Below is a select list of the best, most interesting San Francisco
coffee houses we've tried.
Also see our
SF coffee houses map. By the way, the
best SF bakeries serve good coffee too. And, for coffee
houses in other towns around the Bay area check out
SF Bay Area coffee shops.
Caffe Trieste, North Beach
Caffe Trieste, 601 Vallejo St, North Beach This
famous San Francisco coffee house is one not to miss though
sometimes it's too crowded. They have the best lattes and
history in town.
, 423 Columbus Ave, North Beach A pleasant
place to relax and people watch on Columbus Ave. Nice old-fashioned
Italian atmosphere, roomy, with good coffee & food. Has
been upgraded for the tourists in recent years. Caffee Puccino
next door is similar but hasn't been upgraded and with a
smaller slightly less expensive menu. Italian locals enjoy both
of these old time caffees.
Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store Cafe
, 566 Columbus Ave/Union
St, North Beach Excellent corner location and atmosphere
with a perfect view of Washington Square. Small but you can
usually get in. More a cafe and bar than a coffee house. Strong
coffee. Good panini sandwiches, beer, and service.
Buena Vista Cafe
, 2765 Hyde St/Beach St, Fisherman's
Wharf at the end of the Hyde-Powell cable car line Well
known for serving the first Irish coffee in the U.S. ... and
still the best. The Irish coffee & location are what make
the difference. Good bar, fair food, nice setting though sometimes
crowded. A good meeting spot where you can watch Irish coffees
being made ten coffees at a time or have a pleasant chat with
visiting tourists while you wait :).
, South end of Bldg C, Fort Mason Center,
Marina Blvd & Laguna St This is a comfortable little
coffee house run by the Friends of the SF Public Libary along
with the adjacent Book Bay book store. They serve Blue Bottle
coffee, local wines, and have free Wi-Fi. Enjoy yourself and
support a good cause!
Farm Table Coffee Shop, 754 Post St., E of Leavenworth,
Nob Hill The coffee is superb ... one of the best lattes
we've ever tasted and good but limited snacks. Very small
shop which is often crowded. We walked there from Union Square
since it's not that convenient to get to unless you live
in the neighborhood.
Blue Bottle Coffee, in Ferry Bldg with other gourmet food stands
Blue Bottle Coffee
Philz Coffee, 1 block south of the train station
, Ferry Bldg, SOMA The line
to the stand-up counter is often long ... it takes them a while
to prepare a cup ... but they do create a very smooth &
tasty latte. Peet's Coffee, also in the Ferry Bldg, has
long lines too but they tend to move faster.
Blue Bottle Coffee
, 315 Linden St/Gough, Hayes Valley
This is a "hidden" gem one block south of Hayes St. Stand-up
order counter only. For the serious coffee drinker.
The Butler & the Chef
, 155A South Park St/3rd St,
SOMA Cute, chic French bistro with excellent food but
also very nice just as a coffee shop. The latte in a big cup
is classy and a good treat along with my favorite almond pastry
(note: they sometimes run out :(. This little bistro is located
in what was originally, back in 1885, an exclusive neighborhood
modeled after a square in London, England. Now it's a bit
201 Berry/4th, Mission Bay, near the baseball park. Also 3101
24th St/Folsom St, Mission A very wide and interesting
variety of tasty coffee drinks. It does seem to take them time
to create each masterpiece but the service and decor is quite
pleasant. Basically one of the better coffee houses around.
They have four total locations in the City plus one each in
Palo Alto, San Jose, & Berkeley.
, 655 Townsend St/8th, SOMA
Nice people & service. Excellent pastries and sweets. Good
coffee. Why one would ever go to the Starbucks Coffee a couple
doors down is beyond us.
L'acajou Bakery & Cafe
, 498 9th St at the corner
of 9th & Bryant, SOMA A small new place with decent coffee,
good food, and tasty baked goods. Open 7 days/week. Adjacent
MotoJava motorcycle repair shop, one of the best in the City.
Parking can be a little tough and expect a wait for lunch on
Piccino Coffee Bar
, 1001 Minnesota St/22d St, Dogpatch,
SOMA Go here for an outstanding Blue Bottle coffee latte.
If you prefer to sit down and drink your coffee out of your
own personal coffee pot go to the related Piccino Restaurant
around the corner. You can order the same latte here as well.
Trouble Coffee Company
Java Beach Cafe, Outer Sunset
, 4033 Judah St/, Outer Sunset
Try cinnamon toast, a fresh coconut, and latte for breakfast.
Interesting & tasty.
Java Beach Cafe
, 1396 La Playa St, Outer Sunset
At the end of the N-Judah Streetcar line just across the street
from the beach. Two blocks south of Golden Gate Park. Great
vibe, inside and outside seating, good size, fast-moving line,
good organic fair trade coffee in mugs.
There is usually a crowd of locals, a few visiting surfers &
travelers with packs, and some hippies (mainly trust fund hippies
but maybe a couple of real ones). Plenty of benches in the little
park across the street if seating is tight.
A very comfortable neighborhood coffee shop in the Inner Richmond
we enjoy is Cafe La Flore, 1032 Clement St/12th Ave.
They have an excellent and relatively inexpensive food menu
as well (however, marginal pastries). We like the breakfast
sandwiches. They also have a new branch in the Inner Sunset district at 1340 Irving St/14th Ave.
Ritual Coffee Roasters
Ritual Coffee Roasters, Mission
, 1026 Valencia St/near 21st St,
Mission Good lattes, slow line.
Four Barrel Coffee
, 375 Valencia St/15th St, Mission
Becoming one of the most "in" coffee houses in
SF even thought there is not a lot else going on in the neighborhood.
Excellent coffee. Interesting modern rustic decor featuring
4 boars heads.
, 2663 Mission St/23d St, Mission
A small one person shop with great Mission ambiance and pleasant
service. The Four Barrel gourmet coffee served is outstanding
, 3049 20th St/Alabama, Mission A neighborhood
cafe where the locals habitually go for good food and coffee.
Has plenty of inside seats and a nice outside patio ... but
gets quite busy and parking can be tough. Music Thursday evenings
and late Saturday afternoons.
Dynamo Donuts & Coffee
, 2760 24th St/Hampshire St,
Mission Unusual donuts (e.g., Maple Glazed Bacon Apple
is their best known) which are excellent but expensive at $2-3.50
ea. Also good lattes, nice staff, and sometimes long lines.
We are lucky to have literally hundreds of places where excellent
coffee is served in San Francisco. If you see a pleasant looking
coffee house why not check it out like we do. Enjoy some of
the best coffee houses in the world and one of the best things
to do in San Francisco.
Map of SF
- Maps the coffee houses described above.
Best SF bakeries
- For good baked goods with your coffee.
SF Bay Coffee
- Other coffee shops in the SF Bay Area.
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