Updated by Sunil Maulik on Jul 21, 2014
Top 10 CoffeeHouses in SF Bay Area
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Top 10 CoffeeHouses in SF Bay Area

A list of best coffee houses in the San Francisco Bay Area. From snobbish to low key...

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  1. 1  Sightglass Coffee

    Sightglass Coffee

    Sightglass Coffee Bar & Roastery in SOMA San Francisco. Wholesale & Retail coffee.

  2. 2  Blue Bottle Coffee (@Mint)

    Blue Bottle Coffee (@Mint)

    I had to list this one or I'd be crucified by the SF coffee-nazis...(ok, it is a damn fine cup of coffee - micro-roasting anyone?)

  3. 3  Ritual Coffee Roasters

    Ritual Coffee Roasters

    "dude, stop staring over your laptop and try talking to her instead." Oh yeah, the coffee ain't bad, either.

  4. 4  Philz Coffee

    Philz Coffee

    24th St. at Folsom. Their speciality is custom blends from all over the world. Pretty strong coffee compared to other coffee houses. Skip the Espresso and go for their drips with cream and sugar.

  5. 5  Shoreline Cafe

    Shoreline Cafe

    Does this place have the best coffee? Nope. Great desserts? Not really. Friendly service? Not so much. There is only one reason for putting this on the top 5 list - water views plus a refreshing breeze whipping off the garbage tip (err...golf course). Oh ya, and the free google wifi (thanks google, now stop snooping on what I'm typing right this minute!)

  6. 6  Dolores Park Cafe

    Dolores Park Cafe

    Great Sunday brunch, everyone tries really hard to be more low-key than their neighbor (even though secretly they're all Noe Valley multimillionaires), and people are embarrassed if they're not seen reading at least 'The Economist'. The largely lesbian waitstaff are largely friendly. And there's a really cool park right across the street.

  7. 7  Davenport Roadhouse

    Davenport Roadhouse

    The best ocean view - ever. (Yup, it's a restaurant and hotel, too).

  8. 8  Los Osos Cafe, Los Gatos

    Los Osos Cafe, Los Gatos

    Nestled in the South Bay's most scenic (and wealthy) enclave, enjoy great coffee with the hummer-driving, 90210, 'mean girls' set. Just like Lugano or Como, except without the Russian mafia...

  9. 9  Cafe Epi

    Cafe Epi

    You are a Coupa snob, or a "Europeen" who only hangs out at del Doge (you know who you are...); but you (yes you!) are missing out on the best coffee in Shalo Alto - Cafe Epi! Each cup is individually pressed, and the ambient/lounge music almost convinces you that you have parachuted into Milan in Spring...

  10. 10  Cafe Borrone

    Cafe Borrone

    Great coffee, awesome people-watching, hot waitresses, over-priced food, live music, bookstore next door. What more could you want?

  11. 11  Crossroads Cafe

    Crossroads Cafe

    A hidden gem. Sunny garden, integrated bookstore, extremely polite (though muscular and impressively tattooed) waitstaff, and affordable and tasty food. (Lacks wi-fi, however). Also, you are supporting a great cause.

  12. 12  The Grove

    The Grove

    You can't leave this place without getting at least one set of digits - need I say more?

  13. 13  San Francisco Coffee

    San Francisco Coffee

    San Francisco Coffee is Fresh Roasted and Delivered

  14. 14  Arlequin Cafe, Hayes Valley

    Arlequin Cafe, Hayes Valley

    Excellent find in Hayes Valley with hidden garden in rear. Baked goods done the French way (thank goodness.)