22 Hawthorne St., SoMa
A full-fledged tasting menu kind of place, a reservation here is best reserved for a special occasion. Chef/owner Corey Lee (a French Laundry alum) is one of very few restaurants in the area to receive three Michelin stars.
Psoas Massage + Bodywork
333 3rd St., SoMa
The great thing about Psoas is that founders Jennifer Lighthouse and Scott Schwartz bring so many different types of massage under the same roof; they offer everything from neurokinetic therapy to orthopedic massage. They're particularly great for sports massage (Jennifer is a former gymnast and diver) and pre-and post-natal bodywork.
586 6th St., SoMa
An all-inclusive hot yoga studio, Ritual gives you everything you need when you step through the door: mat, towel, yogitoes, water (as well as shampoo, razor, toothbrush, etc.). Ritual classes are choreographed to some pretty rad music—from 90's soul to hip-hop and pop remixes. And each session (50 minutes long) is run by two teachers—one leading the group, and then another providing one-on-one, hands-on adjustments and support throughout the session. Every week, a new "peak posture" move is introduced, so regular students continue to build up their yoga practices. What's even better: Sessions at Ritual end with a neck massage.
2 Henry Adams St., SoMa
John and Elinor McGuire launched their handcrafted furniture company decades ago with the goal of offering easy, everyday pieces for the home (and backyard) that are as functional as beautiful. McGuire’s collaboration with legendary designer Steven Volpe, who also happens to be the creative genius behind our San Francisco goop MRKT, is a perfect example of the brand’s California-focused, modern, and always approachable aesthetic.
Blue Bottle Coffee
1355 Market St., SoMa
There are now ten locations strong in the bay area, with cafés in the Ferry Building, Hayes Valley, Heath Ceramics, Market Square, Mint Plaza, and on Sansome. There are two locations in Oakland, on Broadway and Webster St. Perhaps the most groundbreaking of their brews is the chicory-spiked New Orleans cold brew, which comes in a handy single-serving carton. They also make a pretty great granola in-house while the SFMOMA rooftop location is home to Chef Caitlin Freeman’s modern art desserts. Think: a loaf cake made to look like a Mondrian painting and cookies inspired by Richard Serra’s sculptures.
49 Stevenson St., SoMa
This is the best place to go for authentic Dim Sum as the offering is vast, including every dumpling choice you can imagine. The dining room doubles in capacity on the weekends in order to accommodate the crowds while the menu decreases in size, meaning weekdays are definitely the best time for a meal. There's a nearby location on Spear Street, too.
12 4th St., SoMa
The place to be at this lounge-y restaurant (which is up on the fifth floor of Hotel Zelos) is the covered outdoor patio, which has long fire pits that keep guests warm in the cooler months—you can actually eat outside here all year round. Chef David Bazirgan puts together shared plates in unexpected combinations—soft-shell crab with banana ketchup, asparagus with smoked egg yolk, sweetbreads with kimchi and pineapple—which keeps things pretty exciting. They're also known for a fantastic cocktail program. Private dining options here spill onto the patio, making it a particularly good choice for cocktail reception-style events where guests will want to walk around.
685 4th St., SoMa
The Creamery is directly across the street from the SoMa Caltrain station, so if you live in the neighborhood it's a no-brainer for coffee for your commute. With rustic décor, a wide patio, and a full menu (french toast, crêpes) that emphasizes great breakfast and brunch, it feels like a hometown spot, in the best way. The free Wifi means it's a common haunt for entrepreneurs that live in the area.
355 11th St., SoMa
The first thing you'll notice about Bar Agricole is their spacious, light-filled building—it's a historic warehouse re-purposed to LEED-certified standards specifically for the restaurant. In the outdoor space, you can sit in booths with your back to raised herb gardens—or, inside, you can sit inside on chairs made with wood from reclaimed wine barrels. The scene here is great any time of day, but it gets especially lively during weekend brunch (their boozy breakfast drinks, like the Radler and the Sangrita, are a strong draw).
210 11th St., SoMa
This is hands down the best pizza in San Francisco—high praise considering there are only a handful of very basic whole-pie options on the Neapolitan-inspired menu (Margherita, Blanca, Filetti…). Lifelong pizza obsessive Anthony Mangieri cut his teeth slinging pies on the Jersey shore before opening a spot in NYC and then San Francisco. The set-up here is very bare bones, just tables and a big, beautiful pizza oven; pizza is served until they run out of dough.
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