A good day in the Fillmore begins with a good breakfast, naturally. Curbside Café offers a variety of omelets, eggs benedict with cottage fries and French toast in a cozy dining room setting and their outdoor tables make for a great place to start your day.
Start here for French fare such as croissants baked on-site and robust organic coffee. Unlike express versions of La Boulange, the Fillmore location, with its smooth, plank-wood floor and busy mezzanine level, serves the likes of frittata breakfast sandwiches and omelets made from scratch in the busy open kitchen.
Fillmore Street, which runs north and south, is a fine place to walk off a hearty repast. Along the way, discover local shops like Browser, a good, old-school bookshop with a wide range of new and used books.
This wonderfully named shop sells mass-market and specialty magazines as well as making fresh fruit drinks and smoothies for newshounds and visitors looking to take a short break.
Fresca Peruvian Cuisine
This savory lunch choice serves contemporary Peruvian food in the heart of the neighborhood. Think six varieties of ceviche and house specialties such as ajida de gallina (pulled chicken stew). Fresca is a humming spot for lunch and a Fillmore favorite.
Feed your inner shopaholic all the livelong day in the Fillmore, including this boutique specializing in “casual chic’’ styles.
Marc by Marc Jacobs
Peruse high-end designer clothing for women, men and children, as well as watches and other accessories from the renowned designer’s eponymous shop.
Alice + Olivia
This well-known label is popular for dresses, women’s shoes and handbags.
Elite emphasizes Southern regional specialties such as shrimp and grits, seafood gumbo and Cajun hash in a buzzy locale with a cool bar and warm wooden booths.
State Bird Provisions
On lower Fillmore just south of Geary, this foodie favorite (and James Beard Award winner) features sophisticated rustic food in the revived Fillmore Jazz District. The ever-changing menu is always filled with interesting options.
The Boom Boom Room
Founded by late, great bluesman John Lee Hooker, this venue showcases live blues, funk, hip-hop and dancing in a happily packed space.