San Francisco is one of the most food-friendly places on earth. As for dining out in the city, you can find any number of restaurants to fit any budget. One of the easiest ways to find diverse, delicious cuisine in a big city is to explore the district-to-district assortment of cultural foods. For instance, North Beach is known for its exceptional Italian fare, as is Chinatown for its Chinese; the Mission has legendary Mexican flavor, just as Japantown has its Japanese, and the Wharf has great seafood. There are sweet little Russian bakeries nestled in between noodle houses, hookah lounges tucked behind Korean barbecue joints, and plenty of tea and coffee shops. There’s so much to see in San Francisco, and the secret to successful, affordable fine dining is to never stop looking.
Most San Francisco natives are very particular about their favorite food establishments, and they’re the ones to ask. And considering dining on campus is very expensive and limiting, students really enjoy exploring elsewhere for their foodie fixes. The immediate areas around campus, like Haight Street and Geary Boulevard, can be a bit pricier than other dining destinations, like eateries in the Mission or deep in the Sunset. But if you’re willing to take the time to find the best vegan cupcakes or chicken burritos, you won’t be disappointed.