The Candy Store at Target

Okay, maybe we shouldn’t limit it to “sweeter.” This is also the savory, succulent, salty and scrumptious side of San Francisco, as charted by our foodie friends at The Candy Store. But before we delve into a tour of one of California’s most delicious cities, let us introduce you to your gastronomic guides.



Husband-and-wife duo Brian and Diane Campbell are candy connoisseurs, but they love all things food. Stocked with the finest confections from around the world and nostalgic treats you probably haven’t seen in years, The Candy Store is a one-of-a-kind boutique in the Russian Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. No one leaves their store without satisfying their sweet tooth! And beginning May 6 as part of The Shops at Target, you can get a taste of The Candy Store at Target at stores nationwide. Taking inspiration from The Candy Store’s iconic wall of old-fashioned candy jars, Target’s collection features assorted gumballs, taffy, licorice, caramels, almond-butter toffee, sour candy straws, malted milk balls and more. We’re hungry just thinking about it.

Soon you can pick up some San Fran sweets at Target, and on your next trip to California eat your way through the city with the food map below.

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1. Original Joe’s 601 Union Street at Stockton Street
“An old-school San Francisco Italian-American restaurant with the best burger in the city! Don’t forget to try the arancini (rice balls stuffed with cheese and deep fried)—yum!”

2. Capannina 1809 Union Street at Octavia Street
“Authentic seasonal Italian cuisine. The owner is from Capri and a gracious host. Our favorite dishes are black squid-ink risotto with seared scallops and lobster bisque and gnocchi with gorgonzola and asparagus.”

3. The Candy Store 1507 Vallejo Street at Polk Street

4. Nick’s Crispy Tacos 1500 Broadway at Polk Street
“This great Mexican food joint is right in our neighborhood. Order the fish tacos ‘Nick’s way!’”

5. House of Prime Rib 1906 Van Ness Avenue at Washington Street
“Go hungry! The best prime rib anywhere. Our recommendations? Prime rib, prime rib and prime rib.”

6. Swan Oyster Depot 1517 Polk Street at California Street
“Just seven blocks from our store, this seafood spot is the real deal. You have to try the oysters on the half shell, and if available, order the tiny, sweet Olympia oysters.”

7. Pagolac 655 Larkin Street at Ellis Street
“Fantastic Vietnamese food! Favorite dishes: Lemongrass pork chops with broken rice and pho (Vietnamese beef noodle soup).”

8. Le Charm French Bistro 315 5th Street at Folsom Street
“A true bistro serving real French comfort food like duck confit and mariniere-style steamed mussels.”

9. Koi Palace 365 Gellert Boulevard in Daly City
“So this isn’t technically in San Francisco, but it is probably the best Cantonese food outside of Hong Kong. Plus, it’s across the street from our favorite Target store! We make the pilgrimage to Daly City once a week for dim sum and Target goodies.”

10. Just For You Café 732 22nd Street at 3rd Street
“The owner is from Louisiana, and they serve delicious Southern-style comfort food. Favorite dishes: Best-ever BLT on homemade bread and the breakfast burrito with spicy green chile sauce.”


So what’s in store at The Candy Store at Target? Check out a few of our favorites below.


Read more about The Shops here, here, and here and and follow along until all the puzzle pieces are filled! 

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