There’s nothing sweeter than San Francisco, and few things are as sweet as the city’s famous farmer’s markets and foodie hometowns. And while the city has a long and illustrious food scene that’s hard to beat, sometimes you want to try something new.
We’ve rounded up our picks for the best markets and local culinary destinations for you to try this season. Some are local legends, while others are discoveries for us — and probably for you, too. Open food tours and secret food tours are also fun ways to get to know your city’s food history. Food tours in San Francisco will always give you insight into the city.
Alamo Square Farmers Market
You’ve passed by the Alamo Square Farmers Market if you live in or near the city. Our favorite time to visit is on Sunday afternoons as a weekend treat. The market is a perfect place to catch up with friends over lunch or enjoy the sights and sounds of the city.
Besides being filled with fresh produce and tasty eats, the market features live music on weekend afternoons. And, of course, it’s filled with kids from the neighborhood who aren’t afraid to let you know how much they love your dog.
To find the market, get off the 8-O’clock bus at Haight and Steiner and walk a couple of blocks north to Steiner Street.
Divisadero Farmers Market
You’ll find San Francisco’s original foodie destination at the Divisadero Farmers Market. Since 2006, the market has been a go-to spot for everything local, from salsa to honey. Stop by on Saturdays and Sunday afternoons, and you’ll find local farmers demonstrating their produce and honey products. There’s even a butcher who sells his meats. Plus, there are food trucks on Saturdays, a flea market on Sundays, and other fun activities like live music, wine tasting, and kids’ events.
Dan’s Community Market
Dan’s Community Market is just across the street from the famous Haight and Ashbury neighborhood. The market officially opened in 2012 and features produce, fruit, and local farm products. It’s open every Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
You’ll find a great selection of the season’s best — including heirloom tomatoes, fresh herbs, and summertime strawberries. Plus, you can head to the meat counter for locally raised meats and eggs or stop by the pastry section for tasty homemade goodies.
Fort Mason Farmers Market
It’s all about the food at the Fort Mason Farmers Market. The market has been a San Francisco staple for over 30 years, and it’s still going strong. You’ll find locally grown fruits and vegetables and produce representing all kinds of countries. Plus, there are local honey, cheese, tofu, and seasonal produce.
The market is open every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s located in the Fort Mason Center, just a short walk from the Marina District.
Mission Community Market
San Francisco’s Mission District is known for its Latino culture, hipster vibe, and a strong sense of community. The Mission Community Market captures the neighborhood’s flavor and history while featuring various local vendors, artists, and musicians.
Stop by on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and you’ll find everything from a little bit of everything, including live music, fresh produce, and a strong foodie vibe. Plus, the market is a great place to learn about all of the city’s diverse cultures.
Alemany Farmers Market
The Alemany Farmers Market is one of the best in San Francisco, featuring everything from produce to flowers, food, and art. The market also offers a variety of activities like cooking demonstrations and workshops. California’s agricultural bounty is displayed at this popular market, where you’ll find local honey, cheese, meats, and more. Alemany is an open display of community and cultural diversity, with so many vibrant backgrounds and influences on display.
Hayes Valley Farmers Market
Hayes Valley is a popular neighborhood in the city, with restaurants and shops galore. Hayes Valley Farmers Market is the epicenter of all things San Franciscan, with various food, art, and music on display. Local farmers, many of who work out of their homes, sell everything from fresh produce and meats to flowers and artisanal foods.
Kezar Farmers Market
Kezar Farmers Market is one of the most-visited markets in the city, with plenty of great products and even better food. You’ll find everything from fresh produce to flowers, specialty goods, food, and even prepared meals. From artisanal cheeses to fresh flowers, you’re sure to find a little something for everyone at this popular market.
Lime Tree Bay View Farmers Market
The Bay View neighborhood is one of the most diverse in town, reflecting the city’s many cultures. The Lime Tree Bay View Farmers Market has all kinds of vendors, from hipster foodies to local farmers and artisans. Next time you’re in the neighborhood, stop by for a taste and some fresh produce. You’ll also find things like prepared foods, arts and crafts, and more.
Lombard Farmers Market
Lombard Farmers Market features local food and produce from all over the Bay Area, from farms up and down the coast. You’ll find food from farmers and ranchers all over the city and a lot of homemade goods. Plus, you’re sure to find a little something for everyone at this colorful market.
Masonic Avenue Farmers Market
Masonic Avenue Farmers Market has been a neighborhood fixture for more than 100 years, offering area residents and visitors the chance to stock up on fresh produce, meats, and local food. There’s even a local herb shop that sells fresh herbs and organic produce.
Ocean Avenue Farmers Market
The Ocean Avenue Farmers Market is a treasure for the Outer Sunset neighborhood. The market has been around since 2005, featuring sustainable and organic products from local farmers and artisans. You’ll find produce and food from all over the city and the country and some fun local vendors selling crafts and other edibles. There’s a lively atmosphere with live music, dancing, and more.
Ortega Farmers Market
The Ortega Farmers Market is the only market in the Lower Haight neighborhood. The market, which runs on Saturdays, is a favorite among the local community, with plenty of fresh local produce and food. It’s a great place to stock up on ingredients for a tasty meal or cool treat.
Potrero Hill Farmers Market
The Potrero Hill Farmers Market has been an annual stop since 2007. This year-round market features hundreds of local vendors, food booths, and arts and crafts. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by for a taste of all things local at this vibrant market.
Presidio Farmers Market
The Presidio Farmers Market is one of the most popular seasonal markets in the city. The market, which features hundreds of vendors, has been around since 1995, offering local produce and food. Vendors also sell their products, which range from cheese to flowers.
Rainbow Grocery Cooperative Farmers Market
The Rainbow Grocery Cooperative Farmers Market has been around since the 1970s, offering fresh local produce and food. In addition to the fresh stuff, you can find prepared foods for takeout and even dog treats for your furry friends.
SOMA StrEAT Food Park
The SOMA StrEAT Food Park is one of the most unique in the city. The food park, which doubles as a mobile kitchen incubator, has been a neighborhood fixture since 2011. The park hosts a variety of food vendors that offer everything from empanadas to cupcakes. You can also find fresh produce and other snacks at the market.
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Sunnyside Farmers Market
Located just off Interstate 280, the Sunnyside Farmers Market is a popular neighborhood fixture. The market has been open since 1983 and features local food, craft vendors, and live music. The market also runs on Saturdays and features a variety of vendors, as well as prepared food.
Tenderloin Farmers Market
The Tenderloin Farmers Market has been around since 1915. This market is one of the best in the city, offering produce and local food from around the Bay Area. You’ll also find a variety of prepared foods at this popular market, including tamales and pupusas.