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March 9, 2020

Best Areas to Stay in San Francisco for Foodies

If you’re coming to the city to get your grub on, you will want to book your room in advance to save up to 30% off San Francisco hotels. If you're looking to come to San Francisco, but not for the food, here are our best areas to stay in San Francisco.

Best Areas to Stay if You Love Japanese Food: Japantown

Whether it’s your first time or returning visit to Japantown, these six square blocks that make up the area are packed to the brim with things to eat and drink (here are six of the best gems). As one of the oldest Japantowns remaining in the U.S., this neighborhood is a foodie paradise. You can find everything from bowls of ramen and udon, to sushi and more.

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Best Areas to Stay if You Love Mexican Food: Mission

The Mission is one of the most eclectic and multicultural neighborhoods in the city. A stroll along Valencia Street, Mission Street and 24th Street will take you past any number of taquerias and restaurants, such as Gracias Madre, a vegan Mexican restaurants, Taqueria Cancún (pro tip: try the super burrito) and Tacolicious, a popular restaurant serving up Mexican inspired dishes.

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Best Areas to Stay for Vegetarians: Everywhere

Dining out with a vegetarian can be a challenge. Fortunately, this is San Francisco, a city that loves vegetables as much as meat on the plate. No matter what neighborhood you are in, you can be sure to find plenty of delicious vegetarian options.

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Best Areas to Stay for Chinese Food: Richmond and Sunset

Sure Chinatown might be the first place you think of for Chinese food but if you venture out to other neighborhoods, you’ll find some authentic gems, such as in the Richmond and Sunset neighborhoods.

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Best Areas to Stay for Brunch: Union Square

Brunch in San Francisco is serious business. Every Saturday and Sunday, the city wakes up extra early to take advantage of bottomless mimosas, coffee and an incredible array of comfort food. Here are 10 places to brunch like a local. You’ll want to stay somewhere central, like Union Square, so you can get to your restaurant du jour. Tip: Get to the restaurant before 9 a.m. You’ll feel so great savoring your food while the restaurant lines grow longer and longer.

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Best Areas to Stay for Late Night Dining: SOMA, Union Square and Mission

If you’re exploring the city well into the evening and find yourself hungry, have no fear: There are plenty of restaurants that serve food after 11 p.m. and beyond. But of course, with a hearty meal comes a hearty dose of food coma, and a nearby cozy bed is always a great way to round out the night.

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Best Areas to Stay for Street Food: Marina and SOMA

The popularity of street food is ever growing and with food trucks constantly roaming the streets of San Francisco, finding the best areas to catch can be a challenge. Fortunately, with Off the Grid at Fort Mason* and SoMa StrEat Food Park, you can always count on finding a truck, or two, to dine at.

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Best Areas to Stay For a Romantic Dinner: Nob Hill and Embarcadero

If you’re looking to take your sweetheart out for a night on the town, consider a Nob Hill restaurant with a view, or waterfront restaurant overlooking the sparkling Bay Lights. Afterwards, cap off the evening with a stroll along the Embarcadero and a stay at a luxury hotel.

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Best Areas to Stay to Eat All the Things: Everywhere

Of course, it’s hard to just choose one type of food to eat when you’re visiting San Francisco, so why limit yourself to restaurants? Foodie events such as Eat Drink SF or any number of more than 40 food festivals taking place in and around San Francisco, are bound to offer you a glimpse of what San Francisco has to offer. After all, San Francisco was named the best food city by Bon Appetit.

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* Be sure to check some of Off the Grid’s other neighborhood locations.

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