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Best Snacks and Treats in Downtown San Francisco

Downtown San Francisco is poppin’ with some of the best snacks, sweet treats and desserts around. From your morning coffee to your afternoon pick-me-up or delicious desserts, you’ll find a bevy of baked goods, coffee drinks, ice cream, shakes, juices and teas, and downright delicious treats in our district.

Bluestone Lane Coffee Shop — 227 Front Street. Open 7am to 4pm. Hailing all the way from Australia where they made a big splash, Bluestone Lane Coffee Shop chose San Francisco for their first U.S. West Coast shop. With an emphasis on healthy consumption, Bluestone Lane’s become a favorite in these parts for their coffee drinks served both hot and cold, fresh juices and beverages, organic teas and wellness drinks, as well as nutritious smoothies. 

Boulevard — 1 Mission Street. Fancy an upscale dessert? Then you’ve gotta try Boulevard. Chef and owner Nancy Oakes puts love in every bite, and their dessert menu is outstanding. From Golden Milk Latte & Cookies to Affogato Napoletano, to pavlovas, a choux box and beyond, you’ll think you’ve been whisked off to a Parisian pâtisserie. Don’t forget to pair your treats with a sleek cocktail or fancy nightcap from the bar. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 5pm until 9:30pm.

Fish & Farm — 424 Clay Street. Open daily from 6:30am - 11pm, The dessert menu at Fish & Farm is short, sweet and to the point. With a focus on sustainability, everything at Fish & Farm is fresh and delicious. Their dessert menu rotates regularly and they serve it up alongside Loose Leaf Damann Frères French Teas and illy brand coffee from a house-pressed pot, to espresso, cappuccino and lattès.

Il Canto Cafe — 500 Sacramento Street. Need it delivered to your door? Il Canto Cafe offers take-out and delivery of their expansive menu of coffee drinks and delicious desserts like lemon bars, pound cake, homemade chocolate chip cookies and more. Find them on numerous ordering apps and online platforms.

illy Caffè — 220 Montgomery Street. The O.G. of Italian coffee perfection, illy opened their flagship San Francisco store right here in our district. Widely considered the gold standard of coffees, illy serves up handcrafted coffee drinks, pastries, desserts and more. Pop in Monday through Friday 7am - 5:30pm for outstanding counter service. 

Insomnia Cookies — 362 Kearny Street. Founded by an enterprising student at the University of Pennsylvania in 2003, your 24-hour fix of sweet deliciousness is always available. Nothing is more comforting than a box of ooey, gooey warm cookies, and with their first Bay-area location right here in the Financial District, Insomnia serves up delicious ice cream, ice cream sandwiches and beverages to boot. WIth vegan options and oat milk available, this all-day staple is sure to please any craver. 

JOE & THE JUICE — Two Locations: 235 Montgomery Street & 380 Bush Street. Offering pick-up and delivery, JOE & THE JUICE is famous for their fresh juices, healthy shakes, delicious sweet treats and more. From brownies, muffins, carrot cake and banana bread to coffee drinks and teas, shakes and lattes, and soothing juices, Joe never fails to curb our cravings.

Lou's Cafe — 100 Pine Street, #102. Open weekdays from 8am - 3pm, Lou’s is your classic delicatessen that also serves espresso beverages like Caffè Lattes, Americanos, White Chocolate Mocha, Caramel Macchiato and espresso con panna. Check them out for a deliciously drinkable pick-me-up!

Maison Nico — 710 Montgomery Street. You may as well be in Paris, France with this adorable modern épicerie and café serving lovely laminated pastries, genuine pâtisserie like brioche feuilletée, viennoiserie, and génoiserie, alongside savory French staples. They also have a continental selection of French café-inspired cocktails, and coffee beverages like the Chartreuse Cappuccino.

Noah’s NY Bagels — 100 Bush Street,. Ste. 102. Open super early and closing at 2pm daily, Noah’s is known for their fresh-baked bagels and sandwiches, and they also have an extraordinary menu of coffee and espresso drinks, cold brew and cold brew shakes, chai latte teas, juice and other beverages that pair perfectly with their heavenly chocolate chip cookies and muffins.

Paris Baguette — 550 Market Street. From freshly baked baguettes and loaves to sweet and savory pastries and donuts to cakes (whole or by the slice) to seasonal specialities and button-perfect macarons, Paris Baguette is your one-stop for baked goods, sweets, treats and snacks. Open daily from early morning through afternoon and evenings, seven days a week.

Peet’s Coffee — 155 Montgomery Street,. #161. Open 5:30am to 5pm on weekdays, Peet’s Coffee offers order-ahead, delivery, and bottled, handcrafted and nitro cold brews alongside hot and iced teas, hot and cold coffees and now jelly drinks. We’re fascinated by their Brown Sugar Cold Brew Oat Latte  and the Iced Brown Sugar Matcha Oat Latte — both available with or without jelly, as well as a dozen other, delectable jelly drinks.

Philz Coffee — 1 Front Street, 5 Embarcadero Center. With two locations in our district, Philz Coffee is a popular spot to swing in, grab a delicious cuppa and be on your way. WIth a whole host of hand-prepared coffee drinks, plus house roasted beans by the pound, Philz is a fan fave in downtown San Francisco.

See's Candies — 542 Market Street. Bring home a little taste of California! Family owned and operated since 1921, See’s Candies has been making homemade chocolates, sweets and treats for over 100 years!  The company started in Los Angeles and has spread far and wide due to their craveable confections, bonbons and sweets like their special occasion samplers, chews, thank you boxes and lollipops. A local must during the holidays, See’s is open daily 10am - 7pm, Sundays 11am - 6pm. 

Super Duper Burgers — 346 Kearny Street. Known for their — you guessed it — burgers, Super Duper also boasts an awesome assortment of shakes, malts and cones with organic and, ahem, “adult” options. For in-store only, you can spike your shake with some gin liqueur when you need a super duper 21+ pick-me-up!

The Melt — 455 Market Street. Located across from the  Mechanics Monument Plaza,, a whole host of frozen treats and baked goods await you at The Melt. With brownies, marshmallow bars, chocolate chunk cookies and more, The Melt really comes through with their milkshakes. The double chocolate and the snickerdoodle shakes are some of our faves, so if you need a quick anytime nosh, hit up The Melt. Open daily from late morning though 2am!

Tin on Kearny — 356 Kearny Street. Open Monday - Friday from 11am - 2pm, Tin is a quick hit and their Asian-inspired drinks like iced Vietnamese coffee, Thai iced tea and traditional American drinks hit the spot when you’re in a midday hurry. 

The Vault — 555 California Street. If you’re in the market for an upscale dessert or digestif, check out the dual options at The Vault Steakhouse and its accompanying sister location The Vault Garden. Both offer incredible ambiance in a buttoned up atmosphere, and both make for a wonderful post-dinner drink or dessert. Reservations are suggested, so this isn’t a spur-of-the-moment treat — more like something special when you plan to enjoy a refined fix after a sumptuous meal with someone special.

Wayfare Tavern — 558 Sacramento Street. A downtown San Francisco staple, Wayfare Tavern is delicious anytime of day, and their selection of desserts and digestifs is equally alluring. Open at 11:30am and closing at 9pm or 10pm daily, Wayfare is a wonderful spot for after dinner wines, attentive barista service, delicious digestives to aid in your dégustation — plus mouthwatering desserts like house-made doughnuts, chocolate cake, banana trifle and others. Match those with their cocktails or wine list and you’re all set for a splendid night out in San Francisco.

YiLan Bento — 653 Clay Street. Open for lunch Monday through Saturday, YiLan Bento’s Asian-inspipred street food is the star on the menu, and their admirable offerings of fruit teas, slushes, latte drinks and traditional teas make this the perfect place to stop for a quick afternoon snack.

For a full list of restaurants in downtown San francisco, check out our local directory serving downtown San Francisco, the Financial District and Jackson Square.