Cowgirl Creamery

Cowgirl Creamery cheese is the lovingly made product from two longtime San Francisco chefs who went looking for a change.  Made from the Straus Creamery milk just down the road in Point Reyes, these cheese are found in over 500 stores around the country.

You can visit the Cowgirl Creamery shop in The Ferry Building, or take a tour on a Friday in Point Reyes.

Anchor Steam

Anchor Steam started right here in San Francisco in 1896.  While you can buy the over 20 types of Anchor Steam around the country, it is a lot of fun to taste it at the Potrero Hill brewery itself.  Two tours a day are available Monday thru Saturday for $20.   They take reservations up to three months in advance.

Speakeasy Beer

Although Speakeasy Ales and Lagers aren’t as old as Anchor Steam, the beer is brewed in the Bayview District of San Francisco, and is worth a trip.   They conduct Saturday tours for $7. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance.

Hog Island

Hog Island Oyster Company  started in Tomales Bay in 1983. The farm is a great place to visit, you can buy oysters and sit by the bay and enjoy them, or bring a bag home.

If Tomales Bay is too far away, head to The Ferry Building the restaurant serves fresh oysters every day.

Open daily from 11am to 9pm, they do not take reservations.

Dandelion Chocolate

Dandelion Chocolate is a bean to bar chocolate factory in San Francisco’s Mission District.  Their retail store at 740 Valencia Street is a slice of heaven.  They give tours after hours Wednesdays thru Saturdays, from 6:10 to 6:50 pm. Reservations are highly suggested.

Boudin Bakery

In 1849 the Boudin family discovered that a wild San Francisco yeast added tang to their bread, that was the beginning of San Francisco Sourdough.  Today you will find Boudin bread throughout the country, but in San Francisco you will easily find it at Pier 29 or Fisherman’s Wharf.

You can tour the Boudin Bakery by visiting the Bread Wharf at 160 Jefferson Street, Fisherman’s Wharf. They have both self-guided Monday thru Sunday from 11:30am to 7:30 pm for $3  and  half-hour docent led tours Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11:30 am to 4:00 pm for $5. There is a museum at this location as well.

Jelly Belly

The Jelly Belly came into existence in the 1960s and was made famous by President Ronald Reagan.  You can buy Jelly Belly’s all over the world, but if you are anxious for a tour you will have to head to Fairfield.

40 minute tours are given every day from 9am to 4pm, departing every 10 minutes.  They are free.

1 Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield, California


It's It

It’s It were invented in 1928 at Playland at Land’s End in San Francisco.  After a few business adjustments, they began being made, by hand, in the South of Market area of San Francisco.  Today, sold all over the West Coast their operation has moved to the SouthBay.  Look out for these delicious Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches!

Dungeness Crab

Nothing says San Francisco like the Dungeness Crab. Head to Fisherman’s Wharf to see the crab from boat to pot.  Served in many restaurants, when in season, you can also get a plate to go from many street vendors in the area.

Focaccia at Liguria

Trying to decide which focaccia you want will be the hardest part of entering Liguria’s.  Wars have been fought over such decisions.

Baked in an ancient brick oven by the Soracco family, who has owned Liguria for 101 years, the focaccia is deftly sliced, wrapped in white butcher paper, and tied with twine.

1700 Stockton Street in North Beach 
Tuesday to Friday 8am to 2pm
Saturday 7am to 2pm

Buena Vista Cafe

The Buena Vista is the home of the San Francisco Irish Coffee. The historic venture started on the night of November the 10th in 1952. Jack Koeppler, then-owner of the Buena Vista, challenged international travel writer Stanton Delaplane to help re-create a highly touted “Irish Coffee” served at Shannon Airport in Ireland.  The rest is history.

At the edge of Fisherman’s Wharf and the end of the Powell/Hyde Cable Car line, the Buena Vista, at 2765 Hyde Street is open Monday thru Friday 9:00 am to 2:00 am and on weekends from 8:00 am to 2:00 am.

Tadich Grill

Tadich Grill is not only San Francisco’s oldest restaurant, but California’s oldest as well.  Known as a premiere seafood restaurant, the Hangtown fry is also on the menu. Hangtown fry is a type of omelette made famous during the California Gold Rush in the 1850s. The most common version includes bacon and oysters combined with eggs, and fried together. The dish was invented in Placerville, California, then known as Hangtown, thus the name.

100 California Street the Financial District.
Monday-Friday 11am-9:30pm
Saturday 11:30am-9:30pm

Roast Chicken at Zuni Cafe

Opened by Judy Rodgers in 1986, Zuni Cafe is a standard bearer in the restaurant business of San Francisco. Bon Appétite Magazine has rated their roast chicken one of the top 20 great restaurant dishes of all time.

1658 Market Street, between Franklin and Gough in the Hayes Valley Neighborhood
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 11:30 am to 11 pm
Friday and Saturday 11:30 am to midnight
Sunday 11:00 am to 11:00 pm | Closed Monday

Swedish Pancakes

Sears was founded in 1938 by Hilbur and Ben Sears. Ben Sears was a retired circus clown, who over the years, built a reputation for serving Swedish pancakes made from a recipe inherited from his wife’s Swedish family.

439 Powell Street just off of Union Square
Daily 6:30am to 10:00pm
Breakfast is served until 3pm