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23 Outstanding Coffee Shops in San Francisco

Where to find expertly brewed cups of coffee in San Francisco right now

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Throughout the pandemic, San Francisco’s coffee shops have remained brisk and busy, even without tables filled with laptop users or early-morning commuters grabbing a cup before they head to the office. Many have seen an uptick in bean sales as folks become at-home baristas, while others have reopened benches and outdoor tables for folks who wish to sit down with a cup.

Here are 23 great, distinctive places to get your caffeine fix. Some are decades-old San Francisco institutions. Still others are shining a welcome light on non-Eurocentric cultural coffee traditions. All are worth a visit.

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1. Equator Coffees at Round House Cafe

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Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco, CA 94129

Thanks to a new location open in Burlingame, Equator Coffee now has cafes serving just about every corner of the Bay. In the city, the SoMa shop remains closed but you can still get your fix of seasonal single origin pour overs and espresso drinks at the Fort Mason outpost or the newly opened Round House cafe. No matter where you snag a drink you can feel good supporting a woman-owned, LGBTQ-founded business. 

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2. Caffe Trieste

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601 Vallejo St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 392-6739
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The North Beach location of Caffe Trieste has been around for more than 50 years, serving Italian-style espresso to the masses. It's host to a crowd of neighborhood regulars, who prior to the pandemic could be found discussing, art, poetry, music, and more on the sidewalk outside. Just up the street Caffe Trieste has also opened a retail store for beans and more.

3. Saint Frank

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2340 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 775-1619
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Saint Frank is known for its pour-overs and espresso drinks, most made with beans from independent producers. Its Russian Hill location and its SoMa roastery (1081 Mission) are open and pulling tasting flights of espresso and serving specialty lattes.

4. Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters

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2271 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

Wrecking Ball’s Nick Cho and Trish Rothgeb are known for their well-balanced espresso drinks and precise, technologically advanced pour-overs. There are two locations to visit — one in Cow Hollow and one in Berkeley — with the former offering espresso drinks and brewed coffee to sip along with pastries from Marla Bakery.

5. Red Bay Coffee

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1 Ferry Building, Shop 43
San Francisco, CA 94111

You’ll have to cross the Bay to check out Red Bay’s sweet new headquarters but if you’re just looking for a bag of  medium roast, single-origin from Brazil or a Vietnamese cold brew, then you can head to the location at the Ferry Building. Steel yourself for long lines during the Saturday morning farmers market. 

6. The Coffee Movement

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1030 Washington St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 237-3375
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Nob Hill cafe the Coffee Movement is open for takeout from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, including wild concoctions like its Earl Greyhound (filter coffee, grapefruit, Earl Grey tea, tarragon, elderflower tonic, and lemon balm).

7. Home

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2018 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 702-9244
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Home’s locations at 2018 Clement Street, 1222 Noriega Street, and 455 Grant Ave are open daily, which means you can caffeinate in style with drinks like the photo-worthy and sprinkle-topped birthday cake latte.

8. Fluid Cooperative Cafe

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101 Hyde St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 570-2595
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Powered by a trio of trans activists, Fluid Cooperative Cafe resides inside La Cocina Municipal Marketplace and uses Queer Wave Coffee beans. The buzzy little counter is the first thing to greet you when you walk inside and your menu options range from iced cafe de olla to a creamy latte made with Okinawa black sugar.  

9. fifty/fifty

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3157 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 684-8886
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Fifty/Fifty’s location on Geary near USF is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for takeout and notes that its “floor tiles are 2’ x 2’ so if there are 3 squares between you and the next person,” correct social distancing has been achieved. They’ve also added a white wooden parklet so you can enjoy your coffee al fresco.

10. Rise & Grind Coffee and Tea

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785 8th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 780-1579
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Both locations of Rise & Grind (785 8th Avenue in the Inner Richmond, and 2598 Folsom Street in the Mission) are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, and at 9 a.m. on the weekends, with a full menu of coffee drinks as well as a cafe menu of toasts and sandwiches.

11. Sextant Coffee Roasters

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1415 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 355-1415
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Sextant founder Kinani Ahmed works directly with Ethiopian, Kenyan, and Colombian growers, making for high-end but affordable beans to go.

12. Sightglass Coffee

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301 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 522-0112
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All three Sightglass locations are open for takeout, including 270 7th Street in SoMa, 3014 20th Street in the Mission, and 301 Divisadero Street just off Page Street. Both are serving takeout and pastries.

13. Souvenir Coffee

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262 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 796-3259
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Berkeley’s Souvenir Coffee has expanded into San Francisco, opening a coffee shop in the space that’s been home to a few coffee spots in the last couple years. Owner Jeremy Bled says he wants to “let the neighborhood tell us what they want” and to evolve accordingly. For now, that means house-label beans including a new, “lighter-roast” Divisadero Blend, and pastries from five-generation-old SF bakery Les Gourmands.

14. Linea Coffee Roasting + Caffe

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1125 Mariposa St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 780-5424
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Longtime Mission District standby Linea has two locations: its compact spot at 3417 18th Street, and a cafe and roastery in Potrero Hill. Both serve drinks made with their house-roasted beans, as well as espresso, filtered coffee, and cold brew.

15. Snowbird Coffee

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1352A 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122

Opened by former filmmaker Eugene Kim, Snowbird offers pour overs and espresso drinks featuring house-roasted beans, as well as a rotating selection of hard-to-find national roasters like Wisconsin's Ruby Coffee. They also recently added their own line of bottled cold brew and cold-brew concentrate.

16. Abanico Coffee Roasters

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2121 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 896-4678
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Abanico Coffee Roasters brought its specialty coffee drinks and freshly roasted beans to the Mission earlier this year. Owner Ana Valle is originally from El Salvador, where she grew up sipping cafecito with her grandmother. Now she’s sweetening cafe con leche with condensed milk and dusting iced cafe de olla with cinnamon in this bright, airy space. 

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17. SPRO

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500 Church St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 828-3106
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Mission Bay-based mobile cafe Spro Coffee Lab set brick-and-mortar roots down in the Castro in mid-2021, bringing a lengthy menu of complicated espresso drinks to the neighborhood. The drink options are divided into the following categories: simple, fancy, and over-the-top — and with ingredients like muddled strawberries, peach bitters, and a flamed orange twist, they certainly live up to the designation. 

Box Kite's Spro and Tonic
Box Kite’s Spro and Tonic
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18. Andytown Coffee Roasters

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3655 Lawton St
San Francisco, CA 94122

This SF mini-chain’s downtown location has finally reopened, and all three of its shops in the Outer Sunset are open for business (though doing takeout only), including its roastery at 3016 Taraval Street. Andytown’s Irish-style pastry program is also a standout, so a corn muffin or scone is also advised.

19. Bernie's

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3966 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94114

Bernadette Melvin is running her Noe Valley institution with a skeleton crew these days, so be patient and don’t crowd the coffee bar — she’s serious about social distancing. Her strong coffee is made with Spinelli beans, and the spacious benches outside her shop are a solid option for socially-distant sipping.

20. Boavida

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3560 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 702-6262
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This Taraval coffee shop also operates as a grab-and-go market (with staples, beer, and wine), a smoothie bar, and a salad and sandwich spot. Don’t let its diversification fool you, though, its coffee drinks are top notch, and available (for an extra $2) with CBD.

21. Java Beach At The Zoo

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2650 Sloat Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 731-2965
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Java Beach’s locations at 1396 La Playa Street and 2650 Sloat Boulevard both serve strong, 1990s-throwback coffee, and its sandwiches and salads are solid lunch contenders, too. The whole menu is available for takeout and online ordering is available as well, with the option to grab your drink via a walk up window at the La Playa outpost.

22. Tallio's Coffee & Tea

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4732 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94124
(800) 278-6533
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Frustrated by the lack of upscale coffee spots in the Bayview, Tallio’s owner Olton Rensch opened his business in a former Third Street barber shop after years of selling beans at farmers markets and online. On the menu you’ll find everything from basic espresso drinks to a golden turmeric latte.

23. Mission Blue

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144 Leland Ave
San Francisco, CA 94134
(415) 508-7416
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Mission Blue’s excellent coffee drinks are made with Saint Frank beans (tea is from UK cult brand TeaPigs), and its lavender latte sends folks to its Visitacion Valley door. It’s also got a gift shop that specializes in goods from local artists and makers, including jewlery, ceramics, and paper products.

1. Equator Coffees at Round House Cafe

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA 94129
Inside Equator Coffees at Round House Cafe Equator Coffees

Thanks to a new location open in Burlingame, Equator Coffee now has cafes serving just about every corner of the Bay. In the city, the SoMa shop remains closed but you can still get your fix of seasonal single origin pour overs and espresso drinks at the Fort Mason outpost or the newly opened Round House cafe. No matter where you snag a drink you can feel good supporting a woman-owned, LGBTQ-founded business. 

Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco, CA 94129

2. Caffe Trieste

601 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94133

The North Beach location of Caffe Trieste has been around for more than 50 years, serving Italian-style espresso to the masses. It's host to a crowd of neighborhood regulars, who prior to the pandemic could be found discussing, art, poetry, music, and more on the sidewalk outside. Just up the street Caffe Trieste has also opened a retail store for beans and more.

601 Vallejo St
San Francisco, CA 94133

3. Saint Frank

2340 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Saint Frank is known for its pour-overs and espresso drinks, most made with beans from independent producers. Its Russian Hill location and its SoMa roastery (1081 Mission) are open and pulling tasting flights of espresso and serving specialty lattes.

2340 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

4. Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters

2271 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Wrecking Ball’s Nick Cho and Trish Rothgeb are known for their well-balanced espresso drinks and precise, technologically advanced pour-overs. There are two locations to visit — one in Cow Hollow and one in Berkeley — with the former offering espresso drinks and brewed coffee to sip along with pastries from Marla Bakery.

2271 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

5. Red Bay Coffee

1 Ferry Building, Shop 43, San Francisco, CA 94111

You’ll have to cross the Bay to check out Red Bay’s sweet new headquarters but if you’re just looking for a bag of  medium roast, single-origin from Brazil or a Vietnamese cold brew, then you can head to the location at the Ferry Building. Steel yourself for long lines during the Saturday morning farmers market. 

1 Ferry Building, Shop 43
San Francisco, CA 94111

6. The Coffee Movement

1030 Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94108

Nob Hill cafe the Coffee Movement is open for takeout from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, including wild concoctions like its Earl Greyhound (filter coffee, grapefruit, Earl Grey tea, tarragon, elderflower tonic, and lemon balm).

1030 Washington St
San Francisco, CA 94108

7. Home

2018 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

Home’s locations at 2018 Clement Street, 1222 Noriega Street, and 455 Grant Ave are open daily, which means you can caffeinate in style with drinks like the photo-worthy and sprinkle-topped birthday cake latte.

2018 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121

8. Fluid Cooperative Cafe

101 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Powered by a trio of trans activists, Fluid Cooperative Cafe resides inside La Cocina Municipal Marketplace and uses Queer Wave Coffee beans. The buzzy little counter is the first thing to greet you when you walk inside and your menu options range from iced cafe de olla to a creamy latte made with Okinawa black sugar.  

101 Hyde St
San Francisco, CA 94102

9. fifty/fifty

3157 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

Fifty/Fifty’s location on Geary near USF is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for takeout and notes that its “floor tiles are 2’ x 2’ so if there are 3 squares between you and the next person,” correct social distancing has been achieved. They’ve also added a white wooden parklet so you can enjoy your coffee al fresco.

3157 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118

10. Rise & Grind Coffee and Tea

785 8th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

Both locations of Rise & Grind (785 8th Avenue in the Inner Richmond, and 2598 Folsom Street in the Mission) are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, and at 9 a.m. on the weekends, with a full menu of coffee drinks as well as a cafe menu of toasts and sandwiches.

785 8th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94118

11. Sextant Coffee Roasters

1415 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Sextant founder Kinani Ahmed works directly with Ethiopian, Kenyan, and Colombian growers, making for high-end but affordable beans to go.

1415 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94103

12. Sightglass Coffee

301 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

All three Sightglass locations are open for takeout, including 270 7th Street in SoMa, 3014 20th Street in the Mission, and 301 Divisadero Street just off Page Street. Both are serving takeout and pastries.

301 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

13. Souvenir Coffee

262 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Berkeley’s Souvenir Coffee has expanded into San Francisco, opening a coffee shop in the space that’s been home to a few coffee spots in the last couple years. Owner Jeremy Bled says he wants to “let the neighborhood tell us what they want” and to evolve accordingly. For now, that means house-label beans including a new, “lighter-roast” Divisadero Blend, and pastries from five-generation-old SF bakery Les Gourmands.

262 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

14. Linea Coffee Roasting + Caffe

1125 Mariposa St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Longtime Mission District standby Linea has two locations: its compact spot at 3417 18th Street, and a cafe and roastery in Potrero Hill. Both serve drinks made with their house-roasted beans, as well as espresso, filtered coffee, and cold brew.

1125 Mariposa St
San Francisco, CA 94107

15. Snowbird Coffee

1352A 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

Opened by former filmmaker Eugene Kim, Snowbird offers pour overs and espresso drinks featuring house-roasted beans, as well as a rotating selection of hard-to-find national roasters like Wisconsin's Ruby Coffee. They also recently added their own line of bottled cold brew and cold-brew concentrate.

1352A 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122

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16. Abanico Coffee Roasters

2121 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Rocio Russo Pearce

Abanico Coffee Roasters brought its specialty coffee drinks and freshly roasted beans to the Mission earlier this year. Owner Ana Valle is originally from El Salvador, where she grew up sipping cafecito with her grandmother. Now she’s sweetening cafe con leche with condensed milk and dusting iced cafe de olla with cinnamon in this bright, airy space. 

2121 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

17. SPRO

500 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Box Kite's Spro and Tonic
Box Kite’s Spro and Tonic
Photos by Khushbu Shah

Mission Bay-based mobile cafe Spro Coffee Lab set brick-and-mortar roots down in the Castro in mid-2021, bringing a lengthy menu of complicated espresso drinks to the neighborhood. The drink options are divided into the following categories: simple, fancy, and over-the-top — and with ingredients like muddled strawberries, peach bitters, and a flamed orange twist, they certainly live up to the designation. 

500 Church St
San Francisco, CA 94114

18. Andytown Coffee Roasters

3655 Lawton St, San Francisco, CA 94122

This SF mini-chain’s downtown location has finally reopened, and all three of its shops in the Outer Sunset are open for business (though doing takeout only), including its roastery at 3016 Taraval Street. Andytown’s Irish-style pastry program is also a standout, so a corn muffin or scone is also advised.

3655 Lawton St
San Francisco, CA 94122

19. Bernie's

3966 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94114

Bernadette Melvin is running her Noe Valley institution with a skeleton crew these days, so be patient and don’t crowd the coffee bar — she’s serious about social distancing. Her strong coffee is made with Spinelli beans, and the spacious benches outside her shop are a solid option for socially-distant sipping.

3966 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94114

20. Boavida

3560 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA 94116

This Taraval coffee shop also operates as a grab-and-go market (with staples, beer, and wine), a smoothie bar, and a salad and sandwich spot. Don’t let its diversification fool you, though, its coffee drinks are top notch, and available (for an extra $2) with CBD.

3560 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116

21. Java Beach At The Zoo

2650 Sloat Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94116

Java Beach’s locations at 1396 La Playa Street and 2650 Sloat Boulevard both serve strong, 1990s-throwback coffee, and its sandwiches and salads are solid lunch contenders, too. The whole menu is available for takeout and online ordering is available as well, with the option to grab your drink via a walk up window at the La Playa outpost.

2650 Sloat Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94116

22. Tallio's Coffee & Tea

4732 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94124

Frustrated by the lack of upscale coffee spots in the Bayview, Tallio’s owner Olton Rensch opened his business in a former Third Street barber shop after years of selling beans at farmers markets and online. On the menu you’ll find everything from basic espresso drinks to a golden turmeric latte.

4732 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94124

23. Mission Blue

144 Leland Ave, San Francisco, CA 94134

Mission Blue’s excellent coffee drinks are made with Saint Frank beans (tea is from UK cult brand TeaPigs), and its lavender latte sends folks to its Visitacion Valley door. It’s also got a gift shop that specializes in goods from local artists and makers, including jewlery, ceramics, and paper products.

144 Leland Ave
San Francisco, CA 94134

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