances

Why, yes, we did say smoked bacon beignets. If you're thinking about a trip to San Francisco, make a reservation now, as even a month in advance might be too late. The tiny restaurant is a rare exception amidst the otherwise standard options of the Castro. And what an exception! Duck breast with...

Bi-Rite Creamery

Odes have been written to Bi-Rite's salted caramel ice cream, and one or two lovestruck imbibers have undoubtedly professed a desire for marriage to the strawberry balsamic flavor. Need we also mention the honey lavender, toasted coconut, or cinnamon Snickerdoodle to convince you to make the...

Absinthe Brasserie and Bar

Walk into Absinthe on any given night of the week, and you automatically feel like you're in a Parisian cafe in the 1920s, about to discuss existentialism with literary luminaries such as Sartre, Foucault, or Hemingway. Instead, you might have just come from the nearby symphony, or opera and, best...