Brunch & coffee

November 17th 2011

San Francisco

Where better to start talking about San Francisco than with breakfast? There’s a real brunch culture in SF, with nearly every cafe on our nearby Fillmore Street full to bursting with chatting couples or people on their laptops come 9am (for some reason our body clocks became attuned to getting up pretty early every day, which was novel). I think it’s my first holiday where breakfast has been the most varied and exciting meal of the day. I didn’t even miss my usual Marmite on toast too much. Here are some of the choicest noms:

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San Francisco
San Francisco

The BEST toasted sourdough egg, cheese and roast tomato sandwich, at Jane on Fillmore. Not ashamed to say we ate this twice in a week, and popped back to Jane a few times more for its pretty monochrome decor, good coffee and huge cream-cheese-frosted cinnamon whirls.

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A lovely – huge – bowl of granola, yogurt and fresh fruit at La Boulange (they have branches all over town). I’ve been craving granola ever since getting back; must make my own some time.

San Francisco
San Francisco

My healthy option of tofu garden scramble and fruit cup, and Josh’s face-sized pancakes with a ‘side’ of bacon and egg, at Sweet Maple. This place is famous for a concoction called ‘Millionaire’s Bacon’ – i’ll let you guess what that entails…

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Black bean cakes, corn bread and potato hash at the legendary Dottie’s True Blue cafe, where I met the lovely Bee for a late lunch. Pro tip: get there just as it’s closing at 3pm (or opening at 7, if you’re an early bird) to avoid the queues. And say no to the constant free coffee refills, my stomach did not thank me afterwards!

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San Francisco

Myriad yogurt toppings – and the perkiest service ever – at Fraiche on Fillmore.

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San Francisco

Huge (sense a theme here?) French toast and an egg bagel at The Grove on Fillmore.

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Not strictly breakfast, but Loving Cup‘s specialty is frozen yogurt, freshly churned in a choice of mix n’ match flavours and toppings (including gummy bear!). They also have a sideline in rice pudding for the colder weather.

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SF is also known for a good coffee culture, and we weren’t disappointed here either. Check the latte art porn!

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San Francisco

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Sightglass‘s sexy warehouse-y location…

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.. and Blue Bottle‘s little space, which we queued for about 25 minutes to get into.

All the places mentioned here can be found on my SF Google map.

Comments (13)

  • Laura

    November 17th 2011 at 12:13 pm

    OMG I am so hungry now!! Lovely photos x

  • Anushka

    November 17th 2011 at 12:37 pm

    OMG amazing pics, i’m totally drooling over my computer (embarrassing but true). I never was too interested in going to SF but you have totally convinced me. (From this post alone – !)

  • Kate

    November 17th 2011 at 1:22 pm

    I am SO HUNGRY now! Breakfast is the best meal of the day, no arguments!

  • Jessica

    November 17th 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Wow, you’ve convinced me to go to SF just for the breakfasts! Definitely my favorite meal of the day (I’m often guilty of having ‘brinner’ of an evening…), and these look like such tasty options. Love that ‘side’ of eggs and bacon, haha.

  • Michelle

    November 17th 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Oh my gosh this just sounds wonderful. I love breakfast. Love the new blog look too!

  • Sarah

    November 17th 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Wow….now I am so hungry :)

  • Polly

    November 17th 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Oh that food looks amazing! I just want to go there right now.

    Love the new look :)

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  • siobhan Watts

    November 18th 2011 at 7:17 pm

    I think this is my favourite blog post ever! I have such a thing for breakfast and brunch and would happily eat it all day every day if I could. Love the photos too, and hello your new blog design! x

  • Michelle

    November 18th 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I love these pictures!

  • Anisa

    November 18th 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Absolute noms! what an amazing set of photos! x

  • Celeste

    November 21st 2011 at 8:53 pm

    I’m a little embarrassed that I’ve only heard of Blue Bottle and Loving Cup, seeing as how I am a Bay Area girl myself. But thank you for sharing these! I can always use a new place for brunch :)

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