San Francisco is one of the nation's best spots for craft coffee, originally coining the term "third-wave coffee," a reference to the artisan coffee preparation that has dominated the independent roaster scene since the 1990s, at its acclaimed Wrecking Ball Coffee company. Coffee lovers can choose from single-origin pourovers, Chemex or siphon-brewed options, or delicious espresso concoctions at famed regional roasters.
1.Andytown Coffee Roasters
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Andytown Coffee Roasters have become one of San Francisco's favorite coffee roasters since their 2014 opening in Outer Sunset, owned and operated by Lauren Crabbe and Michael McCrory. The cafe, which is named after McCrory's native hometown of Andersontown in Ireland, opened a second location on Taraval Street next to its roasting facility, which produces single-origin beans sourced from sites such as Peru, Rwanda, and Papua New Guinea. Delicious signature drinks include favorites such as the Snowy Plover, which pairs espresso and whipped cream with ice and sparkling water for a light, refreshing warm-weather treat. Housemade pastries are served up daily, including family-recipe Irish soda bread served with jam and butter.
3655 Lawton St, San Francisco, CA 94122
© Philz Coffee
Philz Coffee is one of San Francisco's most well-known coffee chains, offering more than a dozen locations throughout the Bay Area. The cafe, which was founded in San Francisco's Mission district and has been in operation for more than 25 years, eschews the third-wave trend of espresso-based beverages in favor of offering more than 20 custom blends crafted from the world's best beans, prepared made to order the "Philz way," sweet and creamy and ready for gulping. Favorite drink offerings include the cafe's mint-infused iced Mint Mojito. In addition to coffee offerings, all of the chain's cafes serve up breakfast sandwiches, bagels, pastries, and other light cafe fare.
1 Front St Ste 100, San Francisco, CA 94111, Phone: 415-568-2535
© Coffee Cultures
Coffee Cultures is a trendy coffee shop offering several locations throughout San Francisco, including locations in the city's Financial and SoMa districts. The cafe prepares up beans from North Carolina roasters Coffee Cultures, the first shop to serve the coffee on the American West Coast. Delicious coffee beverages include macchiatos, mochas, and cold brews, all available with non-dairy milks such as soy, almond, or oat. Hot chocolates, chais, and teas are also served up alongside an extensive menu of breakfast and lunch fare, including loaded bagels, clever toasts, and health-conscious sandwiches. At the cafe's SoMa location, visitors can enjoy a selection of fine West Coast wines and imported craft beers.
1301 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103, Phone: 415-896-4272
4.Blue Bottle Coffee
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Blue Bottle Coffee is a nationally-popular roaster originally founded in Oakland by musician James Freeman, spreading its operations today to outposts in cities such as New York, Miami, Boston, and Washington, D.C. The cafe chain, which is named after Vienna's historic 17th-century Blue Bottle cafe, serves up craft coffees sourced using environmentally-friendly fair-trade policies at its Nob Hill and Pacific Heights cafes, which are equipped with siphon bars and Oji iced coffee systems. Refreshing New Orleans-style iced coffees are served up daily, along with an extensive menu of single-origin coffees available as pourovers or siphons. Menu options include creative toasts, Liege waffles, and European-style sandwiches such as ham and cheese baguettes.
115 Sansome St, San Francisco, CA, 94104
5.Beacon Coffee and Pantry
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Beacon Coffee and Pantry is one of the latest additions to North Beach's coffee scene, offering free wireless internet and ample space for laptop workers to stretch out and sip. The cafe, which was opened in 2012 by Alexis Liu and Scott Clark, serves up beans roasted by San Francisco's Andytown Coffee Roasters, available as single-origin pourovers or prepared in elegant beverages such as Americanos, macchiatos, and cappuccinos. Pastries and breads are sourced by regional bakers Firebrand, served up alongside a menu of homemade sandwiches, salads, and snacks such as yogurt and granola. Ample seating is available at the cafe's bar, which faces spacious sunlit windows and provides a view of the surrounding neighborhood hustle and bustle.
805 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, Phone: 415-814-2551
6.Chapel Hill Coffee
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Chapel Hill Coffee is a hip Financial District coffee shop, located just off the main business district of San Francisco's Chinatown along Commercial Street. The cafe, which was opened in 2015 by Rafael Vizcaino, serves up beans roasted by Four Barrel Coffee, with a focus on espresso-based favorites such as Americanos, lattes, and mochas. All beverages can be infused with dairy-free almond milk for an additional fee. Baked goods are provided by regional bakers Neighbor Bakehouse, and coffee ingredients are sourced from local producers such as Straus Family Creamery and Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate. Visitors should note that the coffee shop is standing room only inside, though a large front window opens up into an awning, creating a makeshift bar.
670 Commercial St, San Francisco, CA 94111
7.George and Lennie
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George and Lennie is a quaint coffee shop in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood, owned and operated by longtime Four Barrel Coffee barista Brett Walker. The eclectic cafe is designed with a casual bohemian vibe, featuring lime green-painted walls and shabby-chic decor that Walker describes as "mid-century Southwest" in style. Traditional coffee shop beverages are prepared on the cafe's La Marzocco Linea Classic espresso machine, including Americanos, cappuccinos, and flavor-infused lattes. Light cafe fare includes scrambled egg plates, with artwork by local artisans displayed on the cafe's walls. Despite the neighborhood's rough reputation, George and Lennie serves as a beacon for free spirits and artists to relax, congregate, and sip delicious brews.
277 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102
© Flywheel Coffee
Flywheel Coffee is a charming new offering from one of San Francisco's oldest coffee lineages, owned and operated by Aquiles Guerrero, whose family operated popular Martha and Bros coffee shop. The delightful Haight-Ashbury cafe was hand-built with reclaimed wood and repurposed building materials, intended to lessen the shop's environmental impact. All coffees are made to order with in-house-roasted beans, with beverage options ranging from siphons and cold brews to cortados, lattes, and ice cream-infused affogatos. A wide variety of coffee gear, including several brewing and pressing methods, are also sold at the shop for coffee lovers wishing to replicate their favorite beverages at home.
672 Stanyan St, San Francisco, CA 94117, Phone: 415-682-4023
9.The Coffee Bar
The Coffee Bar is a charming coffee shop chain in San Francisco, offering three locations in the city's Financial and Mission Districts. The cafe serves up delicious coffees sourced from famed Oakland roaster Mr. Espresso, which has been operated in the region since the 1970s. A delectable menu of cafe beverages includes standards such as cortados and macchiatos served up alongside unique signature drinks such as Havana lattes and horchata cold brew. Excellent breakfast and lunch fare is served up daily, including locally-sourced pastries, quinoa bowls, and portabella sandwiches. Beer is also served at the company's Mission location, which offers free wireless internet and ample seating for laptop workers.
1890 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94110, Phone: 415-551-8100
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© Farley's Coffee
Farley's Coffee is a favorite coffee standby in San Francisco's Potrero Hill location, located next to popular brunch spot Plow. The cafe, which was opened in 1989 by Roger Hillyard, is operated by his son Chris today, serving up old-fashioned-style drip coffees sourced from Mission's De La Paz and roasted in house. Its former butcher shop interior has been converted into a relaxing neighborhood hangout, featuring ample seating and a selection of board games for visitors to enjoy as they sip on brews and chat with friends. A second location is operated in Oakland's Uptown district, overseen by Chris and his wife Amy. At the Uptown location, diners can enjoy a selection of light cafe fare, including salads, soups, and toasted sandwiches.
1315 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107, Phone: 415-648-1545
© Equator Coffee
Equator Coffee was originally founded in 1995 as a home-based roastery in Marin County, operated out of its owner's garage. Today, the coffee shop is California's first B Corporation-certified roastery, offering seven locations in San Francisco, Oakland, and Marin County. Transparent sustainable business practices fuel the company's operations, including fair-trade sourcing of single-origin coffees from Colombia, Sumatra, and Ecuador. High-quality pourovers, nitro cold brews, and flavored lattes are served at all of the cafe's locations alongside a light menu of gourmet toasts, pastries, and salads. The company also creates specialty blends for a number of other Bay Area coffee shops, including French Laundry and Jardiniere.
986 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102
© Caffe Trieste
Caffe Trieste is an internationally-renowned Italian-themed coffee chain, operating four coffee house locations throughout the San Francisco and Monterey Bay region. The cafe, which was originally opened in 1956 by Croatian immigrant "Papa" Giovanni Giotta, is believed to be the first espresso house opened on the American West Coast. Throughout the second half of the 20th century, the cafe became a popular meeting spot for Beat writers such as Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac and was the location where Francis Ford Coppola wrote the script for his legendary 1972 film The Godfather. More than half a century later, the cafe still hosts a lively crows of artists and writers, serving up excellent classic coffee drinks such as caffe fantasias, which blend chocolate and orange flavors into espresso and cream. Live music performances are hosted regularly at the cafe's North Beach location.
601 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94133, Phone: 415-392-6739
© Provender Coffee
Provender Coffee is one of San Francisco's tiniest coffee shops, clocking in at a mere 300 square feet at its storefront in the city's Potrero Hill neighborhood. The cafe, which was originally opened by Italian brother duo Tony and Austin Ferrari of Hillside Supper Club fame, serves coffees provided by regional roasters Andytown Coffee Roasters. Unique drinks include the cafe's signature Maplewood cold brew, which is poured over milk and mixed with maple syrup and extract for a sweet, harvest-like taste. Teas from partners Leaves and Flowers are also available, along with a selection of homemade pastries prepared daily, including cardamom lemon cake, blackberry poppyseed scones, and kardemummabullar, a cardamom-infused cinnamon bun. Breakfast and lunch menu items include fried egg sandwiches and toasts topped with housemade almond butter.
1415 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107, Phone: 415-685-1722
14.Wrecking Ball Coffee
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Wrecking Ball Coffee is the product of the partnership of coffee industry veterans Trish Rothgeb and Nick Cho, known internationally as the coffee shop that coined the term "third-wave coffee." The cafe combines Rothgeb's experience working at the Coffee Quality Institute with Cho's entrepreneurial experience as the past owner of award-winning D.C. coffee shop Murky Coffee, striving to become the Bay Area's top purveyor of sustainable craft coffee. Scientifically-perfected pourovers highlight single-origin beans, while delicious espresso drinks are prepared behind the cafe's custom-built bar. A selection of teas and herbal tisanes are also served, along with pastries supplied by regional bakers Marla Bakery.
2271 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123
15.Ritual Coffee Roasters
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Ritual Coffee Roasters is one of San Francisco's best-known coffee brands, offering six locations throughout the Bay Area, including a Hayes Valley location crafted from shipping containers. The cafe, which has been in operation since 2005, was a pioneer of third-wave coffee in San Francisco when it first appeared on the scene and has stayed a regional favorite for its super light roasts and high-quality espresso drinks. An ever-rotating menu of blends highlights beans sourced from Ethiopia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Kenya, with up to five pourover varieties served up daily. Pastries are sourced from Firebrand Artisan Breads, while quick breads are delivered from regional bakers Batter Bakery.
1300 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, Phone: 415-865-0929
© Réveille Coffee
Réveille Coffee is an upscale cafe operated by brothers Chris and Tommy Newbury, offering five locations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including locations in North Beach, Lower Haight, Berkeley, Castro, and Mission Bay. The cafe, which began its life as a coffee cart, serves up its own roasts in coffee and espresso-based beverages alongside a full menu of delicious cafe fare available at three of its locations. Breakfast and lunch items include superfood bowls, salads, and clever sandwiches such as the Levantine, which is served with falafel, green tahini, schoog, and yogurt. Smoothies are also available daily, along with pastries served by Neighbor Bakehouse. Wine and beer are also served at several locations. In addition to the cafe's five full-service locations, the company also operates a full-time coffee truck on Pacific Street near Sansome and Battery.
610 Long Bridge St, San Francisco, CA 94158, Phone: 415-789-6258
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17.La Capra Coffee
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La Capra Coffee is the latest offering from Caffe Greco's Hanna Suleiman and famed San Francisco restaurateurs Steve and Mitchell Rosenthal, offering two locations on the city's Third and Fremont Streets. The cafe, which was founded in 2012, draws on classic Italian influences and focuses on the Rosenthal brothers' signature espresso blends, which are available in a variety of European-style cafe beverages. Drip coffees and single-origin pourovers are also served, alongside a menu of light cafe fare, which includes clever toasts, sandwiches, and salads. Diners can also enjoy a selection of fresh-baked goods prepared and delivered daily from regional companies Starter Bakery and Neighbor Bakehouse.
50 Fremont St, San Francisco, CA 94105
18.Lady Falcon Coffee Club
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Lady Falcon Coffee Club is an eclectic roving 1948 GMC bread truck that operates as a mobile coffee shop, frequently parked at sites such as the city's Alamo Square Park. The woman-owned cafe is named in honor of San Francisco's 1880s-era Falcon Ladies Bicycling Club, a nod to the city's Ocean Beach history and longstanding commitment to feminism and freethinking attitudes. Diners can grab mochas served with homemade chocolate ganache or the truck's signature Pink Crush coffee drink, prepared with cascara steeped in hibiscus. Customers can also purchase bags of roaster Buffy Maguire's blends at the truck, with coffee purchases offered for free with the purchase of a bag of beans.
Steiner St, San Francisco, CA 94117
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© Linea Coffee
Linea Coffee is one of the United States' most acclaimed independent cafes and roasteries, owned and operated since 2013 by coffee industry professional Andrew Barnett, who has served as a judge at the World Barista Championship. The Mission district cafe, which was featured in the prominent 2015 coffee industry documentary Barista and has been acclaimed by Thrillist as one of America's best new coffee shops, crafts its own delicious in-house-roasted espressos, served up in cups made by Heath Ceramics. Excellent nitro cold brew is also served, along with a menu of small bites, including pastries crafted by regional bakers Tartine Bakery.
3417 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, Phone: 415-590-3011
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© Mazarine Coffee
Mazarine Coffee is a gorgeous Financial District coffee shop that was opened by former tech industry worker Hamid Rafati, located along Market Street. The 1,500-square-foot cafe takes its cues from Renaissance-era Parisian culture, named in honor of the Bibliothèque Mazarine, France's first public library facility and featuring design elements cultivated by Boor Bridges Architecture. A rotating menu of pourovers from local roasters is showcased weekly, along with a variety of espresso-based cafe beverages and nitro cold brews delivered from regional favorites Ritual Coffee Roasters. In addition to cafe drinks, the coffee shop also serves pastries sourced from Starter Bakery, along with a selection of clever toasts, sandwiches, and salads. Wireless internet is available for laptop workers, with beer and wine served during the later part of the day.
720 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102, Phone: 415-398-7700
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21.Saint Frank Coffee
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Saint Frank Coffee is a delightful Russian Hill coffee shop, founded in 2013 by former Ritual Coffee Roasters barista Kevin Bohlin. The cafe, which also offers locations on Mission Street, in St. Clare, and within the city's Facebook headquarters, serves up a curated selection of coffees sourced directly from Africa and Central and South America, all of which are roasted in house at the Mission Street facility. Unlike many roast-focused cafes, the coffee shop serves up a full menu of flavored espresso beverages, including honey lavender lattes and almond and macadamia milk cappuccinos. Single-origin coffee flights are also served, along with light and fortifying snacks such as yogurt and granola.
2340 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109, Phone: 415-775-1619
© Sightglass Coffee
Sightglass Coffee is one of San Francisco's most iconic coffee shops, opening five locations throughout the Bay Area since its founding in 2009. The cafe, which is named for the viewing window on PROBAT coffee roasting machines, was founded in 2009 by Justin and Jerad Morrison and strives to serve the highest quality possible direct-origin coffees from the world's top growing regions. Single-origin nitro cold brews are served up at both of the cafe's locations, along with cascara beverages and a variety of classic espresso-based beverages. Pastries are supplied by regional bakeries b. Patisserie, Piccino, and Neighbor Bakery, including unique offerings such as blackberry-filled pistachio croissants and kouign ammanns. An affogato bar at the company's SoMa location serves up concoctions made with flavors from Portland favorite ice creamery Salt and Straw, while a walk-up window outfits the company's Divisadero location.
270 7th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, Phone: 415-861-1313
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23.Sextant Coffee Roasters
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Sextant Coffee Roasters is a popular SoMa cafe owned and operated by first-generation Ethiopian immigrant Kinani Ahmed since 2014. The cafe, which is named in honor of the sailing navigation tool of the same name, works directly with Ethiopian, Colombian, and Kenyan coffee growers to serve up high-quality roasts, available as pourovers or in espresso-based beverages prepared on the cafe's La Marzocco machine. Unique cafe beverages include the coffee shop's signature Jostel Gandi, a spicy blend of espresso and chai. The cafe's beautiful, inviting dining space offers exposed brick walls, high-beam ceilings with ample skylights and a quaint and tucked-away back patio for relaxation and chatting with friends.
1415 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103, Phone: 415-355-1415
© Snowbird Coffee
Snowbird Coffee is an inviting cafe in San Francisco's Inner Sunset neighborhood, owned and operated since 2014 by former filmmaker Eugene Kim. The cafe, which is named for a term for Northerners who migrate to warmer climates during the winter months, transforms the former Drip'd Coffee Lab space into a cozy and kitschy space to stretch out and relax, adorned with decor such as vintage Golden West coffee cans and B-movie posters. A rotating selection of brews from regional and national favorites such as Wisconsin roasters Ruby Coffee is served regularly, along with a selection of pourovers and espresso-based beverages. Signature drinks include unique offerings such as cafe bombons and shakeratos, with bottled cold brews and concentrates available for to-go purchase.
1352A 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122
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25 Best Coffee Shops in San Francisco
- Andytown Coffee Roasters, Photo: Andytown Coffee Roasters
- Philz Coffee, Photo: Philz Coffee
- Coffee Cultures, Photo: Coffee Cultures
- Blue Bottle Coffee, Photo: Blue Bottle Coffee
- Beacon Coffee and Pantry, Photo: Beacon Coffee and Pantry
- Chapel Hill Coffee, Photo: Chapel Hill Coffee
- George and Lennie, Photo: George and Lennie
- Flywheel Coffee, Photo: Flywheel Coffee
- The Coffee Bar, Photo: kite_rin/stock.adobe.com
- Farley's Coffee, Photo: Farley's Coffee
- Equator Coffee, Photo: Equator Coffee
- Caffe Trieste, Photo: Caffe Trieste
- Provender Coffee, Photo: Provender Coffee
- Wrecking Ball Coffee, Photo: Wrecking Ball Coffee
- Ritual Coffee Roasters, Photo: Ritual Coffee Roasters
- Reveille Coffee, Photo: Réveille Coffee
- La Capra Coffee, Photo: La Capra Coffee
- Lady Falcon Coffee Club, Photo: Lady Falcon Coffee Club
- Linea Coffee, Photo: Linea Coffee
- Mazarine Coffee, Photo: Mazarine Coffee
- Saint Frank Coffee, Photo: Saint Frank Coffee
- Sightglass Coffee, Photo: Sightglass Coffee
- Sextant Coffee Roasters, Photo: Sextant Coffee Roasters
- Snowbird Coffee, Photo: Snowbird Coffee
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