Rocco Tam

Bernal Heights

CoffeeShop (address and info)

The name's deceptively simple, but the coffee brewed up at CoffeeShop is anything but, thanks to a daily offering of Ubuntu and iced coffee that's cold-brewed for THIRTY SIX HOURS, and features signature coffee ice cubes. And yeah, that's co-owner Wilson Jones slinging espresso shots behind the bar, like a boss.

Jeremy Keith


Spike's Coffee & Teas (address and info)

Yeah, Philz, we know -- but there's just something about Spike's. Maybe it's because you can't get its delicious lattes in any other neighborhood, or maybe it's the adorable English bulldog mascot printed on every cup, or maybe it's the dog-friendly patio out front, or maybe it's that it was just remodeled, or maybe it's... all of that stuff.


Cole Valley

La Boulange (address and info)

For a prime brunching neighborhood, there aren’t all that many grab-and-go coffee options while you wait outside Zazie’s, especially since Peets took over Tumi's old spot. That leaves La Boulange de Cole Valley, which, even after the *ahem* change in ownership, still hasn’t lost its charming touch. Or its Nutella-equipped condiment bar.

Premshree Pillai

Cow Hollow

Dynamo Donut and Coffee (address and info)

... Obviously?

The Mill 


The Mill (address and info)

A joint-venture between Josey Baker Bread and Four Barrel, the $4 toast-serving Mill -- like the Four Barrel in The Mission -- has no plugs or WiFi, so you’ll actually have to interact with (gasp!) other people while you’re there.

Masayoshi Sekimura


Piccino Coffee Bar (address and info)

Making the most out of its kitchen and suddenly sexy neighborhood, Piccino Coffee Bar has its own entrance on 22nd St, out of which it serves Sightglass coffee and oven-hot sticky buns. The best part, though? The coffee bar recently extended its hours to 10pm.



Philz (address and info)

What makes this Philz special is that it is an often-forgotten-about location, which means no real line standing between you and your mint mojito.

Salim Virji

Duboce Triangle

Duboce Park Cafe (address and info)

You've ridden by the outdoor patio of Duboce Park Cafe on Muni, seen some person sitting outside, laughing with their coffee and adorable dog. Thing is, if you get off Muni, you can be that guy. Honestly, getting coffee here is just an awesome excuse to people watch.

 Anita Hart


Blue Bottle (address and info)

The Blue Bottle stand at Embarcadero isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing location of its five Bay Area cafés, but it's nothing a little NOLA iced coffee can't fix. Enjoy it at the edge of the pier, and ignore the Duck Boat tours.

Niall Kennedy


Four Barrel (address and info)

Yep, even in EXCELSIOR there's a Four Barrel, except this one leaves the line and seating to The Mission store, opting for a simple grab-and-go operation.

Coffee Bar


Coffee Bar (address and info)

Unlike the Coffee Bar in The Mission with all the seats... and the beer... and the picnic table out front... and the man, the FiDi Coffee Bar is pretty great. This is a purist's coffee joint in the heart of the FiDi. Exactly what you need in the heart of the FiDi.

Biscoff Coffee Corner 

Fisherman's Wharf

Biscoff Coffee Corner (address and info)

If you’re at Fisherman’s Wharf, you’re probably stuck there doing touristy stuff with family (friends don’t let friends visit Fisherman's Wharf), so inject your faux enthusiasm for seals with Biscoff's European-style coffee. Every cup comes with a free cookie. Who says everything has to be overpriced at the Wharf?


Hayes Valley

Ritual Coffee Roasters (address and info)

If you’ve been living in San Francisco for any amount of time, you're no stranger to the shipping container pop-up shops. And if you've been living in San Francisco for any amount of time and like coffee, you're no stranger to Ritual's shipping container pop-up. Bonus: if you’re feeling adventurous, they share space with Smitten... Ritual-Smitten coffee-ice cream float anyone?

Yelp/Tiffany Duncan

Inner Richmond

Fifty/Fifty Coffee and Tea (address and info)

Fifty/Fifty is one of the newer coffee shops to open in the Inner Richmond, and it's become an immediate hit by brewing Ritual coffee, offering Dynamo Donuts, and hooking up free WiFi.


Inner Sunset

Beanery (address and info)

They’ll add a shot of syrup to your iced coffee if you ask nicely. Do you really need more reason than that?

Lynn Friedman

Lower Haight

Cafe du Soleil (address and info)

This Parisian-style café is just consistently friendly and inviting. And because it’s off of Haight, you’ll never have to worry about using the bathroom after someone who recently stumbled out of a bar.

Dan Klimke

The Marina

Peet's (address and info)

Born in Berkeley and raised in Emeryville, Peet's recently renovated this Marina storefront into a 2,500sqft flagship featuring art from Bay Area artists and reclaimed-wood countertops. If you're gonna bite the Peet's bullet, this is one actually worth doing it at.


The Mission

Sightglass (address and info)

Cash in on an embarrassment of caffeine riches in The Mission at Sightglass. You might scoff at its one-size-only cup, but it will scoff right back at you while it jolts you in the face.

Maxine Sheppard

Nob Hill

Contraband Coffee Bar (address and info)

It would be easy for Contraband Coffee Bar in Nob Hill to get lost in the shuffle of glossy white storefronts, unless handsome publications like this one made sure it didn't. The sunny interior will make you want to cozy up with your drip coffee for a little while, and here, that's okay.

Martha Heinemann Bixby

Noe Valley

Martha & Bros Coffee (address and info)

There are a bunch of these scattered around Noe Valley and the Inner Sunset, but its 24th St address stands out because 1) it's the flagship, and 2) it boasts a sweet little parklet.

Adam Jackson

North Beach

Réveille (address and info)

It's hard to predict the habits of Réveille's coffee truck, so skip the hunting around North Beach and head straight to the source.

Yelp/Joan T.

Outer Mission

Cup Coffee Bar (address and info)

Cup Coffee Bar’s giant coffee cup sign outside was done by the same artist responsible for the legs sticking out of a window on Haight St, but that’s not the reason it earns the Outer Mission nod. The Havanna, an espresso drink sweetened with condensed milk, is.

Yelp/Leslie S.

Outer Richmond

Garden House Cafe (address and info)

This is quite literally a "Garden" House Cafe, thanks to an epic back patio not even Karl the Fog can screw up. Tack on the fact that its house brew is surprisingly strong for such an unassuming cafe, and not even the cash-only-ness can keep you away from the GHC.

Andytown Coffee Roasters

Outer Sunset

Andytown Coffee Roasters (address and info)

Now you have somewhere to get good coffee when you visit that one "friend" you have who lives all the way out in the Outer Sunset. Andytown roasts its beans in-house, and boasts a straightforward coffee selection, with one exception: The Snowy Plover, a shot of espresso, ice, sparkling water, and a dollop of cream. *Mic drop*.

Jane on Fillmore

Pacific Heights

Jane on Fillmore (address and info)

Nothing like sipping Stumptown coffee in someone’s adorable closet/WAIT, THIS IS A COFEE SHOP?!?

Saint Frank Coffee 


Saint Frank Coffee (address and info)

It's one of the 21 best coffee shops in the country, and that prestigious list nails it: "While many big-city coffee shops double as people-watching sites, Saint Frank is all about a serene coffee experience enhanced by blonde oak walls, skylights, and the fourth wall between barista and patron broken down by sinking the stylish Mod Bar espresso machines into the countertop. The founder entered the coffee world through local roasters Ritual, and he's still sticking with them, using the espresso in everything from lattes with house-made almond milk to a rarely seen espresso and tonic."

Volker Neumann

Potrero Hill

Farley’s (address and info)

Farley's sorta feels like Cheers, except no one knows your name (fine by us), but everyone always knows your order (finer by us).

Scott Beale

The Presidio

House of Snacks (address and info)

We'd be lying if we said there are a lot of choices for coffee shops in The Presidio, so we won't say that. Instead, we'll tell you to go to House of Snacks, which brews... snacks? Ohhhhhh, Blue Bottle Coffee. Don’t get duped by Golden Gate Bridge Cafe again!

The Brew 

Russian Hill

The Brew (address and info)

Its homemade almond milk will make you want to add a detour to Russian Hill on the regular, and its single-cup-pour-overs with beans roasted at Contraband will make you actually do it.

The Shot


Wicked Grounds (address and info)

Is there a more San Franciscan experience than coffee and bondage? Shake up your SOMA routine and head over to Wicked Grounds, if anything, to play a round of Porn-opoly.



farm:table (address and info)

It's got solid, organic coffee options to go with more mind-blowing, homemade almond milk. Follow its Twitter for what to expect on the ever-changing menu.

David Goehring

Union Square

Starbucks (address and info)

Face it, you’re in Union Square... it’s basically your only option. Everywhere you turn, it’s hard not to see Starbucks. Maybe walk over to the Tenderloin?

Flywheel Coffee Roasters

Upper Haight

Flywheel Coffee Roasters (address and info)

Before you go exploring Golden Gate Park or brave the sidewalks of Haight St, get your coffee fuel at Flywheel. Sharing a similar mentality to Philz, each cup is made to-order, with the beans roasted in-house.

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1. 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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2. Spike's Coffee & Tea 4117 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94114 (The Castro)

This independent Noe Valley coffee shop is aggressively anti-corporate, staunchly green, and everything you could ask for in a neighborhood meeting place. There’s no Wi-Fi, so don’t come here hoping to camp out all day with your laptop. Instead, the owners encourage customers to strike up a conversation with a real person — what an idea! From the cute bulldog logo to the monthly art shows to the quaint patio out front, you’ll feel like you’re in small-town suburbia at this unassuming neighborhood cafe.

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3. La Boulange de Cole 1000 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117 (Cole Valley)

This charming Cole Valley spot is perfect for tasty java on the run, and if you have time to stay, be sure to try some of their homemade specialty items and the Nutella-equipped condiment bar.

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4. Dynamo Donut & Coffee 2760 24th Street (between York and Hampshire), San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

Bacon. Donut. Day. Dynamo Donut & Coffee has made it real, and available every day. Handmade daily by owner Sara and her staff and using organic, locally sourced ingredients, their creative take on donuts make the word "glazed" suddenly sound mundane and unworthy.

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5. The Mill 736 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117 (Alamo Square)

Baking incredible fresh bread daily (made with flour from from their German mill) this partnership between the Barrel guys and Josey Baker Bread is a constant go-to for a bite, coffee, and some quiet contemplation. As you'd expect from a place that has a serious way with dough, the BYOB Monday pizza nights and Wednesday grilled cheese and soup nights are not to be missed.

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6. Piccino Coffee Bar 1001 Minnesota St, San Francisco, CA 94107 (Dogpatch)

The café counterpart to Dogpatch's Piccino restaurant, this coffee bar serves up espresso drinks and Sightglass pour-over coffees. The food options, like oven-hot sticky buns and house-made granola, are a step above run-of-the-mill coffee shop bites. The communal table and long hours (it's open until 10pm) make Piccino a great place to chill with a book and chat with some neighborhood regulars.

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7. Philz Coffee 748 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Polk)

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.

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8. Duboce Park Cafe 2 Sanchez, San Francisco, CA 94117 (Duboce Triangle)

Right off the dog park, an awesome spot to grab a bagel or sammy along with your morning coffee while watching the pups play.

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9. 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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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. Biscoff Coffee Corner Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Fishermans Wharf)

If you’re at Fisherman’s Wharf, you can't beat Biscoff's for a quality cup of Joe, which is European-style AND every cup comes with a free cookie!

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12. Cafe du Soleil 200 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94117 (Lower Haight)

Nice airy cafe with open faced sandwiches, good coffee, beer & wine, and a bunch of outdoor seating.

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13. 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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14. Martha & Bros Coffee 3868 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94114 (Noe Valley)

At this spot with a huge front parklet with tables and 4 benches, they serve almost 30 types of in-house roasted coffees along with lunch and breakfast fare.

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15. Reveille Coffee 200 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133 (North Beach)

Since opening in 2010, Reveille Coffee now has four locations in San Francisco (Jackson Square, Mission Bay, North Beach and the Castro). From the French press to the aeropress, lattes to cookies, Reville is focused on quality. Its Castro café is small but warm, if not uber modern, and a nice place to chill and work if you can find a seat.

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16. Saint Frank 2340 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

While not the buzziest (!) of SF coffee shops, if you haven’t made it into Saint Frank on Polk, you’re missing out on some of the city's best sneaky-fantastic coffee in a serene and simple environment. This modern and stylized shop serves Ritual Roasters beans in a refreshingly minimalist space. Don’t miss the homemade almond and macadamia nut milk that makes for a fine a cappuccino whether or not you're a non-dairy type, plus the rarely seen espresso and tonic (just try it).

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17. Coffee Bar FiDi 101 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94104 (Financial District)

Although the Financial District location of the Mission’s giant Coffee Bar (you know, the one with two levels, beer, and a picnic table out front) is not as extravagant, it still has everything you could need in a coffee shop (i.e. really good coffee). It’s in the FiDi, after all, so it’s meant to get you in, get you caffeinated, and get you out without the fuss and the hordes of people camped out on laptops.

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18. Ritual Coffee Roasters 1026 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (Hayes Valley)

This now permanent pop-up coffee shop, run out of a shipping container/urban garden center, Ritual Coffee is a great spot for a cup of joe. It's worth checking out the Hayes Valley outpost to take in the scenery alone. This mostly outdoor cafe is flanked by lush palm trees and succulents. And since Ritual shares their space with Smitten ice cream, you'll end up with a sweet deal no matter what

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19. fifty/fifty 3157 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118 (Inner Richmond)

This tiny, light-filled cafe may not be the most reliable bet for snagging a table to enjoy your treat, but it’s worth it to grab a cup of Ritual coffee to-go (or a lavender early grey tea latte) and a fresh Dynamo Donut. This Inner Richmond joint is equipped with WiFi For those who do manage to stake out a table -- so when you find yourself west of Divisadero, remember fifty/fifty as a great place for a morning pick-me-up.

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20. Beanery 1307 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122 (Inner Sunset)

Though it may get a little crowded inside, Beanery's reasonably priced coffees, fresh pastries, and friendly service will make stopping by worth your time. The Inner Sunset "little roaster that could" serves some of the best soy hazelnut lattes in the city, in addition to some more basic (i.e. cold brew, espresso), albeit totally solid brews. From the large windows overlooking 9th, people watch or peer in and check out the lively, Rube Goldberg-esque house coffee roasting equipment.

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21. Peet's Coffee & Tea 2080 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123 (The Marina)

This hip Marina storefront features art from Bay Area artists and reclaimed-wood countertops while slinging the same high-quality joe you can expect from a Peet's.

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22. Contraband Coffee Bar 1415 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109 (Nob Hill)

This Nob Hill go-to may not have the cache of a Four Barrel or a Blue Bottle, but it does have a sunny and welcoming interior in which it pours reliably excellent coffee sourced from Colombia and Guatemala and roasted in-house. Important note if you plan on posting up with your laptop: they also have empanadas.

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23. Cup 6 Monterey Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94131 (Outer Mission)

Step it up a notch at Cup with A) the giant coffee cup sign outside, but more importantly B) The Havanna, an espresso drink sweetened with condensed milk.

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24. Garden House Cafe 3117 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

Garden House Cafe has a sweet patio to back up their quaint name, and a super strong house brew to back up your caffeine addiction.

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25. 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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26. Jane on Fillmore 2123 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115 (Pacific Heights)

This bright cafe in Pacific Heights is great place to drop in for coffee and an out-of-this-world house-made pastry, like fig bread, espresso cinnamon rolls, and almond fennel biscotti. Its lunch menu features an array of salads, like Cobb and Nicoise to various takes on kale, plus a few paninis made with fresh-baked bread.

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27. Farley's 1315 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107 (Potrero Hill)

Farley's is kind of like the coffee shop version of Cheers. They make the community their main priority -- right after making great coffee for the community to sip on that is.

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28. House of Snacks , San Francisco, CA 94129 (The Presidio)

It doesn't have a ton of compeition, but House of Snacks is by far the best coffee shop in The Presidio, thanks it the fact that it brews Blue Bottle Coffee and, um... snacks?

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29. The Brew 2436 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109 (Russian Hill)

Thanks to the homemade almond milk and its single-cup-pour-overs with beans roasted at Contraband, this place earns the top spot on the Russian Hill coffee shop.

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30. Wicked Grounds 289 8th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Soma)

Your coffee comes with a little kick of kink at this BDSM cafe. Fuel up with fellow fetishists on waffles, paninis, salads, and more, while perusing Wicked Grounds' wide selection of kink gear and literature. The cafe is 18+ , as it regularly hosts events and workshop centered around its theme. Oh yes, and food is happily served in dog bowls by request for your submissive or human puppy.

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31. farm : table 754 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94109 (Nob Hill)

At Nob Hill’s farm : table, the perfect neighborhood coffee & breakfast spot, you’ll find a constantly changing menu of organic and homemade goods (like fresh-made granola and yogurt, croissants with delicately poached eggs, and broccoli bacon tarts). Sip on your organic coffee with house-made almond milk, and watch as your morning sets itself off on the right foot.

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32. Starbucks 170 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Union Square)

If you're in Union Square it's hard to look around and NOT see a Starbucks. Unfortunately, (or fortunately?) it's basically your only option if you're looking for coffee around here.

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33. Flywheel Coffee 672 Stanyan St, San Francisco, CA 94117 (Upper Haight)

It's similar to Philz, meaning each cup is made to-order, with the beans roasted in-house.