Weekends in Bayview are filled with culture, great food, and the opportunity to relax in a community that supports its unique identity and the artists, craftspeople and innovators who work there. Whether you spend the afternoon exploring a museum or lingering in a coffee shop, the Bayview area is a perfect place to soak in the rich community traditions of east San Francisco. Here’s a quick weekend guide to Bayview (part one):
You enjoy a good cup of coffee (or three) on a Saturday morning:
If you’re looking for quality coffee, local products and a community atmosphere, be sure to check out one of Bayview’s many coffee shops. Ritual Coffee on Jerrold Avenue prides itself on excellent coffee brewed from beans sourced only from farmers it knows. If you’re driving down 3rd Street, stop off at Road House Coffee Company, a quaint local corner storehouse with delicious coffee and well-known pastries! And last (but certainly not least), The Storehouse out at The SF Shipyard provides the best latte with a friendly smile. You’ll find Shipyard residents and those from surrounding areas gathering for a morning beverage and the great view.
You’ve got brunch on the brain:
Serpentine is dedicated to seasonal American cuisine, and its recently “refreshed” menu includes honey fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits, so it’s a must have on the list. The Hard Knox Café also offers Southern-themed cuisine with its generous soul-food menu designed to bring people together for good food and company. Sounds like the ideal Saturday morning!
If you’re craving some hearty breakfast food, stop by Auntie April’s Chicken-n-Waffles and try its namesake dish or the renowned shrimp and cheese grits. For a different style of fare, head to Huli Huli (huli means “turn” and refers to the restaurant’s mission to employ people who have turned from crime or addition) for an Aloha burrito or kimchi fried rice.
It’s worth waiting for a table at Just For You Café a few blocks from the shipyards. While the café is known for its breakfasts (breads are baked on the premises and other menu items come from local producers), the menu has been expanded to include Cajun dishes, Mexican specials, and a host of lunch items. Craftsman and Wolves, which describes itself as a “contemporary pâtisserie,” offers a rotating menu of delights, including cakes, desserts, breakfast pastries and confections as well as lunch every day.
Museums and Art Projects
You appreciate the arts and want to explore:
The Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) is a work of living art rather than a static collection, as it partners with artists, designers, museums, and universities to create experiences that showcase modern and contemporary craft and design. You may find yourself inspired after experiencing the bold, creative art there. The Minnesota Street Project in the historic Dogpatch district offers equally innovative art. The three-warehouse project offers space to artists and art galleries, and you may want to set aside a few hours to peruse this smorgasbord of local art.
Also in Dogpatch, The Midway is a 40,000 square foot creative complex that houses workshops, special events, exhibitions, and performances. It encourages creative collision, bringing together music, art, food, and new technology in one space.
…And that’s a wrap! Stay tuned for Part Two of “Your Weekend Guide.”