This ice-cream shop, near to Delfina Pizzeria, is known to incite nearly fanatical behavior among San Franciscans at the mere mention of its name. Adjunct to Bi-Rite Market, the Creamery uses locally-sourced organic dairy and other environment-friendly ingredients to create their mind-blowingly tasty flavors like Honey Lavender, Roasted Banana, and concord grape popsicles made from Sonoma-grown grapes.
Blue Bottle Café
This groovy café near the Yerba Buena Center and in walking distance to the St. Regis, is still the non-plus-ultra when it comes to breakfast, brunch, coffee and hanging out. There are other locations, like a stand in the Ferry Building and the rooftop café at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, but fans of the company’s micro-roasted organic brews were delighted when owner and founder James Freeman opened this airy café in 2008. Come early; even during the week, the tables get claimed quickly. A great pit stop if you’re touring in the Union Square area.
The co-founder of Indagare’s favorite San Francisco touring company recommends: “Ma’Velous is a beautifully designed coffee and wine bar, urban and eclectic, that is a shrine to coffee. Sit back and watch Philip, the owner, make your coffee with his Siphon brewing machine, one-of-a-kind, glass-encased espresso machine or Kyoto cold slow drip coffee maker.”
Dennis Leary opened this lunch spot (really just a counter for take-away) in an old cigar shop in 2008, and it’s a great spot for tasty sandwiches, which you can take to the gardens of the nearby Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Everything tastes fresh and homemade Expect such fare as bbq pork with carrot slaw; roasted portobella with chard and havarti; and smoked trout with fennel and apple. Sentinel is a great address to know in the otherwise somewhat uninspired lunch offerings of SoMa.
The Yellow Building
The co-founder of Indagare’s favorite San Francisco touring company recommends: Yellow Building, in Dogpatch, opened in May 2011 and is a wonderful addition to the neighborhood. One building houses the incredible pizza restaurant, Piccino, with its accompanying coffee shop, M.A.C. clothing and DIG wine store and tasting bar. Itʼs drawing people to an area thatʼs off-the-beaten path.”