Avocado toast may be trending nationally right now, but Californians have had a love affair with avocados for decades. According to one recipe published in the San Francisco Chronicle in 1927, we’ve been eating avocado toast in the Bay Area for over 130 years. So needless to say, as the home of trendy foods, avocados and sourdough bread, we know our avocado toast.
To track down the best of the best in the city, we rounded up 12 coffee shops, cafes and restaurants that are slinging must-try toast creations. Try our top picks and let us know which slices you’re coming back for!
1415 18th St | Facebook
Photo courtesy of Provender Coffee + Food
This local Potrero Hill coffee shop has become a landmark in the neighborhood, featuring small-batch coffee roasters, artisanal tea suppliers, pottery and other local products. Though they do serve some of the best coffee in the city, they also serve a famous avocado toast. It’s prepared simply with garlic aioli, lemon, flake salt, cilantro and crispy garlic, but they also offer smoked trout, eggs and bacon additions!
720 Market St | Facebook
Inspired by the Bibliothèque Mazarine, a public library in Paris, the owners at Mazarine want their shop to be a place where you can appreciate the best coffees collected from all over the world, where you can have engaging conversations with friends and colleagues and where you can accomplish your own great works. Their food menu includes nine toasts from the Fig Jam & Ricotta to a simple Avocado or the Bacon, Egg & Avocado. See them all here.
1160 Howard St | Facebook
If you know anything about Vive la tarte, you know they do Instagram-worthy eats right. Opened by a Belgian-born duo, this cafe is the home of handcrafted pastries, brunch and the famous and trendy Tacro. And while that taco-croissant fusion meal is worth a visit, we also think the not-so-regular avocado toast is worth its own trip too.
3438 Mission St | Facebook
Named after the island of São Jorge, this little cafe brings a taste of Portugal and the Açores Islands to the city. Serving as a hub for coffees, Portugues-inspired foods and local art in the Bernal Heights neighborhood, they offer an entire toast section on the menu. Whether you choose the simple organic cream cheese or the famous avocado chili toast, you can guarantee it will come on a colossal slice of perfect wheat toast.
2760 Octavia St | Facebook
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This Cow Hollow cafe is San Francisco’s first avocado toast bar. Specializing in beautiful, fresh avocado toasts and acai bowls, you’ll find six different seasonal slices adorned with fresh flowers and ready for the ‘gram.
3613 Sacramento St | Facebook
As Quoted is Presidio Heights’ beloved, farm-inspired eatery. They call their picturesque and mouth-watering avo toast an organic, open face sandwich and it comes topped with avocado, radishes, chives, mayo, sea salt and crushed red pepper for superb flavor combinations. You also have the option to add a poached egg to the top or add avocado to the BLT Organic Open Face Sandwich. Yum!
1881 Geary Blvd + 2123 Fillmore St + 925 Larkin St | Facebook
When Jane originally opened in 2011, they operated with the simple goal of serving top quality coffee alongside outstanding breakfast and lunch. Over the years, they became the local favorite for a warm, cafe atmosphere and delicious, house-made pastries. Now, they have two other locations and have expanded their bakery program to include their own line of breads as well! That means, when you order fresh avocado toast, you’re getting it on toasted, fresh Jane bread.
One Ferry Building, #46 | Facebook
Frog Hollow Farm serves the entire Bay Area with legendary, organic fruits from their Brentwood farm. Inside the farm-to-table Ferry Building cafe, they operate a true urban farm stand alongside pastries baked on site and seasonal food from other local farms, vineyards and breweries. Because the simple, delicious avocado toast has been such a hit, they now offer it all day, every day — so you can’t miss it!
687 Geary St | Facebook
Photo courtesy of Arya Jha via Scullery
Sharon and Jason Lindley’s San Francisco story began right here in the Tenderloin. In fact, when they moved from Scotland, their first apartment was located right across the street from what is now their beloved cafe. Named after the Scottish name for the kitchen, Scullery combines the couples’ own childhood eats with Tenderloin history, resulting in a hip spot that celebrates the new vibe of the neighborhood. The menu features seven different toasts including an avocado option topped with garlic oil, sea salt and cracked pepper.
2339 Clement St | Facebook
Fiorella is a neighborhood, Italian eatery serving wood-fired pizza, pasta, local beer and perfectly paired wines every day. On Saturday and Sunday, you can get all of that innovative and fresh Italian flare served during brunch. On the weekend menu, you’ll find simple toasts topped with pistachio butter and house-made strawberry jam as well as avocado toast topped with charred scallion, chili, lemon, garlic and cilantro. But you’ll also find the Whipped Fish Toast, a thick slice topped with cream cheese, smoked salmon, sprouts, red onion, dill, capers and roe.
1760 Polk St | Facebook
Staying true to its mission statement, 1760 is modern and ingredient-driven which means the team uses only the best ingredients and prepares them in a way that helps each one show off its true essence. Their upscale avocado toast is on the regular dinner menu and is topped with crispy salmon skin, takuan, radish and lime to make it one of the most interesting options on this list.
Do you have a favorite toast?
Whether it’s avocado or non-avocado, let us know in the comments below!