In the heart of San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood, La Cocina will open the country's first women-led food hall to prove that economic inequality doesn't have to be the status quo.

With community resources, city, federal and philanthropic support, and the talent of the entrepreneurs at La Cocina, our Municipal Marketplace will offer economic opportunity for low-income and immigrant women, a safe and accessible space for Tenderloin residents and stand as an innovative model for anti-gentrification, conscious development, and private and public partnerships.

La Cocina firmly believes that this community-led economic engine can be a transformational and replicable model to alleviate poverty in inner cities nationwide.

An Innovative, Transformational and Replicable Model

Create opportunities to support seven immigrant and women-owned businesses with an estimated $400,000 in annual sales per vendor.

Provide delicious, healthy affordable meals to residents who face a combined lack of access to fresh produce and live in SROs without cooking equipment.

Create 30-40 jobs estimated at $1.3MM in total wages for Tenderloin residents in a neighborhood with one of the city's highest unemployment rates.


Create a uniquely inclusive, safe, healthy, equitable and welcoming space for families, tenants and workers in the Tenderloin through deliberate programmings.


Tastemakers of Today and Tomorrow

Three naturally talented chefs -- Tiffany Carter of BOUG Cali, Estrella Gonzalez of Estrellita's Snacks, and Dilsa Lugo of Los Cilantros -- share their experience as women entrepreneurs, collaborating with La Cocina, and being part of the Marketplace.

Delicious, Wholesome, and Affordable Food

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Serving Those Who Are the Backbone of Our City

The very density of the Tenderloin -- the most ethnically diverse neighborhood in the city with 30,000 residents -- alone speaks for the need for more job opportunities, community spaces, and affordable food options.

The Tenderloin has the highest population density in the city, the highest density of children, and one of the highest poverty levels. The unemployment rate for residents is nine percent, double the California and national unemployment rates. And 70 percent of Tenderloin housing is single room occupancy with only 39 percent of residents having access to a stove -- severely limiting food preparation capabilities.

These individuals and families are the backbone of our city—the workers, students, strivers and new arrivals that have always shaped San Francisco with their day-to-day lives. These residents deserve employment, more affordable food options and more places to sit around the table.

Location and Hours

La Cocina Municipal Marketplace

101 Hyde Street (at Golden Gate Ave.), San Francisco, CA 94102

Proposed Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Projected Opening: Spring 2020