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Fisherman Wharf’s Best Spots for Breakfast

Posted on January 21, 2017 | By Dylan David

By Leila N’Amara

If you’re discovering San Francisco with one of our local guides on the Famous Tour, you’ll be heading over to the historic Powell-Hyde Cable Car Turnaround over in the Aquatic Park. And — if you’re coming from Union Square you could even ride the Powell-Hyde line all the way to our pick-up location!

Early morning is just about the only time to explore the Fisherman’s Wharf area without the crowds. So we always suggest getting here early to explore — starting off with breakfast! What better way to get to know a neighborhood, than with your stomach?

Enjoy a liquid breakfast at the Buena Vista

Meet the cafe that introduced the Irish Coffee state side — The Buena Vista! Floating cream delicately topping coffee and Irish whiskey has been a San Francisco staple of the Buena Vista since 1952. That’s when the cafe started mistakenly being credited with having created the Irish Coffee — but (surprise!) the Irish actually created this perfect-for-cold-weather cocktail.

Opens at: 9am Monday through Friday. Weekends at 8am.
Pro-tip: Be sure to pull up a seat at the bar to watch the classic cocktail get mixed by the dozen — or if you’re in a rush, grab your order to-go ?☕

Chow down on Brazilian pastries at Cafe de Casa

Don’t blink or you might walk right pass this inconspicuous Brazilian cafe! This intimate little hide-away is a true family business opened by Lucimar Canedo and her two daughters — Thais and Amanda. Stop by Cafe de Casa for amazing local coffee, acai bowls, freshly squeezed juices and the most delicious egg-less tapioca crepes filled with savory or sweet fillings.

Opens at: 7am everyday.
Must have: Coxinha — they’re a kind of a savory Brazilian pastries filled with shredded chicken and cheese. Think along the lines of a piroshki,an empanada or pigori. Did we mention their housemade tasty (and truly hot) hot sauce?

Indulge with dessert for breakfast at Eight AM

If you’re in the mood to chow-down on some down-home comfort food then venture into this compact and trendy little cafe. Eight AM cooks up all your breakfast favorites; From classic French toast to hearty avocado toast with poached eggs to Chia seed pudding with fresh seasonal fruit!

Opens at: 7am everyday.
Must have: French toast with caramelized bananas — who doesn’t love dessert for breakfast?!

Sip on a Lavender Latte overlooking Ghiradelli Square at Black Point Cafe and Bakery

How to ease back into the work week after a holiday. Step 1: lavender latte Step 2: repeat "Step 1"

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Just up the hill from our pick-up location sunlight floods into Black Point Cafe through their floor-to-ceiling windows. We can’t resist the smell of freshly baked goods billowing out of this spot in the mornings!

Opens at: 7am Monday through Saturday. 8am on Sundays.
Must have: Lavender Latte — be sure to pull up a seat facing the big windows so you can take in the views of Ghiradelli Square and the Aquatic Park while you sip on your Lavender Latte!

Try to finish an entire meal at Hollywood Cafe

Sunshine and Pancakes make a perfect duo…

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Gigantic portions of breakfast classics are sure to leave you stuffed after leaving the Hollywood Cafe. Seriously, come hungry! Lines can start get pretty long here — so arrive early to avoid the rush.

Opens at: 7am everyday.
Must have: Turkey Benedict — this California take on the Eggs Benny ditches the Canadian ham for turkey and avocados, yum! Also try the Dungeness Benedict — a fun intro to San Francisco’s most beloved crustacean, the Dungeness Crab ?

Good eats is serious business in San Francisco — show other travelers your breakfast feats with #sfBreakfastClub!


[Featured image by Yu-Jen Shih via Flickr]

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