When I first went to San Francisco, I got off of the plane and was really hungry. In seeking something completely different than what I could find in Cleveland, it was suggested that we go to La Boulange.
This café has such a charming vibe to it. Though I have never been to France, I pictured I was there while dining at La Boulange. They have patio seating so that you can enjoy the beautiful weather of the SF day. The interior is decorated with vintage wood and lightly accented with blues, greens and yellows.
They serve the freshest sandwiches that leave you feeling like you ate something grand, and nothing too filling. My personal favorite is their open-face hummus sandwich! They also have a bakery section filled with delectable treats such as macaroons, fine pastries and this delectable strawberry tart:
Being an avid coffee drinker, I have tried many coffees. In trying them, I have learned what I love (and sadly, which tastes like water with an instant mix). Upon ordering a cappuccino at La Boulange, I was instantly in love with the cute shapes the foam created on the top of my coffee as well as the decedent smell of java. And then it came to tasting the cappuccino. Pure. Bliss.
I have to say that they have the very best cappuccino I have ever had the pleasure of consuming. It is not one to leave that unpleasant coffee taste, or worse, coffee breath, feeling in your mouth. Each time that I frequent San Francisco, it is always on the top of my list of places to visit (especially in the morning or late afternoon for my caffeine fix), as the quality is the exact same at each location and with each cappuccino.
And in case you are in a hurry and are more hungry than thirsty, Starbucks now carries La Boulange bakery items. The only drawback here is that you will be missing the vibe of La Boulange itself.
An aspect I adore about visiting their cafes (they have multiple locations throughout San Francisco as noted on their site), is how sweet and friendly their staff is. You are more than just a customer in their restaurant ordering a meal. They make you feel like you are a long lost friend and they welcome you back. They will ask you how you are, what you are up to that day and if you are an out-of-towner, like me, they will give you tips to the best places in the city to check out. Plus, if you are really lucky, they’ll let you sample their raspberry rhubarb tart, fresh from the oven (or any other goodie they are baking that day)! The entire restaurant is a sweet little vacation from the workday and a fun way to escape a busy day!
Let me know how you like it! And where is the best cappuccino you ever drank from?