There are many differences and similarities between Chicago and San Francisco. One thing I always notice right away when I get to San Francisco is the lack of Starbucks cafes at every corner, which is a nice reprieve from all of the ones in Chicago, especially in the downtown area. While there are fewer Starbucks’ in San Francisco, there is no shortage of excellent coffee shops in SF. Here are a few that I always try to go to whenever I visit (in no particular order).
1. Hollow 1435 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122
If you’re looking to get some work done on a weekend afternoon, Hollow is definitely the place to go. It is quaint and not rowdy, so you will be able to focus. Although this Inner Sunset coffee house seems small from the outside, there is a lot of seating on the inside. The matcha tea latte that I got was perfect too. It was full bodied, wasn’t overly sweet, and did not taste bitter. Also, that latte art though!
2. Royal Ground Coffee 2342 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121
Royal Ground Coffee has many locations. I went to the Outer Richmond coffee shop because it was the closest one to where I was staying. I have been to other locations before, but the staff here are SUPER nice. They were so welcoming, that you couldn’t help but smile while ordering your drink or food. I ordered the lox bagel and it was delicious. The ingredients, especially the salmon, tasted very fresh. It was the perfect reward after completing the Land’s End hike.
3. Trouble Coffee Company 4033 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122
You can find Trouble Coffee Company in Outer Sunset, not too far from Ocean Beach (one of my go to spots in SF). This place is probably my all time favorite coffee shop in San Francisco. You can get a whole young coconut here! What other coffee shop do you know of that has coconut on their menu?? They also have different kinds of thick toast that you can get topped with cinnamon sugar, peanut butter, honey, or homemade jam. Yum! (Also, that sign says, “Sk8 or Die”)
4. Devil’s Teeth Baking Company 387 Noriega St, San Francisco, 94122
Devil’s Teeth is also located in Outer Sunset, and it is only a short walk from Trouble Coffee Co. They have amazingly delicious breakfast sandwiches. The buttermilk biscuit they use as the sandwich bread is baked fresh daily, in-house. I ordered the special breakfast sandwich, sans bacon. The biscuit is so fresh that it melts in your mouth and the lemon-garlic aioli brings all of the ingredients together…and my mouth is watering now…
5. Blue Bottle Coffee Co 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111
Technically, Blue Bottle is not unique to San Francisco, as it has cafes located in Los Angeles, New York City, and even Tokyo. However, the original Blue Bottle cafe originated in Oakland, CA. This coffee house focuses on freshness to bring out the best flavor from the coffee bean. I ordered a good ol’, normal latte Honestly, I am not the biggest fan of coffee. Caffeine has a strong affect on me and I prefer the taste of tea over coffee instead. However, I loved the way this latte tasted. It was rich, creamy, and very smooth.