Cheap Eats for Foodies in San Francisco from Local Expert Rhea Bautista

Local Expert Rhea Bautista - Cheap Eats San FranciscoSan Francisco has an enormous range of cuisines making it a foodie’s paradise. But if you are overwhelmed with the plethora of restaurants, cafes, bars, ice cream shops and more, don’t fret, our Local Expert Rhea Bautista will help you find the perfect spots. Rhea has curated this three day trip for the foodie on a budget. Great food doesn’t have to break the bank! In this trip, Rhea points out some of her favorite places from sit down high-end restaurants to the best spots for SF street food.

Rhea Bautista – Foodie on a Budget in San Francisco

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Hayes Valley Neighborhood

Hayes Valley Neighborhood - Local Expert Rhea Bautista - Cheap Eats San Francisco

This small but happening neighborhood is fairly new to the scene but has some great shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars. From high-end boutiques and unique vintage shops to down to earth dive bars, Hayes Valley has an eclectic mix of businesses.


Ice cream made especially to order for you using a patented machine that employs the wonders of liquid nitrogen. This means that, not only is this stuff all kinds of fresh and delicious, it’s also made without preservatives and made with very little material waste—so you can eat your soul food and feel good about it.

Alta CA

Alta CA - Local Expert Rhea Bautista - Cheap Eats San Francisco

A warm, inviting atmosphere with craft cocktails and fresh California cuisine… This may be a place you could linger at for a while.


The Ferry Building

The Ferry Building - Local Expert Rhea Bautista - Cheap Eats San Francisco

A foodie heaven with beautiful views of the water and Bay Bridge, the Ferry Building hosts some great little shops that offers amazing food products. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, a farmers market is also held in the plaza out front.

Tony’s Pizza

Neapolitan pizza that won best margarita pizza at the World Pizza Cup in Naples. You don’t need more convincing.

Lands End Trail

Lands End Trail - Local Expert Rhea Bautista - Cheap Eats San Francisco

A gorgeous walking trail through Lincoln Park that has stellar views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay. Walk along the waters edge and enjoy the scent of eucalyptus trees, all the while taking in the beautiful sites of the San Francisco Bay. Keep an eye on the water because if you are lucky, you might see seals, dolphins, or whales.


Nopa - Local Expert Rhea Bautista - Cheap Eats San FranciscoSimple dishes mostly cooked over wood fires made with ingredients that are sourced locally and in season.


Le Marais

Le Marais - Local Expert Rhea Bautista - Cheap Eats San Francisco

Fresh, delightful French baked goods. Grab a baguette or something sweet to enjoy while you meander, or stay for a moment and enjoy something more substantial like one of their sandwiches or soups.

Off the Grid: Presidio

Off the Grid: Presidio - Local Expert Rhea Bautista - Cheap Eats San Francisco

Come have a picnic with a myriad of options to choose from at this group of food trucks that has been stirring up the San Francisco culinary scene.

Mitchell’s Ice Cream

A classic spot for ice cream that has been in the Mission District since 1953. Since Mitchell’s was the first San Francisco ice cream shop to serve mango ice cream (in the 60s), it’s the most famous flavor.


Commonwealth - Local Expert Rhea Bautista - Cheap Eats San Francisco

Commonwealth has a wonderful philosophy that they really enact with action. They want to create community around extraordinary cuisine… They do so by donating $10 of each meal (a meal complemented by an array of flavors offered in a welcoming atmosphere) to a local charity!

Trick Dog

Trick Dog - Local Expert Rhea Bautista - Cheap Eats San Francisco

Trick Dog offers some of the best cocktails in town—including their horoscope cocktails, which are all based on the classic traits of the 12 star signs. They also serve some tasty pub grub, including the Trick Dog, a hamburger in a hotdog bun.

Want to explore San Francisco some more? Check out our Discover San Francisco page to find more restaurants, bars, museums, shopping, and more!

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