Somehow, despite the pervasive message of the need for social distancing, jam-packed grocery stores abound in San Francisco — and those that closely monitor their customer count inside often boast long lines on the sidewalk ... a conundrum for people who want to minimize their time around others. That’s where corner stores come in: while many a neighborhood spot is best used as a place to grab a six-pack and some Doritos, others remain well-stocked with canned food, frozen meals, dairy, eggs, and cheese. This map isn’t a comprehensive account of every corner store in the city, as that list would take all day to read, but this map of 10 reliable San Francisco corner stores is a good place to start thinking about where to find groceries when the wait to get into Whole Foods reaches Studio 54 proportions.Read More
10 San Francisco Corner Stores to Turn to for Pantry Staples, Produce, and More
When the line at the grocery store is too long, SF’s corner stores are here to keep your kitchen stocked
1. Clancey's Market
San Francisco, CA 94122
This Outer Sunset corner store stocks eggs, cheese, milk, and yogurt; a limited amount of fresh produce; and a surprisingly broad selection of breakfast cereals.
2. Roxie Market & Deli
Located up a steep Inner Sunset hill, Roxie is off the beaten track just enough to remain delightfully stocked with standard staples, lunch meat, and a wide variety of imported Irish and British snacks.
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3. 6001 California Market
San Francisco, CA 94121
Frozen foods abound at the Outer Richmond’s 6001 California Market, as do a delightful selection of pickles, peppers, and olives. Their cheese selection is higher-end than many, with offerings from Marin Cheese Company and Spring Hill Jersey Cheese.
4. 26th & Guerrero Market
It looks like a corner store from the outside, but inside this Mission District market there’s organic produce, rows of yogurt (even goat, from Redwood Hill Farm), and multiple brands of local honey.
5. Park Presidio Liquors
San Francisco, CA 94118
This Inner Richmond corner store had cans of soup during Eater SF’s last visit, an item that’s nearly impossible to find at large grocery stores. They also carry fresh bread, coffee beans, and have a nice wine selection.
6. Ted’s Market
Since 1967, Ted’s has been serving sandwiches and selling groceries to SoMa denizens, and these days it’s a great spot to find fresh produce and meats. They recently launched online ordering and GrubHub delivery for its grab-and-go items.
7. Upper Terrace Market
San Francisco, CA 94114
“If we don’t have it,” Upper Terrace Market owner Sam Awwad tells Eater SF, “we’ll order it for you.” Expect eggs, bread, and pastries, and an impressive selection of Champagne — and, not that you can eat them, but the array of flowers here is quite nice.
8. Eezy Freezy
There’s an eye toward gluten-free foods at this West Portal market, as well as locally laid eggs, treats from the UK, and Mt. Tamalpais Harvest’s creamed lemon honey, which has the power to elevate the baggiest cup of tea into something special.
9. Mayflower Market
At Fillmore Street’s highest peak one can find Mayflower Market, which has a solid selection of fresh produce, meats, and deli foods. Its website promises online ordering but the system was down at publication time, so call 415-346-1700 if you’d prefer to arrange your shopping in advance.
10. New Russian Hill Market
New Russian Hill Market’s got a cheese section with standard hits like cheddar and jack, as well as less-known soft cheeses stinky enough to make you throw a shelter-in-place window wide open. There’s also a decent enough produce section, eggs, half-and-half, and coffee beans.