I love The Mill for the people watching, stunning setting, and of course, the incredible toast! The scene is always bright and bustling – and the smell of coffee and freshly baked bread will keep you there longer than you intended…
I love steep brew because they have the best bartenders, microbrews and iced coffee. If you have kids you’ll have to try this place. Super kid friendly with high chairs, room for strollers and lots of delicious food. If you don’t have kids, my wife likes Front for a real taste of “Portlandia.”
I love Jane on Fillmore because it is a very comfortable place to enjoy a great coffee beverage made by their specialists. It’s no chain like Starbucks or Peets. They have fantastic pastries and breakfast foods.
Four Barrel has the ambiance, the attitude, and the coffee to back it all up to rate as one of the best cafe’s in San Francisco. Upon entering you immediately check your coolness level with the Outdoor bike hangers to the kitch wood on wood decor. Looking up, four wild boar heads oversee the order line as if to dare you to get things wrong. “Cappuccino…with or without home brewed chocolate bars”. Now mind you, I’m a coffee, cream and sugar guy. This has to be the first time I sipped this delicate deep aromatic drink without the addition of anything…not even the chocolate version. So for L.A. attitude, San Francisco tattoos, and a woodsy fun to see and be seen spot…head on over to Four Barrel.
Blue bottle is great coffee, every cup is made to order with great care. The capuccino from blue bottle is amazing, but the real gold star on the menu is the affogato; a fresh shot of espresso poured over a bowl of honey flavored ice cream. They also have great brunch food which shouldnot be overlooked!
I love this place because I love chocolate and coffee and can choose between two local chocolate producers — Guittard and Recchiuti — for my caffe mocha. They also have a grab and go coffee for $2.00 if you’re in a hurry. Finally, I don’t really like pastries, but the Kouign Amann by Starter Bakery in Oakland, is not to be missed.
As an aussie I am very particular about my espresso, the team at MA get it right every time and they are always happy. Perfect spot for a quick catch up or meeting.
It’s one of my favorite for ambiance (modern and clean), but definitely my favorite coffee. As a surgeon I have to put quality of work first and Sight Glass takes the cake. You walk in and to the left there are bikes hanging from the wall…I recommend not hanging your dog, but some folks tie leashes to the bike hangers. On the right there is a massive coffee roaster, a real treat when its running. The staff are great and all very passionate about their craft. One of the investors is Jack Dorsey, Founder of Twitter and Square. Go here and let me know how you like it on Nomaders. I’ll let you in on a little local secret…before you order, go upstairs…it’s not just people working.
I can’t decide what I like more about Contraband- the coffee or the empanadas. The staff is friendly, there is always plenty of seating, and great tunes playing! Oh, did I mention the empanadas rock
Ritual’s flagship location is in one of my favorite areas of SF, on Valencia St. in the Mission. It’s obvious from one sip that they are masters of the art of coffee – the flavor is sweet, rich, and possibly life-changing. I particularly love their cold brew over ice on a hot day! I also have a thing for the macadamia almond latte at Saint Frank.
The absolute best thing about Trouble Coffee in the Outer Sunset is the sheer simplicity of it. Very small, phenomenal coffee, out of this world cinnamon and sugar toast, and friendly service! Having a cool place to sit on the street and look at the ocean doesn’t hurt either. Totally recommend starting your adventure in the Sunset at Trouble!
Simple Financial District gem surrounded by every chain in the country. I feel bad for the tourists and suburban business folks who find comfort in the familiar as I sit in Coffee Cultures window or out side on those rarely warm days drinking a truly well balance cappuccino. You might also go for the raspberry muffin…trust me! Here you will find a healthy mix of entrepreneurs because just upstairs is one of San Francisco’s leading Technology Campus’s – Rocket Space.
Excellent coffee CHECK. Killer space with outdoor seating CHECK. Kale salad CHECK. Get the Kale Salad!
Honorable mention to Philz. Philz is one of the best cups of coffee you’ll ever have, but this post is more about espresso machines…plus we don’t have a Local Hero for you Phil