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24 Foodie Hours in San Francisco

The Best Food in San Francisco (In 24 Hours)

San Francisco. The city of the Golden Gate bridge, a colorful variety of humans, and an astounding number of cultures. Oh, and did we mention a food mecca? This jam packed city hosts a mind blowing number of food establishments, many of which will blow your tastebuds all the way to Alcatraz and back. But what’s a person to do with only 24 hours in this glorious foodie paradise? Have no fear my foodie friends, we’ve hand picked some of the best food in San Francisco to satisfy your cravings. You may be spending a solid amount on Ubers while hitting all of these spots in one day, but trust us, you won’t be sorry.

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Breakfast – Tartine Bakery

This little bakery boasts a James Beard Award winning pastry chef that whips up mouth watering delicacies on a daily basis. Their seasonal menu promises fresh and delicious highlights, and they only use high quality ingredients. If starting off sweet is your jam, then swoop up one of their morning buns, or their to die for brioche bread pudding. If savory is calling your name, they bake up insane quiches (both ham and veggie), and savory scones.

Don’t forget to ask for some of their infamous cookies and tarts to go. You’ve gotta keep that blood sugar up throughout the day. And because… Carbs. Due to their consistent high quality and reliably knock out pastries, Tartine bakery will forever hold a top spot for some of the best food in San Francisco.

San Francisco Ferry Market Farmers Market

Snacks – Ferry Building Market

After you’ve walked off some of your bakery delights, head down to the Ferry Building Market. Inside, you’ll find a bonanza of locally owned businesses selling everything from ridiculously fresh fish and chips, to bright fresh local salads (and the olive oil to go with it). Give yourself a couple of hours to explore and taste all of the delicious and unique offerings housed in this building.

If you hit the market on a Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday, you’ll also get to browse the selection of fresh farmers market produce outside the building. Considered one of the top farmers markets in the country, you’ll quickly see why this reputation is well earned.

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Lunch – La Taqueria

For lunch, hit up La Taqueria in The Mission. Not only will you be able to check out some incredible street art while also soaking up a serious dose of culture, but you’ll also be diving face first into some of the best Mexican food you’ve ever had in your life.

While you’ll probably have to fight the line to get in, once you’re holding a steamy delicious burrito in your hands, you probably won’t care anymore. This place serves legit burritos and tacos that will make you dream about coming back for more. Who cares about the best food in San Francisco, this places gives us the best damn burritos in the country.

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Dinner – Cotogna/Quince/Turtle Tower

Okay, so we cheated a little and gave you a few options for dinner (don’t act like you’re mad). Since this is your last meal of the day in San Fran, you should choose something that fits your fancy. Choose wisely. Or be a champ and figure out how to fit all three locations in one night. And please call to tell us how you did it.

If you’re looking for some of the best food in San Francisco, then you need to experience Cotogna. Self described as ‘rustic Italian’, this is about as close to true Italy as you can get without stepping on Italian soil. Not only will you be treated to incredible dishes like luxurious raviolo with brown butter sauce, and pizza topped with wild nettle, housemade ricotta, and lemon, but you’ll also enjoy a second to none experience with ambiance and service.

If you’re REALLY looking to ball out, then go to Cotogna’s big sister location Quince. A Michelin star restaurant, their food is basically art. Plus, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more memorable dining experience than what they offer. You’ll leave with a considerably lighter wallet, but you’ll also just have eaten one of the best meals of your life. Can’t be mad about that.

If you’re not feeling quite so buttoned up, then opt for Northern Vietnamese cuisine at Turtle Tower. Their reputation for insane pho proceeds them, and freshly made noodles take the soup over the top every time. While they’re known for killer pho, they also offer a variety of rice dishes (hello tofu fried rice), and delicious bahn mi sandwiches. Carnivores and leaf lovers alike will feel right at home here.


While 24 hours in this glorious city seems limited, it’s still plenty of time to experience some of the best food in San Francisco. This list will get you a little taste of everything and then some.

Oh, and we apologize in advance for the return plane ticket you’ll be booking as soon as you get home.

Dream on foodies.


  • Miriam

    November 9, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Would love to revisit San Francisco especially after reading this post! Really looks like foodie heaven – my kind of destination 🙂

    Miriam x

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 10, 2017 at 2:00 am

      Haha you really can’t beat a city that serves up as many delicious dishes as San Francisco! SO many yummy eats!

  • christina

    November 9, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    When I go to San Fransico I will definitely keep this in mind 🙂 Thanks for sharing Xx

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 10, 2017 at 2:00 am

      Yes! It’s helpful to have some recommendations when there are SO many options. Let us know if you discover any new ones!

  • Missy May

    November 9, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    I haven’t been to San Francisco before, but wouldn’t wanna miss it because of this post. I mean look at the yummy treats here. So yummy!! Thanks for the guide. Helps for sure. 🙂

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 10, 2017 at 2:01 am

      You could literally go there just to eat! Although we do recommend all the other fun activities. It really is a wonderful and unique city!

  • jordan @ dancing for donuts

    November 9, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    my best friend is one of the head bakers at tartine, so i’ve tried about 100 of their goodies – i don’t understand how they’re ALL. SO. AMAZING!!!!! i think they’re opening one here in LA, so pray for my wallet and waistline…haha

    i’ve yet to try your lunch & dinner spots, so next time I’m in SF i’m hitting those up!!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 10, 2017 at 2:02 am

      Oh my gosh, you’re SO LUCKY! Tell your friend that we’re in awe and they do an incredible job haha. It’s insane how delicious everything is! And we will be praying… for them to open one in CO! Haha! Let us know what you think, they’re all SO GOOD!

  • Eena

    November 10, 2017 at 12:22 am

    I’m so bummed I didn’t get to stop by the Ferry Building Market when I was in SF this past June! It sounds exactly the kind of place I would like to find myself in and explore. Also, really loving this post as I am a huge foodie!

    cabin twenty-four

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 10, 2017 at 2:03 am

      It was SUCH a fun experience, you’ll have to go next time! They really do have some amazing and unique items. And of course, delicious food! We’ve definitely become huge foodies through traveling!

  • Gabrielle

    November 10, 2017 at 1:01 am

    Breakfast at Tartine Bakery sounds wonderful (brioche bread pudding? yes please!) and oh my gosh, that dessert…

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 10, 2017 at 2:03 am

      Serve us sweets for breakfast any day and we’ll be happy campers! Epic desserts are a staple at Quince, it’s ALMOST too beautiful to eat!

  • Bethany

    November 10, 2017 at 10:19 am

    I would love to visit there and eat all the foods!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 10, 2017 at 3:55 pm

      It’s a blast Bethany!

  • Nancy

    November 10, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    San Francisco has a lot of delicious foodie places! I haven’t been to any of these places but it’s definitely places I want to visit! The burrito from La Taqueria looks super amazing with all of the avocado!

    You guys had a lot of good food even though you were just there for 24 hours! The dessert looks super fancy XD.

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 11, 2017 at 1:41 am

      We’re pretty great at optimizing our food intake when we travel :). San Francisco has SO much good food. We highly recommend all of these places!

  • Hannah

    November 10, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    I have never been to San Francisco before, but I would love to! It seems like you had an amazing time, and all of the food looks so good too!xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 11, 2017 at 1:42 am

      You should definitely go, it’s such a unique spot! And tons of good food of course. You’ll love it!

  • the adventurer

    November 11, 2017 at 2:24 am

    Love these suggestions! I will be in the bay area over thanksgiving so I’ll have to check one of these places out =o) especially tartine bakery! I could go for some yummy pastries

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 11, 2017 at 2:44 am

      YES! Oh my gosh you’re so lucky! Instant envy over here haha. Let us know what you think!

  • Zhanna

    November 11, 2017 at 6:29 am

    One of my favorites is San Francisco is soup in a sourdough bowl. One of the dishes that I tried on my first visit to this city, and I still can’t stop thinking about it 🙂

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 11, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      YUM! I mean, anything that’s served INSIDE a bread bowl is going to be delicious, but sourdough really takes that over the top! You know it’s good when you’re thinking about it months later!

  • Pauline

    November 11, 2017 at 10:15 am

    My boyfriend (Matt) just got back from San Francisco and he did say that the food was great! I love these suggestions, we’re actually planning to go back soon (together this time) so I’ll definitely refer back to these delicious suggestions. La Taqueria sounds amazinnnnng! 🔥

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 11, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      Yay! We read about his trip to San Francisco, I’m so glad you’re going back together! You’ll have so much fun. Let us know what you think!

  • Agness of a Tuk Tuk

    November 11, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    San Francisco seems like an awesome travel destination and the foods there seem delightful, Susie! These treats seem so finger-licking!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 11, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      It’s a GREAT travel destination! There’s so much to do, see, and EAT!

  • MihaBalan

    November 11, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Wow it’s impressive you guys managed to visit all those in 24 hours. My dream is to live in San Francisco and I love reading posts about people that visit the city. That lunch looks so delish.

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 11, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      Haha we didn’t make it to all the dinner spots, but we figured we’d give some options of places we know! My brother lived there for a few years and LOVED it. It’s just an amazing city!

  • Carmelatte

    November 11, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    All this foodie looks great!


    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 11, 2017 at 6:00 pm

      Thank you! It is!

  • Emily

    November 11, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    As someone who is a MASSIVE foodie, I am fully appreciating this post right now! San Fran is definitely on my list of places to go and naturally food is a very important so I’m definitely taking note. 😉 I love the sound of La Taqueria – I could do with a burrito right about now…

    Musings & More

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 11, 2017 at 10:09 pm

      Ooh my goodness, you’re going to LOVE the foodie scene out in San Fran when you make it out there! It’s honestly incredible how much good food they have out there, and how much variety too! We could ALWAYS do with a burrito haha, especially from La Taqueria!

  • Kiri

    November 11, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    I loved San Fran when we visited. America is such a long way from OZ but I visit a lot because I love going clothes shopping in the outlets.
    The food and drink were amazing when we were there – the cocktails were free poured which meant I got a little bit too happy when I drank even one.
    I am loving the dessert shot from John Storey. I should totally go there! YUM

    Set to Glow

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 11, 2017 at 11:12 pm

      Ah haha I bet that the free pour drinks didn’t help with the shopping! Or maybe it did :). San Francisco is a great spot for shopping AND food! Can’t beat it!

  • Sheena Sy Gonzales

    November 12, 2017 at 12:27 am

    Saving this for when I go! La Taqueria looks like my kind of place!

    Sheena |

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 12, 2017 at 12:51 am

      It’s SO good Sheena!

  • Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    November 12, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    asdfghjkl everything looks so good! I remember eating out all the time when I visited SF this past summer 😛 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 12, 2017 at 8:26 pm

      It’s impossible not to! SO much good food!

  • Emily

    November 12, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Yum! I love a lot of these places. I am actually in SF right now. I really wanted to go to Tartine yesterday, but we just didn’t have enough time. The wait is always ridiculous! Anyway, really great choices. 🙂


    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 12, 2017 at 8:26 pm

      Ahhhh you’re so lucky! The wait can be a little insane, but if you’ve got the time, it’s worth it! Have so much fun out there!

  • Laura Mitbrodt

    November 12, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Yummy these look amazing

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 12, 2017 at 8:27 pm

      Thanks Laura! They are!

  • Aki!

    November 12, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Turtle tower seems awesome. Great food after a long day.

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 13, 2017 at 2:26 am

      Definitely the perfect meal after a long day!

  • Lisa Offrs

    November 19, 2017 at 1:57 am

    Great post. My brother lived there for a first anniversary and LOVED it. It’s just an amazing city!.

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 19, 2017 at 5:39 pm

      It really is! And my brother lived there too! He was a chef – hence the awesome recommendations :). San Francisco has some serious personality, and some incredible food!

  • sofia

    December 1, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Love those ideas!

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