While there are oodles of ways to fill your tummy in San Francisco (the mushroom flavored cheesecakes from CheeseQuakes!, the sweet sand angel cookies over at Batter Bakery and the succulent pork belly lotus buns at China Live are just a few of our favs), there aren’t too many places we’d consider an oasis in the heart of SF’s bustling Union Square. Café de la Presse is one of the few places in the Bay Area (or heck, the United States for that matter) where you can simultaneously tuck into a table at a 1930s style French bistro and dive into a fresh copy of Le Monde.
Chock full of European elegance, Café de la Presse is both a restaurant and a newsstand nestled in the heart of San Francisco. Laurent Manrique, Jean Claude Persais and Steve Mayer opened Café de la Presse in September 2005. It’s a café where you can get up to speed on the news of the day while slowing down with pain perdu (French toast) or a freshly baked croissant.
The food is consistently delicious and Café de la Presse, in true international style, never makes you feel like you need to be evicted from your table no matter how busy the weekend brunch rush may be.
Some of our favorite things about dining at Café de la Presse are the period light fixtures and the vintage posters. Every time we visit it seems like there’s a new piece to discover.
The tables arranged on the outside sidewalk may be on the corner of Grant Avenue and Bush Street, but they are exactly the same as what you might find at your average Parisian tabac.
In addition to Café de la Presse, here’s a list of other neat little local spots we love in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Café de la Presse is the perfect French treat for anyone who might find themselves wandering around in the heart of downtown San Francisco.
Café de la Presse
Address: 352 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, California
Hours: Monday Through Friday 7:30am to 9:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 8:00am to 9:00pm
Phone: (415) 398-2680
Prices (All in USD): Breakfast $4.50 to $17.00, Lunch Items $12.00 to $35.00, Dinner $12.00 to $34.00
April 6, 2018 at 2:51 am
I have been reading your blog ever since you graced the streets of Syracuse and tasted Spicy Hot Tomato Oil. (I thank you for that!) I’m heading to Berkeley next week to visit my west coast daughter and will most definitely be referring to your posting of gems. Thank you for living the dream and thinking to include all of us.
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April 6, 2018 at 4:36 pm
Karyn your comments literally brightened my morning. Thank you so much for the sweet note. I’ve pinned a bunch of our East Bay favorites on this board. Hopefully it helps spark some ideas for your upcoming trip! https://www.pinterest.com/foodwatershoes/east-bay-alameda-and-oakland-california/ Are you planning on exploring San Francisco as well?