San Franciscans love their street food trucks. And their food markets and open kitchens. In this city eating and drinking is an essential part of the inhabtitants’ lifestyle. And there is a lot to taste! A culinary challenge for SWISS Magazine author Vanessa Staub.

There is always a good reason to share a meal

Every Sunday they’ll gather on the Main Parade Ground for the "Presidio Picnic", where over 20 trucks will turn up and provide pizzas, shawarma, popsicles and tacos for all. It is a vast “one-big-family” event – and a firm fixture in many locals’ diaries.

The "SoMa StrEat Food Park" in the South of Market district specialises in supplying quick and tasty lunches for the local business community, while the "Spark Social SF" celebrates "Taco Tuesday" or "S’mores Monday". The locals have even developed an app! “Roaming Hunger" tells them where the nearest food truck can currently can be found.

Good to know

  1. Tipping

    Tips are essential, make it at least 15 percent. But do check the bill: more and more restaurants now include the tip.

  2. Tracking Food Trucks

    Check out the “Roaming Hunger” app to find out which food trucks will be where and when.

  3. Like it?

    Love reading travel reviews? Yelp is more widely used in San Francisco than TripAdvisor.

  4. Be prepared

    Adopt the layered look: the weather in the Bay area is very changeable, often cool, sometimes warm and mostly windy.


    San Francisco is expensive, so book well ahead! Airbnb isn’t necessarily cheaper, but you get to live like a local.

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