City Guide: San Francisco

San Francisco Travel Guide

Vegetarian food

Wonderful is the feeling one gets stepping into the streets San Francisco. Cool breeze and sunshine, people walking everywhere, a corner market here, a cozy coffee shop there. Everywhere the city exudes vibrance, hip-ness, progress, cultural diversity, vegetarian restaurants, and vegan cafes. San Francisco is a small city with a big heart and a bohemian soul, and it's totally vegetarian friendly.

San Francisco is a vegetarian food lover's paradise.

Spreading just 7 miles in the long direction, the city is a peninsula surrounded by water on 3 sides and connected to its bay area neighbors by bridges - Marin county to the north, oakland and suburbs to the east.

Unique lines of houses stacked tightly next to each other up and down the the many hilly streets. Great views of the city, ocean, and bridges can be seen on these streets that are higher up on the hill.

A people-friendly city, locals and visitors alike can travel San Francisco by public transportation (buses and subway) or by walking. Grab a muni bus and bart subway map, and get ready to explore the unique neighborhood districts, shopping mecca, eclectic cafes, and best of all, great vegetarian dining!

This city is also a vegetarian food lover's paradise. Many pure vegetarian restaurants in San Francisco serve multi-ethnic and innovative tastes in vegetarian cuisine. In San Francisco vegetarian restaurants, one can find anything from organic raw foods to chic vegan fusion cuisine, vegetarian Chinese to vegan Japanese cuisine, and so much more. Even non vegetarian restaurants in San Francisco usually offer at least a few vegetarian-friendly dishes.

A handful of must-try veggie restaurants in San Francisco...

  • Millennium - Upscale San Francisco vegetarian restaurant serving gourmet dinners with exquisite wine pairing
  • Cha-Ya - Healthy vegan Japanese cuisine at 2 locations in the San Francisco Bay area.
  • Herbivore - Casual and contemporary dining featuring scrumptious vegan fusion breakfast, lunch, and dinners at 3 locations in the Bay area.
  • Gracias Madre - Delectable Mexican food - all vegan

...more San Francisco vegetarian and vegan restaurants at bottom of page

San Francisco natural food markets with fresh choices...

  • Farmers markets throughout the week at various major destinations, including the Ferry Plaza and Market Street near Union Station
  • Health food stores and markets, including Rainbow Grocery, Other Avenues, and more

Find a comprehensive & up-to-date list of health food stores and vegetarian restaurants in San Francisco, San Francisco Bay Area, and nearby cities, at: HappyCow's Guide to San Francisco vegetarian restaurants and health food markets

San Francisco is full of fun outdoor activities to enjoy

Golden Gate Bridge - See the world famous bridge in all its glory and stay for the gorgeous bay views

Wine country - Visit the nearby Napa Valley, take a tour of a winery, and sample some regional & specialty wines

Explore the neighborhoods -including:

  • Union Station - Shop for clothes and souvenirs, ride the cable trolley up a hilly street, watch street performers, or attend the theatre
  • China Town - Talk in sights of pagoda style buildings and get a bite of Chinese pastries and vegetarian cuisine
  • Golden Gate Park - Stroll through the botanical garden, Japanese tea garden amongst a forest of towering trees
  • Presidio - Take photos of the palace and take in the marina view
  • Haight Ashbury - See the old hangout of famous hippies and rockers including the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, and friends
  • Castro - Art movie house, mecca of gay culture
  • Mission District - Find a lively blend Hispanic population mixed with young hipsters and get something yummy to eat

Lonely Planet San Francisco
Lonely Planet San Francisco

Also enjoy exploring the museums, city landmarks, and other good stuff the guide books tell you!

Additional info: San Francisco, California - Wikipedia

San Francisco Vegetarian Restaurants (including raw food restaurants and vegan restaurants in San Francisco)

Alive! Vegetarian Cuisine Booth
1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, California 94110

Ananda Fuara Vegetarian Indian Restaurant
1298 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Cha-Ya Vegan Restaurant
762 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Enjoy Veggie Restaurant
756 Kirkham St, San Francisco, CA 94122

Golden Era Vegetarian Restaurant
572 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Greens Vegetarian Restaurant
Fort Mason Center, Building A, San Francisco, CA 94123

Herbivore Vegan Restaurant
531 Divisadero, San Francisco, CA 94117

Herbivore Vegan Restaurant
983 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Judahlicious Veggie Restaurant
3906 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122

Lucky Creation Veggie Restaurant
854 Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94108

Millennium Vegan Restaurant
580 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102

11 Division St, San Francisco, CA 94103

For a comprehensive & up-to-date list of vegetarian restaurants and vegan restaurants in San Francisco and SF Bay Area (also including vegetarian friendly), see: HappyCow's San Francisco City listings & Best Restaurants in S.F.

*Photographs of San Francisco courtesy of Elisabeth Arruda.

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