Best Cafes to Work From in San Francisco
Since the dawn of the Internet, what was once a place to sip a latte over the morning paper is now also a place to plug in your laptop, caffeinate and get work done. We’re referring to coffee shops. This is especially true for cafes in San Francisco, where many entrepreneurs and tech gurus are busy building the next big thing without consistent access to an office. Luckily cafes have stayed ahead of the curve, providing generous table space, power outlets, reliable WiFi, ample food options and plenty of strong coffee.
While the baristas grind coffee beans, grind away at whatever it is that pays your bills at these 10 best cafes to work from in San Francisco.
1. Atlas Cafe
This understated café in the Mission District has a sizeable indoor space with plenty of power outlets, plus back patio seating for when it’s nice enough to take your work outside. If you get hungry, order from their large menu of sweet treats, salads, sandwiches and personal pizzas. Beverages range from traditional coffee drinks to beer and wine.
3049 20th Street
2. Beacon Coffee and Pantry
This bright and airy North Beach café has it all: adequate seating, outlets, fast WiFi, light bites and specialty coffee. When you need a break, pop into the attached specialty market selling kitchen and lifestyle goods.
805 Columbus Avenue
3. Coffee Bar
Despite the simple name, this Mission District café boasts a huge space, abundant seating, floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor patio. Coffee Bar also serves a seasonal rotation of single-origin java, artisan teas and pastries. The Vietnamese iced coffee comes highly recommended.
Mission District: 1890 Bryant Street
Financial District: 433 Kearny Street
Financial District: 101 Montgomery Street
4. Contraband Coffee Bar
In the heart of SoMa, Contraband serves premium imported coffee in a uniquely designed space to spark your creativity. The drinks are unique, too, like the sage and rosemary latte. High ceilings, tall windows and an open floorplan keep you from feeling cooped up when you’re working for hours at a time.
260 5th Street
5. Jane on Fillmore
Jane on Fillmore isn’t your average coffee shop, with its retro décor, hip music, green smoothies, gluten-free pastries and medium-dark roasted coffee. Grab a seat upstairs for a nice aerial view of the cafe space while you work.
2123 Fillmore Street
6. Mercury Café
For those who like a relaxed, quaint cafe to work from, Mercury Café is your neighborhood go-to. Everything is as local and organic as possible, from the pour-over coffee to the small-batch baked goods. You’ll forget you’re in the trendy, emerging Hayes Valley neighborhood.
201 Octavia Street
7. Philz Coffee
You may recognize Philz from the HBO series Silicon Valley, depicted as the caffeine depot of choice among young professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area. Considering it’s now a venture capital-funded operation, the portrayal is quite accurate. There are several in San Francisco proper, but the Castro location is laid-back, spacious and in prime people-watching territory for when you need a breather.
549 Castro Street
8. Rise & Grind Coffee and Tea
If you find yourself away from the hustle-and-bustle of SoMa and in the Inner Richmond District, rise and grind and head to Rise & Grind Coffee and Tea. In addition to the free WiFi, generous table space and power outlets, the café is dog-friendly and located right across from Golden Gate Park.
785 8th Avenue
9. Réveille Coffee Co.
Another North Beach coffee shop with convenient access to the Financial District, Réveille Coffee Co. looks like it’s straight out of a café enthusiast’s Instagram account. When you’re not busy staging the perfect photo of your matcha latte next to a succulent plant, there’s good WiFi, outlets, a simple coffee menu and hearty salads.
200 Columbus Avenue
10. The Station SF
Do you like strong coffee, comfortable chairs and quick service? Head to The Station SF in the Financial District for short lines and even a self-checkout system for refrigerated coffee drinks and food. You’ll have more time to toil away on your laptop and get stuff done.
596 Pacific Avenue
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