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:
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.
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.
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…
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!
Myriad yogurt toppings – and the perkiest service ever – at Fraiche on Fillmore.
Huge (sense a theme here?) French toast and an egg bagel at The Grove on Fillmore.
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.
SF is also known for a good coffee culture, and we weren’t disappointed here either. Check the latte art porn!
Sightglass‘s sexy warehouse-y location…
.. 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.