Head to Golden Gate Park, the Presidio or Crissy Field on any warm day in San Francisco and you’ll come across hundreds of people picnicking in the sun. When the temps rise above 70, locals love to lounge in the grass with a scrumptious spread of snacks and sips. We take our food and drink seriously, so naturally our picnic provisions must reflect our culinary prowess. Think GoVino flutes, Champagne, and miniature bottles of Chambord to make Kir Royales, an assortment of artisanal French cheese and different loaves of The Mill bread to spread it on, and savory prepared salads served in pretty portable dishes. To ensure that your next picnic is on par, we’ve rounded up the best places to shop for picnic supplies. Here’s where you should stock up on baskets, linens, cheese, wine and more.
March is a highly curated home goods boutique with a focus on kitchen, pantry, and table items. The Sacramento Street shop, that also offers kitchen design services, is airy, bright, and gallery-like. It’s the ideal place to pick up a chic basket, stylish serving dishes and plates, and sturdy, but elegant linens. Don’t forget to peruse their line of everyday staples. The almond butter crunch, wild bitter orange marmalade and apple sage jelly are excellent additions to a picnic.
3075 Sacramento Street San Francisco, CA 94115
2 Say Cheese
Although there are plenty of delightful cheese shops in San Francisco, our favorite is Cole Valley’s Say Cheese. This small jewel box of a store is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, so these folks know what they are talking about when it comes to cheese. What types of cheese will you discover in the refrigerator cases at Say Cheese? Little round wooden boxes filled with French camembert, raclette from Vermont made in the traditional Alpine technique, aged Spanish manchego rind-washed in red wine, or pungent Italian gorgonzola with blue veins that look like marble. Note that Say Cheese also makes excellent to-go sandwiches.
856 Cole Street San Francisco, CA 94117
3 Fatted Calf
The Fatted Calf is master butcher Tyler Boetticher’s artisanal charcuterie and meat shop. Boetticher works with small farmers who raise animals sustainably with a focus on quality of life. Only the best and happiest pigs are used to make the Fatted Calf’s mortadella, lomo, and seven different types of salami. If pâté is a part of your picnic menu, you came to the right place. The Fatted Calf makes an assortment of pates, confits, and terrines including cicciili, an Italian pork spread, rabbit rilletes, truffled duck liver mousse—as well as three different types of foie gras torchon.
320 Fell Street San Francisco, CA 94102
No picnic is complete without several bottles of vino and Arlequin Wine Merchant is our go-to shop for all things wine. Wine Director Ian Becker has curated an exceptional selection of premium bottles from around the world. Whether you want a sparkler that pairs with potato salad or an-easy-to drink rosé to wash down cold fried chicken sandwiches, you can get it at Arelquin. Don’t be afraid to chat with the staff—they are friendly and unpretentious.
384 Hayes Street San Francisco, CA 94102
5 Canyon Market
For the rest of your picnic needs, we recommend Canyon Market in Glen Park. This boutique grocery store is stocked with seasonal farmer’s market fruit, fresh-baked breads, and a wide variety of dark chocolate bars. You can’t beat Canyon’s selection of prepared foods—they offer over 12 kinds of salad (grilled tofu salad, red and yellow beet salad and sesame noodle salad to name a few), meats like lemon grilled chicken, dips such as guacamole and spicy hummus, and desserts—apple crisp, banana cream, and rice pudding. Be sure to browse the aisles of Canyon slowly, this store is filled with culinary delights and scrumptious treasures.
2815 Diamond Street San Francisco, CA 94131