San Francisco may be best known for its architecture and fun culture, but it has more to offer outside of that! The food here is unlike anywhere else, each meal offering another glimpse into why the locals love this city so much.
If you’re in the bay area and want to see what the hype is all about: these are the top foods to try while you’re in the San Francisco area.
Why Sourdough Is Important Here
Although many cities like to claim they have the best of whatever they serve, San Francisco sourdough has been proven time and time again to be the best you can find. Although, of course, it didn’t invent this deliciously sour and chewy bread, versions of it have been around for 4,500 years since ancient Egypt. Still, the perfect moisture levels and air in San Francisco ensure that the sourdough here has a better crust and is more delicious.
Crabs and Shrimp are King
Sitting right on the water, it’s no surprise that San Francisco is wild about crabs and shrimp. Most well known for its Dungeness crab, which is at its best in November, you can see why this type of crab is often rated the most delicate and delicious across the world. Shrimp is also incredibly popular in San Francisco, rivaling New Orleans’ shrimp boils and tasty ways to enjoy this food.
Delicious Tarts and Cakes
Whether you’re getting a lemon cream tart at Tartine Bakery and Cafe or Cheesecake from Zanze’s: you’re going to find that the deserts in this city are worth moving for. The delicious Vietnamese coffee ice cream at Humphry Slocombe is good enough to make many visitors start digging for San Francisco apartments to move into. The best thing about the desserts in this city is that nearly everyone is a perfect balancing act between sweetness, depth of flavor, and a dash of salt to balance it out. You won’t find desserts like this anywhere else.
Home of the Gin Martini and The Martinez
If you’ve enjoyed a gin martini, you have San Francisco to thank for that. Born at The Martinez, the martini is a simple yet delicious drink that goes down smooth and can quickly make anyone tipsy. Although many seem to think of sweeter drinks in the bay area, the martini still wears the crown as the top drink.
Flavors in Ghirardelli Square
This famous public square is turning 130 in 2023 and has lived an interesting life. Now filled with shops and restaurants and home to a five-star hotel, Ghirardelli square is a part of the historical society and leans heavily into talking about its past. Once the main headquarters of the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, when the company was bought in the 1960s, that was moved away, but the food and delicious restaurants remain. So if you want a taste of the best things that San Francisco offers, visit the Marina and visit Ghirardelli Square! You’ll want to come back for every meal and shopping excursion.