My life has pretty much been on-the-go ever since the year started – Los Angeles, Mammoth Lakes, Taiwan, NYC, San Francisco, Miami, and Rivieria Nayarit coming up. With so much travel, it’s a challenge to stay healthy, especially with all the restaurants that I’m dining at in every city. So many of you ask me, “How do you eat so much? How do you stay healthy with your lifestyle?” I’ve partnered with Tropicana Probiotics to share my San Francisco city guide to Hayes Valley and how to #BelieveInYourGut!
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When we were out and about exploring restaurants in Hayes Valley during the week, I sipped on the Tropicana Probiotics Pineapple Mango. Pictured here in 20th Century Café – scroll down for the details on this adorable cafe.
I’m flying off to Miami today, and started my day with the Tropicana Probiotics Peach Passion Fruit! Read on for my San Francisco city guide to the best restaurants in Hayes Valley.
WHERE TO GET BREAKFAST IN HAYES VALLEY
BLUE BOTTLE COFFEE
Start your morning with a fresh cup of coffee from Blue Bottle Coffee. The coffee kiosk is hidden in a garage in the alley of Hayes Valley.
315 Linden St, San Francisco, CA 94102, bluebottlecoffee.com
Toast lovers – you’ll fall in love with The Mill. This bright and airy cafe serves more than your typical avocado toast. Everything from turmeric hummus to beet toast, butter and almond butter on whole wheat raisin, and cream cheese with apricot chili jam on dark mountain rye. The Mill makes 350 loaves of bread a day, 7 days a week, and fresh pastries.
736 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, themillsf.com
WHERE TO GET LUNCH/DINNER IN HAYES VALLEY
Looking for a light and healthy meal? Little Gem is a farm-driven restaurant with a menu that is free of gluten, dairy, and refined sugar. Don’t let that turn you away, the food is delicious!
400 Grove St, littlegem.restaurant
My go-to is the lamb salad bowl with Harissa-spiked yogurt, Greek fries, frozen greek yogurt, and a glass of rosé. It’s hard to miss the rotating oven filled with roasted chickens when you walk by Souvla.
517 Hayes St, souvlasf.com
When the boyfriend told me he was taking me to his favorite dinner spot that he frequents weekly, I was skeptical. Alta CA ended up impressing me and I loved the grilled pork chop and chicken confit with farro! #kokoapproved
1420 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102, altaca.co
WHERE TO GET BRUNCH IN HAYES VALLEY
Nopa is located outside of Hayes Valley but it’s in walking distance so I’m adding it to this city guide. The weekend brunch was highly recommended by the locals and we loved it. The custard French toast was one of the best I’ve ever had.
560 Divisadero St, nopasf.com
WHERE TO GET DESSERT IN HAYES VALLEY
SMITTEN ICE CREAM
Ice cream is my weakness so I always stop by Smitten Ice Cream when I’m in Hayes Valley. The ice cream is freshly churned with liquid nitrogen right before your eyes. The hand rolled waffle cone is a must!
432 Octavia St #1A, smittenicecream.com
20TH CENTURY CAFE
Step into 20th Century Cafe and you’ll feel transported to classic Europe with a modern California vibe. I love having afternoon tea at 20th Century Cafe – there’s a reason why the Russian honey cake is Insta-famous!
198 Gough St, 20thcenturycafe.com
Macarons, cakes, cupcakes, cookies, marshmallows, Turkish delight, malt balls, and caramels – everything you sweet tooth desires is made in house at Miette.
449 Octavia Street, miette.com
There’s bubble tea and then there’s Boba Guys that uses heirloom tea leaves and organic milk. I was taking Ubers to go to Union Square just to get Boba Guys so thank goodness they opened a location Hayes Valley.
8 Octavia St #308, bobaguys.com
WHERE TO HANG OUT IN HAYES VALLEY
Tea time with kitties? Yes please! KitTea Cafe is San Francisco’s first Japanese-style “cat cafe” located in Hayes Valley. You do have to make a reservation to enter the cat room. Reservations come with bottomless cups of loose leaf Japanese green tea with helps support rescue cats!
96 Gough St, kitteasf.com
Smitten Ice Cream, Miette, and Souvla are all located next to Patricia’s Green, an urban park in Hayes Valley. With the incredible weather in San Francisco, you have to spend it outdoors on the grass at Patricia’s Green.
Fell St & Octavia Blvd
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