Another San Francisco food guide is here and I am so excited to share this with you all! Obviously if you live in San Francisco you already know, but if you are visiting, there are so many amazing districts in San Francisco. And each district has incredible restaurants, cafes, markets, shops, etc. If I were to write about the best places to eat in San Francisco in one blog post, it would probably be a 20 page essay! Haha! That is why I decided to start the San Francisco food guide series on my blog, so that I can focus on a different district each time! Today we are going to be talking about the Mission. The Mission is such a cool, hip, and unique place in San Francisco! Specifically we will be talking about Valencia St. Valencia St. is definitely the place to be in the Mission with tons of restaurants, cafes, and shops! So let’s dive in!
First off, you will want to start on Valencia St and 20th st. This will put you right in the middle of everything! It will drop you off right at Smitten’s ice cream (which is where I am pictured above!)
1. Dandelion Chocolate
This cake pretty much speaks for itself, I mean…This place specializes in chocolate, obviously, with different chocolates from around the world, chocolate tasting classes, and chocolatey delights! I highly recommend the celebration cake! This is truly a chocolate-foodie’s heaven!
2. Craftsman and Wolves
Luckily Craftsman and Wolves is right next to Dandelion Chocolate! Craftsman and Wolves is by far my favorite bakery in San Francisco. Yes, my favorite! And that is saying a lot because I try different bakeries in SF pretty much weekly. This bakery definitely offers a much more hip and nuanced vibe! Don’t expect to get a ham and cheese croissant, but rather a pastry with an egg inside of it. Also, their desserts are amazing, and the best lattes I’ve ever had. Also, these pastries literally melt in my mouth.
And what do you know! Guess what is right next to Dandelion chocolate as well!?!? Souvla!!! I’m telling you, Valencia st is the place to be! If you have not eaten at Souvla before, then you absolutely need to go! They have the best greek fries ever, and this mind blowing combo of froyo and baklava!!! Their meat gyros are amazing, with the rotisserie always cooking delicious meats!
4. Media Noche
Media Noche just recently opened within the last year, and let me tell you, it is some authentic Cuban food. I was lucky enough to travel to Cuba over the summer and the food at Media Noche definitely lived up to the Cuban food in Cuba! I recommend the the Cubano sandwich and all of the rice/meat bowls are great! Media Noche is just two blocks away from Valencia st. Get the full run down of Cuban food in Cuba here!
5. Garden Creamery
This is by far my favorite ice cream shop in all of San Francisco. The flavors are so rich, creamy, and flavorful. Also, on Saturday’s from 2-4, they serve churro cones!! Again, this is just a few blocks from Valencia St. If you want all the drool worthy ice cream places in SF, then check out my blog post on it!
Other honorable mentions…..
Tacolicious – If you want some incredible tacos, go here!
Luca Ravioli – A totally authentic Italian market with homemade pastas.
Hippie Shops – What else would you expect from SF?!?! The mission is filled with cool and hippie shops
High end shops – On the other hand, there are also some really nice shops too! Ladies, check out Reformation!
The mission/Valencia St is truly one of my favorite areas to hang out! You can certainly spend a lot of time there! It is the perfect place to eat, drink, shop, and see some interesting people!! Hope you enjoyed this one and don’t forget to check back for my next SF Food Guide, focusing on the Italian District, North Beach!