The title says it all; San Francisco is a coffee town. This is one of the ‘somethings’ about San Francisco that causes people to say things like “oh, it’s so European.” What they‘re talking about is the tendency for San Franciscans to slow down the day by spending a moment in a local café or shop to sit to a latte or café au lait. From the trendy neighborhoods and downtown to little kiosks in the city’s green spaces, anywhere you go you can expect to find a unique place to sit and enjoy a cup of something hot. But with so many possibilities, one doesn’t know where to start. First, reserve a room in a SF hotel with hostelbookers.com, then hit the streets to let happenstance guide you into one of these delectable locales.
Spike’s Coffees and Teas
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On 19th at Castro, this café provides the quintessential San Franciscan experience in more ways than one. San Francisco is typically known as a very progressive American city, and the fact that cell phones are prohibited in this area speaks to that renown. Expect to find such things on the menu as soy lattes and homemade chai teas.
Nervous Dog Coffee
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If you’re a fan of Gary Larson cartoons, and if you believe in birds of a feather, then head over to Bernal Heights to check out Nervous Dog Coffee. You’ll be happy to learn that Larson’s famous cartoon about the dog was the inspiration for this café. Whether or not it reflects its own founding, the café is a great place to peruse local artistic talent as you sit back to an intimate but vibrating café experience.
Ritual Coffee Roasters
The name of this place should be enough to convince you to stroll on in and order a coffee. You’ll surely be surprised by the roasts, and least of all since each cup is produced from beans from a single plot of land. Many stores provide coffee made from beans that are harvested from different farms, and sometimes farms that are far apart. Here, you can rest assured that your coffee is authentic; you can even scope out the farm pictures on their website.
Blue Bottle Coffee
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Widely acclaimed to brew one of the best cappuccinos in town, Blue Bottle Coffee has several locations so that you can be sure to test the raving. You may have to buckle down for a bit of a wait, but it’s worth the minute consternation that the baristas put into each and every cup—these people love coffee.
Located in Hayes Valley, this place is both a great place for food (sandwiches) and for a cup of jo. It is worth the visit not as much for the quality of the coffee they serve, although that is very nice as well, but more so for the film noir theme of the café.
The last café on this very short list of good places to get coffee in San Francisco is called Four Barrel. Newbies are immediately made aware that these guys know what they’re doing. They also have a flare for the familiar and tend to make the coffee experience here a very convivial one. Some of the sitting space is quite conducive to random encounters, while the tables are perfect for entrepreneurs who need some area to lay out the laptop.
San Francisco has hundreds of cafes that are unique to its streets. This list is only a taste of the pot; you can always leave your coffee adventures to your feet and coincidence.