My Healthy Guide to San Francisco

I’ve lived in San Francisco since August 2015 and so far, I’ve discovered so many great restaurants, cafes, stores and places to visit and wanted to put all my experiences in one handy place instead of them being sprinkled around my Instagram feed. So this is my wellness guide to some of my favorite places to eat, juice, do yoga, get my fitness on and hike. P.S. I’ve also posted about my favorite eats around the Financial District/SOMA area where I work in this post.

My Healthy Guide to San Francisco


Gracias Madre

Lively and colorful vegan Mexican restaurant in the heart of Mission District. I’ve done both lunch and dinner here and love their pretty, yet delicious food. Get multiple dishes to share with your table. Happy Hour too!

Seed + Salt

Great for salads and green juices after a hike in the Presidio park. Very cool but small place and all the food is organic, ethically and locally sourced, free of gluten, dairy, refined sugars, trans fats and GMOs.
Friendly, inexpensive, all vegan spot to get your delicious balls of flavor (gluten-free friendly as well). I got their organic sesame falafel platter for lunch last time and even I ordered ahead of time online they waited for me to show up until they packed it so that my falafels were hot and pita bread nice and warm. Also got Cinnamon Baklava for dessert, just because.

Bowl’d Acai

These cool guys serve healthy juices, smoothies and Acai bowls straight from their truck. Green Goliath bowl: acai, spinach, hemp seeds, strawberry, banana, coconut water topped with blueberries and honey.

Samovar Tea Lounge – Yerba Buena Gardens

Set in the heart of downtown San Francisco, overlooking the park. Delicious small plates and so many teas to choose from. A bit on the pricey side but so worth the zen moment.

Holy Gelato!

They have twelve different flavors of vegan gelato! Funky and cozy spot to get your sweet cravings crushed.

Papalote Mexican Grill 

Papalote is in the Mission District near the Valencia Street intersection. Tons of vegan/vegetarian options on the menu, like the Soyrizo.

Arlequin Cafe

Great spot to hangout. They have the cutest garden area at the back of the cafe with heat lamps, owls and lush greenery. Mediterranean inspired menu with big salads, almond milk mochas and great tea selection.

Loving Cup

Choose from a menu of over 30 ingredients (incl. non-dairy and vegan) and they will whip it together right in front of your drooling eyes. Loving Cup is located near Alamo Square (Painted Ladies) so walk your cup to the park and enjoy it while admiring the contrast of the skyscrapers of downtown San Francisco behind the historic Painted Ladies.

Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market

Ferry Plaza hosts their famous farmer’s market three times a week for freshest, local, seasonal produce and delicious foods. Saturdays is the biggest day.


Very Vegan Sundays at SoMa StrEat Food Park, Cinnaholic (customizable vegan cinnamon rolls in Berkeley), Greens Restaurant (vegetarian farm to table experience), Rainbow Grocery (an organic, all-vegetarian co-op market since 1975) and Hella Vegan Eats in Oakland.



Yoga On The Labyrinth

Held at the gorgeous Grace Cathedral Darren Main teaches yoga at this unconventional setting every Tuesday night. It is donation based, and you get to enjoy amazing live music,so get there early and bring your own mat.
I love this place! It’s is where I took my first ever yoga class in California. The studio is located on the top floor of an old office building with no elevator, so you get a good warm-up before the class. The space is lofty and filled with natural light from the big windows that go around the room. Classes are Power Vinyasa Flow and donation-based ($10 is suggested).
While on my Groupon graze I bought a Hiking Yoga class when I had just arrived to SF. I thought it would be an excellent way to get to know the city, new people and get my exercise on. We started at the Ferry Building and moved swiftly through the steep hills, whole lot of stairs and stopped to do yoga in front of fountains, statues, gardens, parks and even on the foot of the Coit Tower. Lovely way to get moving!


Kadampa Meditation Center

Daily drop-in meditation classes, retreats, talks and lectures, including free 20-minute lunchtime guided meditation classes.


Twisted Thistle Apothecary in Haight Ashbury and Scarlet Sage Herb Co. (Specializes in traditional Western Herbalism and natural medicine on Valencia St.).

What else would you include in this list? What are some of your favorites in San Francisco?

4 Replies to “My Healthy Guide to San Francisco”

  1. Thank you so much, I need to visit some of these food places:) We have Pressed Juicery here in Palo Alto too, I just had a 3 day juice fasting from them. I love their freeze to, it's like ice cream but without dairy and raffinated sugar. My kids love it too:) I'm also very interested about a yoga in San Francisco as we move there after one year. Here I go to Avalon Yoga ( Vinyasa) which I like very much.

    If you go to Angel Island (Ferry from the pier 41) you get a really good hike and a view over the whole bay.

    1. Oooh so jealous! None of the SF Pressed Juiceries have the Freeze! Been dying to try it! Would be perfect now that the temperatures are getting higher (at least here on the East Bay).
      I have not ventured out to Angel Island yet so I got to check it out in the near future.

  2. […] I’ve been following Gabby since 2008 and gone to almost all her lectures in NYC as well as buying all her books. This weekend I had the opportunity to see her in San Francisco. I was blown away by the fact that her talk was at the strikingly beautiful Grace Cathedral in Nob Hill. They have Yoga on the Labyrinth in this church every Thursday. You can read more about it on my Healthy Guide to SF. […]

  3. Hello, just wanted to share with you that we had a great vacation at Marina de Bolnuevo in July of this year. We flew into San Javier and hired a car from the airport for the short drive to Bolnuevo. The beaches are perfect, most of them awarded the Blue Flag. The restaurents were great, with paella on the beach a must and managed a day on the nudist beach there. Very liberating. We also visited the Big Guns, The Roman Mines and the Sand sculptures. Will be returning there again in 2018. Thanks for reading Tony.

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