Monday, May 30, 2016

My guide to good-for-you San Francisco

I've lived in San Francisco for about 9 months now and so far, I've discovered so many great restaurants, cafes, stores and places to visit and wanted to put all my experiences in one handy place instead of them being sprinkled around my Instagram feed. So here are some of my favorite places to eat, juice, do yoga, get my wellness on and hike.


Lovely and colorful vegan Mexican restaurant in the heart of Mission District. I've done both lunch and dinner here and love their pretty, yet delicious food. Get multiple dishes to share with your table. Happy Hour too!

Great for salads and green juices after a hike in the Presidio park. Very cool but small place and all the food is organic, ethically and locally sourced, free of gluten, dairy, refined sugars, trans fats and GMOs.

Friendly, inexpensive, all vegan spot to get your delicious balls of flavor (gluten-free friendly as well). I got their organic sesame falafel platter for lunch last time and even I ordered ahead of time online they waited for me to show up until they packed it so that my falafels were hot and pita bread nice and warm. Also got Cinnamon Baklava for dessert, just because.
These cool guys serve healthy juices, smoothies and Acai bowls straight from their truck. Green Goliath bowl: acai, spinach, hemp seeds, strawberry, banana, coconut water topped with blueberries and honey.
Set in the heart of downtown San Francisco, overlooking the park. Delicious small plates and so many teas to choose from. A bit on the pricey side but so worth the zen moment.
They have twelve different flavors of vegan gelato! Funky and cozy spot to get your sweet cravings crushed.

Papalote is in the Mission District near the Valencia Street intersection. Tons of vegan/vegetarian options on the menu, like the Soyrizo.
Great spot to hangout. They have the cutest garden area at the back of the cafe with heat lamps, owls and lush greenery. Mediterranean inspired menu with big salads, almond milk mochas and great tea selection.
Choose from a menu of over 30 ingredients (incl. non-dairy and vegan) and they will whip it together right in front of your drooling eyes. Loving Cup is located near Alamo Square (Painted Ladies) so walk your cup to the park and enjoy it while admiring the contrast of the skyscrapers of downtown San Francisco behind the historic Painted Ladies.
 Ferry Plaza hosts their famous farmer's market three times a week for freshest, local, seasonal produce and delicious foods. Saturdays is the biggest day.
ALSO LOVING: Very Vegan Sundays at SoMa StrEat Food Park, Cinnaholic (customizable vegan cinnamon rolls in Berkeley), Greens Restaurant (vegetarian farm to table experience), Rainbow Grocery (an organic, all-vegetarian co-op market since 1975) and Hella Vegan Eats in Oakland.

Held at the gorgeous Grace Cathedral Darren Main teaches yoga at this unconventional setting every Tuesday night. It is donation based, and you get to enjoy amazing live music,so get there early and bring your own mat.

I love this place! It's is where I took my first ever yoga class in California. The studio is located on the top floor of an old office building with no elevator, so you get a good warm-up before the class. The space is lofty and filled with natural light from the big windows that go around the room. Classes are Power Vinyasa Flow and donation-based ($10 is suggested).
While on my Groupon graze I bought a Hiking Yoga class when I had just arrived to SF. I thought it would be an excellent way to get to know the city, new people and get my exercise on. We started at the Ferry Building and moved swiftly through the steep hills, whole lot of stairs and stopped to do yoga in front of fountains, statues, gardens, parks and even on the foot of the Coit Tower. Lovely way to get moving!

Daily drop-in meditation classes, retreats, talks and lectures, including free 20-minute lunchtime guided meditation classes.

Dr. Marcus Coplin, ND
My go-to person in SF for B-12 shots. Give me that energy! Near Valencia St. shops, juice bars and Herbivore.

ALSO LOVING: Twisted Thistle Apothecary in Haight Ashbury and Scarlet Sage Herb Co. (Specializes in traditional Western Herbalism and natural medicine on Valencia St.).

What else would you include in this list? What are some of your favorites in San Francisco?


  1. Thank you so much, I need to visit some of these food places:) We have Pressed Juicery here in Palo Alto too, I just had a 3 day juice fasting from them. I love their freeze to, it's like ice cream but without dairy and raffinated sugar. My kids love it too:) I'm also very interested about a yoga in San Francisco as we move there after one year. Here I go to Avalon Yoga ( Vinyasa) which I like very much.

    If you go to Angel Island (Ferry from the pier 41) you get a really good hike and a view over the whole bay.

    1. Oooh so jealous! None of the SF Pressed Juiceries have the Freeze! Been dying to try it! Would be perfect now that the temperatures are getting higher (at least here on the East Bay).
      I have not ventured out to Angel Island yet so I got to check it out in the near future.


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