Written by Merchandise Product Development Student Mehanaokala Pilago
From Thai to Italian cuisine,
Merchandise Product Development Student and Social Ambassador Mehanaokala Pilago gives an eclectic recommendation of places to eat near FIDM San Francisco. 1. Mocca on Maiden Lane
Address: 175 Maiden Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108
Personal Favorite: Shredded Chicken Sandwich
Photo credit: Perry & Roses
Located in the tiny, elegant alley known as Maiden Lane,
Mocca on Maiden Lane is arguably the best family-owned and operated Italian deli in the city. With freshly-made salads, pastas, sandwiches, and treats, it's a one-stop shop for getting a quick bite to go, or sitting down to enjoy the street jazz musicians while chatting with friends. 2. Ramen Underground
Address: 356 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Personal Favorite: Chicken Teriyaki Don
While wandering around the city one afternoon, I stumbled upon the smallest ramen restaurant packed with people from all over the world. This tiny ramen house is home to the best freshly made Ramen and Donburi bowls. With organic ingredients and an amazing atmosphere of happy employees and customers,
Ramen Underground has found its way to the heart of San Francisco. 3. Thai Stick
Address: 925 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
Located on both Post Street and Filmore Street,
Thai Stick is a lively restaurant and bar for delicious Thai food and entertainment. This popular hangout spot has great drinks and Thai cuisine to satisfy every customer! 4. Caffé Central
Address: 133 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Word of Advice: Make sure to ask for the student discount!
Caffé Central is the go-to spot for all
FIDM San Francisco Students. Located right below the FIDM San Francisco building and next to Crate and Barrel, this cafe has everything from delicate pastries and boba, to waffles and sushi burritos. 5. Cafe Madeleine
Address: 300 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94104
Located just one block away from
FIDM San Francisco is Cafe Madeleine, an inviting cafe with the most delicious baked goods and pastries. They offer all homemade and fresh items, and it's a great place for early study sessions before the campus opens. 6. Bio Cafe
Address: 75 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Bio Cafe is unique for its freshly made pastries, deli goods, kombucha, and chocolates (all made gluten free). This tiny cafe has found a fantastic niche market of organic customers looking for freshly made, affordable goods in the Financial District. 7. Naan-N-Curry
Address: 336 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
One perk of living in such a diverse city is being blessed to have food from all around the world.
Naan-N-Curry Indian restaurant is a modern authentic Indian cuisine with a great atmosphere. With hand-drawn table counters and amazing food, it is a definite must-try in the city! 8) SOMA StrEATfood Park
Address: 428 11 th Street, San Francisco CA 94103
People from all over the city come to this amazing
food truck park filled with lively energy and happy customers who enjoy unique foods from around the world. With streaming Christmas lights, music, tables, and umbrellas, it is an amazing place to get a quick bite or hangout with friends on a Friday night. 9) The Box SF
Address: 1069 Howard Street, San Francisco CA 94103
The Box to be a late-night snack joint. It's located near the Civic Center in San Francisco and has a wide variety of delicious food, from burgers to falafel wraps. 10) Brenda's French Soul Food
Address: 652 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
I stumbled upon
Brenda’s one day while exploring the city. The décor you see when walking through the door is absolutely gorgeous, with raw cracked concrete walls and mirror walls. It just has an amazing, unique atmosphere. Brenda’s is famous for its freshly made beignets, chicken wings, and French toast. Make reservations or get there super early to beat the lines!
More about Mehanaokala:
Growing up in the tropics, I have lived in a swimsuit since I could walk. I decided to launch my own Brazilian swimwear label a few years back, and plan to create my own empire to create high quality, unique swimwear that embodies feminism. After traveling through Indonesia to find manufacturers and source factories, I finally began unraveling my dream of being a "girl boss" and an entrepreneur. Currently, Khushti Kini's operates online and in a few boutiques in Hawaii. My dream is to continue growing and expand fully into the wholesale contemporary swimwear market. FIDM has helped me develop my skills in Product Development and achieve my goals, as well as given me an opportunity to expand my knowledge in fashion.
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