The Best Coffee Shops In San Francisco

The Best Coffee Shops In San Francisco

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The best coffee shop in San Francisco is always the one closest to your house. But for those times when you need to enjoy your coffee in a carefully curated environment, San Francisco has no shortage of upstanding places to get the jitters.

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    Mario's is where you stop in on a sunny afternoon after lounging in Washington Square for a double shot of espresso and maybe a glass of vermouth on the rocks.
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    Yes, Ritual is kind of the epitome, the OG if you will, of wi-fi-enabled, needlessly serious, third-wave coffee emporia that now dot our landscape.
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    Owner Amanda Michael set out to create a cozy cafe in Lower Pac Heights a couple years back and, naming it for her daughter, she created this much adored jewelbox of a spot.
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    Come. Sit. Hunker down for hours. You'll be right at home with the other laptop jockeys.
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    As is de rigueur there's no WiFi, so we can only assume the two or three people on laptops must be working pretty hard on their novels.
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    If you don't want to wait in line (though you should because they carry some of the best doughnuts in town), you can head over to the pour over bar for a quickie.
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    Open and airy. Sightglass is huge. Weekdays are better than weekends. (The SoMa coffeehouse also prompted this brutally delightful 7x7 piece that's a must-read regarding the city's current coffee scene.)
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    A seeming eternity later, you'll see lots of new techie faces (Glass is DEFINITELY a thing) waiting in the out-the-door-crazy lines.
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    The best reason to check out Réveille Castro locale, though is due to the fact that the place is brimming with gay couples on dates and young queers working on their laptops.
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    Best of all, their coffee machine is located under the counter, thus opening up the area for better interactions between you and the barista. A welcoming place in an increasingly detached industry.
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    This is no fly by night java hut, and it's nice knowing that every dollar you spend there is going to great people with strong ties to the community.
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    There's no wi-fi or outlets, and indoor seating is scarce (there's two bars, that's it), but there are benches and a parklet right outside for those impervious to the westside weather.
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