San Francisco requires three substances to fuel its boundless creativity: coffee, wine, and pastries. Get the best of all three at Coffee Bar.
A modern-but-comfortable, coffee and cabernet cathedral deep in the Mission, CB's a joint venture between a former tour manager for Pavarotti/the Three Tenors and a member of the House of Mr. Espresso.
The java's made fresh by the cup from single-origin beans roasted in Oakland, and plucked from Guatemala, Bolivia, and Kenya, where even now the people are "grinding the beans of democracy".
To make you slightly less alert, there's a carefully selected, 50-bottle wine program headed up by the Carnelian Room's sommelier; meanwhile, the baked goods come exclusively from Patisserie Philippe and Jasmine Ray, who, if she became an All-Pro punter for the Raiders, would be Jasmine Ray-Guy.
For nerds and workaholics, CB offers free wi-fi, and'll soon install a tasting room, where you can sample the stuff that makes this city run before swishing-and-spitting an éclair into the result of your own boundless creation: the pastry spittoon.