If you’re going to be doing any of your holiday shopping downtown this year, you’re going to need some fuel to survive the bag-totin' crowds. Here are a few places where you can grab a bite to eat, plus ideas on where you can find some holiday cheer to keep you feeling good about people.
This new all-day American café has you covered. There’s an extensive breakfast menu, ranging from egg sandwiches to Benedicts to pancakes and waffles, while lunch has salads, burgers, sandwiches, and baked ziti to get you through the day (and night—they serve an affordable dinner too). And, wine. // 386 Geary St, klydesf.com
Have you had a chance to check out the stylish Gaspar yet? There are two bars (upstairs and downstairs) that can furnish you with a Champagne cocktail and more. Festive! Lunch is served Monday–Friday, there’s a bar menu that starts at 3pm, and dinner is served every night. // 185 Sutter St., gasparbrasserie.com
For a festive bite, you can always hit up one of the holiday teas on Union Square. Through December 21st, the St. Francis will be hosting a holiday tea on Saturdays and Sundays from 2–4pm. Choose leaves from Mighty Leaf or Red Blossom Tea Company, followed by a selection of English tea sandwiches, black currant scones, and seasonal berries with Devonshire-blend cream, preserves, and assorted petit fours. Guests may also choose the Royal Tea, which includes a glass of sparkling wine. $45 for the complete tea; $49 for the Royal Tea; $25 for children 12 and under for regular tea. Reservations are required: 415-774-0264. And don’t miss a peek at the St. Francis gingerbread house! // 335 Powell St., westinstfrancis.com
Tea Under the Tree at The Sir Francis Drake Hotel
This tea is a handy one, because it’s served Fridays–Sundays through December 14, and then from December 19–23, it’s served daily! Hours are 1–4pm, and the tea sets include items like tea sandwiches (smoked salmon, roast beef, egg salad), tea breads, petit fours, mini fruit tartlets, and more. $75 per adult (which includes a glass of bubbles) and $45 per child (which includes a gingerbread cookie for decorating). Reservations encouraged: 415-392-7775. // 450 Powell St., sirfrancisdrake.com