We don’t have to point you to Buena Vista for the perfect Irish coffee. You already know that. We do want to share our picks for five of the best coffee shops in San Francisco. Yeah, we know you may not want to venture out of your neighborhood for a single cup pour over or flat white but these five joints are worth it if you’re not lucky enough to live near one of them.
1 Jane on Fillmore
You'll never see this popular Pacific Height spot this empty so get a good look at it now. From fashionistas to moms addicted to Lululemon pack this pretty, Ken Fulk-designed, two-story neighborhood fave, where there always seems to be a cute dog tied up outside and there's a lot more than Stumptown coffee and Song tea on the menu. Named after chef Amanda Michael's daughter, Jane opened its doors in 2011 and offers house made baked goods made fresh daily on site. There's also a Jane on Larkin that opened earlier this year.
2123 Fillmore Street San Francisco, CA 94115
2 Blue Bottle Mint Plaza
It's easier to state where in San Francisco you can't get Blue Bottle coffee. It seems like there are outposts everywhere. But only at this Mint Plaza location, which opened in the rear of the elegant 1912 Provident Loan Building in downtown San Francisco in 2008, will you find a café with a full food program as well. There's also a five-light siphon bar, a vintage San Marco lever espresso machine and a Kyoto-style iced coffee apparatus, which produces a delicate, refined and fragrant cold-brewed coffee.
66 Mint Street San Francisco, CA 94103
This independent, sibling-owned coffee company has three locations in San Francisco: SoMA, the Mission and, on Saturdays, at the Farmers Market at the Ferry Building. We're particularly fond of the one in the Mission, which is light, airy, gorgeous and the newest. Plus, the Mission location also offers Single Origin Espresso as an option for all espresso drinks. The selection will rotates monthly. Sightglass practices small production methods that allow for scrutinizing and perfecting the processes. Despite all that, if size matters to you then go to the ginormous Sightglass in SoMa (pictured here.)
3014 20th Street San Francisco, CA 94110
4 Saint Frank Coffee
You'll find no machines at this Russian Hill coffee shop that owner Kevin Bohlin initially opened in South Park in 2013. That's because at Saint Frank, they've moved all the machines off the counter and then lowered the counter to open the space, allowing a connection between you and the barista. It's just another way this light-filled coffee shop--thanks to soaring ceilings and windows--sets itself apart from the others. And then there's the coffee! Coffees are carefully sourced through cultivated relationships from particular producers exclusively for Saint Frank, which partners with the incredibly skilled team at Ritual Roasters to roast these coffees weekly for the freshest and most transparent flavors possible.
2340 Polk Street San Francisco, CA 94109
5 The Mill
A joint venture between Four Barrel Coffee and Josey Baker Bread, this bright and airy coffee shop in Alamo Square gets busy on the weekends--for good reason. If it wasn't good, you wouldn't have a problem getting a seat. At The Mill, they take their coffee seriously and spend months of each year with coffee growers in East Africa and coffee millers in Latin America as it is The Mill's pleasure to find beautiful coffees, hand-roast them in its vintage steel roaster and offer them to you. If you're avoiding carbs, don't come here. It's hard to resist the fresh-baked bread and scrumptious pastries. Don't blame us if you get addicted to the toast.
736 Divisadero Street San Francisco, CA 94117