Where to go for Coffee in San Francisco


Whether it is Four Barrel or Blue Bottle, Coffee Cultures or Coffee Bar, San Francisco’s coffee will keep you caffeinated. Purists, snobs, and almond milk latte lovers all have a place in San Francisco’s coffee scene.

In celebration of National Coffee Day, I thought I would share a few spots and stories about where to go for coffee in San Franciso.  A double-shot just for you!

I have been drinking coffee a long time (here is my coffee story) and I feel super lucky to live on the West Coast where cities like Seattle and Portland have influenced the amazing coffee we have here in San Francisco.

Coffee in San Francisco

Every single neighborhood in San Francisco has great coffee, my friends have shared their favorites in some of them:

Financial District
Hayes Valley
Lower Haight
Nob Hill
North Beach
Pacific Heights
Portrero Hill

San Francisco is a city of villages and its villagers are quite adept in detecting the good stuff. I know people think Seattle and Portland has the market on good coffee, but trust me, San Francisco has exceptional coffee and lots of coffee snobs. That’s why I  like to get other San Franciscans’ opinions as well, like self-proclaimed coffee snobs, Lia and Jeremy of Practical Wanderlust who wrote their own post on the 10 best coffee shops in San Francisco.

I have collected a Wanderlist on AFAR with other great San Francisco coffee spots.

One of my favorites is Coffee Cultures (read more about them here) in the Financial District where I work, great coffee, but I love their almond milk mocha.

One of my favorite espresso drinks anywhere in the city is the 190 Kit from the Papa November coffee truck near the San Francisco Design Center.  It is espresso, simple syrup and sparkling water, delicious!

A few extra shots for you:
How to order coffee in Paris.

How to order coffee in Portugal.

My day at Greenwell Farms Coffee in Hawaii.

My morning at Caffé Vita Coffee Roasting Company in Seattle.

Some of my favorite coffee spots from my ‘Come in for a cuppa‘ Wanderlist on AFAR.

How about you? Do you like coffee? What is your favorite? Where do you get it? Do tell!


About Andi Fisher

I'm a lifestyle blogger focused on travel and food. I love to travel via my stomach eating and seeking out local artisans to feature here. I'm a big supporter of the blogging community and love highlighting travel and food bloggers for you to meet.


  1. I want iced coffee. I just realized how long it has been since I’ve had it.

  2. I hate coffee but these seem like great places for coffee lovers to visit.

  3. cold brew is my absolute favorite 🙂

  4. I love local coffee shops! This is such a great idea for a post. If I ever go to San Francisco I will try some of these.

  5. Maria Sarmento says:

    Never had iced coffee…there’s an idea for tomorrow 😉

  6. Love this!! I really need to go visit SF!

  7. I love ALL coffee but Iced Coffee has got to be my favorite! Next time I’m on the West Coast I have to stop by SF, I’ve always wanted to go <3

  8. I am such a coffee lover – I’ve already had 2 cups today but want more! 😉 Thanks for sharing!

  9. Oh I could go for a cup now! I’m a coffee and tea lover…I wish I was closer, this looks like a coffee house I would love to visit 😀

  10. Christina G. says:

    It would probably take over a year to sample everything on the menu at every coffee shop in San Fran. Great idea for a hobby! Thanks for sharing!

  11. This is awesome! I love Blue Bottle coffee.

  12. I only like coffee if it’s got an insane amount of sugar, milk, and flavoring in it. Tea, however, is something I can drink anytime, anywhere, and any way!

    • Andi Fisher says:

      @Natalie, I go through phases of what I put in my coffee, for tea it depends on what kind of tea as to what I put into it.

  13. laurie damrose says:

    Good to know when i go to San Fran1

  14. i love ice cofee

  15. Dorothy Boucher says:

    there is nothing like a good cup of coffee to get your morning started or that afternoon to perk you up lol , thanks for sharing withus

  16. I hope to be able to go to California sometime! I have heard the coffee shops out there are great!

  17. If you’re ever down here in san Jose, I can tell you where to get some good iced coffee 🙂

  18. Of all the hipster cities in the world, I think San Fran is tops! This means these must all be excellent places if they are the best of the best 🙂

  19. I LOVE coffee! I think it’s not only the coffee that I love, but also the act of drinking coffee. Coffee is one of those rare (non alcoholic) drinks that bring people together and make you feel good. I went on a quest to find the perfect coffee shop in LA a few years ago and just haven’t been able to find that perfect place. However in Long Beach we have amazing coffee shops. I even had my 30th birhtday at a coffee shop “The Royal Cup Cafe”. It was amazing 🙂

    • Andi Fisher says:

      @Winter, so true about the community aspect about drinking coffee (also seen in especially in Western Europe) coffee shops are so wonderful for that. Next time I head to LA I am definitely going to check with you about what coffee shop to try out.

  20. My favorite cup of coffee has to be the chemex my bf makes me every morning before I head off to work.

  21. informative 🙂

  22. Carla Perez says:

    Too bad im on caffein free kind of diet, but i miss drinking coffee!

  23. I think going out for coffee is such a lovely treat.

  24. That latte art though. <3

  25. definitely trying one of those. the coffee looks great. thanks for the information. 🙂

  26. Nuresha Perera says:

    i know that a lot of people love coffee. but i simply hate coffee 🙁

  27. Love this post! we are going to san fran/napa next year and I just book marked this

  28. I’ve always wanted to go to one of those little shops that make the pretty designs on your coffee! If I ever make it down to San Fran I will have to check out Coffee Cultures – that almond milk mocha sounds divine!

  29. Good to know. I do need to go to San Fran some time.

  30. Perfect for national coffee day! I’ve been to San Francisco before but haven’t checked out the coffee shops. Good to have this list. Thanks for sharing!

  31. heavenly! i totally want to get my booty to san fran now!

  32. There is something truly great about a non-franchised coffee shop. While I love my Starbucks for their reliable drinks, I loooove the atmosphere of a hole-in-the-wall coffee shop 🙂

  33. I’m in SF often (live in Sonoma County). I’ll have to check out some of these spots. They sound great. BTW — love your banner!

    • Andi Fisher says:

      @Tammi, thanks! Where’s the best burger in Sonoma (by the way, LOVE Sonoma, have a friend who lives there and going to his house to pick grapes this weekend!)?

  34. Yum! It’s been way too long since I’ve been up to San Fran. Must take a trip soon!

  35. I am definitely a coffee lover but with my milk allergy finding a suitable “creamer” when coffee-ing out is hard work. 🙁

  36. I have always wanted to go somewhere and be served a fancy coffee like the one you pictured. Starbucks is as fancy as I get! Lol

  37. @andi I got it when I was visiting a museum in San Francisco (SFMOMA). It was so good!

  38. I want to visit the west coast so bad. I’ve never been!

  39. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    I would love to visit San Francisco. When I go I will check out some of these coffee places

  40. I don’t really drink coffee, but I love frappuccino. Plus, I love the coffee house vibe so I’m sure these would be fun to visit.

  41. Salli Singleton says:

    I love coffee, especially iced coffee. Thanks for these great places if I ever visit San Fran.

  42. These look delicious!

  43. I’d definitely visit the place when I have chance to San Francisco. Amazing photos!

  44. I love going out for coffee I never really drink it at home 🙂

  45. I really like the last picture of coffee. Great shot!

  46. Tom Bellamy says:

    I was just in San Francisco last year. I wish I had seen this article before I went.

  47. I don’t drink coffee, but i love the smell of coffee, great place to go…thanks 🙂

  48. That almond milk sounds so good….definitely will need to add that to my list to try!

  49. Great list! If I’m ever in San Francisco and craving a coffee I will have to look these places up. Thanks for sharing!

  50. Lisa hackney says:

    Now I have another reason to get out to SF to visit my cousin!! Thanks for the great article!

  51. Next time I am in San Francisco I will have to check out some of the places listed.

  52. Olivine Eyes says:

    I love cappuccinos, but don’t drink them that often. I wouldn’t call coffee fanatics snobs, I’d call them teachers.

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