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10 Coffee Shops That Offer More Than Just Croissants

Salads, grain bowls, juices, and more

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With the typical cafe sustenance selection revolving around cinnamon buns, buttery croissants, and sugary muffins, it's tough to not indulge while getting your daily caffeine fix. And while there's no denying that those chocolate-dipped biscotti pair perfectly with your almond milk cappuccino, there are plenty of places serving up more nourishing options for the health conscious. To keep your day on track in this hotbed of temptation, we've rounded up a list of spots ideal for a morning brew or afternoon coffee break that also subscribe to eating clean.

Whether you're looking for a pick-me-up during a jog along the Embarcadero (in which case, be sure to check out the all-organic fare at The Plant), or hoping to pair your cup of coffee with a snack that will start the day off right (like the avocado toast at Réveille Coffee Co.), or simply hoping to catch up with friends without wrecking your diet (a salad at Tartine Manufactory, anyone?), there are plenty of places that offer a health-conscious alternative.

Looking for the hottest coffee shops in the city, food be damned? Head right this way.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Nourish Cafe SF

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189 6th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 571-8780
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Started by fitness-focused friends, Nourish bills itself as a 100 percent plant-based eatery that only uses organic, whole foods. With minimal oil and only natural sweeteners, this Richmond District gem is the go-to spot for clean eating and a brew — an organic brew, of course. The menu includes whole grain and veggie-packed salads, acai bowls and an array of gluten-free toasts. If you’re in the mood for something a tad more indulgent, there’s a quinoa waffle made with almond flour and sweetened with bananas, as well as fresh juices and smoothies.
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2. Jane

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2123 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 931-5263
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Ever crave a breakfast frisee salad? You will now. This casual little spot is a favorite for Pacific Heights residents and day visitors needing a brew and a quick bite. Plenty of creative salads make up the menu around lunchtime, while breakfast has gems like the quinoa bowl with sweet potato and brussels sprouts, egg white sandwich, and vegan triple-berry muesli. Check out Jane's two other locations (one in the Tenderloin, the other further down Fillmore) for more of the same.

3. Réveille Coffee Co.

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4076 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 789-6258
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Now with four locations, Reveille is a bright and stylish coffee shop that’s a no-brainer for getting your morning caffeine fix and a healthy meal. While it offers a full menu of breakfast, lunch, and dinner, there are plenty of options for on-the-go snacks. Think avocado toast and salmon tartine, as well as a large selection of grain bowls and hearty salads.

4. Seed & Salt

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2240 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 872-9173
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This vegan, gluten-free quick service spot seems fitting for San Francisco’s fittest neighborhood. There’s virtually nothing at Seed & Salt that wouldn’t get a nutritional thumbs-up, including the cafe’s beet burger, cashew-dill cream cheese sandwich, and eggplant BLT — all of which might make you think you’re having a cheat day. To sip on, there’s a cold brew and Proyecto Diaz coffee, a local roaster out of Oakland.

5. Tartine Manufactory

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595 Alabama St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 487-2600
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One of the newest and most beautiful spots in San Francisco to down some coffee and grab a bite also happens to have some wholesome options to nibble on. This stylish spot has an all-new menu that includes options like a green farro salad with sunflower seeds, roasted delicata flatbread, and greek yogurt with housemade granola and fruit. It is definitely still a bakery though, if you decide to indulge in bread pudding, croissants, or even ice cream.

6. Blue Danube Coffee House

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306 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 221-9041
While it might not look like much from the outside, this casual coffee shop is a neighborhood favorite amongst Richmond District residents. It’s a cozy spot with plush couches and donated books that make it an inviting space to sip your morning coffee and enjoy creative salads, wraps and sandwiches. There’s also a little outdoor seating to soak up some Vitamin D while getting that buzz.

7. As Quoted

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3613 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 914-0689
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Organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, and just about any other “free”, As Quoted is a cafe for nearly anyone trying to eat clean. Think salads, open-faced sandwiches (on gluten-free bread, of course), and bone broth soups that are perfect for a chilly day, which — as Presidio Heights residents know well — is most days. The bright, open space has clean lines and plenty of seating if you want to stay and enjoy one of many almond-milk latte options.

8. Newtree Cafe & Chocolate Shop

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311 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 274-2829
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While this coffee shop is best known for its almond milk lattes and selection of chocolates, it's also an all-organic purveyor of delicious, nutritious food. Think quinoa burgers and egg wraps in whole wheat lavash. There are pastries, but even those are mostly gluten-free or vegan options. There’s also dairy-free butternut squash soup and tomato soups for the lactose intolerant.

9. The Plant Cafe Organic

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Pier 3
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 984-1973
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With eight locations and counting, the Plant Organic is the go-to spot for both vegetarians and omnivores in need of a fuel up. Good for a quick bite or full-course meal, this breezy spot has creative menu options like pumpkin seed and cornmeal-crusted tempeh. Also, every menu item is marked if it's not 100 percent organic.

10. Darwin Cafe

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212 Ritch St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 800-8668
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Best for a grab-and-go cappuccino and snack, Darwin is the clean eating darling of SOMA. With very limited seating, this cozy spot gets packed during peak lunch hours, so it's best to go early or take something for the road. Its signature dish is an epic kale salad with prosciutto and poached eggs.

1. Nourish Cafe SF

189 6th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118
Nourish Cafe
Started by fitness-focused friends, Nourish bills itself as a 100 percent plant-based eatery that only uses organic, whole foods. With minimal oil and only natural sweeteners, this Richmond District gem is the go-to spot for clean eating and a brew — an organic brew, of course. The menu includes whole grain and veggie-packed salads, acai bowls and an array of gluten-free toasts. If you’re in the mood for something a tad more indulgent, there’s a quinoa waffle made with almond flour and sweetened with bananas, as well as fresh juices and smoothies.
189 6th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94118

2. Jane

2123 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115
Ever crave a breakfast frisee salad? You will now. This casual little spot is a favorite for Pacific Heights residents and day visitors needing a brew and a quick bite. Plenty of creative salads make up the menu around lunchtime, while breakfast has gems like the quinoa bowl with sweet potato and brussels sprouts, egg white sandwich, and vegan triple-berry muesli. Check out Jane's two other locations (one in the Tenderloin, the other further down Fillmore) for more of the same.
2123 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

3. Réveille Coffee Co.

4076 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Now with four locations, Reveille is a bright and stylish coffee shop that’s a no-brainer for getting your morning caffeine fix and a healthy meal. While it offers a full menu of breakfast, lunch, and dinner, there are plenty of options for on-the-go snacks. Think avocado toast and salmon tartine, as well as a large selection of grain bowls and hearty salads.
4076 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94114

4. Seed & Salt

2240 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123
This vegan, gluten-free quick service spot seems fitting for San Francisco’s fittest neighborhood. There’s virtually nothing at Seed & Salt that wouldn’t get a nutritional thumbs-up, including the cafe’s beet burger, cashew-dill cream cheese sandwich, and eggplant BLT — all of which might make you think you’re having a cheat day. To sip on, there’s a cold brew and Proyecto Diaz coffee, a local roaster out of Oakland.
2240 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123

5. Tartine Manufactory

595 Alabama St, San Francisco, CA 94110
One of the newest and most beautiful spots in San Francisco to down some coffee and grab a bite also happens to have some wholesome options to nibble on. This stylish spot has an all-new menu that includes options like a green farro salad with sunflower seeds, roasted delicata flatbread, and greek yogurt with housemade granola and fruit. It is definitely still a bakery though, if you decide to indulge in bread pudding, croissants, or even ice cream.
595 Alabama St
San Francisco, CA 94110

6. Blue Danube Coffee House

306 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118
While it might not look like much from the outside, this casual coffee shop is a neighborhood favorite amongst Richmond District residents. It’s a cozy spot with plush couches and donated books that make it an inviting space to sip your morning coffee and enjoy creative salads, wraps and sandwiches. There’s also a little outdoor seating to soak up some Vitamin D while getting that buzz.
306 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118

7. As Quoted

3613 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94118
Organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, and just about any other “free”, As Quoted is a cafe for nearly anyone trying to eat clean. Think salads, open-faced sandwiches (on gluten-free bread, of course), and bone broth soups that are perfect for a chilly day, which — as Presidio Heights residents know well — is most days. The bright, open space has clean lines and plenty of seating if you want to stay and enjoy one of many almond-milk latte options.
3613 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94118

8. Newtree Cafe & Chocolate Shop

311 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94104
While this coffee shop is best known for its almond milk lattes and selection of chocolates, it's also an all-organic purveyor of delicious, nutritious food. Think quinoa burgers and egg wraps in whole wheat lavash. There are pastries, but even those are mostly gluten-free or vegan options. There’s also dairy-free butternut squash soup and tomato soups for the lactose intolerant.
311 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94104

9. The Plant Cafe Organic

Pier 3, San Francisco, CA 94111
With eight locations and counting, the Plant Organic is the go-to spot for both vegetarians and omnivores in need of a fuel up. Good for a quick bite or full-course meal, this breezy spot has creative menu options like pumpkin seed and cornmeal-crusted tempeh. Also, every menu item is marked if it's not 100 percent organic.
Pier 3
San Francisco, CA 94111

10. Darwin Cafe

212 Ritch St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Best for a grab-and-go cappuccino and snack, Darwin is the clean eating darling of SOMA. With very limited seating, this cozy spot gets packed during peak lunch hours, so it's best to go early or take something for the road. Its signature dish is an epic kale salad with prosciutto and poached eggs.
212 Ritch St
San Francisco, CA 94107

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