Union Square, San Francisco is home to a wide selection of cafes and quick bite eateries, perfect for a meal on the go or a cup of coffee. Here are some of our favorite go-to spots in Union Square for when we are on the go.
1. Caffe Central – 170 O’Farrell St. & Westfield San Francisco Centre.
Whether you are craving a sandwich, salad or a sweet breakfast pastry, Caffe Central has something for everyone including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. And, we can’t get enough of their individually prepared drip coffee!
2. Nespresso – 90 Grant Ave.
If you have some time, the Nespresso Café is an upscale way to enjoy your afternoon latte. With an impressive selection of grand cru espressos you’ll surly be able to create your perfect coffee drink, just like our fav, their iced coffee with vivalto lungo grand cru, poured over 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream, with a layer of whipped cream and chocolate shavings. If you’re hungry for lunch try their fancy grilled cheese!
3. Boba Guys- 429 Stockton St.
Boba Guys will surely change the way you view boba and tea, and perhaps food. Made with the best ingredients including premium loose leaf teas and no powders, we love their Hong Kong Style black tea blend with organic condensed milk and tapioca balls for an extra treat.
4. Boudin Sourdough Bakery & Café – 171 O’Farrell St.
This café is the creator of the world-famous original San Francisco Sourdough French Bread, which is baked with the same mother dough starter used in 1849. Their sourdough pizzas are absolutely delicious, but their clam chowder served in a freshly baked sourdough bread bowl is our favorite!
5. Asha Tea House - 17 Kearny St.
Whether you are in the mood for a glass of straight tea or a crafted cup of flavored tea, Asha Tea House has exactly what you have been craving. We love their Matcha Lattes, but you may want to try their pineapple Oolong tea since its back in season.
6. The Turn Café – 28 Cyril Magnin St.
No matter if you are on the go or you are looking to sit down and enjoy a nice meal, The Turn Café is the perfect spot to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner. We love grabbing a cup of coffee in the morning, having their Signature Axiom Burger for lunch and stopping by for their happy hour specials weekdays from 3-7pm.
7. Café Madeleine – 43 O’Farrell St.
You may go here for the coffee and pastries, but you’ll stay for the decadent desserts. When you’ve got a sweet tooth, we recommend their Bande, a puff pastry shell filled with custard and topped with seasonal fresh fruit or their milk chocolate tart with a chocolate tarte shell with a peanut butter filling and milk chocolate mousse.
8. Bancarella – 350 Powell St.
Located in Union Square Park, we can’t think of a better spot to people watch and enjoy a nice meal. Grab a cappuccino and one of their specialty Italian pastries and bask in the sunshine in the heart of The Square.
9. Café Encore – 488 Post St.
This local hotspot is a cutesy place to grab a sandwich, salad or coffee on the go. Their real fruit smoothies are our favorite paired with a California Dream sandwich with smoked turkey, mayo, honey mustard, avocado, cheese, tomatoes and organic greens.
10. Bio French Organic Cafe – 75 O’Farrell St.
This unique spot, boast a wide variety of dishes catering to dietary restrictions from gluten-free, vegetarian to vegan. Our favorite meal is their French onion soup paired with a salmon herb and goat cheese sandwich with a chocolate chip cookie for dessert.