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The Best SF Coffee Shops For Getting Work Done

Our favorite places to caffeinate, eat, work, repeat.

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Whether you’re building the next big decentralized system architecture or just want to escape your roommates who won’t stop asking you what that means, getting work done in coffee shops is a San Francisco way of life. But not all of them are created equal. Sure, they might have great coffee, but you need wifi that actually works and some seating that won’t throw your back out after an hour. You’re looking for the holy trinity: 1) adequate table space, 2) strong, good coffee and even decent food, and 3) reliable wifi (or lack thereof, when you need to grind without internet-enabled distractions). Here are the 20 best coffee shops to visit when you actually need to get some work done.

The Spots

Mary Lagier

Farley's

$$$$ 1315 18th St

Wifi: Yes

There are a lot of tables at Farley’s, so you won’t have a hard time finding a place to sit in this Potrero Hill coffee shop. And more time sitting means more time getting work done. When you need a break from staring at your computer, check out the large selection of magazines they have in the back corner, or the small parklet out front, which is a great place to hang when you need fresh air.

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Bernie's Cafe

$$$$
$$$$ 3966 24th St

Wifi: Yes

If you need a cozy spot to work that’s not your house (because you keep wrapping yourself in fuzzy blankets and falling asleep), go to Bernie’s Cafe in Noe Valley. It’s situated in an old Victorian house, which will make you feel like you’re in your second home. This coffee shop is small, so there aren’t a ton of places to sit. But all the tables are large and communal, and you won’t feel like you’re encroaching on anyone’s space when you set up shop with your computer and a strong cup of coffee.

Snowbird Coffee

$$$$
$$$$ 1352A 9th Ave

Wifi: Yes

There are two reasons to come to this small cafe. You want strong coffee, or your internet at home just went out (again) and you really have to get sh*t done. This quiet spot in the Inner Sunset serves affogatos and cafe bomboms (two espresso shots over condensed milk) in a dark, cave-like space with low ceilings. The only downside to working here is that tables are hard to come by and small, especially the mini round tables by the bar area.

Daily Driver

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

Wifi: Yes

The two levels of seating all centered around a giant atrium make Daily Driver look 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. Daily Driver also makes some of the best bagels in the city. They’re wood-fired in the oven (we recommend getting it with lox and homemade farmer’s cheese), and go well with the Red Bay Coffee - and both are all you really need to get through the day.

Beacon Coffee & Pantry

$$$$ 805 Columbus Ave

Wifi: Yes

If you live in North Beach, Beacon is your best bet. It has adequate seating, good wifi (you’ll just need to buy something every once in a while), and a fair number of plugs. The food is good, too - provided you want something light like a bagel or some yogurt with granola. You can choose to sit at the bar facing the large window, or snag a table away from the distractions of the outdoors, if you can’t bear to watch the adventures of people who don’t currently have to work.

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 cake, grilled cheeses, and great breakfast sandwiches. And when you’re actually paying more attention to your laptop than your pastry, you’ll notice the wifi here is good and the place doesn’t get too loud.

Contraband Coffeebar

$$$$
$$$$ 1415 Larkin St

Wifi: Yes

The baristas at Contraband take their coffee seriously - we’ve heard some intense coffee bean discussion going on in here, which is something to keep in mind if you like procrastination. There aren’t a ton of outlets, so get there early if you want to be sure you can get one. They have small food items like scones, and there are a few tables outside on the sidewalk for when the weather’s nice.

Home Coffee Roasters

$$$$
$$$$ 1222 Noriega St.

Wifi: Yes

You might think that a coffee shop serving vanilla lattes made to look like birthday cakes and rainbows would be more of a social media photo opp than a good place to work. But you’d be wrong, at least in the case of Home Cafe. This coffee shop in the Outer Sunset is surprisingly laid-back, and an ideal place to type away when you need good wifi and plenty of spacious tables. Seats can usually be taken by San Francisco State students, especially during finals, and if that’s the case, prepare to share a table and make a friend with a complete stranger.

The Station SF

$$$$ 596 Pacific Ave

Wifi: Yes

An almost perfect FiDi coffee shop for getting business-related things (or even just some online shopping) done. They have strong coffee, comfortable chairs, and rock-solid wifi. If you don’t have time to wait in an eight-second line, there’s even a refrigerated case and self-checkout system near the entrance with small things to eat and drink. If you can spare the wait time, though, there’s a full breakfast and lunch menu. The only real drawback to The Station is the lack of outlets inside - most likely to dissuade people like you from camping out for too long.

Mazarine Coffee

$$$$ 720 Market St

Wifi: No

There’s no shame in loving a beautiful avocado toast. OK, there’s some shame. But Mazarine has some of the prettiest ones around, as well as nice-looking lattes, and both things actually taste good, too. Also actually-important is the fact that this FiDi spot has an almost ridiculous number of outlets. Just bring your internet with you, or do something you don’t need any internet for, if you can think of anything.

Verve Coffee Roasters

$$$$
$$$$ 2101 Market St

Wifi: Yes

Verve 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. Bad for laptop keyboard cleanliness, but that’s why they invented those sanitary wipe things.

Ritual Coffee Roasters

$$$$ 432 Octavia St

Wifi: No

For the purists out there, this is a coffee shop focused on the coffee. With no wifi and a menu consisting only of pastries, Ritual is where you go when you really need to focus and can’t be distracted by the latest Everlane email in your inbox. The nitro coffee is fantastic, and if you need sustenance, the croissants are quite good.

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Philz Coffee

$$$$
$$$$ 549 Castro St

Wifi: Yes

Philz is a VC-backed operation, and we would not be surprised if the reason for that was their Mint Mojito Iced Coffee, a.k.a. dessert masquerading as an acceptable adult drink. Grab one and get to work at the Philz Castro location: low-key, spacious, and with great people-watching on Castro Street when you need a break.

Mercury Cafe

$$$$ 201 Octavia St

Wifi: Yes

Mercury Cafe 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, and the numerous outlets are key. Nothing like the impending stress of 8% battery to cramp your productivity.

Jane on Fillmore

$$$$ 2123 Fillmore St.

Wifi: Yes

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 get a table, try their Stumptown coffee and egg white sandwiches. 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. The Larkin location has the same menu, but there’s no wifi there.

Saint Frank

$$$$ 2340 Polk St

Wifi: Yes

Clean and modern, this well-designed Russian Hill coffee shop is chill enough to make you feel like you’re in a sci-fi utopia. And the almond macadamia latte is made with house-made almond milk, because of course it is.

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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 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.

Réveille Coffee Co.

$$$$ 200 Columbus Ave

Wifi: Yes

This North Beach spot is a good place to hang all day, and as long as you can find space (it gets crowded), that’s what you should do: stay through lunch and feed yourself with salads and quinoa bowls. There are basically no downsides, except there being not a ton of outlets. The Castro location is great, too, if you’re on that side of town.

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 your empty Word document. Be careful, though - if the dogs distract you and your laptop dies, there are no plugs here to save you.

Atlas Cafe

$$$$ 3049 20th St

Wifi: Yes

Nothing fancy, but a decent place to read, write, and obsessively overthink some emails to your coworkers. There’s 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. Tartine Manufactory is close by, too, in case you’d like to take a stroll for some of their pastries and/or delicious ice cream.

The Grove

$$$$ 301 Hayes St

Wifi: No

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 (which you’ll need to check on your phone). Go for the Berkeley Bowl salad, with mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, chickpeas, and avocado. Also, they serve beer and wine and are not in any way related to the outdoor mall by the same name in LA.

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