Top 10 Coffee Shops in SF
I’m a firm believer in the benefits of coffee (I’m so much more productive, chatty and happy after my first cup in the morning), which is why I feel extra blessed to be living in San Francisco, home to one of the best brew scenes in the world :-)
We have so many stellar cafes, in fact, that it was hard to pick my top 10. In order to narrow down my list, I've based my choices not just on the quality of their beans, but also on ambiance and décor (which are pretty crucial in my book).
And now, here are my top 10 favorite coffee shops in San Francisco:
Hollow (Inner Sunset) – This is a small nook of a café, with an adorable mint-green exterior, rustic wood tables and addictively good butterscotch lattes.
Andytown (Outer Sunset) – Their Snowy Plover (an iced drink consisting of sparkling water, two shots of espresso, brown sugar and whipped cream) draws the crowds, but I prefer their hot drinks. They roast their beans in-house and also bake delicious corn muffins.
The Mill (Alamo Square) – With its high ceilings, marble tabletops, and incredible lighting, it’s no wonder the Mill is one of the most Instagrammed venues in the city. Of course, you’ve got to try their $5 artisanal toast – my personal favorite is the dark mountain rye, with cream cheese, salt and pepper.
Blue Bottle (Financial District, Soma, Hayes Valley) – I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention one of our most famous Bay Area coffee brands. Their New Orleans iced coffee is especially yummy.
Café Reveille (Mission Bay, North Beach, Castro) – This coffee company also has branches in North Beach and Castro, but only their Mission Bay location boasts pink tables, a furry bar and a full food menu. By far one of the most photogenic cafes on this list, plus it’s always easy to get a seat.
Saint Frank Coffee (Russian Hill) – Airy and minimalist, with insanely good dark chocolate mochas.
vive la tarte (Soma) –This is one of the most stunning – and largest – coffee shops/bakeries in San Francisco. They make incredible use of the space, with ample seating and room to display their divine baked goods (get the quiche, chocolate croissant or cheesecake).
Sightglass (Mission, Soma) – The most popular local coffee brand at the moment, rivaled only by Blue Bottle. Although their Soma branch may be more impressive in terms of size, their Mission one is quaint and replete with natural lighting and lush plants. Both are gorgeous, though.
Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters (Marina) – Go just for the pineapple wallpaper (but also their perfect drip coffees).
Four Barrel (Mission) – A quintessential San Francisco coffee shop decked out in reclaimed wood and hipster’d out baristas. Latte art is always on point, too.