With each passing week—well, really… day—it seems like there’s a new must-see, must-visit healthy restaurant or gym opening in the Bay Area. And, frankly, it can be overwhelming at times.
But don’t fret — we’ve compiled a list of the most hyped foodie and fitness hot spots to check out in (and around) San Francisco this year. So, open your Waze app or grab a Ford GoBike and start checking these places off your list.
Rumble Boxing is taking the boxing-based fitness trend to new proverbial heights in San Francisco. The New York-based fitness chain opened their Financial District location at 180 Sansome St. on December 18, and they’ve been getting the city sweating ever since. Get ready for high-intensity interval training, strength training, metabolic conditioning, and cardio-heavy classes, along with boxing mash-ups on their signature water-filled punching bags.
Kaiyō, a Pacific Heights eatery that opened in September, is an exploration in cross-cultural menu pairings, combining the best of Peruvian and Japanese fare under one roof. Expect sustainably-sourced, well-portioned plates along with immersive flavors and organic ingredients. Not sure what to order? Their Heirloom Tomato Ceviche and Uni Toast are can’t-miss menu items. One thing’s for sure — you’ll come for the ambiance and wafting smells of umami, but stay for healthy and delicious dishes.
With the October opening of its cafe kiosk in City Hall, Bi-Rite is continuing to stretch its tentacles to each corner of San Francisco. And although you may be thinking an ice cream place doesn’t hit the healthy mark — hear us out. Although this local chain is famous for its buffalo milk-churned mixtures, at their new cafe, you can also grab a cup of Sightglass coffee and fuel up on a selection of good-for-you sandwiches and salads. We won’t tell if you round things out with a few scoops, though.
This coming year, the first US installment of the world-renowned Amausaan Uji Matcha brand is opening on 1950 Shattuck Ave. in Berkley — and it’s safe to say we’re excited. The offerings (and concrete construction plans) are still somewhat hush-hush, but, based on their recent Toronto opening, ready your eyes (and taste buds) for complete matcha madness fueled by green hued croissants, cheesecake, cappuccinos, and more.
Come February 1, Danish chain Joe & The Juice will be opening a new cafe in downtown Redwood City. Like all of their locations, the new digs will feature a modern space and all of the organic, eco-sourced menu offerings they’re known for. We’re talking smoothies, coffee, sandwiches, and, yes — all the juice blends. Swing by 889 Winslow St. to get a very literal taste of the juice bar for yourself. And if you’re not near Redwood City, they’ve got plenty of other Bay Area locations worth checking out.
Amazon’s latest foray into autonomy finally opened up its employee-less doors on October 23. And while it’s not a flat out grocer or health food store, the SF location stocks their grab-and-go shelves with a fair amount of good-for-you eats, making local favorites like Oren’s Hummus and DOSA all within arm’s reach.
San Francisco is no stranger to lofty, large scale culinary destinations. And The Market, one of the city’s more slept-on food halls, is currently in the middle of an ambitious, self-imposed growth spurt. Within the coming month, the Market St. go-to will nearly double its dining and eating spaces, bringing in a number of new food vendors to join the likes of Project Juice, Poké Bar, and Blue Bottle Coffee. The details are still being kept quiet, but expect a vegan deli, a Korean burger and sandwich shop, and more healthy and delicious newcomers to populate the gourmet mecca this calendar year.
Lagree Fit 415, a new fitness studio that opened at the end of September, utilizes the LA-famous Lagree Method to steer its members toward their best, fit selves. Their M3S Megaformer machines combine low-impact, high-intensity exercises to help you get the most of every minute you spend on them. Just be sure to bring along (or buy) a pair of sticky socks — they’re required.
Locally-owned-and-operated fitness chain Fitness SF is priming for the opening of its largest branch yet inside the $2.26 billion transit center. Clocking in at 35,000 square feet, the gym and athletic training center will also be the largest in San Francisco proper, giving you plenty of room to get your sweat on. But you may have hold off on attending a class a little longer than expected. The Salesforce Transit Center is currently experiencing a number of structural problems, making an opening date in summer or fall 2019 not too far fetched.
Bay Area locals are infatuated with bowled foods, especially poké. So, naturally, it was only a matter of time before Pokéworks, the nation’s largest chain centered around the inbound island staple, found its footing in San Francisco. Set to arrive later this year, you can expect a litany of fresh, healthy Polynesian ingredients to come together in either Poké Salads, Poké Bowls, or Poké Burritos. And trust us when we say that you’ll definitely want to top your bowled (or rolled) good-for-you grub with either their wasabi and sriracha aiolis.
Open as of November 2018, Row House’s first San Francisco studio is quickly becoming a go-to for workout warriors who are looking for low-impact, high-energy exercise. Each 45-minute class is structured as a one-size-fits-all program; rowers choose the intensity and overall sweatiness they wish to gun for, and the instructors will you on to reach that goal. Oh, and expect eight—yes, eight—more locations opening in the city throughout this year alone.