Food & Drink

The Best Coffee Shops in San Francisco

Published On 06/27/2016 Published On 06/27/2016
Sightglass Coffee in San Francisco
Sightglass Coffee | Michael O'Neal
Home Cafe

Home

Outer Sunset

Between the clean, cozy interior and the incredibly creative menu of coffee drinks (lavender lattes?!), Home is kind of perfect. Pair their famous coffee concoctions with savory and sweet toasts (ah, SF and our toast) from their menu of decadent snacks. Plus, big tables and plenty of outlets means it’s a great spot for when you need to get some work done.

Spin City Coffee Bar

Noe Valley

Spin City takes "local" food and drink to dizzying new heights. The Noe Valley Coffee Company beans that they use are brewed down the street, their fresh loaves of The Midwife & The Baker bread are baked in the area, and their carefully curated (for maximum deliciousness) array of treats includes Dynamo donuts and local pastries. Bonus: it’s located inside of a laundromat. Laundry day will never be the same.

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Mazarine

Financial District

Choose from Mazarine’s rotating selection of espressos as you craft your ideal drink order. Try a mocha spiked with Four & Twenty Blackbirds chocolate ganache, or get your caffeine fix with a pop of fizz when you order a Nitro tea or coffee. If you’re looking for a spot to work, the wide-open indoor space is infused with sunlight and contains plenty of tables and a few outlets. Or sip a cappuccino on their tiny outdoor seating area and imagine you’re in Paris, which is not coincidentally the inspiration for the cafe’s decor. Mazarine serves a full menu of food, including an exceptionally meticulous and delicious avocado toast.  

CoffeeShop

CoffeeShop

Bernal Heights

Out of this world cold brew? Check. Luscious, flavor-packed Ubuntu coffee? Check. The most upbeat staff in the city? Check. What more could you need? This teeny, tiny coffee shop is slinging some of the best coffee in San Francisco, including Sherpas (their take on butter-laced bullet coffees) and a small, sweet-and-savory menu of snacks. There’s a little bit of outdoor seating and no seating inside, so go here to pick up a coffee... and make sure to strike up a conversation with whoever is behind the counter. You won’t regret it.

Ritual Coffee Roasters at Flora Grubb

Bayview

This Ritual outpost is tucked away in the back of the lush Flora Grubb garden store, so you can sip a classic Ritual coffee while surrounded by gorgeous greenery. It’s the strong, flavorful Ritual coffee that you know and love, complete with a menu of delicious and inventive coffee drinks that are only available at this location. Don’t skip the Cherry Bomb, a fizzy cold-brew laced Shirley Temple. Stroll through the garden store, coffee in hand, or enjoy caffeine and a pastry at the ample outdoor seating.

Trouble Coffee Co.

Outer Sunset

Coconuts, cinnamon toast, and a small but excellent coffee menu: Trouble’s offerings are simple and sublime. Snuggle up at the cozy indoor counter or order your coffee with a side of coconut on their outdoor seating. The cinnamon toast, thickly spread with butter and sprinkled with a heavy coating of cinnamon sugar, is a must-order. Don’t miss out.

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Blue Bottle Coffee

SoMa

Welcome to coffee-gear heaven. Blue Bottle’s Mint Plaza location is home to an impressive collection of bubbling caffeination tools, including a five-light siphon bar and an intricate Oji iced-coffee machine that produces Japanese-style cold brew. This wide-open space includes big windows and tons of natural light. The Mint Plaza location features all of Blue Bottle’s classic coffee drinks as well as a full breakfast and lunch menu.

Cafe St. Jorge

Bernal Heights

Sunny Cafe St. Jorge serves Portuguese Californian cuisine with a side of super-strong Stumptown coffee. The airy, sun-dappled space is home to plenty of tables and outlets, making it an ideal spot for meetings or work dates. Try an icy Stumptown cold brew on tap, or choose from a curated selection of fresh smoothies and juices. Pair your coffee with one of their famous, custardy Portuguese egg tarts, or a fresh, lemony fava bean crostini. Transition from daytime coffee to night-time drinks as you peruse the beer and wine menu, or stop by on a weekend evening and watch local bands play.

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Andytown Coffee Roasters

Outer Sunset

This tiny Outer Sunset cafe is a well-oiled machine, where attention to detail offers delicious results. They source and roast their flavorful beans in-house, then transform them into incredible coffee concoctions like the signature Snowy Plover: a cup of mineral water spiked with espresso and topped with a dollop of dense whipped cream. The clean, crisp interior features big windows and small tables, as well as a selection of fresh Irish soda bread and pastries. Grab a seat inside or outside, or take a short, caffeinated stroll down to the beach.

Four Barrel

Mission

Delicate latte art and precisely made coffee drinks are trademarks of the original Four Barrel location, as well as out-of-this-world coffee paired with a pastry case full of incredible pastries and donuts. Sit inside and enjoy the warm wooden interior, or grab a seat in their parklet for some fresh air and people-watching.

Snowbird

Snowbird Coffee

Inner Sunset

Try a breve cortado made with wildflower honey or a rich cafe bombon, a combination of piping hot espresso and condensed milk. Multiple coffee roasters are represented on their drink menu, including a few signature Snowbird small roasts. Do a little post-coffee shopping and check out the bulk organic soap counter tucked away in the back of the shop.

Coffee Bar

Mission

The original Coffee Bar location boasts the best coffeeshop work experience in the city. The sunny Mission outpost includes tables galore, tons of outlets, and top notch food and drink. From nitro cold brew to horchata-laced iced coffee to a classic pour over, every coffee base is covered. Their beans are from Mr. Espresso, a classic local coffee roaster that has been slinging delectable coffee beans since the 1970s. Sweet and savory pastries, as well as a full breakfast and lunch menu, will keep you satiated all day.

Philz Coffee

Philz on 24th

Mission

Grab a classic drink at the original Philz location and see where the coffee empire began. Pick up a creamy mint mojito spiked with fresh mint leaves, or a spicy iced gingersnap latte. The shop is full of tables and plenty of comfy seating, as well as a few outdoor benches. Expect to share your table or couch: this place is always bustling with people.

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Sightglass Coffee

SoMa

Luscious Sightglass beans are the backbone to Sightglass’ menu of excellent coffee concoctions, including their famous vanilla cold brew and classic pour overs. The warm, knowledgeable staff will help you create your ideal coffee order, or you can take your coffee know-how a step further and attend one of their weekly coffee education classes. The two-story interior is flooded with sunlight and filled with tables, but leave the laptop at home: there’s no wifi at this location. Instead of working, treat yourself to one of the rotating specials at the affogato bar, which pairs rich espressos with an array of Salt & Straw ice creams.

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Haus

Mission

In a city with a severe lack of outdoor seating, Haus shines with a big outdoor patio. Sip one of their rich and outrageously strong coffees at a table in the sunshine, or head indoors and enjoy the shop’s light-filled, minimalist interior. This quiet enclave is a perfect spot for getting work done, and includes plenty of tables, outlets, and coffeeshop coworkers. Comfy couches in the back and a selection of sweet and salty cookies are the finishing touches on this scene.

Pinhole Coffee

Bernal Heights

Pinhole coffee is a neighborhood coffee shop that’s guaranteed to charm. Friendly baristas serve up Verve coffee and Linea espresso, as well as a rotating third option from one of their guest roasters. Standout drinks include their Verve nitro on tap, and a creamy shaken iced coffee. The space is cozy and colorful, and features murals and rotating art exhibits from local artists.

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1. Home 1222 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122 (Outer Sunset)

Sure, you can get classic drip coffee and cold brew at Home Cafe, but you can also get cool and unusual caffeinated (or not) concoctions, like a coconut vanilla late, a sparkling Americano, and salted caramel hot chocolate. The minimalist Outer Sunset spot is also doing crazy things in the thick-cut toast game with fancy takes like chicken meatball, condensed milk with butter, and eggs-in-a-basket. Plus, there's WiFi.

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2. Spin City Coffee 1299 Sanchez St, San Francisco, CA (Noe Valley)

Doing laundry is a lot more bearable thanks to Spin City Coffee, the corner coffee operation inside a full-service laundromat. An homage to all things local, Spin City sells coffee from Noe Valley Coffee Company and Blue Bottle, as well as baked goods from Dynamo Donut, The Midwife & The Baker, and Black Jet Baking Co. There's also a small but mighty book collection to peruse while you wash your whites.

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3. Mazarine Coffee 720 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Union Square)

Mazarine Coffee in FiDi serves a little bit of everything. The menu features speciality espresso from all over the world, Nitro coffee blends, beer, wine, and French-inspired food. Thanks to blazing fast WiFi and plenty of seating (indoor and outdoor), it's a godsend for all those freelancers types.

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4. CoffeeShop 3139 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (Bernal Heights)

Simple name; extraordinary coffee. This Bernal Heights java house offers up Ubuntu and iced coffee that's cold brewed for 36 hours and served with coffee ice cubes. And yeah -- that's co-owner Wilson Jones slinging espresso shots behind the bar.

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5. Ritual Coffee Roasters Bayview 1634 Jerrold Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124 (Bayview)

Once a pop-up, Ritual Coffee Roasters is now a permanent San Francisco chain founded on the premise that a good cup of coffee can change your life. Aside from standard coffee and lattes, the menu includes the signature Cherry Bomb, a fizzy cold brew-laced Shirley Temple. The Bayview outpost is tucked into the back of the Flora Grubb garden store.

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6. Trouble Coffee and Coconut Club 4033 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122 (Outer Sunset)

Trouble Coffee might be known for its fresh coconut juice, but the tiny spot in Outer Sunset also has some great cold brew and out-of-this-world toast. Thickly cut, slathered with butter, and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, Trouble's cinnamon toast is well worth the trek.

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7. Blue Bottle Coffee 66 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Soma)

The cultishly-popular BBC opened up its first true cafe in SoMa, where baristas sling dark blends inside Mint Plaza. Aside from drip coffee, cold brew, affogatos, and lattes, the SoMa location has a full food menu featuring sweet and savory plates like Belgian waffles, egg sandwiches, soup, and salad.

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8. Cafe St. Jorge 3438 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

For a taste of Portugal in SF, hit this sun-splashed cafe (named for Lisbon’s castle). You can get avocado toast and quinoa bowls, sure. But come on, man: sardine and fava bean crostini! A ham-Portuguese cheese-banana panini! And pastéis de nata, the less-sweet, superior predecessor of the ubiquitous dim sum egg custard tarts! Just be aware, the cafe can look like Coffee Bar when it comes to laptop crowding.

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9. Andytown Coffee Roasters 3655 Lawton St, San Francisco, CA 94122 (Outer Sunset)

Andytown serves a minimalist menu of lattes, espresso, and cold brews made from beans that are roasted on-site in the 600sqft space. Aside from damn good coffee, the Outer Sunset coffee shop serves sweet and savory baked goods, also made in-house. The Irish soda bread is a must, whether it's revamped as a currant-infused scone or topped with bacon and cheese.

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10. Four Barrel Coffee 375 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (The Mission)

Four Barrel is not only the best coffee in San Francisco, but it’s earned praise as some of the best in the country with sustainable practices and tasty beans. It’s all about the coffee at this Mission shop (with locations in Portola and The Mill on Divisadero), so don’t expect a laptop-friendly, camp-out-all-day vibe. Since 2007, Four Barrel founder Jeremy Tooker has carried the flag for light roasts, single origins, and a soundtrack dominated by vinyl instead of carefully curated Spotify playlists.

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11. Snowbird Coffee 1352A 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122 (Inner Sunset)

Snowbird Coffee is a multi-roaster in Inner Sunset with a menu chock full of artisan drinks from cortados and mochas to affogatos and matcha lattes. The Cafe Bombon, a shot of espresso brewed with condensed milk, and the Brevano, a shot of espresso and wildflower honey, will make you rethink all the other ways to take espresso. The tiny, low-ceilinged shop has free WiFi and some highly coveted tables.

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12. Coffee Bar 1890 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Absolutely outstanding coffee -- sourced directly from the Bay Area roasting institution Mr. Espresso -- plus one-of-a-kind pastries and a modern interior makes this café perfect for your morning coffee or afternoon pick-me-up.

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13. Philz Coffee 3101 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

This San Francisco-based chain is a city staple known for its sheer amount of coffee blends. All of the coffees are roasted at the chain's roasting plant in Oakland, and each blend features two to seven different beans. The menu is categorized by dark, light, and medium roasts, and includes decaf coffee as well as speciality drinks, like the mojito iced coffee topped with mint leaves. Philz on 24th is the original location, and though there's plenty of seating, it's usually packed at peak coffee-drinking hours.

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14. Sightglass Coffee Bar & Roastery 3014 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 (Soma)

For all the times you've thought that your coffee just isn't "single origin and made to be tasted through three different methods" enough, you should check out Sightglass's upstairs coffee bar, where you can geek out on the craziest caffeine they have to offer.

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15. Haus Coffee 3086 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110-4130 (The Mission)

A coffee shop might roast beans from all over the world and whip up artsy lattes, but for it to be really be great, it needs to have a stellar seating situation. And Haus Coffee, we're pleased to report, is quite possibly one of the best workplaces in the Mission. The spacious, wood-paneled space has WiFi and plenty of outlets inside, plus a huge outdoor patio.

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16. Pinhole Coffee 231 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110 (Bernal Heights)

This Bernal Heights corner coffee shop serves Verve coffee, Linea espresso, and a rotating third option from a list of guest roasters. The space is cozy and artsy with rainbow-colored walls, murals, and rotating artwork on display from local artists.

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