Cafés in San Francisco

Popular Places

  • AT&T Park
  • Convention center
  • Transamerica Pyramid
  • Union Square
  • San Francisco's café culture runs strong, as does its' caffeine. Look around in the middle of the day and you may wonder - does anybody work around here? Cafes are packed at all times of day and night, and a bevy of local roasters - most notably Blue Bottle, Sightglass, and Ritual Coffee - keep the local folk churning and burning until the midnight hour.

    For the best people-watching, you can't beat Dolores Park Café. Situated right across the street from Dolores Park, it's so close you can hear the drum circles beating and chanting as you watch the eclectic mix of San Franciscans relishing their afternoon on the grassy hill. Sandwiches, salads, smoothies, and alcohol are served along with coffee and tea drinks. A west-facing sidewalk ensures the California sun will keep you warm while sitting outside.

    Nook and Caffe Sapore have the same owners and a similar menu of hearty sandwiches and delicious salads. Their quiche, pies, and other delectable items in the deli case should not be overlooked, nor should their locations. Nook is perched on a leafy corner on Hyde St in Nob Hill right where the cable car swings around the bend. Caffe Sapore is on a casual corner in North Beach one block from the bustle of Columbus St. Both cafes are cute and comfortable.

    Revolution Café draws a mishmash of intellectuals through its doors, and they end up spilling out onto the covered patio as well as the sidewalk. There's always a scene here and with good reason. The intimate space with tiny tables hosts afternoon jazz, classical evenings, poetry readings, and other random events.

    Caffe Trieste is your quintessential Italian North Beach café (and fortunately, they've opened a few other locations around town and in the East Bay). Come here for a cappuccino, a cannoli, or for breakfast. Late night, settle in with a good book or your laptop, some interesting characters frequent the place and the baristas seem to know them all. Nearby, Steps of Rome is another great late night choice with ample sidewalk seating.

    Dolores Park Cafe

    user rating

    501 Dolores Street @18th
    18th, Dolores Park

    Cafe Next Door... read more


    user rating

    1500 Hyde Street

    No ordinary nook... read more

    Sugar Cafe

    user rating

    679 Sutter Street

    Sweet Bar and Cafe... read more

    Revolution Cafe

    user rating

    3248 22nd Street

    Different Beat... read more

    Caffe Trieste

    user rating

    609 Vallejo Street
    (at the corner of Grant Street)

    Live opera and espresso... read more

    Caffe Sapore

    user rating

    790 Lombard Street

    Place For Reverie... read more

    Four Barrel Coffee

    user rating

    375 Valencia St

    French press roastery... read more

    Steps of Rome

    user rating

    348 Columbus Avenue
    (Between Vallejo Street and Broadway)

    Boisterous gluttony... read more

    Simple Pleasures Cafe

    user rating

    3434 Balboa Street

    A touch of Bohemia in the Avenues... read more

    Java Beach Cafe

    user rating

    1396 La Playa Street

    Seaside coffee... read more
    © 2017   ·   Blog   ·   Facebook   ·   Contact Us   ·   About Us   ·   Privacy Policy   ·   Terms & Conditions