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 called cioppino—it’s a San Francisco original. Of course, there’s nothing quite like a large slice of wood oven-fired pizza, with dough made fresh before your eyes. Traditional dishes such as gnocchi (dumplings) and house-made pastas are always on the menu. Delicatessens serve classic Italian sandwiches while cafes are known for gelato and cannoli. Meandering into Chinatown, it’s dim sum that’s the star attraction, from multicourse sit-down meals to mom-and-pop shops serving up individual dumplings. Empanadas, tacos, and Mission-style burritos are made daily in one of San Francisco’s most diverse neighborhoods. Gourmet desserts range from freshly made doughnuts to horchata-flavored cupcakes, or opt for the classic pan 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.