5 Best Instagram Spots in San Francisco: A Foodie Traveler’s Guide

Welcome back to LaLa’s Haus!

I left my heart in San Francisco with these 5 restaurants, and I’m here to give you the deets!

It was my first time in San Fransisco, and I had NO CLUE what to expect when it came to drinks and food. The best way to find out where to go is to ask a local. I was happy with the direction they gave me.

1) Plain Jane

1000 Guerrero St., San Francisco, CA 94110 (415) 654-5270

This is a new hot and upcoming brunch spot in the historical mission district. This brunch-focused restaurant is a new establishment by Sang Hyuk Lee, who also owns Mymy. Plain Jane is anything but plain as it displays an array of breakfast favorites that is filled with flavor and authenticity. The menu has a friendly reminder that menu medications are “politely declined.”I loved their attention to detail and food presentation. Enjoy traditional brunch food with a twist, and beverages such as bloody Mary’s, Mimosas (grapefruit, orange, mango), coffee, espresso, beer, and matcha drinks.

I enjoyed the “Chorizo & Juicy Tomato Scramble”. It was packed with garlic chorizo, eggs, tomatoes, pepper jack cheese, cilantro, onions, corn tortilla, chipotle aioli, and avocado. I devoured it quite quickly it was so yummy!

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 For those who love spice and everything nice, there’s an added touch with a roasted jalepeno on the side. My sweet dish was called ” Cannoli French Toast Roll Up.” It was filled with rich ricotta chocolate filling, berries with maple syrup on the side. It had a perfect crips to it, and just the right texture.


Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 2:30 pm

2) Cocktails at Top of the Mark

19th Floor, 999 California St., San Francisco, CA 94108, (415) 392-3434

If you want to live the fancy life and see 360 degree views of the city, I recommend you come to this iconic high-end cocktail bar & sky lounge located on top of the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel. I thought I took a time machine back to the 1930s as I walked through the door. Looking up there was a beautiful design of large chandeliers. It brought an art deco dreamy aesthetic.

Hours of Operation:


  • Brunch 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Cocktails:  4:30 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Small Bites:  5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Monday – Thursday

  • Cocktails:  4:30 pm – 11:30 pm
  • Small Bites:  5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Friday – Saturday

  • Cocktails:  4:30 pm – 12:30 am
  • Small Bites:  5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

3) Whiskey at Jasper’s Corner Tap & Kitchen

401 Taylor St. San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 775-7979

Jaspers is part of Hotel Spero, and they serve breakfast lunch and dinner. The bartender recommended a single barrel bourbon whiskey I cannot find in other bars! It’s called Blanton. It’s only made in Kentucky A.K.A. “The Bourbon capital in the world.” It has a great taste with a smooth finish. 

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 6:30 am – 12:00 am | Friday-Saturday 6:30 am – 1:00 pm.

4) Smitten Ice Cream Mission Location

904 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110 (415) 590-3144

Have you seen ice cream in its purest form? You’ll fall in love with Robyn Sue Fisher’s prototype Brrrmachine! It churns ice cream made freshly just for you! I was staring at this store from the outside for a while as I loved the playfulness and vibe it was sending to the Mission neighborhood. This is the new age for ice cream with this invented machine. At this location you will find their original Brrr machine, Radio Flyer wagon, and the original Brrr battery pack buried into the floor (you’ll have to see it to believe it!).

 I got to taste a variety of samples and  I savored every bite of it. I decided to go with my classic fav: chocolate withe sprinkles! They have seasonal flavors and only a few locations, so make sure you go every single time you visit San Franscisco  (and its other locations in Oakland, San Jose, El Segundo, Hayes Valley and Pacific Heights of San Francisco).

Hours of Operation: Noon – 10:00 pm Daily

5) Bancarella at Union Square

You can find yourself parched walking around and sightseeing, especially during a sunny day. I decided to stop here for macarons and a glass of wine. I found it to be my oasis. I thought I saw a mirage when I noticed you can have wine out in the open courtyard. For some reason I thought there would be rules of staying near the bakery with alcohol. I found this to be a great place to people watch and visit artist vendors in the middle of the courtyard.

Hours of Operation: Daily 7:00 am-7:00 pm

Out of these 5 hot spots, which one will you be trying first?


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