San Francisco’s 4 Best Local Coffee Shops
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San Francisco’s 4 Best Local Coffee Shops

Tired of your typical cup of Starbucks or Peet's Coffee? Go local!

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San Francisco’s 4 Best Local Coffee Shops
Lily Manavi

Whether it’s that special date spot, a productive place to study for finals, or somewhere to hang out with friends, I assure you that San Francisco has the best selection of local coffee shops. Want to know where my favorites are? Keep on reading for my personal recommendations to locals, as well as those coming to the city for a visit with friends and family

1. Home SF


This little trendy cafe has the most adorable white marble tables, perfectly cut wall decals, rainbow latte art, various kinds of avocado toast and the most Instagrammable photos of one cafe. Located in the Outer Richmond on 21st Avenue and Clement Street, Home SF serves as my go-to coffee shop, a quick breakfast spot with friends, and the best place to get the perfect Instagram and Snapchat story. My personal favorite drink is the Birthday Cake latte, where the baristas top the coffee off with a colored design and rainbow sprinkles. It is generally pretty packed not only with students or professionals behind laptop screens, but with friends and families enjoying each other’s company with a cup of coffee and some toast or pastries.

2. Rise and Grind


Rise and Grind is another cute local, yet trendy cafe that not only serves specialty coffee and tea, but toasts, sandwiches, and waffles. With a few large tables across the shop, there is plenty of room for students not only to get homework done but for groups to come in for brunch. Located right across Golden Gate Park, on Fulton and 6th Avenue, this local spot attracts those who live in the neighborhood, business professionals working behind computers, as well as USF students looking for a local off-campus study spot. Not only does Rise and Grind have classic coffee drinks, but also makes specialty drinks such as Creme Brulee Latte, Mint Cold Brew, Salted Caramel Lattes, and a Peanut Butter Latte.

3. Snowbird Coffee


Another locally owned coffee shop located in the Inner Sunset on 9th Avenue and Irving Street is Snowbird Coffee. With the many shops and restaurants in the nearby area, Snowbird is the best place to visit with a friend or two to unwind, relax, and enjoy an excellent cup of coffee. It offers one of the warmest and coziest atmospheres in the entire city. Not only is the service top notch, the staff is super friendly and takes the time to get to know their customers. My personal favorite part of this cafe is that they are dog-friendly inside and outside and it is very reasonably priced. With Snowbird’s location right down the street from Golden Gate Park, be sure to grab your coffee to go and enjoy it while walking through the park.

4. Reveille Coffee Co.


Located in the heart of the Castro District on 16th Street, Reville Coffee Co. is another local neighborhood cafe which has multiple locations. In addition to the Castro location, there are locations in the Upper Haight, SoMA, North Beach, and Mission Bay. With its modern and chic interior design, it is bound to not only attract locals, but tourists as well. Reveille offers various breakfast items such as biscuits, toast, eggs, and yogurt and granola, as well as salads and sandwiches for lunch. My personal favorite is the Chinese Chicken salad, which comes in the perfect size for one person to finish. Additionally, their coffee is superb. Reveille offers the basic coffee drinks such as hot and iced lattes, cappuccinos, and drip coffee. My personal favorites are the Matcha Green Tea latte, as well as the hot Vanilla Latte. Reveille is generally pretty packed, so be prepared to wait a little bit for a table as well.

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