Food Lover's Guide to San Francisco
San Francisco’s culinary scene trots the country and the globe, from the cafes of North Beach and eateries in Chinatown to classic taquerias of the Mission District. Foodies and casual diners alike find authentic and critically acclaimed cuisine influenced by the city’s Italian, Chinese, and Latino immigrants.
Starting in North Beach, the city’s Little Italy, try shellfish stew calledcioppino—it’s a San Francisco original. Of course, there’s nothing quite like a large slice ofwood oven-fired pizza, with dough made fresh before your eyes. Traditional dishes such asgnocchi(dumplings) andhouse-made pastasare always on the menu. Delicatessens serve classicItalian sandwicheswhile cafes are known forgelatoandcannoli. Meandering into Chinatown, it’sdim sumthat’s the star attraction, from multicourse sit-down meals to mom-and-pop shops serving up individual dumplings.Empanadas,tacos, and Mission-styleburritosare made daily in one of San Francisco’s most diverse neighborhoods. Gourmet desserts range from freshly madedoughnutstohorchata-flavored cupcakes, or opt for the classicpan dulce(Mexican pastry) at a local bakery.
- Sip a cappuccino at Caffé Roma in North Beach and learn how coffee is roasted on-site.
- Observe fortune cookie production at the Fortune Cookie Factory and taste a variety of dim sum dishes on a food walking tour of Chinatown.
- Sample Mission District cocktails on a guided tasting tour that pairs food with drinks.
- Meet artisan food purveyors at the San Francisco Ferry Building, known for its oysters, artisan breads, and farm-fresh cheeses, to name a few.
- Combine stops at city landmarks, from Coit Tower to the Women’s Building MaestraPeace Mural, en route to beloved San Francisco restaurant.
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