Coffee is the best. We can all agree about that. But what’s not the best? Sad coffee shop food. No good meal ever came saran-wrapped.
A lot of coffee shops are still basically one step up from the Peet’s at SFO, but there are also a handful of places serving delicious food alongside their pour over, custom-made, speciality roasted, fair-trade, organic, ethical, local, moral, coffee. You just have to know where to look. Which is right here, with our round-up of the best coffee shops with food in town.
Of the few locations around the city, the North Beach Reveille is our favorite. The triangular corner spot is pretty, bright and has tons of counter seats around the edge for you to get your people watching on. They also serve good coffee, killer croissants, avocado toast, and a breakfast sandwich we love. It’s a great option for dining solo, so no need to share your post-lunch cookie.
The Blue Bottle at Mint Plaza is the jam. Of course there’s the expensive but delicious pour over coffee. But the glory doesn’t stop there. The food is a step up from just toast with expensive toppings, although they have that too. The chia pudding, breakfast sandwich, and eggs with cauliflower are all really good. Not a spot to come if you’re in a rush, definitely a spot to come and eat a better than your average breakfast.
Now that we’ve all given up on sanity and are onboard with $6 toast, we can sit back and enjoy eating it while drinking strong and delicious coffee. The Mill has both of those things in spades, as well as a bright airy interior that makes you want to quit your job and become an interior designer. Or at least pin one thing to the ‘Home Inspo’ Pinterest board you made last year. Don’t sleep on the Monday night pizza nights either. Just swap coffee for beer.
Jane, we love you. Your lattes are magical, your hot porridge (the fanciest of gruels) would make Oliver really excited, and you even manage to make gluten free things taste good. Besides healthy and delicious breakfast eats, the sandwich and salad situation at lunch is strong too.
The scones at Mercury are legendary. We could eat them every day. Besides that, the caprese sandwich, granola, and coffee and are also quite good. This corner spot in the Haight has low-key local vibes. We’re fans.
This combo bike shop and cafe isn’t just for those who love blowing through stop signs - non-bikers are allowed too. Which is good news, because they’ve got Ritual Coffee and stellar pastries, outdoor tables, and some tasty breakfast and lunch things happening too. We tend to stick with the lox bagel in the morning and quinoa salad or the chicken sandwich for lunch. Also, they have beer, in case it turns into that kind of lunch.
Perhaps the most San Francisco of all our places for coffee and calories, Stable has succulents galore, hipster signage, and lots of outdoor seats on the side patio. Skip the avocado toast, and go with the huevos or chilaquiles for breakfast. They rule. At lunch, the grilled chicken sandwich, paninis or quinoa salad are the way to go.
This Potrero spot brings awesome coffee (especially the cold brew) and excellent food to the ’hood. All the sandwiches are good, but really you’re here for the avocado toast. The avocado portion is excessive, the bread is great, and the crispy garlic on top seals the deal. Get after it.
Coffee Bar in the Mission knows how to get it done. Two words: Espresso Toast. Don’t drink your caffeine, just eat it. Chef’s suggestion? Dip toast in coffee for maximum effect. Besides the toast, the breakfast bowl or burrito are also super. At lunch, get involved with the Kalifornia salad or the turkey club.
This bakery/coffee shop in the Castro has excellent pastries - especially the brie en croute and a maple bourbon cream puff thing - and their grilled cheese is fantastic. They also do weekday brunch (except Mondays and Tuesdays), which in itself is a San Francisco miracle. And better still the people who work there are super friendly. Potentially jacked up from all the coffee and sugar.
Both La Capras - in Soma and Financial - are useful spots for caffeine and sustenance. The Soma location is a bit bigger and has a full kitchen, so your edible options expand beyond toast (what up avocado and togarashi), basic sandwiches, and salads to eggs, tartines, and a better-than-average Cubano. Either location, you can’t go wrong.
Run inside Mazarine Coffee for a refuge from this stretch of Market Street. Inside there is kick-ass coffee and even better food. The toasts are good (avocado or fig and ricotta), and the sandwiches and salads are even tastier. We’re currently partial to the pastrami reuben.
Right in the heart of Financial District, Workshop Cafe is essentially a glorified (or maybe not even glorified) enormous room with a sh*tload of outlets. If you need to work but have been exiled from your office for HR violations large or small, head to Workshop. The main draw besides wifi? Breakfast tacos all day. They’re very good, as are the lox bagel and kale avocado salad.
This bright and airy SOMA spot serves up great coffee and a basic, but well-done breakfast and lunch menu. The yogurt parfaits are tasty, but we’re very partial to the egg frittata sandwiches at breakfast. Best eaten down the street in the Yerba Buena Gardens.