i get a lot of requests from y’all for travel tips to san francisco, and i’m always happy to oblige. i’m so proud of this city and love living here, and most especially sharing it with y’all. in fact, if you weren’t aware, i have a category on the blog devoted to san francisco happenings, and several of my favorites listed in the resources section (check out if you’re going to san francisco and you gotta eat). so, i thought i’d start a series rounding up some of my favorite spots for you. this week i’m going to start with my own san francisco neighborhood, noe valley.
and, pssst…there’s a surprise attached to this new 415 series. i’ve got a giveaway coming up that could make this information pretty valuable. that’s all i’m saying at the moment. but it’s gonna be big. it’s gonna be huge. standby.
you gotta eat:
24th street cheese company – just what you think it – a wonderful shop with a ginormous black board listing well over a hundred gourmet cheeses broken down alphabetically by type.
bacco – yummy italian specialties and authentic regional Italian cuisine, just off the beaten path on diamond street.
bernie’s coffee – a super friendly (non-chain) little neighborhood spot to grab your morning coffee and pastry. and they’ve got wifi, and outdoor seating too!
chloe’s cafe – for a top notch breakfast or brunch, and sidewalk tables, visit chloe’s. there might be a line, but it’s well worth it.
contigo – my very favorite and a love letter to Barcelona, serving up amazing spanish tapas. a fun spot to go with a group – try it all!
firefly – a magical and cozy little neighborhood spot serving up great comfort food, including a prix fixe menu Sunday thru Thursday.
incanto – a carnivore’s delight. a unique italian cafe, specializing in various cooking methods of utilizing all the bodily part of the beast.
la boulangerie – a san francisco bakery chain, but a yummy one. lovely french pastries and an excellent spot for coffee and brunch.
fattoush – an excellent little middle eastern cafe.
le zinc – a sweet little french bistro. sit outside on the garden patio and enjoy a kir royale.
lupa – the neighborhood italian trattoria.
noeteca – noe valley’s local cafe and wine bar. a place that will feel comfortable and familiar – a meeting place for friends and family.
noe valley bakery – the local baker serving up cupcakes, fresh artisan baked breads and custom cakes. yum.
pasta gina – my favorite neighborhood grocer – for italian specialties. best meatballs, homemade ravioli and cannoli around. so friendly too!
tataki south – sweet little sushi bar serving up only the freshest and sustainable fish.
the little chihuahua – excellent and super fresh mex, using organic produce and niman ranch beef. try the Fried Plantains Burritos. there’s a little outside patio, too.
ambiance – clothing and accessories boutique for women, decorated with a vintage vibe.
curator – a sweet little shop with a line of clothing designed and produced in San Francisco. great jewelry and accessories, too.
omnivore books – best little cookbook shop in town. and frequent chef lectures are always on the menu. get a signed copy of your favorite cookbook.
phoenix books – the neighborhood new and used book seller.
rabat’s shoes – amazing shoes, like chie mihara’s!
urban nest – one part Parisian flea market, one part haven for pampering yourself, the urban nest is one of my favorite little san francisco shopping secrets.
wink – i love this adorable gift shop. from great bags, jewelry and home accessories to the cutest kids stuff, i always find something i want for myself at wink.
this week’s tips:
1. one thing i always tell visitors – the best time of year to visit is really right now – we get our warmest weather from about october to early november. bright clear, crisp days and not much fog at all. so keep that in mind next time you’re thinking of coming north!