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The Best SF Coffee Shops For Getting Work Done

Is your roommate a pain? Are you over your couch? Do you work from your laptop? Sounds like you need a coffee shop with wifi.

12 Spots
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12 Spots
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Updated June 30th, 2021

One thing the last year made clear: no manager can ever use the phrase “work from home” and “it’s not productive” in the same sentence ever again. Yet nowadays, times are hard for remote workers. Apartments are cramped, your WFH “desk” is your lap, and more roommates are listening to Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour on full blast. That’s where these coffee shops come in. Although you can’t work at just any coffee shop. Your workspace needs tables to hunker down at, some good food, and preferably solid wifi. Here are 12 of your best options around SF.

Keep in mind that many great coffee shops to work out of are still takeout only. Check back here for updates.

The Spots

Verve Coffee Roasters

$$$$
$$$$ 2101 Market St

Wifi: Yes

The Castro spot has almost everything you need for a full day of work. You’ll find a bunch of comfy couches, group tables with lots of laptop space to exploit the wifi, and some of the best coffee around. Just know that there is only one plug here, so make sure you’re charged up beforehand. They have the requisite avocado toast and sandwiches too.

Daily Driver

$$$$
$$$$ 2535 3rd Street

Wifi: Yes

The two levels of seating all centered around a giant atrium make Daily Driver feel more like a college student center than a cafe. And feeling like you’re cramming for finals may be exactly what you need to bear down and get work done. The Dogpatch spot also makes excellent bagels that are wood-fired in the oven (we recommend getting it with lox and homemade farmer’s cheese), and go well with the coffee - and both are all you really need to get you through the morning (they close by 2pm).

Cafe St. Jorge

$$$$ 3438 Mission St

Wifi: Yes

If you’re the kind of worker who needs snacks within a 15-foot radius at all times, go to Cafe St. Jorge in Bernal Heights. They have a ton to ensure you never go hungry while you work, like strawberry coffee cakes, grilled cheeses, and great breakfast sandwiches. And when you’re actually paying more attention to your laptop than your pastries, you’ll notice the wifi here is good and the place doesn’t get too loud.

Mercury Cafe

$$$$ 201 Octavia St

Wifi: Yes

Mercury Cafe in Hayes Valley is bright, airy, and unpretentious - exactly what you want in a neighborhood coffee shop. Come first thing in the morning to try their freshly-baked scones (they will sell out), or stop by in the afternoon and order a slice of their homemade pies (go for the apple). Mercury is one of the more relaxing places to work, but make sure to charge up your laptop beforehand - there aren't a lot of plugs (and nothing like the impending stress of 8% battery to cramp your productivity).

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Jane on Fillmore

$$$$ 2123 Fillmore St.

Wifi: No

With its retro tabletops and killer music selection, Jane on Fillmore is cool without trying too hard. If you can get a table, order coffee and try an egg white sandwich. They also have some pretty incredible pastries in rotation (and gluten-free things if that’s your game), not to mention huge and delicious salads. Add a good number of outlets and free wifi, and it’s obvious why this is one of our go-tos.

Saint Frank

$$$$ 2340 Polk St

Wifi: Yes

This well-designed Russian Hill coffee shop is clean, modern, and bright. They also have small tables for working, and good, if limited pastry options if you get hungry. To drink, try anything with their house-made almond macadamia nut milk.

Nook

$$$$ 1500 Hyde St.

Wifi: Yes

Nook is on the smaller side – if you’re traveling with an entourage of accessories, table space may be an issue. But otherwise, this Russian Hill cafe is a great place to grab lunch and get some work done. Skip the salads and go for the hummus plate with pita, cucumbers, and tomatoes, or the smoked salmon bagel.

Duboce Park Cafe

$$$$
$$$$ 2 Sanchez St

Wifi: Yes

As if you really needed another reason to visit, Duboce Park Cafe is named after the adorable dog park across the street. Ignore the breakfast menu and get the big house salad: mixed greens, sliced apple, fennel, pecans, and cheese. Then proceed to look at dogs rather than stare at Slack. Be careful, though - if the dogs distract you and your laptop dies, there are no plugs here to save you. Indoor and outdoor seating are both available.

Atlas Cafe

$$$$ 3049 20th St

Wifi: Yes

Nothing fancy, but a decent place to read, write, and obsessively overthink some emails to your coworkers. The Mission cafe has a sizeable indoor space, a back patio for when it’s nice out, a full menu, and drinks ranging from coffee (of course) to beer and wine.

Java Beach Cafe

$$$$
$$$$ 1396 LA Playa St

Wifi: Yes

This Outer Sunset cafe is located only a few steps from Ocean Beach, which is only one reason we love coming here. The other is Java Beach Cafe’s range of great breakfast and lunch options, from salads and bagel sandwiches to subs and wraps - the perfect fuel-up food for catching up with work at the long communal table or out on the front patio. Also, there is lots of coffee here. The only downside is things can get busy and loud, and plug options are limited.

Progressive Grounds

$$$$ 400 Cortland Ave

Wifi: Yes

The Bernal Heights coffee shop is where we go when we’re in it for the long haul. They have everything - a spacious outdoor patio, plenty of tables inside, and free wifi. There are also a ton of food and drink options: wraps, sandwiches, salads, and beer, coffee, and wine. Basically, if you need a place to camp out at, this spot is it.

Kantine

Kantine

$$$$ 1906 Market St

Wifi: No

Kantine is a Scandinavian cafe on Market Street that makes pastries, porridges, soups, and sandwiches. Stepping inside the well-lit, airy space will make you want to pull up a wooden chair, read a book or study over a latte or a cinnamon knot, and stay awhile. Get a smørrebrød (open-faced sandwich), which are a well-executed lesson in the art of layering.

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