Brunch Places to Try in Hayes Valley, San Francisco

Stop for a spot of brunch before exploring the boutique shops of Hayes Valley
Stop for a spot of brunch before exploring the boutique shops of Hayes Valley | © robertharding / Alamy
Rachael Wan

As many brunch-lovers may know, it can be difficult to find spots that stand out from the crowd. More than just scrambled eggs and bacon, these restaurants, located in the heart of San Francisco’s Hayes Valley, provide a fresh new look on the timeless meal.

1. La Boulange de Hayes

Cafe, Restaurant, American, French

La Boulange de Hayes
Courtesy of La Boulange de Hayes
With croissants baked to perfection, this particular restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating to its customers who come for the delicious French pastries and more. With many locations scattered all around the city, La Boulange is an affordable way to enjoy a small brunch before starting the day, offering a healthier alternative to the typical heavy breakfast food. Coupled with the tasty treats, the excellent customer service is just another reason why locals keep coming back.

2. Café du Soleil

Cafe, French

Tucked away in lower Haight, this cafe offers a nice and cozy place to relax on a busy day. Café du Soleil is praised for its quaint atmosphere coupled with incomparable pastries. In a location a bit quieter than the rest of the city, the cafe is a safe haven for the hungry and the tired. The spectacularly simple presentation of the dishes is outdone only by the taste of the food itself, making a trip to Café du Soleil a must.

3. Chez Maman West

Restaurant, French

Delicious breakfast with eggs Benedict and juice
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Another great French restaurant in the area, Chez Maman West is well worth the wait it may take to get seated. A popular selection for dinner, it is also well known for its wide variety of brunch foods. From eggs Benedict to smoked salmon omelettes, Chez Maman is the place to go for brunch with a French twist.

4. Mercury Café

Cafe, American

Mercury Café
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A good place to just sit down and maybe read a book or do some work, Mercury Café provides an ambiance that welcomes you to come in and stay a while. The classic breakfast menu and drink selection makes it easy to be swept off into a world of delicious flavors and relaxing music. Praised for its coffee, Mercury Café can really wake up the night owl.

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