The venerable restaurant team behind Mission Street’s AQ is slated to open a
French-inspired Brasserie later this year or next, as reported in EaterSF and Grub Street. The name is a French riff for good market and a play on the building’s former life as the SF Furniture Mart.
Beloved local chef Daniel Patterson is planning to open a new casual and full-service dining establishment on Market. He has become one of the Bay Area’s most iconic chefs by virtue of his local and experimental menu at Coi in North Beach, which remains one of the most difficult reservations to get in town.
San Francisco serves up coffee with the best of them. Seattle may have contributed to unique coffee house styles and brewing techniques but the Bay Area definitely holds its own. Top roasters and cafes include: Four Barrel, Marvelous SF, Blue Bottle, Sightglass and Ritual, which have locations in both the Mission and Hayes Valley.
The beauty is that each has its own style, and almost all the local coffee houses welcome lounging and laptop use. Blue Bottle has Turkish and Central European roots, and is located a few blocks away on Linden Street; while Sightglass focuses on small, locally sourced coffee and is located in SoMa. The beauty of them all is there for you to discover.
Exercise and convenience are key factors driving SF’s homegrown passion for bicycles. Parking for bikes is fairly easy and hills provide good exercise. The Mid Market location is also ideal to bike to many great places in the city in ten minutes or less (think the Mission, Ferry Building and maybe even Japantown for great food). Market Street is considered one of the busiest arteries in the country for bikers.
Thankfully the area is also home to great bike sales, repair and service shops such as
Huckleberry Bikes. The store, located close to 7th and Market, was founded by three friends, and even offers free bike repairs on that corner on weekday mornings. A press release from the Mayor’s office also states that “San Francisco’s bike counts have increased an impressive 71 percent to 8,314 riders and have increased seven percent since 2010.”
Many call the area the epicenter of San Francisco, which is no misnomer because it is right in the middle of the action! Tech lynchpins Twitter, Yammer, Dolby, One Kings Lane and Square have all moved their offices here in a revitalization of this neighborhood which has always been at the geographical heart of everything cool, hip, trendy and edible that makes SF so unique.
Fantastic new restaurants, from cult chefs like Daniel Patterson of Coi fame, are slated to open on the mid blocks of Market Street. Dozens of designer coffee houses ring the neighborhood. Bus, and bike routes, to and from every corner of the City, branch out from this transportation hub.