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The Best SF Coffee Shops For Getting Work Done

Launch Map

The Best SF Coffee Shops For Getting Work Done

PHOTOS: Christopher Neugebauer

Call it the holy trinity:

  1. Adequate table space
  2. Strong, good coffee and even decent food
  3. Reliable WiFi (or lack thereof, when you need to grind without internet-enabled distractions)

Whether you're working for yourself or just need to get some work done on a weekend, we're here to help, with a guide to some of the best coffee shops for maximum productivity. To best serve your needs, we’ve organized it by WiFi and outlet availability. Good luck with that app.

The Spots


Coffee Bar

1890 Bryant St

Coffee Bar probably deserves awards for being the ultimate coffee-shop-as-workplace. The Mission location has a sprawling floor plan, tons of table space, floor-to-ceiling windows that let the light in, and an excellent outdoor patio. The drip coffee is solid, but the Vietnamese iced coffee (ask for it half-sweetened) is the way to go. (WiFi & Outlets)


Mission Creek Cafe

968 Valencia St

If you need serious quiet, hit Mission Creek Cafe. This hole-in-the-wall on Valencia has the highest outlet-to-table ratio we’ve ever seen (we’re talking almost 1:1). If you really need to focus, there are solo cubbies in the back. The coffee and pastries here get the job done, but the library-like levels of silence are what make this shop really worth it. (WiFi & Outlets)


Philz Coffee

549 Castro St

Philz is now a VC-backed operation, and we would not be surprised if the reason for that is their Mint Mojito Iced Coffee. Grab one at the Philz Castro location: low-key, spacious, and with great people watching on Castro Street when you need a break. (WiFi & Outlets)


Mercury Cafe

201 Octavia St

Mercury Cafe kills it. It’s 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. It's amazing.) (WiFi & Outlets)


With its retro tabletops and killer music selection, Jane on Fillmore is the It Girl of coffee shops: cool without trying too hard. If you can snag a table, try their Stumptown coffee and egg white sandwiches. They also have some pretty insane pastries in rotation, like cinnamon brioche rolls. (WiFi & Outlets)



Russian Hill
1500 Hyde St.

Nook is on the smaller side – if you have a ton of stuff, table space may be an issue. But otherwise, this Nob 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. (WiFi & Outlets)


Saint Frank

2340 Polk St

Clean and modern, this super well-designed Russian Hill coffee shop might just be zen enough to turn you into a tea drinker. If you go for coffee, the almond macadamia latte is made with house-made almond milk, because of course it is. (WiFi & Outlets)


Réveille Coffee Co.

4076 18th St

Réveille has all the right things you need in a coffee shop: cold brew done right, tasty breakfast sandwiches, and avocado toast with a fried egg on top. This Castro spot is a good place to hang all day – and you can: stay through lunch and feed yourself with salads and quinoa bowls. Kale game strong. (WiFi, No Outlets)


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 asiago cheese. Then proceed to look at dogs. (WiFi, No Outlets)


The Grove

301 Hayes St

No relation to the outdoor mall by the same name in LA. The Grove Hayes is more cafeteria than coffee shop, but it’s a solid place to grab lunch and do some reading or writing without getting distracted by Twitter. Go for the Berkeley Bowl salad (mixed greens, sprouts, tomatoes, cucumbers, chickpeas, and avocado). Also, they serve beer and wine. (No WiFi)


Blue Bottle Coffee

2900 18th St

It’s the Blue Bottle we often forget: this Mission location, located inside the Heath Ceramics store, is almost never overcrowded, which makes it perfect for working at some of their tables and benches. Eat a chocolate chip cookie and be inspired by that artisanal pottery. (No WiFi)

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