6 Foodie Hotspots In San Francisco

23 November 2015
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Did you know that San Francisco has more restaurants per capita than any other place in America? Eat your heart out, New York City; foodies know the best culinary hotspots are found in this hilly capital. From designer doughnuts to Michelin-starred bistros and hole-in-the-wall sandwich shops, you'll truly be spoilt for choice.

House of Nanking

919 Kearny Street

Within Chinatown's densely packed warren of neon signs, jostling marketplaces and jumble of restaurants stands a city institution: House of Nanking. Owner-slash-chef Peter Fang has somewhat of a cult following for his fresh, vibrant and affordable Chinese food. Brusque, hurried service is a mainstay, but it's all part of the experience. If you're unfussy, let your server take care of order, but don't leave without trying Chef Fang's signature sesame chicken.

Brenda's French Soul Food

652 Polk Street

Brenda's French Soul Food has a menu that would make any Southern Belle swoon. Southern-style dishes with a Creole and French twist are the perfect brunch fare. Feast on the 'flight' of stuffed beignets, hearty grits served with spicy Creole gravy or pillowy soft buttermilk pancake stacks with all the trimmings. Wear your stretchy eating pants for this one.

Bi-Rite Deli

550 Divisadero Street

The Mission District, San Francisco's oldest neighbourhood, is the home of the famed Bi-Rite Deli, a gourmet providores store with an iconic Art Deco storefront that has remained largely unchanged since the 1940s. Drop in and pick up one of their famous over-stuffed sandwiches to enjoy at nearby at hipster hangout, Dolores Park. Meat between bread never looked or tasted so good.

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SoMa StrEat Food Park

428 11th Street @ Divison Street

Located in the heart of SOMA, this gathering of food trucks is the city's best example of a culinary carnival. Over lunch and dinner, this urban playground features a roster of San Francisco's finest food trucks that will sure to tempt even the most refined palate. How could you go wrong with names like Kabob Trolley, Khao San Thai Food, Lil Burma or Bacon Bacon?

The Ferry Building Marketplace

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Located within the historic building at the foot of Market Street, gourmet grocers celebrate food in all its forms with everything from artisan cheeses to restaurants representing the quality and cultural diversity of the city's best chefs. Star billing in this epicurean hub goes to The Slanted Door, an acclaimed modern Vietnamese restaurant with Charles Phan at the helm.

Boudin Bakery

160 Jefferson St

Established in 1849, Boudin Bakery was one of San Francisco's first five business and has been churning out the same sourdough recipe ever since. While many come to wander the curated bread-baking museum, Boudin Bakery's claim to fame is its creamy clam chowder served in a hollowed-out sourdough bread bowl.

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Anna Howard

Give me street food over Michelin stars, cellar doors over wine bars and small towns and wide open spaces over big cities any day. Travel for me means ticking off the 'to eat and drink' list one regional flavour and wine bottle at a time.