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Patricia Chang

11 Ice Cold Coffee Drinks in San Francisco

Grab one of these iced-up beverages when the temperatures rise

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| Patricia Chang

Some of these beverages are old friends and some are new, but they all offer a chilly jolt of the caffeine that San Franciscans crave. Check out these 11 cold ones, from nitro-powered coffee to ice cream-laced affogatos. They're not all for purists, but they sure are delicious.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Andytown

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3655 Lawton St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 753-9775
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This Outer Sunset fave has one of the sassiest cold drinks in town. The Snow Plover is a double-shot espresso drink over ice, topped with Pellegrino, a dash of brown-sugar syrup and a pile of homemade whipped cream. (Pro tip: Non-Outer-Sunset-dwellers can visit the Financial District location for a quicker midday fix.)

2. Breadbelly

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1408 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 349-0969
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Not only is the 50/50 iced, it’s like rocket fuel for the weary cafe-goer. Per the name, it is 50 percent black tea and 50 percent coffee, with a healthy dose of condensed, sweetened milk.

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3. Lady Falcon Coffee Club

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(415) 606-1884
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Find this cute pink truck parked at Alamo Square on weekdays from 9:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. Snag a black and tan (cold brew with a dollop of whipped cream) or pink crush (cascara soda with whipped cream) to beat the heat. (Read more about them here.)

Simone Anne for Lady Falcon Coffee Club

4. Boba Guys Fillmore

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1522 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 967-2622
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Boba Guys is known for its high-quality ingredients, including jellies made from scratch and grade A boba balls. For a coffee-flavored twist, try a coffee milk tea made with cold brew and choices of almond or grass jelly, ad tapioca balls.

Boba Guys

5. Saint Frank

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2340 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 775-1619
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Although it's not for everyone, the Kaffe Tonic at Saint Frank is certainly worth a try. A shot of espresso is poured over a glass of ice and Fever Tree Tonic for a bittersweet treat.

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6. Blue Bottle Coffee

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1355 Market St Ste 190
San Francisco, CA 94103

If you don't know, now you know— while Blue Bottle's New Orleans iced coffee is not new to the scene, but it's just as good as always. They cold brew their coffee with roasted chicory, then sweeten it with cane sugar and organic whole milk. Available over ice at one of Blue Bottle's many locations, or in cute little cartons at various retailers around town.

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7. Fresh Brew Coffee

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882 Bush St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 567-0915

A small, low-key spot in Nob Hill, Fresh Brew is known equally for its bahn mi and Vietnamese iced coffee. Super strong coffee is poured over ice and sweetened condensed milk for a serious kick of caffeine and sugar to the bloodstream. It'll give you energy to live on through an SF heatwave, especially when paired with a very reasonably priced BBQ pork sandwich ($4.75).

8. Sightglass Coffee

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270 7th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 861-1313
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Sightglass is serious about coffee... and ice cream, apparently. Their Affogato Bar is located on the mezzanine of their SoMa roastery, offering the traditional Italian treat of hot espresso poured over cold, creamy ice cream.

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9. Mazarine Coffee

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720 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 398-7700
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In addition to its very good cold brew, Mazarine has a very excellent nitro coffee on tap, a smooth, creamy-textured coffee that’s been infused with nitrogen and pulled from a tap. For something a little different, try the “raf,” an iced combo of espresso, half-and-half, and cinnamon. (And always order one of the cafe’s very hefty sweet or savory toasts.)

10. Philz Coffee

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1 Front St Ste 100, San Francisco
CA, 94111

It's a chain, but it's OUR chain, San Francisco. Plus, who can deny the surprisingly refreshing minty indulgence of an iced mint mojito? Philz ever-expanding stable of locations (and trucks) can satisfy your sweet coffee beverage craving better than a frappuccino ever could.

11. Provender

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1415 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(513) 390-7681
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Provender, the Potrero Hill coffee shop, has a signature iced drink: The Maplewood. It's composed of Sightglass cold brew coffee that is strained, poured over ice with milk, maple syrup and a dash of pure maple extract for a smokey, sweet flavor.

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1. Andytown

3655 Lawton St, San Francisco, CA 94122

This Outer Sunset fave has one of the sassiest cold drinks in town. The Snow Plover is a double-shot espresso drink over ice, topped with Pellegrino, a dash of brown-sugar syrup and a pile of homemade whipped cream. (Pro tip: Non-Outer-Sunset-dwellers can visit the Financial District location for a quicker midday fix.)

3655 Lawton St
San Francisco, CA 94122

2. Breadbelly

1408 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118
50/50
Caleb Pershan

Not only is the 50/50 iced, it’s like rocket fuel for the weary cafe-goer. Per the name, it is 50 percent black tea and 50 percent coffee, with a healthy dose of condensed, sweetened milk.

1408 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118

3. Lady Falcon Coffee Club

San Francisco, CA 94117
Simone Anne for Lady Falcon Coffee Club

Find this cute pink truck parked at Alamo Square on weekdays from 9:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. Snag a black and tan (cold brew with a dollop of whipped cream) or pink crush (cascara soda with whipped cream) to beat the heat. (Read more about them here.)

4. Boba Guys Fillmore

1522 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115
Boba Guys

Boba Guys is known for its high-quality ingredients, including jellies made from scratch and grade A boba balls. For a coffee-flavored twist, try a coffee milk tea made with cold brew and choices of almond or grass jelly, ad tapioca balls.

1522 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

5. Saint Frank

2340 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Steven B./Yelp

Although it's not for everyone, the Kaffe Tonic at Saint Frank is certainly worth a try. A shot of espresso is poured over a glass of ice and Fever Tree Tonic for a bittersweet treat.

2340 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

6. Blue Bottle Coffee

1355 Market St Ste 190, San Francisco, CA 94103
Blue Bottle Coffee

If you don't know, now you know— while Blue Bottle's New Orleans iced coffee is not new to the scene, but it's just as good as always. They cold brew their coffee with roasted chicory, then sweeten it with cane sugar and organic whole milk. Available over ice at one of Blue Bottle's many locations, or in cute little cartons at various retailers around town.

1355 Market St Ste 190
San Francisco, CA 94103

7. Fresh Brew Coffee

882 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108

A small, low-key spot in Nob Hill, Fresh Brew is known equally for its bahn mi and Vietnamese iced coffee. Super strong coffee is poured over ice and sweetened condensed milk for a serious kick of caffeine and sugar to the bloodstream. It'll give you energy to live on through an SF heatwave, especially when paired with a very reasonably priced BBQ pork sandwich ($4.75).

882 Bush St
San Francisco, CA 94108

8. Sightglass Coffee

270 7th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Patricia Chang

Sightglass is serious about coffee... and ice cream, apparently. Their Affogato Bar is located on the mezzanine of their SoMa roastery, offering the traditional Italian treat of hot espresso poured over cold, creamy ice cream.

270 7th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

9. Mazarine Coffee

720 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102

In addition to its very good cold brew, Mazarine has a very excellent nitro coffee on tap, a smooth, creamy-textured coffee that’s been infused with nitrogen and pulled from a tap. For something a little different, try the “raf,” an iced combo of espresso, half-and-half, and cinnamon. (And always order one of the cafe’s very hefty sweet or savory toasts.)

720 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102

10. Philz Coffee

1 Front St Ste 100, San Francisco, CA, 94111

It's a chain, but it's OUR chain, San Francisco. Plus, who can deny the surprisingly refreshing minty indulgence of an iced mint mojito? Philz ever-expanding stable of locations (and trucks) can satisfy your sweet coffee beverage craving better than a frappuccino ever could.

1 Front St Ste 100, San Francisco
CA, 94111

11. Provender

1415 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Provender, the Potrero Hill coffee shop, has a signature iced drink: The Maplewood. It's composed of Sightglass cold brew coffee that is strained, poured over ice with milk, maple syrup and a dash of pure maple extract for a smokey, sweet flavor.

1415 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94107

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