5 Best Coffee Shops in San Francisco

I think we can all agree that San Francisco is a pretty incredible city. Seriously, there is always something to do here! When you are constantly surrounded by activity though, sometimes you just crave a quiet day spent at a local coffee shop.

Luckily, San Francisco is no rookie when it comes to adorable cafes. Just like its long list of sightseeing locations, the city is also home to a multitude of unique spots to grab a great latte and get some work done. While I still have a few more on my list to check off, these five have quickly become my favorites. Do you live in San Francisco and have a go-to coffee shop that I didn’t mention? I am always on the hunt for a new place to be productive, so let me know of your favorites in the comments below!

Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters

Finally awake thanks to this morning cup ☕️🍍

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Wrecking Ball is widely known in the Marina neighborhood for its adorable pineapple wallpaper. I swear I would have this wallpaper in my room at home if I could! It’s more of a hole-in-the-wall kind of spot, but it is incredibly quaint and the staff is super friendly and easy to talk to. It isn’t the best spot to get a ton of work done, simply because it is just so small. But if you are looking for an amazing drink and a great photo opportunity, Wrecking Ball is the place. My favorite drink here? Don’t make fun… but it’s the hot chocolate. It is so GOOD!

Cafe Réveille

Okay… so this place is a recent obsession. There are a few things I really love about Cafe Réveille. First of all, the atmosphere is absolutely dreamy. I had such a productive blogging day when I came here because I had the most delicious pastry, an amazing matcha latte and a PINK table to hang out at all day. It doesn’t get much better than that for me. Not to mention, how beautiful is that tile? Depending on how long you hang out here, you could have a cappuccino in the morning and an adult beverage by late afternoon. They have another location in North Beach that I haven’t had a chance to check out yet, but if it’s anything like the Mission Bay one, I’ll bet it’s amazing! Did I mention there’s pink?

Saint Frank Coffee

Rainy day activities ☔️

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Saint Frank was one of the very first coffee shops I discovered after moving to San Francisco back in June. It has an ideal location right on Polk St. in Russian Hill, so it’s surrounded by a ton of other great shops and restaurants too. While some coffee shops can feel a bit dark and cave-like, the windows at Saint Frank bring in a ton of gorgeous sunlight. This is something I can really appreciate when I need to focus and check some items off the old to-do list!

The atmosphere is also super minimalistic and bright with plenty of seating both up and downstairs. It is a great spot to spend an afternoon chatting with friends or a quiet morning alone. It’s also not one of those places where you feel weird to be by yourself thanks to the friendly baristas and casual environment. If you are a latte person, you have got to try their famous Macadamia Nut Latte. I mean come on, doesn’t that just sound glorious?

Home Cafe

& it's not even my birthday 😉 thanks @homesf for the the coziest morning ever #birthdaycakelatte 🏠☕️✨

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Three words: birthday cake latte. Home Cafe is the gem of San Francisco’s Sunset District, which is a neighborhood I have been spending more and more time in as of late. Not only is their latte art absolutely stunning, but their hospitality is just as important to note. They greet you at the door by saying “welcome home” and encourage you to sit with strangers. Home Cafe is starting to gain massive popularity because of the personal touch they put on each and every beverage, but my favorite part of this place has got to be the easygoing, comfortable atmosphere. I love the Sunset District because it’s such a quiet, peaceful hideaway from the bustling city, and Home Cafe matches the vibe of the neighborhood perfectly.

Jane on Fillmore 

Finally, Jane on Fillmore is one of the most picturesque coffee shops I’ve spent time at here in San Francisco. Just look at those tabletops! The food and drinks are equally as delicious and beautiful as the interior, and it’s a great spot to catch up with a friend. Located in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, Jane on Fillmore is pretty much accessible to wherever you are in the city. It gets incredibly busy on the weekends though, so if you really want to take in all this place has to offer, I would highly recommend stopping by on a weekday if you can. It’s an amazing spot to work from home all while having a great bite to eat and an Instagram post for tomorrow!

So, which one of these coffee shops do you most want to check out? Next time you’re in San Francisco, give yourself the local experience instead of popping into the nearest familiar coffee chain. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

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22 Comments

  1. 02.09.2017 / 11:27 am

    These cafes are all so beautiful, and that birthday cake latte is to die for! They seem like fun places to work from! Saving this for when we make it to San Francisco 🙂

    • Natalie
      02.15.2017 / 10:58 pm

      Aren’t they all gorgeous? I still can’t get over the birthday cake latte! Thanks so much for reading and saving!

  2. 02.09.2017 / 11:41 am

    I love visiting coffee shops in every city that I go to. There’s just seems a different feeling in each one of them. Hopefully I can visit at least one of the coffee shops above if I ever find myself in SF. 🙂

    • Natalie
      02.15.2017 / 10:59 pm

      I completely agree with you, Johanna! I hope you get to visit someday soon!

  3. 02.09.2017 / 11:55 am

    Oh these are so beautiful! Que the Instagram coffee snaps 😉 I would absolutely love to visit Jane on Fillmore! Thanks for sharing!

    • Natalie
      02.15.2017 / 11:00 pm

      My thoughts exactly, Kayla! Jane on Fillmore is such a lovely spot. Thank you for reading!

  4. 02.09.2017 / 12:30 pm

    How come we missed all these gems while in SF! I love independent coffee shops and try to hunt the best coffee in every city. Jane on Fillmore seems adorable!

    • Natalie
      02.15.2017 / 11:01 pm

      I do the same exact thing! It’s such a fun way to get a feel for a new city. I love Jane on Fillmore!

  5. 02.09.2017 / 1:17 pm

    I haven’t been to SF but I’ve always drawn a comparison with Melbourne, Australia, because of their tram service. And now perhaps another similarity, a coffee culture. While I’m not exactly a coffee person, I’d love to try out Macadamia Nut Latte, (which sounds so rich and creamy), and birthday cake latte (even if it’s just to share its photo on Instagram!)

    • Natalie
      02.15.2017 / 11:03 pm

      That’s so interesting to hear! I’ve never been to Australia but now I am eager to check out Melbourne and see its similarities to SF. I promise, the birthday cake latte not only looks good but it tastes good too!

  6. 02.10.2017 / 6:30 pm

    All these cafes look so cozy! i want to sit there all day and drink my coffee and blog!! Loving all your photos and if I’m ever in the area I’ll make sure to check them out !

    • Natalie
      02.15.2017 / 11:04 pm

      Cozy is the perfect word to describe them! That’s exactly what I love doing 🙂 They are all perfect for getting some work done. Thank you so much for the sweet compliments. I hope you do have a chance to visit!

  7. 02.10.2017 / 9:53 pm

    so many cute coffee shops in SF! I’d love to try the birthday cake latte – looks so colorful!

    • Natalie
      02.15.2017 / 11:06 pm

      There really are so many! The birthday cake latte is amazing!

  8. 02.11.2017 / 1:10 am

    There’s something about coffee aroma that it’s so hard to resist. However it triggers re-flux on me. But still I love hanging out with friend in a fancy and Instagram worthy cafe’s . 🙂

    Joy of fatmoments.com

    • Natalie
      02.15.2017 / 11:07 pm

      Thanks so much for your comment, Joy! I totally agree they are great for catching up with friends.

  9. Hra
    02.11.2017 / 10:27 am

    I am a coffee person, so this guide is so useful for me 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us

    • Natalie
      02.15.2017 / 11:07 pm

      I’m so glad to hear that! Thank you for reading.

  10. 02.11.2017 / 3:07 pm

    I’m such a cafe-person – if at all there’s anything like that. I find the ambiance such a relaxing way to get work done (and done fast – don’t know why! Lol) I also like little cafes that inspire great ideas/concepts. Thanks for the read!

    • Natalie
      02.15.2017 / 11:08 pm

      I am completely with you on that, Josie! I always feel more inspired when I get out of the house and get some work done at a cafe instead.

  11. 03.09.2017 / 11:02 am

    Oooh love these spots! I spend a week or two in SF every year and work remote. I’ll be sure to check these adorable cafes out. Thanks for coffee-inspiration. X

    • Natalie
      03.10.2017 / 4:05 pm

      Thank you so much for reading! Be sure to let me know next time you’re in town and we can grab a cup of coffee 🙂

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