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Top cafe recommendations from locals

Coffee Shop
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“Great coffee - a little on the expensive side though If you’re into mochas order one here. I do the almond macadamia milk mocha.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“A great, go-to brunch spot! Sit outside, order some rosé, mimosas (world-class), and the breakfast pizza (add truffle oil).”
  • 30 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“My favorite coffee place. This place started 50 years ago, and is still run by the same family.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Excellent croissants and other baked goods. They also serve food and a good place to stop for coffee. A second location in Ghiradelli Square.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“This Peet's has been remodeled and has an awesome living wall. Warning - if you never have had Peet's coffee before it has twice as much caffeine as your traditional cup of joe (it's how it got its cult following). Originally started in Berkeley. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Iconic bar and restaurant in North Beach where the great bar and drinks are matched by the menu (which you can order at the bar!). And when you are done, you can walk around North Beach and explore one of the most interesting neighborhoods in the city.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“The best coffee / pour-overs in the neighborhood. Excellent fresh pastries and avocado toast.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Salad Place
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“Californian mini-chain with a focus on local, organic ingredients, plus a take-out juice bar”
  • 26 locals recommend
Café
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  • 9 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Local Coffee Shop to Pacific Heights and the Marina District. They roast their own beans at the Union Street location. Have fabulous pastries, and very friendly.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Minimalist interiors! Try the chocolate croissant with a cappucino sit by the window and watch the world go by!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Chinese Restaurant
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“James Beard Award Nominated design, interesting and exciting food and a great hidden gem of a bar upstairs.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Café
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“The guys behind the counter have been their for decades and they serve Italian Illy coffee along with desserts and pastries. It's a popular place to sit outside and people watch.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Squat & Gobble has had a unique look and distinct “San Francisco” neighborhood feel. Squat & Gobble’s got it! Big portions, great food and an entirely welcoming atmosphere. known as THE breakfast destination for locals and visitors.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Dive Bar
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“Spec's used to be a museum, and still is in a way. The walls are covered with San Francisco quirky history! The grumpy bartender will pour a fine ale, and if you ask for "cheese and crackers" he will cut you a nice wedge of Edam for your dining pleasure. Just don't play the piano without asking.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Café
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“This is a local chain of breakfast spots and it is always good (the chain was bought by Starbucks but then sold back to the original owner).”
  • 17 locals recommend