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May 14, 2010 11:09 AM

Early breakfast on a Sunday near Embarcadero?

Have to be in the city early on Sunday and because of Bay to Breakers will have to go in even earlier so was hoping to grab breakfast or at least coffee and pastries somewhere near the Embarcadero. Anyone know what might be open by 7 a.m. on a Sunday in that neighborhood? The FiDi is such a ghost town on weekends that I'm drawing a blank!


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  1. I believe Blue Bottle has a limited pastry selection inside the ferry building. I was going to suggest the La Boulange on Market...but that's closed on Sundays.

    Blue Bottle Cafe
    66 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    1. Nevermind, just checked, that Blue Bottle isn't open until 8am, ditto for Boulette's Larder (which has AMAZING pastries).

      I think your best bet might be to wait for the Plant Cafe to open at 7:30am

      Blue Bottle Cafe
      66 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

      1. No specific recommendations, just thoughts. If you have never experienced a B2B sunday before I would try to stay away from the start area at the Embarcadero because of street closures and 50,000 people or so milling around. I would look to maybe buy pastry on the way in away from start/finish areas or maybe the night before and wrap them up good.

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        1. re: gmk1322

          Yea, if I could avoid B2B I would but have plans that can't be changed and have to be at Ferry Building early so on the plus side get to take advantage of the early BART trains, on the minus can't drive in and will have to get there way earlier than I wanted and kill time. Thought Plant Cafe might be best bet but was hoping for a secret spot. Or I could just bring some salsa and go get some tortillas at the race!

          1. re: Celery

            Which direction are you BARTing in from? Several BART stops in either direction are near places with pastries

        2. There's a breakfast buffet at the Hyatt that opens at 6:30 AM. Never been so i have no idea how god/bad it is. But it is open.

          1. So Peet's at the Ferry Building was open and made for great people watching if not a good cappuccino. Their website says they open at 6:30 on Sundays. And while I was expecting the more restaurant side of Plant Cafe to be open and was all psyched up for pancakes or hearty fare - it turned out it was their more casual quick-n-ez cafe that was open with a limited menu, so I ended up with a very good bagel and egg sandwich that still hit the spot. And a much better cappucinno. And plenty of room to sit and read the paper.