Bernie’s is the gold standard of neighborhood coffee shops. If you find yourself sitting here working on your latest novel about Jane Goodall’s secret life as a house DJ, you’ll notice that everyone seems to know each other. But this place isn’t just a community meet-and-greet. Aside from the strong coffee, the wifi is undoubtedly better than your own home’s, so you’re all set when you inevitably need to research what Jane would use as a stage name.
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Noe Valley Bakery
There’s usually a line for bread and pastries at Noe Valley Bakery, and for good reason.
La Med does a serious takeout operation, but the Noe location is a good option if you actually want a place to sit and eat as well.
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There’s always a line at Arizmendi Bakery in the Sunset, and their baked goods and breads are completely worth it.
Basuku Cheesecakes makes incredibly creamy, melt-in-your-mouth Basque cheesecakes.
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Verve Coffee Roasters
Verve has a very nice space in the Castro and solid coffee and sandwiches too.
When you need a break from your cubicle in the Financial District, take solace in avocado toast or a salad from Mazarine.
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