There’s no hiding that I love food—especially if you follow me on Instagram. Deliciousness aside, I believe the atmosphere of the space and plating presentation of the food contributes to the feel-good vibes when you sit down to eat. After living in San Francisco for almost 10 years, I’ve discovered a few Instagram-worthy coffee shops, cafes, and restaurants—here are my favorites.

 

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20th Century Cafe:

If you’re in Hayes Valley, swing by for small bites, coffee, tea, and pastries. 

 

Asha Tea House:

Get your hot & cold tea fix here. My favorite is the iced matcha fresca—refreshing and caffeinated! 

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b. patisserie:

Perfect pastries that live up to the hype. Plus, this place is always stocked with fresh flowers. 

 

bon, nene:

Known for their gyoza, but their chicken bun and champignon pasta takes the cake!

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The Chairman:

You may have seen their food red truck around the city, but did you know they had a brick & mortar, too? In addition to the steamed goodies, you can also get salad bowls and house made sodas. 

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Delarosa:

Delicious small plates and they serve up the best Salty Dog in town—that’s right, I said it.

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El Metate:

No-fuss Mexican food at a great price. The tamales are my go-to.

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Farmhouse Kitchen:

Thai food with a colorful twist. Each dish is scrumptious and easy on the eyes.

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Fiorella:

The wallpaper says it all: Bay Area’s finest. Come for the pizza, stay for the vibes.

 

Hog Oyster Island @ The Ferry Building:

No reservations allowed, but the clam chowder is worth standing in line for. 

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Home Cafe:

Get a midday boost with fun latte flavors like birthday cake and red velvet. 

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Honey Creme:

Fresh and creamy soft serve, decorated with insane toppings. I like the cotton candy sprinkled with sea salt!

 

Loló: Kitschy decor paired with tasty cocktails makes this a Mission-based restaurant great for friends. Must try: Taco Tropical, which consists of shrimp on a a jicama shell. 

 

Marlowe:

Voted Best Burger in San Francisco, though I like my patties a little more simple. Their fresh ingredients, strong cocktails, and airy atmosphere keeps me coming back for more.  

 

Mazarine Coffee:

Toast, toast, all types of toast. My favorite is the fig jam & ricotta.  

 

Native Co.:

My go-to lunch spot when I’m in need of something “healthy.” I get the soba salad and Matcha.com smoothie (this green concoction definitely packs a caffeinated punch).

 

Nob Hill Cafe:

When I’ve had a long day and a glass of wine alone won’t do it, I come here for a heaping bowl of pasta. Plus, the mom & pop vibes feel like home. 

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Noe Valley Bakery:

If I’m charge of the dessert, I pickup goodies from here. The carrot cake cupcake is a crowd pleaser. 

 

Nojo:

I’ve never experienced anything like their Chicken Paitan Tomato Ramen—it’s creamy, savory, and filling. The side dishes and small plates are good for sharing, too. 

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Piccino:

This is probably my one of my favorite restaurants. Everything is fresh—like straight from the garden fresh—like I-can-never-eat-a-salad-from-another-restaurant-again-fresh. P.S. the pasta section is worth noodling over. 

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Rhea’s Cafe:

 I always order the chicken katsu caesar salad… always. 

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Saint Frank Coffee:

Clear your mind with a hot beverage in an energizing space. 

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Sightglass Coffee @ 20th: When people ask for cool coffee shop recs, this spot is always on my list. 

 

Trick Dog: Seasonally themed menus, strong cocktails, and  chicken nuggets—what’s not to like?

 

Tropisueno:  If you find yourself in downtown and in need of a strong margarita, head here. 

 

Universal Cafe:

Unique entrees, homemade baked goods, and good coffee. 

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Union Larder:

Sweet dreams are made of cheese. With so many menu options, it was hard to choose, but the burrata and charcuterie were a must. 

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Volcano Curry:

I haven’t found a better Japanese Curry Spot in the city.

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Wine Down SF:

This wine & beer bar is usually crowded with young professionals looking to…well, wine down. Witty puns and gold fixtures make happy hour even happier. 

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What do you think of my picks? Have suggestions? Would love to hear your recs—leave them in the comments below!