There are no shortage of great places to eat in San Francisco and there’s nothing more we love to do when exploring a city than eat our way through it’s best restaurants. Anchoring yourself in a central neighborhood inside a great hotel is half the battle. Recently, we stayed at the new Proper Hotel and barely had to leave the (iconic, Kelly Wearstler-designed) building to enjoy some of the city’s finest. Here’s where we’d eat from morning til night, if we had just one day in the city…
Breakfast at The Mill | There are coffee shops stuffed into every nook in the city, but The Mill offers something that’s tough to compete with: it’s own freshly baked breads and a toast menu to match. The toast menu at The Mill is nearly worth a flight up from LA on it’s own. Think gluten-free seed toast with seasonal jam, butter and salt or almond butter on fresh sesame wheat.
Of course, they serve coffee as well. Share a giant french press of single origin beans with a friend and linger as long as you can. Find The Mill
Lunch at In situ at the MOMA | The San Francisco MOMA is a beautiful space to get lost in for the day and the modern art collections are world-class. Between exhibitions, enjoy a masterpiece-level lunch at In Situ – one of the coolest restaurant concepts we’ve encountered in a long-time and the perfect experience for art lovers.
Each dish at In Situ comes from other menus around the world – the best menus in the world, that is. Start with Le Calandre in Rubano, Italy’s Cuttlefish Cappuccino and follow it up with Halibut Stuffed with Egg Yolk from the menu at Tantris in Munich, Germany. Finish things off with Dominique Ansel’s very own Sage Smoked Dark Chocolate Brownie. After a meal at In Situ, you’ll have eaten dishes designed by some of the best chefs on earth, all in one sitting. Pretty satisfying. Find In Situ
Dinner at Villon inside the Proper | The dining room at Proper Hotel’s Villon is wrapped in steely, ice blue and brass. It will make you feel nestled right into the heart of city life and reignite any lost passion for interior design goddess, Kelly Wearstler (a former TCM Guest Editor and staple in our style glossary). Eat late and share plates – the inventive menu is strange and stylish. You should probably enjoy a glass of orange wine too. Find Villon at the Proper
Late night at Charmaine’s on the roof | Once you’re done with dinner, don’t leave the hotel. Take a peel outside and spy the line of people waiting to get in to Charmaine’s, the Proper’s rooftop bar. Guests get special access and you should take full advantage. The indoor-outdoor bar has become one of the best night spots in the city with incredible views of the city, cozy fire pits, and a bar staff that really knows what they’re doing. Head up to the rooftop early for good seats and a great sunset or brave the crowds and enjoy getting in the fray after dark. Find Charmaine’s at the Proper
What are your favorite places to eat in San Francisco? We’d love to know!
Love SF. Tartine bakery is a must eat place for me.
That Sea Buckthorn sounds great. I’m not familiar with it but I like what it has in it. Time for a new mocktail – thanks for sharing the idea.