Why Local Foods Should Be Among the Entries Included in Your Bucket List When You Travel

Traveling is a common activity now for people from all walks of life. It has become the norm which motivates people to work harder. While there are those who travel in style after they are able to sell their properties to those companies who claims that we buy houses in Texas, there are also people who prefer to travel on a budget just for a chance to visit some sought-after places locally or internationally.  


There are many reasons why people choose their place of destination. Some want it because it is a popular tourist place. They simply want to experience for themselves the highlights and activities offered in the place. There are also those who travel to relax. While other travel to experience a foreign culture that is not found in their homes, there are also those who choose their destination to explore their adventurous sides. There are only as many places that could offer extreme activities and most often than not, these are not found in the place they come from. But do you know that the local food available in the area should also be a reason for a visit?  


You read that right. Food is another thing that you should never overlook. This is because it gives you the overall experience in the place of your destination. Whether it is just a simple soup or a type of steak, this is something that you should not miss. In fact, there are foodies that make food a reason for their travel because according to them, food is what tells the story of the place.  


Food is a reflection of culture. Just by looking at it, you can immediately spot how they like their meat or their vegetables, and how they handle their spices. You can easily determine produce and raw ingredients are in abundance to their place based on how much of it they include in their every. Most of all, it tells you about their way of life. Just the curry, for instance, there are several ways to cook it depending on the Asian country you are in. A curry in Thailand doesn’t look nor taste the same as the coconut curry cooked in Cambodia. Although they can smell the same at times, each gives off a different taste. Just by tasting alone can tell you how different they are even if they are the same dish. Because of this, you can compare and get the experience of both worlds.  


In eating a local food from the places you travel to, you are getting the chance to experience their authentic cuisine. Yes, it is possible that you can already find many Chinese Restaurant in your hometown but nothing can still beat the original. By getting the traditional food in your place of destination, you are getting the real deal by tasting how these foods should really be. There are just as many ingredients that can be exported to your place to make the traditional Chinese noodles as delicious. Too bad nothing can still beat the technique being used by those Chinese cooks who had been cooking the same food for almost all their life. Plus, it is much cheaper too. By patronizing these traditional dishes, you are getting the maximum experience of their culture.  


The best place to explore San Francisco’s most unique shopping, dining and more – all in the heart of the Financial District

Whether you are one of the locals who are looking to fulfil their daily necessities, or a part of the humongous tourist population that flock the area all year long, we assure you that this is a place you shouldn’t miss!

Crocker Galleria simply has it all from shops, good food, activities to enjoy and generous offers and promotions. You’ll never get bored because every week, there is always something new in store for you.


Here at Croker Galleria, we bring you the most renowned brands right to your favorite neighborhood downtown. Stores ranging from economical to luxurious, everything now is just within your reach. With just one stop, you are assured that you can already get everything you’ll ever need for your home, office, or whatever projects you are trying to complete.

We even have a garage door shop here where you could get the cheapest yet most durable garage door parts for your garage doors in Wichita. They also offer repair service, installation, and maintenance services at an extreme low cost.  Plus, generous discount and warranties on their products.


Experience local California dishes only here at Crocker Galleria. There are simply many restaurants to choose from – fine or casual dining – all offering sumptuous meals that would keep you coming back for more.

Mediterranean dishes? Asian Cuisine? Italian and French taste? All of those are available here. Try also those coffee houses here and enjoy a beautiful ambiance that would simply relax you after your whole day shopping.

Crocker Galleria does not only offer shops and restaurants to be enjoyed. We also offer interesting events that you should be on the lookout for. Fund raising activities, food and travel expos, warehouse sales, the list just goes on and on. Check out our weekly, monthly, yearly, and occasional events on our announcement board for more info.


Level 1, every Thursday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (plus Tuesdays June through September), rain or shine

Weekly Farmer’s Market is one of the regular events we feature in Crocker Galleria that never ceases to impress our customers. Who could resist farm-fresh and locally grown vegetables and fruits anyway? Plus, with the some of the growers present, you could gather some tips for your back yard projects as well. The best thing however is that these produce are all ORGANIC!



Why still choose others when you could benefit from many perks from Crocker Galleria?

Four hours of free parking on Saturdays with $10 minimum purchase at any Crocker Galleria retailer. Post Montgomery Center Garage on Sutter Street between Montgomery and Kearny.

15% Sale on farm-produced vegetables, dairies, and eggs every Tuesday

FREE lemonade every weekend for kids aged 12 and below

All of these only here are Crocker Galleria!

Have a brilliant concept for a pop-up store? Check out Crocker Galleria’s space listings on Storefront.

For more information, email us at info@crockergalleria.com.


Whether you’re looking for lunch, a quick snack or a sit-down dinner, you can be assured of a delicious food experience at Crocker Galleria. There’s always plenty of seating, service is fast and friendly and the people watching is interesting. Plus, there are always many options to choose from. Check out the listings below to know more!

360° Gourmet Burritos
Phone: 415.398.4800
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-3pm
Level 3

More than 20 different gourmet burritos to choose from including chicken, fish, beef or vegetarian; quesadillas, soft tacos, salads served and prepared the way YOU want it. We use the freshest ingredients, flame broil the meats and seafood and then sauté them to order with a selection of sauces and spices. Catering is also available.

Andersen Bakery 
Phone: 415.262.0079
Hours: Mon-Fri 6am-6pm, Sat 8am-2pm
Level 1

Quality “European” bakery featuring a new menu of handmade, fresh-from-the-oven breads, pastries, cakes and desserts. Now serving delicious gourmet sandwiches made fresh to order on your choice of our oven fresh artisan breads. Taste the difference Andersen Bakery bread makes.

New Asia Asian Cuisine
Phone: 415.956.3392
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-4:30pm, Sat 11am-3:30pm
Level 3

Fancy the tang of Asian flavors? This is available too. Asian delights such as Orange Chicken, Pepper Chicken, Green Bean and Thai Basil Chicken would introduce you to a whole new world of delicious dining.

Leila Mediterranean Cuisine
Phone: 415.217.0099
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-4pm
Level 3

We prepare delicious Mediterranean cuisine that will please everyone. From mouth watering kabobs to sumptuous vegetarian choices, humus, tabouli, dolmas and baklava, everything is worth a try. We also offer our catering service to take care of all the details that would make your next event a 100% success.

San Francisco Soup Company
Phone: 415.397.7687
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-4pm, Closed Saturdays
Level 3

Gourmet soups made daily from scratch. Sandwiches, salads, beverages and desserts are as fresh as they could be. Voted “Best Takeout Restaurant of the Bay Area” for the second year in a row in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, they are also a part of the line up in the Crocker Galleria. Payment options are flexible as we accept Visa and Mastercard payments.

Chaat Café 
Phone: 415.391.2082
Hours: Mon-Fri 10:30am-4:30pm, Closed Saturdays
Level 3

Fresh, innovative, unique Indian fast-food with only the freshest, highest-quality ingredients. Check out our innovative menu including delicious chaats, wraps, salads, curries, tandoris, naans and more. We cater for all occasions!

Naturally Edible
Phone: 415.398.4847
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-6pm, Closed Saturdays
Level 2

A well-stocked newsstand with newspapers, magazines, specialty chocolates, gourmet dried fruits and nuts, bottled water, fresh juices and soda. Just the right kind of food for you.