Start your day here at 7am when they open and leave a little tipsy at 10:15pm when the friendly staff starts stacking chairs as a not-so-subtle reminder that you don’t actually live here. In between, you'll have several cups of coffee, one of the best Caesar salads in the city, a cheese plate, sangria, and a vegan German chocolate cake from Santa Cruz’s Black China Bakery to go (doesn't matter if you're vegan -- it’s just that good). This corner café is movie-level charming -- the cable car rolls right past the sunny sidewalk seating and you’ve got views of tree-lined Hyde St, plus the coffee is the best in the neighborhood (and we’ve tried them all). And despite all that, it's the daily happy hour from 4-7pm that discounts beer, wine, sangria, and delicious pita pizzas that's really worth staying for. Note: they turn off the Wi-Fi on the weekends.
Best seat: It gets toasty in here, so best to snag a seat next to the full-length window along Jackson St.
We're gonna go ahead and bet you don't know of many coffee shops with $1.95 draft beers every day starting at 3pm. Or bars for that matter. The space is small but people generally take advantage of the sidewalk seating, leaving the cabaret-sized tables and plenty of outlets free for those looking to set up camp. You can score the usual bagel-and-pastry breakfast fare, including pre-made, local breakfast burritos, but what you're really coming for is the cheap beer, no-fuss cheap coffee, and the, uh, cheap beer.
Best seat: The communal high-top table at the front window offers the best street views and easy access to both the bar and an outlet.