Sandwiched between California Interstate 280 and San Francisco’s Central Waterfront district, DOGPATCH is an approximately nine-block enclave that’s finally gaining deserved recognition. This historic neighborhood (which purportedly gets its name from the packs of dogs that used to roam the area) recently has seen an influx of artists and designers as well as a bevy of innovative eateries, all of which complement Dogpatch’s already long-standing businesses. Earlier this year, the neighborhood also became the permanent home of the city’s Museum of Craft and Design (www.sfmcd.org). For true local flavor, a visit to this southeast ’hood is an absolute must.
JUST FOR YOU CAFE
This established breakfast spot is a favorite among San Francisco locals, in part because of its delicious beignets and attentive staff. www.justforyoucafe.com
Sit outdoors and order from a menu that includes house-made pastas and thin-crust pizzas, as well as specially selected wines from around the globe. Neighboring Piccino Coffee Bar is the place for cappuccinos and quick eats. www.piccinocafe.com
MODERN APPEALING CLOTHING
The shop features avant-garde styles from Bay Area and international designers, as well as choice offerings from Heliotrope skin care and Rae Dunn ceramics. www.modernappealingclothing.com
THE WORKSHOP RESIDENCE
The working artist residence hosts public workshops, and an on-site shop sells functional, locally made wares, like furniture crafted from mycelium. www.theworkshopresidence.com
Choose from ready-made backpacks, tablet sleeves and urban commuter bags, or customize one on-site. www.rickshawbags.com
Opened in 1912, this neighborhood stalwart recently received a complete makeover. Stop in for a local draft brew or sample a creative new cocktail, like the gin-based Headphones in Beirut, which is seasoned with a dash of fennel pollen. www.dogpatchsaloon.com
MAGNOLIA GASTROPUB & BREWERY
An offshoot of brewmaster Dave McLean’s Haight-Ashbury gastropub and brewery, this soon-to-open 10,000-square-foot space features an expanded beer selection, a full bar and chef Dennis Lee’s innovative style of barbecue. www.magnoliapub.com/dogpatch.html
Chocolatier Michael Recchiuti’s Paris-inspired café appeals to sweet and savory palates. Expect cheese plates, tartines, brownie sundaes and plenty of vino. Next door is Recchiuti’s Little Nib, where you can purchase his handcrafted confections to go. www.chocolatelabsf.com
MR. & MRS. MISCELLANEOUS
Dogpatch’s modern soda fountain boasts a selection of sorbet and ice-cream flavors — such as bananas Foster and French lavender — that changes daily and is made from scratch.