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Best cafés in San Francisco

Bakery
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“Millennials love to stand in lines. Go mid-morning on weekdays to avoid long lines. But, the food is well worth it! Riches beyond your wildest dreams: butter-golden pains au chocolat, cappuccinos with ferns drawn in dense foam and croque monsieurs turbo-loaded with ham, two kinds of cheese and béchamel. Don't be dismayed by the inevitable line out the door – it moves fast – but be aware that lolling in Dolores Park is the only possible post-Tartine activity.”
  • 502 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“One of the best local food market to go to takeouts, famous ice creams, and yogurt shop. One of the best ice cream shops with lines out the door.”
  • 321 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Another excellent coffee shop. The home coffee brewing class ($35) is interesting and fun.”
  • 208 locals recommend
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Coffee Shop
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“A San Francisco institution, this coffee joint does it a little differently - no espresso drinks, only pour-over, and they specialized in flavored drinks. Our personal fave is the Mocha Tesora. Take your coffee to-go and head to Noe Valley Park across the street.”
  • 201 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Light and airy coffee shop with light food. You can also get some good bread to take away. We get our sourdough starter from here.”
  • 189 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“NYTimes reviewed neighborhood gem with satisfying seasonal fare and locally sourced architectural materials! Not to be missed though you will find long lines for brunch on weekends. Many surfers working there so be nice because they'd probably rather be in the ocean. ;)”
  • 184 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Best coffee in town! Cool place to hang out and work at. Highly recommend the Mocha with Dandelion chocolate.”
  • 127 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Artisanal coffeehouse chain that cultivates relationships with growers & roasts their beans on-site. ”
  • 122 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“So sadly recently closed! :( 3 minutes walk. Fresh pastries and coffee (pastries are made on-site daily) and available for dine-in or carry-out . ”
  • 123 locals recommend
Donut Shop
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“Have a craving for donuts? Want something more than just jelly or creme-filled? Search no further than the delightful concoctions/combinations of flavors at Dynamo. Our favorites include milk chocolate passionfruit, Mexican chocolate, and salted caramel. Definitely grab a latte while you're at it, then wander around down 24th to Mission/Valencia.”
  • 122 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Authentic bakery (and collective so they care about their staff!) with divine baked goods. Half the price of Tartine and their crowds.”
  • 122 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“This is the BEST coffee in the city! We are total coffee snobs, and Philz can't be beat. It's a local chain and this Noe Valley location is right across the street from a local park. If you try to get into a Philz Coffee downtown you'll wait in line... at this location it's rare to wait more than 5 mins. It's a nice walk down 24th street, and takes about 10 mins from our guest suite. We highly recommend trying the Soooo Good and Philharmonic blends. Ask for cinnamon in the pour over cone, you won't be disappointed.”
  • 116 locals recommend
Bar
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“This dive bar in the Mission has everything: cheap beer, pool, live music most nights, karaoke on Wednesdays, ping pong on (most) Thursdays, a huge back patio, and is very LGBTQ friendly. Some nights they have a food vendor on the patio. This place has some great vibes and really awesome people.”
  • 129 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“You will be greeted by the friendliest staff and an incredible cup of coffee”
  • 96 locals recommend
Café
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“Great for breakfast, lunch and even dinner. Casual, near cute Precita Park. ”
  • 106 locals recommend
Dessert Shop
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“Located a block away, this delightful pie place is right around the corner and serves delicious freshly made pies by the slice. It serves as a quiet and cozy place to enjoy some dessert, do some work, or read a book. ”
  • 102 locals recommend