The historic Dogpatch neighborhood has working-class roots and is home to some of the city’s oldest structures, including sweet Edwardian Victorian cottages as well as dockside warehouses and factories. It feels remote from the rest of the city and is a neighborhood in transition. There’s a lot to see and do in here–restaurants, breweries, wine tasting, an ice cream shop, two chocolatiers, a butcher, a cheese shop, a museum, artist studios, shops, a bouldering gym, and more. Take time to explore.
Bounded by 3rd St./22nd St.
Getting here by public transportation: From Union Square area/Powell St., take the T streetcar that runs down Third Street.
Dogpatch food shops
601 22nd St./3rd St.
Here your get four tastes for $10. Pours are generous, and tastings might include cider, red table wine, vermouth, and vin de noix.
La Fromagerie Cheese Shop
2425 3rd St.
In addition to purveying cheeses, this little shops serves up classic sandwiches and salads.
2505 3rd St./22nd St.
Hidden in a long row of converted warehouses, this rustic restaurant serving modern American fare operates inside one of them. It features an indoor beer garden, plus a high ceiling and a library ladder that bartenders move along a tall wall of shelves loaded with bottles to find just the one they need. This is a branch of the Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery operating in Haight-Ashbury.
Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous
699 22nd St./3rd St.
This ice cream shop uses features around eight flavors daily. It is known for its creative flavors–pink squirrel, Jameson, salted mango, Amaretto, basil chip, Porter—but also offers more basic flavors–cookies and cream, sweet cream, and the essential birthday cake with sprinkles. The house-made chocolate chip cookies and nut brittle are excellent, too.
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