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16 San Francisco Coffee Shops with Free Wifi and Legit Food

Eat, work, be caffeinated

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Does anyone in San Francisco actually go into an office anymore? Thanks to laptops and wifi, it hardly seems necessary. Still, when you're setting up shop for the day, it's important to remember that man can not live on espresso and scones alone. A full battery charge and legit sustenance are also important to the productivity cause.

Here are 16 spots all around town that have free Wifi, good food, and in many cases beer and wine because at some point the work day has to come to an end.

Worker bees take note: Be friendly neighbors. Order coffee, share space, and don’t overstay your welcome.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Royal Ground Coffee

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Royal Ground Coffee is a small Bay Area chain that doesn't feel like a chain at all thanks to the eclectic decor and neighborhood vibe. The food options aren't vast, but include bagels, croissant sandwiches, and panini. There are also lots of board games and puzzles in case you need to take a break from work. Head's up: the outlets are all on one side of the room, so that's where you (and everyone else) is going to want to sit.

Philz Coffee

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Most Bay Area dwellers are familiar with Philz “one cup at a time” ethos and creamy mint mojitos. They’ve been expanding in the past few years, upping the number of stores in downtown SF. Above all, Philz is friendly to laptop-toting folks looking for a place to hang. They’ve also got a reliable menu of food to accompany the coffee like bagels, toasts, and breakfast sandwiches.

Workshop Cafe

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Tons of seating, tons of outlets, tons of chargers for all devices, Stumptown coffee, beer, wine, all-day breakfast, and lunch options that vary from healthy (Napa Greens) to, uh, not-so-healthy (Hot Dog Duet). Know before you go: this cafe offers a paid workspace area ($2/hour), but the Wifi in the patio and front lounge is always free for customers.

Jane on Fillmore

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Jane on Fillmore is a popular spot, so it might be hard to grab a seat, but once you try their freshly baked goods, you'll see why it's worth the wait. If you're not in the mood for something sweet, they also have healthy breakfast options, like a breakfast frisee salad and (of course) avocado toast. Lunch is more salads and plenty of panini and sandwiches. FYI: They keep the front eight tables "laptop free" until 3 p.m. but you're allowed to set up anywhere else before then.

The Social Study

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Stacks and stacks of books will help get you in the "studying" mood at this cafe by day/lounge by night. "Study snacks" like potato skins, housemade chicken salad, and milk & cookies are available starting at noon and there's plenty of Four Barrel coffee to keep you caffeinated, but there's also plenty of beer and wine if the mood strikes. Keep in mind the music turns up and the party gets going around 7 p.m., so you won't want to plan to work there much past then.

The Art Bistro

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This cozy coffee shop doesn't have a ton of seating, but the cushy couches and affordable food make it a favorite with Outer Richmond locals. Food includes breakfast bagels and croissant sandwiches, and the Thai iced tea is the drink to order. Bring cash because that's all they accept.

Bean Bag Cafe

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If you're expecting to work while sitting on a bean bag, you're going to be disappointed as they don't actually have any of those. Everything else though will make up for it. Their food menu is huge: eggs, pancakes, sweet and savory crepes, sandwiches, salads, and burgers. They even have dinner plates if you're working late. Drink a coffee, tea, or smoothie during the day, or get a $2.50 beer during happy hour (every day from 3 to 10 p.m.).

Mercury Cafe

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This cafe has lots of seating, so you won't have to stress about finding a spot. They also have plenty of outlets and coffee from Four Barrel (single blend) and De La Paz (blends). All of their soups, scones, muffins, and pies are made by hand, and when possible, all of the ingredients are organic and local. At $10.50-11.50, the sandwiches may seem a little pricey, but they come with a green salad and buy you at least another hour at your table.

Cafe Réveille

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One of several bright and minimalist cafes around town, the Lower Haight location is the newest. It’s got comfy seating, tahini squash bowls, a pleasing array of coffee beverages, and — on weekdays — free wifi. Stop by other locations in the Castro, Mission Bay, North Beach, and Berkeley for similarly pleasant working or lurking experiences.

STEM Kitchen & Garden

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This farm to table restaurant has tons of indoor and outdoor seating, gorgeous views of the bays, and bocce ball and fire pits for when you're ready to call it a day. Lunch includes thoughtful salads, unusual sandwiches, pizzas, and even some bigger dishes like grilled halibut.

Manny’s

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The Mission’s new politically minded cafe and events space, Manny’s, is already a hit for its evening talks and its pleasant daytime atmosphere. Come by for food with Middle Eastern influences from Farming Hope, baked goods from Frena, coffee from Ritual, and tea from Republic of Tea, plus beer and wine. Grab a table or peruse their small bookstore run by Dog Eared books, then get to business. Televisions are typically tuned to news coverage to keep everyone informed, and Manny’s asks that you shut your laptop in the evening (they also cut the wifi at that time).

Cafe La Flore

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This two-level cafe has tons of seating and even provides power strips under the benches for all of your charging needs. Breakfast includes egg sandwiches, bagels, and croissants, while lunch is a huge selection of salads and sandwiches. Bonus: all of the dressings and sauces are made in house.

Java Beach Cafe

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This coffee shop has a laid back vibe thanks to its friendly staff and prime location across from Ocean Beach. Mornings (which start early!) offer bagels and croissant sandwiches, while afternoons offer tasty, filling sandwiches, like the O.B. Hot Sub. There are also plenty of outlets, good coffee, and wine and beer. Only problem? The gorgeous view might make you want to blow off work altogether.

Laundré

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There’s nothing to make you feel industrious like doing your laundry while you’re getting your work squared away in a clean, comfortable space next door. That’s the appeal of Laundré, a laundromat in back with a big cafe space in front serving Sightglass Coffee (plus trendy lattes like one with turmeric and one with beetroot) plus pastries from Vive La Tarte.

Precita Park Café

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This casual neighborhood spot is reasonably priced with good coffee, but FYI: tables can be hard to come by. Fill up in the morning on scrambles or French toast or go in at lunch for a salad, sandwich, or burger. The only thing to keep in mind about this cute cafe is that when it's time for dinner service, the free Wifi turns off. Bonus: if work gets stressful... they also have wine and beer.

Cafe St Jorge

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A little taste of Portugal and lots off seating in a well-lit environment are available at this Bernal cafe. Customers swear by the avocado chili toast, baked egg breakfast slider (with jam and arugula on brioche), and pastels de nata. Some tables are reserved for laptop-free dining on weekends.

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Royal Ground Coffee

Royal Ground Coffee is a small Bay Area chain that doesn't feel like a chain at all thanks to the eclectic decor and neighborhood vibe. The food options aren't vast, but include bagels, croissant sandwiches, and panini. There are also lots of board games and puzzles in case you need to take a break from work. Head's up: the outlets are all on one side of the room, so that's where you (and everyone else) is going to want to sit.

Philz Coffee

Most Bay Area dwellers are familiar with Philz “one cup at a time” ethos and creamy mint mojitos. They’ve been expanding in the past few years, upping the number of stores in downtown SF. Above all, Philz is friendly to laptop-toting folks looking for a place to hang. They’ve also got a reliable menu of food to accompany the coffee like bagels, toasts, and breakfast sandwiches.

Workshop Cafe

Tons of seating, tons of outlets, tons of chargers for all devices, Stumptown coffee, beer, wine, all-day breakfast, and lunch options that vary from healthy (Napa Greens) to, uh, not-so-healthy (Hot Dog Duet). Know before you go: this cafe offers a paid workspace area ($2/hour), but the Wifi in the patio and front lounge is always free for customers.

Jane on Fillmore

Jane on Fillmore is a popular spot, so it might be hard to grab a seat, but once you try their freshly baked goods, you'll see why it's worth the wait. If you're not in the mood for something sweet, they also have healthy breakfast options, like a breakfast frisee salad and (of course) avocado toast. Lunch is more salads and plenty of panini and sandwiches. FYI: They keep the front eight tables "laptop free" until 3 p.m. but you're allowed to set up anywhere else before then.

The Social Study

Stacks and stacks of books will help get you in the "studying" mood at this cafe by day/lounge by night. "Study snacks" like potato skins, housemade chicken salad, and milk & cookies are available starting at noon and there's plenty of Four Barrel coffee to keep you caffeinated, but there's also plenty of beer and wine if the mood strikes. Keep in mind the music turns up and the party gets going around 7 p.m., so you won't want to plan to work there much past then.

The Art Bistro

This cozy coffee shop doesn't have a ton of seating, but the cushy couches and affordable food make it a favorite with Outer Richmond locals. Food includes breakfast bagels and croissant sandwiches, and the Thai iced tea is the drink to order. Bring cash because that's all they accept.

Bean Bag Cafe

If you're expecting to work while sitting on a bean bag, you're going to be disappointed as they don't actually have any of those. Everything else though will make up for it. Their food menu is huge: eggs, pancakes, sweet and savory crepes, sandwiches, salads, and burgers. They even have dinner plates if you're working late. Drink a coffee, tea, or smoothie during the day, or get a $2.50 beer during happy hour (every day from 3 to 10 p.m.).

Mercury Cafe

This cafe has lots of seating, so you won't have to stress about finding a spot. They also have plenty of outlets and coffee from Four Barrel (single blend) and De La Paz (blends). All of their soups, scones, muffins, and pies are made by hand, and when possible, all of the ingredients are organic and local. At $10.50-11.50, the sandwiches may seem a little pricey, but they come with a green salad and buy you at least another hour at your table.

Cafe Réveille

One of several bright and minimalist cafes around town, the Lower Haight location is the newest. It’s got comfy seating, tahini squash bowls, a pleasing array of coffee beverages, and — on weekdays — free wifi. Stop by other locations in the Castro, Mission Bay, North Beach, and Berkeley for similarly pleasant working or lurking experiences.

STEM Kitchen & Garden

This farm to table restaurant has tons of indoor and outdoor seating, gorgeous views of the bays, and bocce ball and fire pits for when you're ready to call it a day. Lunch includes thoughtful salads, unusual sandwiches, pizzas, and even some bigger dishes like grilled halibut.

Manny’s

The Mission’s new politically minded cafe and events space, Manny’s, is already a hit for its evening talks and its pleasant daytime atmosphere. Come by for food with Middle Eastern influences from Farming Hope, baked goods from Frena, coffee from Ritual, and tea from Republic of Tea, plus beer and wine. Grab a table or peruse their small bookstore run by Dog Eared books, then get to business. Televisions are typically tuned to news coverage to keep everyone informed, and Manny’s asks that you shut your laptop in the evening (they also cut the wifi at that time).

Cafe La Flore

This two-level cafe has tons of seating and even provides power strips under the benches for all of your charging needs. Breakfast includes egg sandwiches, bagels, and croissants, while lunch is a huge selection of salads and sandwiches. Bonus: all of the dressings and sauces are made in house.

Java Beach Cafe

This coffee shop has a laid back vibe thanks to its friendly staff and prime location across from Ocean Beach. Mornings (which start early!) offer bagels and croissant sandwiches, while afternoons offer tasty, filling sandwiches, like the O.B. Hot Sub. There are also plenty of outlets, good coffee, and wine and beer. Only problem? The gorgeous view might make you want to blow off work altogether.

Laundré

There’s nothing to make you feel industrious like doing your laundry while you’re getting your work squared away in a clean, comfortable space next door. That’s the appeal of Laundré, a laundromat in back with a big cafe space in front serving Sightglass Coffee (plus trendy lattes like one with turmeric and one with beetroot) plus pastries from Vive La Tarte.

Precita Park Café