San Francisco’s hippest neighborhood weaves together microbreweries and menswear boutiques along this bay-skimming stretch on the eastern side of the city.
Unlike much of San Francisco, the industrial Dogpatch district was, for the most part, left to languish post-World War II. It took until the ’90s for new life to be breathed into this gritty docklands, its waterside warehouses and canneries revamped for the ever-growing population of tech innovators and creative entrepreneurs in the city. Riding the wave of renewal is Third Street, its main drag, now transformed into a thriving thoroughfare with everything from bagel bakeries to artisan breweries and some of the finest brunch spots.
Turn right out of the museum, and you’re just steps from some of the finest bagels in San Francisco – perhaps even the West Coast. Daily Driver is a big bright, airy space serving (mostly) organic bagels freshly baked in wood-fired ovens. You can custom-build your perfect filling or choose from a selection of in-house creations. It even has an on-site creamery churning out house-made butter and cream cheeses.
If you like the sweeter things in life, then just next door is this wonderful little candy and ice-cream store. The couple-run establishment has been a favorite among the sweet-toothed since opening in 2010, thanks to its fabulous selection of regularly changing, creatively flavored treats. Home-made, small-batch ice cream can be topped with the likes of hot fudge or caramel – frequent lines are testimony to its deliciousness.
This new kid on the block has quickly established itself as one of the sharpest menswear boutiques in the city. It offers an expertly curated collection of well-known and emerging fashion brands, all presented in a coolly urban setting. Its mission is “to deliver an elevated retail experience,” and with a combination of harder-to-find items, outside-the-norm footwear and hot-off-the-line new arrivals, it does just that.
If you’re looking for some original footwear, you’ll find few places better than Bryr Studio. Designer Isobel Schofield and her team create an impressive line of stylish high-heeled clogs, guaranteed to turn heads as you strut down the street. The boutique and workshop are in the same building, with an open studio every Friday. Pop in for a browse, or order your fully customized pair online.
A sashay away from the top of Third Street in the Lower Nob Hill district, this charming guesthouse is as easy on the eye as it is on the pocket – and a good base if you want to explore Dogpatch. As hinted in the name, the look is French Provençal with a smattering of Asian influences from the owner’s travels. For extra coziness, plump for a room with a working gas fireplace. Morning brings a free (and plentiful) breakfast, while evenings offer guests a complimentary cheese and wine hour.
Channeling the spirit of San Francisco’s bohemian past, this swanky hotel creates an avant-garde atmosphere through the theme of classic rock’n’roll. Free sangria upon check-in sets the mood, while the music theme continues throughout the high-tech rooms. Its Rambler restaurant offers top-notch dining, while a Beatnik-inspired bar with a crackling fire is wonderfully intimate. Plus, it’s just a short cab ride from the north end of Dogpatch.