Some people travel for a change of scenery. Some people love historic sites and museums. Some love hiking in nature, and some…travel for food! While I love travelling for all sorts of reasons, I always love exploring new restaurants in new cities. This is a foodie’s guide to San Francisco!  

a foodie's guide to san francisco

San Francisco has long been on my list of places to visit, so when I finally booked a trip there in April, I was really excited! I stayed a few days with my friend Jessica of Bon Traveler who lives there and even introduced me to a few of these amazing spots. (Thanks Jess!)

These are a few of my favourite places I ate, drank, snacked or enjoyed a cup of coffee. There was a lot of ground to cover in just a few short days!

If you’re heading on a trip to San Francisco make sure to check out these spots!

A foodie’s guide to San Francisco

1. As quoted

a foodie's guide to san francisco

As Quoted is the place to go if you’re into all things local, organic and healthy. (Definitely Choosing Chia approved!) As quoted has a menu that is dairy-free and gluten-free with tons of plant-based options. You will find some organic eggs on their menu too. Make sure to try their awesome turmeric & beetroot lattes, their avocado toast and their banana muffin! I’d recommend coming for their brunch.

2. The Mill

a foodie's guide to san francisco

Big shoutout to my friend Marie, a San Francisco native for introducing me to this place! If you’re a toast lover like me, then this place is for you! They make thick cut pieces of sourdough toast with homemade nut butter, cinnamon and a few other topping options. Definitely a worthy breakfast spot!

3. Wrecking ball coffee

A cute little tucked away coffee shop with their iconic pineapple wallpaper. If you’re a coffee connoisseur, swing by here for a little morning pick me up.

4. Saint Frank coffee

a foodie's guide to san francisco

Another great coffee shop! (What can I say, San Francisco’s got great coffee) I tried their Almond Macadamia nut milk latte which was to die for! Creamy and delicious.

5. Urban Remedy

With several locations in San Francisco, this is the perfect place to stop for a quick and healthy lunch. They have plenty of pre-packaged salads with lots of vegan options, fresh pressed juices, smoothies and energy bars. Eat it there or grab this healthy lunch to take on the go!

6. Nourish Cafe

a foodie's guide to san francisco

A solid choice for a healthy lunch. Healthy plant-based options and even salad dressing that is made oil-free! Pictured here is the nourish bowl, loaded with quinoa, sweet potato, avocado, sprouts and an oil-free creamy dill dressing.

7. Soulva

a foodie's guide to san francisco

So I ended up at Souvla twice on my trip: once for a frozen Greek yogurt, and once for dinner. Their frozen Greek yogurt is absolutely delicious! I tried it with their honey and baklava topping. For dinner, they have options from wraps to big salad bowls, including a big healthy vegetarian salad!

8. Salt & Straw

Ok. so probably the least healthy option on the list…but if you’re going to San Fransisco and your an ice cream fan, you’re going to want to splurge on a treat here! They have some of the most creative ice cream flavours, including a vegan option. I opted for their salted caramel flavour, yum!

9. Shizen

a foodie's guide to san francisco

The most incredible vegan sushi! The rolls are all so creative and are made to even look like seafood. The roll pictured above featuring grilled eggplant and avocado. Definitely worth going to, but just remember to get their early. The restaurant opens at 5:00 pm, I’d recommend arriving at 4:45 pm!

10. Whole foods

Honourable mention for Whole Foods! I know there’s a ton of whole foods, but unfortunately none in Montreal! I’m a huge fan of Whole Foods and grabbed some lunches and snacks a few times from here on my trip! Their salad bar is great if you’re looking for a healthy option and they have some great fresh pressed juices too!

Follow along with more of my travels here!