It’s the most rapidly developing area of the city and is also home to some of SF’s oldest homes. The Third Street Muni line offers easy access to downtown and an even shorter trip to the Chase Center. World War II-era shipbuilding warehouses are rapidly being converted into sprawling restaurants and hubs for artists and innovators. It was also notably called one of the “51 coolest neighborhoods in the world,” and we don’t disagree. Here are a few must-see spots in the neighborhood.
Breakfast, Brunch, and Coffee
1. Daily Driver
Daily Driver makes one of the best bagels in the neighborhood if not the entire city. They bake using a wood-fired oven and have their own creamery that produces cultured butter, cream cheese, and other spreads. The airy, multi-level restaurant has ample seating and is a great spot to grab breakfast or lunch with a few friends.
Location: 2535 3rd Street
Even if you haven’t visited this celebrated bakery, chances are that one of your favorite cafes in SF carries one or many of Neighbor’s incredible croissants or other buttery treats. That said, a visit to Neighbor Bakehouse gives you access to their full assortment of mouthwatering creations. Everything on the menu is incredible but don’t miss their pistachio berry twice-baked croissant.
Location: 2343 3rd St #100
This charming little coffee bar and bakery don’t offer much seating but more than makes up for this with the quality of their deftly prepared coffee, fresh ginger scones, and a rotating assortment of house-baked pastries. If you’re looking for a sit-down meal, their full restaurant is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner.
Location: 845 22nd Street
This gleaming live-fire restaurant is a nod to SF’s Gilded Age in the newly-opened RH San Francisco Gallery. This luxurious dining space features grand chandeliers, a trickling fountain, gold marble details, and palm trees set below an enormous skylight. Treat yourself to some of their extraordinary dishes like Wagyu ribeye steak and beet carpaccio or grab a casual glass of wine at the bar and take a stroll through the galleries or up to the rooftop garden.
Location: 590 20th Street
For anyone who loves good wine, Ungrafted is pure heaven. This wine-focused restaurant is owned and operated by a husband and wife team, both Master Sommeliers, who pair incredible wines with their extraordinary food menu. Book a spot for lunch or dinner inside or at one of their coveted heated patio spots.
Location: 2419 3rd Street
For an excellent pizza in a casual setting, it’s hard to beat Long Bridge. They specialize in thin-crust sourdough pizzas that draw influence from East Coast, Italian, and San Francisco-style pies. As with any good pizzeria, there’s also plenty of cold beer on tap to pair with your favorite pie.
Location: 2347 3rd Street
What started as a small cafe serving pizza and coffee, has grown into a full-scale restaurant, private event space, and cafe that serves some of the best meals in the neighborhood. Most of their produce comes from Piccino farm in Healdsburg, CA, which they also own and operate. It’s an extraordinary place for brunch, lunch, dinner, or just a casual drink after work.
Location: 845 22nd Street
This fast-casual Greek restaurant focuses on flavorful salads, wraps, frozen yogurt, and other Greek specialties. Unlike other Souvla locations across SF, their Dogpatch restaurant offers special hot and cold mezé menus including a feta-brined rotisserie chicken.
Location: 2505 3rd Street
9. Third Rail
This craft cocktail bar serves deftly prepared drinks and an unexpected treat– gourmet jerky. They offer several varieties of dehydrated and smoked beef and mushroom jerky along with other snacks. Their creative cocktail menu features drinks like Double Date, featuring bourbon, date-infused rye, amaro, bonal vermouth, and bitters.
Location: 628 20th Street
10. Dogpatch Saloon
This neighborhood bar dates back to 1912 and maintains a historic charm. Dogpatch Saloon is one of those rare places that beautifully walks the line between local dive and elevated cocktail bar. It’s a casual spot where you can come as you are, bring your dog, and get a cold beer or a well-made drink.
Location: 2496 3rd Street
This unique brewery and blendery was started by a group of beer industry veterans who use traditional and new-age beer brewing techniques. Their brewery and tap room serve all of their freshest brews like Wilson! – West Coast Pilsner, Pollinate Your Peers – German Keller-style Pilsner, Twang – California Export Helles Lager , and many more.
Location: 2245 3rd Street
12. The Midway
The Midway describes itself as a “40,000-square-foot urban canvas of innovation.” The comparatively remote location and massive indoor and patio space are used to host a range of events from art shows, to immersive sound experiences, lectures, workshops, and dance parties that will make you feel like you’re back in Berlin. The programming at The Midway is hugely diverse and absolutely worth checking out.
Location: 900 Marin Street
This super popular rock climbing gym specializes in lower altitude, rope-free climbing, known as bouldering. They offer a variety of climbing routes that cater to all skill levels.
Location: 2573 3rd Street
This innovative new gallery is completely free to all visitors, with an overarching goal to uplift artists and individuals while promoting equity and representation. ICA SF is working to “create a paradigm shift in the art world” by exhibiting civically engaged creators who are ready to shift the hierarchies and traditions rampant in the art world.
Location: 901 Minnesota Street
15. Crane Cove Park
This 7-acre waterfront park links the Mission Bay and Dogpatch neighborhoods. The area features a public beach, ample green space, picnic and barbecue areas, a dog run, two children’s play areas, and much more. It’s a great place to have lunch on a sunny day or kayak with a few friends.
Location: 18th and Illinois Street