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May 31, 2019

12 San Francisco Coffee Shops to Visit for the Perfect Caffeine Fix

There’s so much to see when you’re visiting San Francisco, you’ll need to stay awake for everything on your itinerary. While we're famous for our Irish coffee, that's not the only flavor here for you to try. Whether you’re a coffee aficionado or just looking for a quick boost, these roasters and shops unique to the Bay Area will give you the kick you need to experience everything the city has to offer.

Andytown Coffee Roasters (Various Locations)

If you need a boost before you head to Ocean Beach, check out the Outer Sunset’s Andytown Coffee Roasters. When it first opened in 2017, all of Andytown’s operations were based in its 600 square foot storefront. Since then, the company has opened an additional beach-friendly shop, a seventh floor coffee escape in the Financial District, and a giant roasting and education facility near its original home.

Blue Bottle Coffee (Various Locations)

Blue Bottle Coffee was born in Oakland, but it’s expanded across the U.S. and into Japan and Singapore since its 2002 start. A cult favorite, Blue Bottle is known for incredibly fresh, flavorful coffee, which you can also get delivered to your door via their subscription services. For those who want to refine their palettes, Blue Bottle offers tasting classes in Oakland. 

Cafe Reveille (Various Locations)

The Chase Center’s fall opening has put the Mission Bay neighborhood on everyone’s radar, but Reveille Coffee Co. has been roasting its beans here for years. A pair of brothers runs the operation and serves coffee at several brick-and-mortar locations across the Bay Area, which remain popular for pairing strong coffee and great outdoor seating.

Caffe Trieste (601 Vallejo St.)

Head to North Beach for a San Francisco staple that’s known for introducing espresso to the West Coast. Caffe Trieste has been a neighborhood fixture for more than 50 years. It’s a family-owned, cash-only stop once frequented by Joe DiMaggio, Francis Ford Coppola, the Beat writers, and other San Francisco celebrities. 

Equator (Various Locations)

Founded in 1995, Equator Coffee has always been ahead of third-wave coffee culture. It’s also been a leader in the ethical cultivation of its products. In 2016, the women-owned roastery was recognized as the National Small Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration, and it’s “Chain of Well-Being” philosophy landed Equator in high-profile kitchens such as French Laundry and Bouchon. There are seven storefront across the Bay Area.

Flywheel Coffee (672 Stanyan St.)

Grab a drink from Flywheel Coffee before a day in Golden Gate Park. Much like the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood that it’s located in, the shop is eclectic and cool. Between its large indoor tables and outdoor seating, it's a great spot to meet up with friends.

Linea Caffe (3417 18th St.)

Linea Caffe has been one of San Francisco’s popular coffee roasters since 2013, and it’s made a name for itself in the indie coffee community. The original Mission cafe only sits about five people, but the owner is generating big buzz around the opening of a Potrero Hill location this summer. 

Philz Coffee (Various Locations)

Touted as one of the best coffee shops in America by "TimeOut," Philz Coffee made its mark on the Bay Area coffee scene and has expanded to several U.S. cities. Phil started his business in the Mission District in the early 2000s, and it’s quickly become the coffee of choice for the big tech companies. Make the Mint Mojito Iced Coffee your go-to order with the extra sweet and creamy for a “treat yo self” moment.

Ritual Coffee Roasters (Various Locations)

Ritual Coffee started as a roastery on Valencia St. in the Mission District, and it’s reputation is built on flavorful beans and inclusive environments.  Each shop has a own signature drink that’s unique to its location. If you need an impressive date spot, the Bayview location is located inside the Flora Grubbs Garden. 

Saint Frank Coffee (Various Locations)

Why pick one single origin roast when you can have a flight? Sip easy knowing that this coffee company is dedicated to finding the most ethically-sourced beans possible. The two locations, one in Civic Center and one on Polk St., will give your Instagram feed a boost, too. 

Sightglass Coffee (Various Locations)

Sightglass has expanded to five locations across San Francisco. Be sure to visit the flagship shop and roastery in SoMa. The airy atmosphere makes it a great spot to hang out on your own or meet up with a few friends. Did we mention the affogato bar on the mezzanine level, too? 

Wrecking Ball Coffee (2271 Union St.)

The Marina and Cow Hollow are great neighborhoods for running, exploring, and sightseeing along the water. It’s a better experience with a latte from Wrecking Ball Coffee in your hand. The small, chic store offers a full-service coffee bar and pastries.

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