20th Century Cafe is an Instagram Fantasyland

  Posted by - January 26, 2015 - $ (0-20), Daytime, San Francisco

No joke, this place is awesome.

It’s an Eastern European-inspired cafe/eatery in Hayes Valley.

If the staff dressed in full on 1950’s retro attire + over sized pointy glasses isn’t picture worthy enough, there’s also tons of natural lighting illuminating the beautifully baked goods placed on a large marble counter.

And YESSS. You read that right. Everyone here is dressed up in super cute 20th century outfits.

You can even watch them bake up a storm right behind the kitchen counter. If that isn’t Insta-worthy, I don’t know what is.

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Basically, it’s one of the cutest cafes I’ve ever been to AND it’s a perfect spot for my weekly coffee date with Katey of  Yurkstyle.com.

Not only is the place visually appealing, so is the food.

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The lox bagel is one of my favs:

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You get to choose your bagel. Then they top it with smoked salmon, cream cheese, pickled shallots and dill. (open faced $11/ closed $8)


But if there’s ONE thing you should get here, it’s ALL about the Russian Honey Cake!! ($7)

You get layers on layers on layers of cake and caramelized honey cream in between.

It’s light, fluffy and flavorful without being too sweet.

Side: This was featured on 7×7 on their annual list of 100 things to eat before you die.

Which means, you gotta come try it.

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No doubt, their house-made granola is delish. But honestly, for $7 I’d rather spend it on another piece of that honey cake!

So. To sum it all up, if you love Pinterest-Instagram worthy places, then this place is for you!

They also offer a ton of other lunch items like salads, soups, sandwiches, and baked delights.

Here’s some other Insta pics for your entertainment.

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  • Sarah January 28, 2015 - 8:00 pm Reply

    What a pretty lunch!

    • CynEats January 30, 2015 - 4:03 am Reply

      I know, right!? I love it <3

  • Brittany Taylor January 28, 2015 - 12:03 pm Reply

    My mom would love this place! I’m sending her your website for when she visits, you have such a pretty blog!

    • CynEats January 30, 2015 - 4:03 am Reply

      Thank you! Hope she likes it :)

  • Victoria January 27, 2015 - 5:10 am Reply

    Another spot to try! You are making my foodie list so long. I still have yet to try the pastries from Mr. Homles bakehouse and toast from The Mill, and now this honeycake!

    • CynEats January 27, 2015 - 7:58 pm Reply

      They’re all really good!!

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  • Ann January 26, 2015 - 3:50 am Reply

    I can’t believe a place like this actually exists! It looks soooo cool and cute!

    • CynEats January 27, 2015 - 7:58 pm Reply

      Super cute!

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