When in San Francisco I spend most of my time in my old neighborhood (visiting my sister): Russian Hill. Since moving from SF 6+ years ago now–which I can’t believe!–Polk Street, our main haunt for coffee and tacos has changed so much (in an exciting way). While most of my go-to’s are still there–Polk Street, between Pacific and Union has gotten so much cooler. Here’s where you can find me…
New Cool Kid on the Block | CAW or Craftsman and Wolves, known for “the rebel within,” a savory croissant with a soft cooked egg inside–although on this particular day I was craving something on the sweeter side. Bonus points for their cool coffee cups and plates (I want to steal them every time) and the moody dark interiors. I’m a sucker for black and gold when it comes to design.
Good for breakfast + brunch
Oldie but Goodie Neighborhood Corner Store | Cheese Plus. This is the best sandwich shop in all of Russian / Nob Hill. Perfect for afternoon picnics, or if you’re craving a sub and are too lazy to make one yourself. The Parma is my order of choice just about every time. Also, this is a great spot to pick up overpriced peonies for the apartment or as a last minute gift for a girlfriend when in route to her bday party.
Good for lunch, anytime
Best Consignment | Cris. I would stop into Cris a couple times a week on my neighborhood walks just to check if there were any Christian Louboutin’s in my size and to take a peek at the latest designer bags they got in that week. While it can be hit or miss, I’ve found many scores over the years.
Good for a post payday treat-yourself kinda afternoon
When you’re Craving Pizza | walk straight to Gioia. We went here recently with a group of 12 and it was the perfect spot to celebrate my cousin’s birthday. While the pizza is awesome, be sure to order a side of meatballs as well. They won’t disappoint.
Good for dinner (and groups)
For the Coffee Snob | Saint Frank. This newer kid on the block is usually filled with techie’s on laptops so unfortunately it’s not always great for meetings, but if you’re lucky enough to snag a table outside that’s ideal.
Good for a morning / afternoon pick-me-up
Additional Polk Street Go-To’s:
Blue Barn | Mega salads (I can rarely ever finish one) packed full of all the good stuff. The greek combo (add salmon and avocado) is so yum.
Polkers | The breakfast go-to for our group of friends after a night of drinking. Now, my guy and I head here before the crowds (anytime before 10am) and you can walk right in.
Nick’s Crispy Tacos | For those taco cravings and perfect for meeting up with large groups. Also, they cater which is awesome to keep in mind for parties!
Parlor Mini Spa | Technically this one is past Union Street, but I’ve included because this new kid on the block is now the cutest mani / pedi bar in the neighborhood. RIP the old Milk+.
Photography | Emily Scott