San Francisco is one of the nation’s culinary capitals. A trip to the City by the Bay is not complete without a food-centric adventure — be it a multi-course meal at Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Saison or a late-night cheeseburger run to the In-N-Out on Fisherman’s Wharf.
No matter where you decide to dine, be sure to make time to shop at the city’s sensational markets. Here you’ll find farmers supplying fresh seasonal produce and local artisans crafting everything from cheese and chocolate to vodka and vinegar.
These are six of the best spots for a true taste of the Bay Area’s bounty.
Similar to Italian-themed Eataly, this specialty food store and multi-concept restaurant features its namesake cuisine in all its tasty glory. A feast for the senses in the heart of Chinatown, this market-cum-food-hall provides every Chinese delicacy imaginable, including traditional Peking duck, delicious xiao long bao (soup dumplings) and Shanghai-style lobster. You’ll even find a tea lounge, a cocktail bar and a sizable retail boutique — and that’s just downstairs.
The second level houses a fine-dining establishment, Eight Tables, and a luxe watering hole, Cold Drinks. Though the fragrant aromas will entice you to indulge and imbibe, don’t forget to peruse the market. With vintage wooden rice scoops, hard-to-find dried tea, exotic spice blends and other fun products on offer, you’ll find it difficult to leave empty-handed. – Forbes Travel Guide (07.20.18)