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A San Francisco Weekend for Foodies

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Whenever I chat with people about weekend trips, I often hear about trips to Vegas, trips to LA, etc. You people are missing out! A San Francisco weekend chock full of food exploits is the place to be!

A San Francisco Weekend for Foodies

San Francisco is small but mighty. 7 miles by 7 miles but packed with great things to eat, drink and do. It is an awesome place to come for the weekend and this post is intended to convince you!

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Photo credit: Wendy Macnaughton

San Francisco Weekend – Your Friday Night

Start your weekend by flying in Friday afternoon, either SFO or OAK will work, both now have BART (the subway) directly from the airport so you can get into the city fairly quickly. If you rent a car be prepared to sit in a little Friday night traffic, but don’t worry you will be rewarded, just think of it as building up your appetite for the evening!

When you get in the city, head directly to Fort Mason in the Marina/Presidio area for the Friday night version of Off the Grid. Food trucks are a big deal in San Francisco and there is no better way to test them out than at this massive weekly food truck event. There are over 30 trucks; pace yourself there are way too many delicious dishes out there!

Off The Grid Fort Mason_A San Francisco Weekend for Foodies
Photo credit: Kārlis Dambrāns

Work off your dinner (it is impossible not to overeat) by walking back through the Marina, Fisherman’s Wharf to the Embarcadero and stop for a nightcap at any one of the restaurants along the water. Or head into the city a couple of blocks and check out one of the bourbon bars in the Financial District.


Warning, don’t drink too many, you’ve got an early morning – you can sleep in a bit on Sunday!

San Francisco Weekend – All Day Saturday

Wake up bright and early and head to the farmer’s market at the Ferry Building. There are close to 100 food stalls. You can grab breakfast at Acme, Craftsman & Wolves, or Della Fattoria while you do some picnic shopping for lunch.

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Photo credit: Dave Fayram

Alternatively, also waking up bright and early, get yourself in line at Bar Tartine, the best bakery in the city for amazing pastries, coffee, and sandwiches made with bread that tastes as if came straight from heaven.

Whichever spot you choose, once you’ve got all your lunch goodies packed, you’ve digested your breakfast and finished your Blue Bottle coffee, head over to Dolores Park for a picnic with an amazing view of the city. This park embodies San Francisco’s spirit, people-watching is the best activity you can do here, and there is not a shortage of interesting.

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Photo credit: Orange Sky

For dessert while leaving the park head to Bi-Rite Creamery. Rich, creamy, cold ice cream in unique flavors, it is a San Francisco institution.

You’ve been outside all day, take a load off at any one of the amazing restaurants that the city has to offer. You can literally throw a rock (please don’t) in any direction and find a great place. You cannot go wrong, trust me! Here are some of my posts that include San Francisco restaurants to help you out.

San Francisco Weekend – Sunday Morning

You had a big food day yesterday! Sleep in because for breakfast I am recommending dimsum and that starts at 10:00. My favorite spot is Yank Sing, but there are many great options in the Richmond or Sunset Districts. My San Francisco Bay Area Dimsum Guide will give you the highlights.


If dimsum is not your thing, head back to the Marina. I swear they have more brunch spots than any other neighborhood in the city! You’ll have a leisurely meal with a great view, which is perfect for saying farewell before you have to catch your flight home.

See. Wasn’t that fun? That is *just* one weekend, I could create dozens around food!

If you are visiting in the winter, don’t miss crab and oyster season. And if you are visiting the city by the bay solo, don’t fret! Here are some awesome solo travel experiences you can have in San Francisco!

How about you? Do you have a recommendation for this foodie itinerary?

More of my San Francisco food stories and guides:

Not everyone’s taste buds are the same, so I’ve got a whole bunch more San Francisco food options for you!

Highlighted Restaurants in San Francisco

See my entire collection of San Francisco post in my San Francisco Guide. Also, you can save 42% off admission to the best San Francisco attractions with a San Francisco CityPASS. PLUS, skip most tickets lines!

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