Somehow it always comes as a surprise when daylight savings happens and the days get shorter and the nights get colder, even though it happens to us every year! In San Francisco we make do with the brief interruption to our reliable 75 degree days by layering up and finding ways to get cozy during our “cold” 55 degree “winter” days. A reliable go-to is setting up shop with a good book in one of our many independent coffee shops. While there are an outrageous number to choose from, you can’t go wrong with these eight.
Andytown has several things going for it. They roast and serve delicious coffee, their pastries are to die for, and they sell a wide variety of handmade ceramic mugs with dinosaurs on them. What’s not to love? Ask about their famous drink, the snowy plover. 3655 Lawton St, San Francisco. Open weekdays 7-5 and weekends 8-5.
Entering Hollow feels a bit like walking into some sort of coffee bunker- and the experience is just as delightful. Offering up empanadas and the coffee drink of your choice, along with a slew of locally made nicknacks, Hollow is a lovely place to drop in on. As they write on their cups, “never take coffee from strangers.” 438 Irving Street, San Francisco. Open weekdays 8-6 and weekends 9-6.
3. Cafe Mec
Having recently celebrated it’s five month birthday since opening in June, Cafe Mec is an adorable new addition to the Upper Haight neighborhood. This teeny cafe serves Four Barrel coffee and offers seating both indoors and outdoors, making it the perfect spot for people watching. 1301 Haight Street, San Francisco. Open daily 7-7.
4. Oakside Cafe
Oakside is one of those cafes that locals swear by and frequent. Serving up good coffee and delicious breakfast sandwiches, the cafe also boasts a loft lounge with comfy couches. A great place to post up with a book. 1195 Oak Street, San Francisco. Open weekdays 6-5, Saturday 6-4:30, Sunday 7-3:30.
As if you needed any more reasons to get yourself to the Dogpatch, Piccino is reason 467. Serving up Sightglass coffee and a rotating variety of cookies and pastries, Piccino is the perfect place to take a break from the daily grind. 1001 Minnesota Street, San Francisco. Open daily 11-10.
Repose is the latest addition to NOPA, helping to revive a small block of formerly abandoned businesses. Offering Japanese and New Orleans iced coffee, along with pastries from Batter Bakery, Repose is a sweet spot for any time of day. 262 Divisadero St. San Francisco. Open weekdays 7-4, Saturday 8-4, Sunday 9-3.
The residents of the Inner Richmond live and die by Cafe La Flore. In addition to coffee they have a full menu of salads, sandwiches, and breakfast wraps. With cool artwork and a laidback vibe, Cafe La Flore is a great place to hang out and enjoy an espresso. 1032 Clement Street, San Francisco. Open M-Th 7-9, F-S 7:30-8:30.
Snowbird strikes the perfect balance of being hip and down to earth at the same time. Tired of your normal coffee routine? Try out the Cafe Bombon. The location serves a variety of national roasts, in addition to their own. Named for people who flee to warmer places when the cold weather comes, this is the most appropriate spot to cozy up on a cold fall day. 1352a 9th Avenue, San Francisco. Open weekdays 7-6 and weekends 8-7.