24th Street Cheese Company, 3893 24th Street, between Vicksburg and Sanchez Streets (415-821-6658 or 24thstreetcheese.com).
This charming Glen Park grocery store carries a little bit of the best of everything (free-range and organic meats, produce, grab-and-go eats). It even bakes its own breads with a starter and fancy German steam ovens.
Canyon Market, 2815 Diamond Street, at Wilder Street (415-586-9999 or canyonmarket.com).
This small-business incubator and shared space, tucked away in Bernal Heights, resembles a tiny slice of the Ferry Building. Five culinary businesses currently occupy the space, including a pickling guru and sandwich maker, a cutlery genius, and a spice maven.
331 Cortland, 331 Cortland Avenue, between Bocana and Bennington Streets.
Here you’ll find a rotating menu of the Greek owner’s family recipes for takeaway, as well as some of the city’s best-kept (and highway-robbery-cheap) wine secrets. Seven-dollar tempranillo? Don’t mind if we do.
Haight Street Market, 1530 Haight Street, between Ashbury and Clayton Streets (415-255-0644 or haightstreetmarket.com).
Swing by this awesomely stocked corner market if braving the Noe Valley Whole Foods parking lot gives you the shakes. The organic and natural product selection is awe inducing, the staff is swell, and the booze selection is clutch.
Francophiles, look no further: This place stocks French items you won’t find anywhere else in the city. Vintage Parisian shop signs mark areas like the front-desk confiserie (snag L’Artisan macarons) and La Fromagerie, a cheese cave offering European varieties that are nearly impossible to get in the States.
Gourmet and More, 141 Gough Street, between Lily and Oak Streets (415-874-9133).
This Laurel Village shop changes your perspective on weeknight dinners. It’s clean, organized, and well edited, with a vibe that makes you want to cook better and more often.
Bryan’s Grocery, 3445 California Street, between Laurel and Locust Streets (415-752-0179).
Curated, artisan products line the aisles of this mother ship for food enthusiasts the world over. When a market’s pros get tapped to write a cookbook, you know they’re doing something special.
Bi-Rite Market, 3639 18th Street, between Guerrero and Dolores Streets (415-241-9760 or biritemarket.com).
This one-stop shop holds everything you need to keep your day moving: grab-and-go sandwiches, soups, and wraps for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Blue Bottle coffee; fresh baked goods; and old-school sodas.
Blue Fog Market, 2567 Gough Street, at Green Street (415-931-9331).
This SOMA staple has made the city prettier for 100 years. Only floral professionals are admitted in the early hours, but it’s open to the public after 10 a.m., Mondays thru Saturdays. Word on the street is Martha adores it.
San Francisco Flower Mart, 640 Brannan Street, between 5th Street and I-280 (415-392-7944 or sfflmart.com).
The meat selection is the star, but the prepared foods are celebratory. Each day brings a new takeaway dinner entree with a selection of house-made sauces, salads, and sides.
Avedano’s Holly Park Market, 235 Cortland Avenue, between Bocana and Bonview Streets (415-285-6328 or avedanos.com).
This artisan grocery store — owned by a young, married couple — specializes in wine, cheese, salumi, local treats, fresh sandwiches, and other provisions. Hang out with the proprietors during wine tastings on Thursdays, 5 to 7 p.m.
Places like Rainbow make it possible to eat organic produce affordably. Factor in the assortment of natural products, from dry goods to personal care items to wine, cheese, and housewares, and you may never shop anywhere else again. (Carnivores, take note: no meat.)
Rainbow Grocery, 1745 Folsom Street, at 13th Street (415-863-0621 or rainbow.coop).
We like to think Gwyneth would approve of this place. The owners have carefully selected small brands with products designed to get you gorgeous and glowing in Earth-friendly ways. Keep an eye out for monthly, in-store, ecofriendly pop-up shops.
The Detox Market, 969 Valencia Street, between 21st and Liberty Streets (415-826-1600 or thedetoxmarket.com).
An awe-inspiring food emporium and a mecca of all things craveworthy in SF, this cornucopia of great restaurants, shops, food stalls, and mini markets — despite throngs of tourists — represents what our city is all about. Catch the farmers markets on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
If you’re looking for a place that offers only the good stuff, this is it. The spot-on selections of locally grown produce and hard-to-find artisan items never disappoint, nor do the full-service meat, seafood, and delicatessen stations.
Falletti Foods, 308 Broderick Street, between Fell and Oak Streets (415-626-4400 or fallettifoods.com).
ForageSF’s monthly members-only events have a well-earned foodie following. Despite a few recent snags with the health department, these groovy events encapsulate the city’s experimental culinary spirit.