Where to go for Coffee in San Francisco

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Whether it is Philz, 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.

Where to go for 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
Japantown
Lower Haight
Marina
Miraloma
Mission
Nob Hill
North Beach
Pacific Heights
Portola
Portrero Hill
Richmond
SoMa
Sunset
Western Addition

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 have 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.

Read more about San Francisco in other stories.

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

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87 Comments

  1. Alisha H.
    September 29, 2014

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

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 29, 2014

      @Alisha, it never gets too, too hot in San Francisco, so I rarely think about it, just time to time!

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  2. Fi
    September 29, 2014

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

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 29, 2014

      @Fi, a lot of these places offer really great teas as well, as an Irishwoman, I think you would find them suitable!

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  3. agnes
    September 29, 2014

    cold brew is my absolute favorite 🙂

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  4. Jenna @ A Savory Feast
    September 29, 2014

    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.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 30, 2014

      @Jenna, hope you come out to try some!

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  5. Maria Sarmento
    September 29, 2014

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

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  6. Lindsay
    September 29, 2014

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

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  7. Angelic Sinova
    September 29, 2014

    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

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 30, 2014

      @Angelic, it is usually not hot enough for iced coffee very often in SF, but I do like it!

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  8. Jenn Erin
    September 29, 2014

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

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 30, 2014

      @Jenn, it is easy to do since it tastes so good!

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  9. Tanya Coffman
    September 29, 2014

    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 😀

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 30, 2014

      @Tanya, we have some great tea spots in the city as well!

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  10. Christina G.
    September 29, 2014

    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!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 30, 2014

      @Christina, or a great idea for a blog!

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  11. Kristi
    September 29, 2014

    This is awesome! I love Blue Bottle coffee.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 30, 2014

      @Kristi, where do you get Blue Bottle at?

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  12. Natalie
    September 29, 2014

    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!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 30, 2014

      @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.

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  13. laurie damrose
    September 29, 2014

    Good to know when i go to San Fran1

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  14. krystel
    September 29, 2014

    i love ice cofee

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  15. Dorothy Boucher
    September 29, 2014

    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

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 30, 2014

      @Dorothy, so true!

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  16. Carly Anderson
    September 29, 2014

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

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 30, 2014

      @Carly, they are pretty awesome, hope you get to get out here soon!

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  17. Nancy
    September 29, 2014

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

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 30, 2014

      @Nancy, I do go down there from time to time, where can I catch that at?

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  18. Camille
    September 29, 2014

    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 🙂

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 30, 2014

      @Camille, well that is one very original way of putting that!

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  19. Winter White
    September 29, 2014

    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 🙂

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 30, 2014

      @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.

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  20. Brenda
    September 29, 2014

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

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 30, 2014

      @Brenda, what is in a chemex?

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  21. ni
    September 29, 2014

    informative 🙂

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  22. Carla Perez
    September 30, 2014

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

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  23. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes
    September 30, 2014

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

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  24. alyssa
    September 30, 2014

    That latte art though. <3

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  25. ivan p
    September 30, 2014

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

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  26. Nuresha Perera
    September 30, 2014

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

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 30, 2014

      @Nuresha, I understand, these spots have great tea too!

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  27. Neely
    September 30, 2014

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

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 30, 2014

      @Neely, glad you find it useful!

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  28. Rebekah
    September 30, 2014

    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!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 30, 2014

      @Rebekah, it is delish!

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  29. Brett Ardiel
    September 30, 2014

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

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  30. Melissa
    September 30, 2014

    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!

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  31. sarah goodman
    September 30, 2014

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

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 30, 2014

      @Sarah, hope you get here soon!

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  32. Chelsea
    September 30, 2014

    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 🙂

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 30, 2014

      @Chelsea, totally agree!

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  33. Tammi
    September 30, 2014

    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!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 30, 2014

      @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!)?

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  34. Camesha
    September 30, 2014

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

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 30, 2014

      @Camesha, what did you like on your last trip?

      Reply
  35. Jessica Doll
    September 30, 2014

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

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 30, 2014

      @Jessica, that is tough, can you do almond milk?

      Reply
  36. kendall
    October 1, 2014

    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

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    1. Andi Fisher
      October 1, 2014

      @Kendall, you should definitely try one at another cafe if you get a chance.

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  37. Kristi
    October 1, 2014

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

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    1. Andi Fisher
      October 1, 2014

      @Kristi, its good stuff, you can now buy it cold with a hint of chicory.

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  38. Sarah Beth
    October 2, 2014

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

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    1. Andi Fisher
      October 2, 2014

      @Sarah, road trip!

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  39. Linda Manns Linneman
    October 2, 2014

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

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    1. Andi Fisher
      October 2, 2014

      @Linda, please do, you’ll love them!

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  40. Alicia
    October 2, 2014

    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.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      October 2, 2014

      @Alicia, the vibe is definitely part of the attraction!

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  41. Salli Singleton
    October 2, 2014

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

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  42. Kyla P
    October 2, 2014

    These look delicious!

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  43. Mai Tran
    October 3, 2014

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

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  44. Sarah Shermann
    October 3, 2014

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

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    1. Andi Fisher
      October 3, 2014

      @Sarah, where are your favorite spots?

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  45. Namrata
    October 3, 2014

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

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  46. Tom Bellamy
    October 3, 2014

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

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    1. Andi Fisher
      October 3, 2014

      @Tom, next time!

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  47. fionpu
    October 3, 2014

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

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  48. Kim
    October 4, 2014

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

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    1. Andi Fisher
      October 4, 2014

      @Kim, for sure, it is delicious!

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  49. Brielle
    October 6, 2014

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

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  50. Lisa hackney
    October 6, 2014

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

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    1. Andi Fisher
      October 7, 2014

      @Lisa, there is always a reason to visit SF, glad you found another!

      Reply
  51. Joy Q
    October 22, 2014

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

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    1. Andi Fisher
      October 22, 2014

      @Joy, please do! Here are all my posts on San Francisco: https://misadventureswithandi.com/tag/san-francisco

      Reply
  52. Olivine Eyes
    September 14, 2016

    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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