Boudin's, a San Francisco staple is everything you could want it to be & more. The Bay Area is so famed for it's sourdough, I thought it must actually originate from NorCal, because growing up on 'proper' SF sourdough definitely turned me into a bread snob, however I have no excuse as I just found out it doesn't, but still, it is the most famous part of the U.S to make it.
Downstairs you can see where the bakers make the fresh bread, buy all the unique shapes & sizes or just have a coffee or more informal meal, it's a really fun space completely centred around sourdough. Upstairs however is my favourite part, it's quieter & is a departure from the more casual vibe downstairs.
It's the bay, so views are a must & the glass wall framing the boats and views beyond are a huge plus point to this place. Realistically though, what draws people to Boudin's is the world famous Clam Chowder in Sourdough Bread Bowl & it never disappoints. In fact, just writing this is giving me cravings!
For the Clam Chowder, I went with a small & if you're going for lunch this is more than enough, as to live up to the Boudin's experience you are also given unlimited sourdough on tap. It lives up to everything you could want it to be, especially if you have just enjoyed a breezy boat ride across the Bay it's a perfect place to thaw out. So make sure to visit Boudin Bakery on your San Francisco trip, & personally, I think even if you think you won't like the Clam Chowder, give it a go it's really is a San Franciscan right of passage.