Our fabulous Coyote Trips are known for jam-packing the best sights on the West Coast into one rip-roaring tour. One of our favourite stops is the buzzing San Francisco, where a couple of days in the downtown area give travellers a chance to explore busy cultural hubs, foodie gems, and tourist favourites.
However, if there’s one thing San Fran is known for, it’s the walking. Uphill, downhill (sidehill?) – you’re spending a lot of time on foot. So, what do you need? Caffeination, of course! Luckily, you’re in the perfect spot for it. We’ve collected the best cafés in San Francisco, so wherever you are, you can find a delicious pick-me-up that’ll keep you light on your toes for the exploring ahead.
- Caffe Central. They call themselves a unique coffee experience, and it’s not hard to see why. While globally sourced organic beans are used, they’re roasted at Caffe Central’s local roasters in Pacifica – meaning the coffee is as fresh as anything. Add to that their penchant for breakfast bagels, and they’re a firm must-visit for us.
- ENOUGH TEA AND COFFEE. Tucked away on the first floor of the Container Store is Enough. Known for good, simple coffee, they’re a local favourite for an espresso or a latte – but it’s so small that it’s definitely a grab-and-go style place. If you’re in the mood for food, be sure to pick up one of their delicious croissant sandwiches.
- Scullery. There aren’t many places we’ll willingly give the title ‘funky’ to – but Scullery does earn it. Though also tight on space, if you can squeeze in you’ll be promised a great coffee and a fabulous breakfast sandwich selection. If you feel like forgoing the house purchase this year, treat yourself to the delicious avocado toast and a burnt caramel latte.
- Taylor Street Coffee Shop. If you’re looking to sit down and take the weight off, take a trip to neighbourhood favourite Taylor Street. Their breakfasts are divine – fresh fruit for those who want it, breakfast pizza (yes, you heard us right) for those who need it. If you really fancy trying a delicacy, try the Millionaire Bacon – it’s sugared bacon, deep fried to perfection. If you’re not there for food, however, the coffee won’t let you down.
- Angel Cafe & Deli. Though potentially unassuming from the front, Angel’s a local favourite known for doing a great latte, a cronut, and an excellent bagel. If you’re not feeling coffee, you can make your latte a chai for a tasty alternative.
- Café La Tazita. If you’re feeling like you need your caffeine with a kick, stop here for a Mexican Mocha. However, in our opinion you should make sure you go with a bit of time to spare – because once you spot the delicious egg scrambles and speciality sandwiches, you’ll be hunting for a table so you can stop and try them out.
- Happy Donuts. For a bit of sweetness in the morning, head to the local favourite Happy Donuts for a cup of joe & a pastry. They’ve got plenty of coffee roasts on offer for you to take your pick from, and there are few things better than their maple donuts or the apple fritters.
- Café Suspiro. What do coffee, pastries, and 80s records all have in common? You’ll find them in all Suspiro. While you’ll have to venture beyond the immediate downtown area for this one, a trip to Suspiro means that whether it’s edible, drinkable or not, you’ll leave with something in hand.