The coffee at Mercury is fine. What you’re really here for is the scones. The cafe in the Lower Haight is a throwback to a time when coffee places didn’t need to look like interior design stores, and we’re happy with that. The staff is very friendly and the wifi is free. No complaints.
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Zuni Cafe in the Civic Center is still an icon, and it sits firmly at the top of our list of favorite restaurants in this town.
Anina in Hayes Valley has everything you need for an afternoon drinking session - including punch bowls and outdoor space.
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Acme Bread Company
Head to Acme Bread Company in the Ferry Building for some of the best bread in the city.
Tartine Manufactory in the Mission is a huge operation with excellent pastries, coffee, and ice cream, and dinner as well.
The Mill in Nopa is the place you keep hearing about with the fancy toast, and it’s worth paying for, especially to hang out here a little longer.
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When you need a break from your cubicle in the Financial District, take solace in avocado toast or a salad from Mazarine.
Verve Coffee Roasters
Verve has a very nice space in the Castro and solid coffee and sandwiches too.
Saint Frank in Russian Hill is a bit swanky for a coffee shop, but it has nice light, space to work, and some good breakfast options.
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