A Local's Tour of San Francisco's Dogpatch

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In a town that prides itself for innovation and entrepreneurship, a tiny neighborhood of nine city blocks has distinguished itself as an epicenter of creativity—not too shabby for a former industrial wasteland, dubbed Dogpatch because of its abundance of stray dogs at the turn of the century. Today, the only strays you'll find are designers, artists, and young entrepreneurs roaming the neat grids in search of inspiration (and good grub).

The Museum of Craft and Design just opened it permanent home here, signaling that the neighborhood is no longer up-and-coming, but already-arrived.

Serpentine serves sophisticated comfort food (try the savory bread pudding made with gruyere, nettles, and asparagus). Another excellent eatery in the neighborhood is Piccino, a purveyor of delicate pizzas and small plates.

Beloved diner Just for You Cafe serves breakfast for the champions, like beignets and huevos rancheros.

Climb a wall to burn off the extra fried dough at Dogpatch Boulders.

Recharge with fresh juice at Sow. Co-owner Luisa Alberto began the venture as a pop-up "on a lark," but ended up settling down in Dogpatch. If you need a stronger potion, wait until 4 p.m. when the space converts to Yield, a wine bar.

Chocolate Lab, along with its adjacent venture Little Nib, indulges the neighbors' sweet tooth.

For more savory snacks, Dogpatch residents rely on Olivier Cordier's classic French charcuterie, Olivier's Butchery.

Piccino's coffee bar keeps Dogpatch caffeinated.

Homegrown Rickshaw Bagworks creates customizable messager bags and canvas totes.

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