San Francisco’s food scene has never been more dynamic. Most tourists are here to sample the fresh seafood but there’s a lot more to on offer from the City by the Bay. Did you know there’s a burgeoning coffee culture? From local institutions to up and coming hotspots, here’s my foodie guide to San Francisco. Follow this and trust me, you’ll never go hungry and you’ll need every inch of stomach space.
Seafood Galore at Fisherman’s Wharf
San Francisco’s most popular tourist spot is the Fisherman’s Wharf. Many Italian immigrant fishermen and their families settled here in the late 1800s and the area is still the home base to many active fishermen and their fleet. Fresh seafood straight from the bay, the Dungeness Crab in particular, is what most visitors come here for. You can taste this sweet crab meat at any of the seafood stands along the wharf or grab the popular clam chowder served in a bread bowl at Boudin Bakery, which is also famous for its sourdough and has a fun glass walled kitchen so you can watch all the kneading action.
Keep strolling along the historic wharf to see the sea lions basking on docks at Pier 39. The pier is is filled with shops and restaurants. Try to avoid the tourist traps and head further to Pier 23 Cafe for some freshly shucked oysters and a classic crab and shrimp sandwich. The al-fresco dining deck offers a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, Alcatraz and the Bay Bridge.
From here jump on the MUNI F-Line Streetcar to Ferry Building Marketplace where you’ll find a vibrant gathering of local farmers, producers and independently owned and operated food businesses waiting to tantalise your tastebuds with their amazing local artisan products. There’s also a fabulous farmers market on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday until 2 p.m.