Russian Hill Neighborhood Guide
Russian Hill is one of San Francisco’s most beautiful and lively neighborhoods. It’s famous for one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, Lombard Street, and a cable car line that runs along many restaurants and shops. Russian Hill is also no stranger to locally-owned gems from independent boutiques to well-known cafés. So it’s no coincidence that we chose this fabulous neighborhood to call home.
To welcome you to Batch, and the neighborhood, we wanted to share a list of our favorite places that are worth checking out while you are here. Plus, they are all a mere hop, skip and a step away from Batch! So get ready to plan your weekend trip to Russian Hill, because we believe there’s no better place in this city by the bay.
St. Frank Coffee
Saint Frank’s minimally designed coffee shop leaves the focus on the coffee and the people. Customers can enjoy espressos and pour overs, made with coffee sourced from Honduras to Burundi. While their coffee is superb, what we love most about Saint Frank is their mission: to evolve the experience of coffee toward a simple joy in life, but also toward social connections and the celebration of people, place, and culture.
Batch Recommends: Pre-workout weekend latte
Address: 2340 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Whether you’re looking for a healthy breakfast spot or for a way to feel refreshed and cool after your weekly TRX class, then Basik Cafe is the place to go. This cute Hawaii-based cafe first opened its doors in 2010 in Kailua-Kona and now has three more locations across the West Coast. So grab your girlfriends, your children or your significant other and head on over to this dreamy island inspired cafe and enjoy their assortment of dairy free and plant based acai bowls and smoothies. It’s the closest you’ll get to Hawaii in San Francisco!
Batch Recommends: Forager bowl on your WFH Friday
Address: 1958 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Everyone loves a good cheese and charcuterie platter. With a vast selection of different types of cheese, meats, wine, beer and specialty products, Cheese Plus is a one-stop-shop to get all the essentials you need to wow your guests at your next dinner party. Plus, their Sidewalk Café offers the finest coffee, pastries and sandwiches so you can get yourself a snack to enjoy on your way home from shopping.
Batch Recommends: Just enough truffle cheese to catch up with a coworker in the Pacific x Polk parklet
Address: 2001 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109
This beautiful contemporary pâtisserie and cafe holds three locations in San Francisco, and a stand at the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market every Saturday. Chef William Werner, a true artist in his craft, creates an ever changing menu of breakfast pastries, cakes, breads, confections, confitures, desserts, and lunch. So if you’re looking for a new location to get some work done, or you just need a quick pick-me-up, head over to Craftsman and Wolves for a cup of coffee and a delightfully delicious pastry.
Batch Recommends: A surprise salted caramel kouign-amanns to-go for your bestie.
Address: 1643 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109
Forget your spin class. Grab your water bottle and athletic shoes and head over to TRX Training Center for a total-body working that’s both challenging and addicting. Using only your body weight, gravity and TRX Training equipment, this is an entirely new way to train, get fit and have fun. If you’re ready to work every muscle in your body and get toned before the holidays, then sign up for your free first class today!
Batch Recommends: Up and at ‘em. The 6:00 am classes are brimming with a crowd that shows up to put in a big effort before daybreak.
Address: 1660 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109
The atmosphere at Lord Stanley is simple yet sophisticated. Owners and co-chefs, Rupert and Carrie Blease, designed a refined menu with European influences based on their travels and experiences. Earning one Michelin Star for two consecutive years, the chefs at Lord Stanely understand the art behind creating beautiful food that not only tastes delicious, but also creates memories.
Batch Recommends: Date night with your special someone. Make a reservation!
Address: 2065 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Blue Barn Polk
Farm-to-table. It’s something we all want and we shouldn’t have to travel far to get it! Enter Blue Barn, a neighborhood deli that offers sustainable and organic food with its seasonal produce harvested from Oak Hill Farm, a small family-run farm located in Sonoma. With a commitment to improving the way people eat, Blue Barn offers a vibrant and tasty menu filled with salads, toasted sandwiches, grilled cheese and soups, that make customers feel right at home.
Batch Recommends: Tostada salad, dressing mixed in, add avocado. It’s the healthiest taco (inspired) bowl that satisfies and satiates when your friend on day #4 of Whole-30 reminds you of her current carb avoidance.
Address: 2237 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Clay by the Bay
Looking for a creative and relaxing hobby? Then stop by Clay by the Bay for a pottery class, clay workshop, sculpture or wheel throwing class. With a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, Clay by the Bay is the perfect outing for all ages – whether you want to learn a new craft on your own or take a class with friends, family or coworkers. Plus, there’s nothing more satisfying than decorating your home or office with something you made.
Batch Recommends: Gather a group for a birthday outing with your besties for something besides brunch.
Address: 1618 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109