Food & Drink

SF's best coffee shops for camping out with your laptop

Published On 09/09/2014 Published On 09/09/2014
Matching Half Cafe
Sugar Cafe
Joe Starkey
Grant Marek
SoMa StrEat Food Park
Nook
Java Beach
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1. 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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2. Matching Half Cafe 1799 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94117 (Western Addition)

For a small, quiet place to sip coffee and do work, it doesn't get much better than Matching Half Cafe in Western Addition. Opened by a couple of locals, this friendly corner coffee shop offers pour-over Sightglass coffee, expertly-made espresso drinks, bagels and baguette sandwiches, and local draft beer and wine. In other words, it's the perfect place to spend the day, from breakfast to happy hour.

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3. Sugar Café 679 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Sugar bills itself as a coffee shop by day and a lounge by night, with live music or DJ sets post-coffee-drinking hours, plus a killer daily happy hour in between.

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4. Darwin Cafe 212 Ritch St, San Francisco, CA 94107 (Soma)

This pint-sized SoMa hideaway doubles as one of San Francisco's best places to camp out with a laptop if you're lucky enough to score some real estate, and also as one of the best damn sandwich shops you'll find anywhere. Get the legendary roast beef, sliced impossibly thin and layered between buttery slices of bread with whatever the fresh veggie du jour may be, and you won't be disappointed.

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5. Cafe La Boheme 3318 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

Family run since 1973, this Mission coffee shop serves Turkish coffee, beer, wine, and eats like paninis, gyros, and falafel. You have to spend $5 on food or drink to get the Wi-Fi password, but once you do, you're free to camp out all day. The open tables, general lack of pretension, and friendly staff make Cafe La Boheme feel like a home away from home.

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6. The Social Study 1795 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94115 (Fillmore)

As its name suggests, this hip, brick-walled coffee house in Fillmore is a chill place to hit the books. By day, this bustling cafe with ample seating doles out artisanal deli sandwiches, small bites, and dark roast espresso for the freelance crowd. By night, it becomes a cozy, den-like tavern with two-for-one tacos, soju cocktails, and a trip-hop soundtrack provided by local DJs.

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7. SoMa StrEatFood Park 428 11th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Soma)

So imagine if Biergarten met Off The Grid and they had a baby. And then, meanwhile, Zeitgeist and Hayes Valley Proxy met and had a baby. And then by some miracle, if those two babies met, and sexed, they would birth the SoMa StrEatFood Park.

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8. Nook 1500 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109 (Nob Hill)

Sit outside and watch the cable cars cruise by at Nob Hill’s Nook, a cozy café with plenty of windows to people-watch. Nook turns into a candlelit wine bar in the evening, with $3.50 glasses of wine and tasty pita pizzas. Wi-Fi is free during the week, but leave your laptop at home otherwise -- you won’t be able to get online during the weekends or holidays.

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9. Cup-A-Joe Coffee House 896 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109 (The Tenderloin)

You’ll be hard-pressed (!) to find a chiller coffee shop to post up at in the Tenderloin/Nob Hill area. Cup-A-Joe is a good place to hunker down with your laptop for a few hours and get some work done over a cappuccino or, even better, a cheap draft beer. The ready-made sandwiches are solid brain fuel to keep you focused, that is if you’re not distracted by the people watching on Sutter St.

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10. Java Beach Cafe 2650 Sloat Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94116 (The Sunset)

JB's second rustic breakfast/lunch/dinner den's got indoor-outdoor seating for 50 and a knotty bar inspired by Woody surfmobiles, plus sweeping views of the Pacific and, more importantly, the Doggie Diner head.

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