Coffee shops and cafes are big business in San Francisco. There’s barely a day that goes by when a new one doesn’t open across the street.
There’s a good reason. If there’s one thing that a San Franciscan loves it’s a cup of decent coffee. Some might even call them ‘coffee connoisseurs’ who are always on the lookout for the next caffeine fix. If the coffee shops and cafes they frequent do decent food and provide a nice workspace along with their choice of coffee beans, all the better!
If you are lucky enough to be staying in furnished apartments in San Francisco you will have the facilities to make a cup of coffee or prepare a quick snack in the comfort of your own temporary home.
But getting out and sampling the local culture is what visiting cities is all about. And sometimes, only a perfect cup of coffee prepared by a skilled barista will do.
Here are some of the best cafes in San Francisco, according to the people who call the city home:
1. Réveille Coffee Co.
Owned and managed by two brothers, this outlet on Long Street is one of a small chain of specialist coffee shops run by them. It offers all the coffee you want alongside delicious breakfasts, lunches or dinners.
2. Andytown Coffee Roasters
This is a place that takes its coffee very seriously indeed. So seriously in fact that they only use beans they have selected themselves, before actually roasting them on the premises.
This cafe is Irish owned so its soda breads are authentic. Also make sure you try the Snowy Plover, their speciality.
3. La Capra Coffee
If you need and crave your espresso during the day then this is the place for you. It is, after all, what they do! People come from all over the city to sample them so no matter where your serviced apartments San Francisco are, you’ve got no excuse not to make a visit.
They do some pretty good sandwiches and salads too!
4. Flywheel Coffee
Martha and Bros is an old and well-known chain of cafes in San Francisco and the Bay area and this is a new concept started by one of the co-founders of that company. He boasts that he’s been rooting coffee since he was a teenager and that experience sees Flywheel produce some of the most memorable Nicaraguan blends in the city.
5. Caffe Trieste
This cafe has been found at its North Beach location for more than half a century. It is one of the places to be seen in the neighbourhood and is a haunt for many of San Francisco’s artists, who enjoy sipping coffee and discussing and chatting about their trade in the warm sunshine.
One of the appealing and more unique aspects of Caffe Trieste is that it plays host to live musicians, at any time during the day or evenings.
This is a small coffee shop so we’ll write a small amount about it! It serves tea as well as coffee and if you find yourself here at weekends you can also pick up a Dynamo Donut.
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7. Tartine Manufactory
Worth a visit, even if it’s just for the name! This is a favourite morning stop off for many San Franciscans on their way to the office. Not only does it pour a cracking cup of coffee, its brightness and airiness also makes it a refreshing stop off to grab a morning snack too.
Alternatively, if you have time to sit in, there’s a full breakfast you can enjoy too, often accompanied by freshly baked bread.
8. The Mill
This is a great place to come if you like your coffee to be accompanied by a snack. Toast is the speciality here and you can enjoy it covered in jam, marmalade, peanut butter or whatever else takes your fancy.
Like the bread? You can get a loaf to take away and enjoy later too!
9. George and Lennie
Four barrel coffee is one of the most loved and respected brands of coffee in San Francisco. This coffee shop was created by one of their baristas (who is neither called George nor Lennie.)
This place serves great espressos but oddly enough not always in a cup. You’ll understand when you see the place as art and caffeine come together to make a relaxing hangout venue.
10. Saint Frank
Don’t let the severely minimal interior put you off, this place serves a fine cup of coffee. All of the coffee comes from independent producers and there’s also a few bits on the menu to enjoy too.