Bittersweet Chocolate Cafe
Neighborhood: Pacific Heights
2123 Fillmore Street
(between California St & Sacramento St)
San Francisco, CA 94115
Update: Bittersweet on Fillmore is closed. 🙁 You can still visit them in their other locations: Oakland and Danville.
After a beautiful day at the Cherry Blossom Festival in SF’s Japantown, K and I walked a few blocks up to the Fillmore district to attempt to burn off the hundreds of calories we had just consumed. What I love about walking around the Fillmore district is the fancy boutique shops and the dog-friendly atmosphere. I, myself, could not afford anything in this neighborhood, but I do enjoy window shopping at Marc by Marc Jacobs store and Design Within Reach.
While on our stroll filled with wishful purchases, we came across Bittersweet, a chocolate cafe. I had heard about Bittersweet through a family friend who gave us a box of tea with a mix of truffles from the cafe before and I’ve been dying make a visit.
Bittersweet has a very cute, whimsical atmosphere. The set-up is very casual – a few tables here, a couple chairs there, couches upstairs, etc. K and I were lucky to get a seat by the window to people watch. We caught an old man hitting a t
ruck 4 times while trying to park! While chatting it up, I came across a drawer at the table we were sitting at. Inside the drawer are notes written by frequent customers wishing a happy day to anyone who finds the letters. The sweet messages sure did put a smile on my face.
I was way too full to try any of the baked goods, but K and I ordered 2 drinks. Total cost came to $10.
Chocolate Thai Iced Tea – Truly, a unique drink. The Thai Iced Tea was sweet, spicy, fragrant and chocolaty all at the same time! I’d probably say it’s one of the lesser sweet drinks Bittersweet has to offer. It ended up being very refreshing in the 70 degree weather.
Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate – As I’ve never been to Bittersweet before, I was recommended the Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate. This. Was. Amazing. You definitely need a sweet tooth to drink this (which indeed I do have). It was creamy, frothy and smokey. The hot chocolate is made from melted caramel, a pinch of salt and a shot of espresso. You really can’t go wrong with this.
There are so many drinks on this menu I want to try. Several of the notes in the table mentioned the Classic being the best drink, but I’m also interested in trying the Spicy. Yum, cant wait!