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Apr 24, 2009 10:03 AM

Coffee shops/Cafe's in SF

I want to create a list of coffee shops of cafe's with great character/nice view in SF. Some place where we can go and hang out with friends or just browse the internet, do some people watching. comfy seating is definitely a plus, sidewalk seating is nice too. I guess the food/coffee should be atleast decent. Basically a place to go unwind. Being from Sacto, it's hard to know the cool neighborhood places...:) Location is not important.

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  1. I would guess view is not going to be something that is going to come up much.

    I'm going to throw out a place I know would not ever get mentioned, Caffe BaoNecci. I'm starting to get more and more reluctant to mention the place because I like the character so much and don't want to see it over run. The coffee is from Italy as are the owners. I adore sitting there at opening time with the Italian neighbors dropping in to pick up their bread for the day or grab a cup and sit and chat. The tables are communal and there are two outdoor tables. They do special Italian stuff for holidays like donuts for St. Joseph's Day and Easter breads.

    Caffe BaoNecci
    516 Green St, San Francisco, CA

    1. Coffee Bar at Bryant and Mariposa is great. Very good coffee drinks, pastries and some light bites. Modern, comfortable space inside. A nice patio area out front. Lots of neighborhood people hanging out. No view.

      Axis Cafe at the bottom of Potrero (16th & 8th) is also good for what you want, although no view. They have a large outdoor area in back.

      Coffee Bar
      1890 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      Axis Cafe
      1201 8th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

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      1. re: Shane Greenwood

        No view but we really liked Cavalli in North Beach -- the Danilo coffee is very smooth and drinkable, very tasty house-made cannoli, and they have WiFi.

        Cavalli Books & Cafe
        1441 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133

      2. This could become a long, long list. But here are three I'll toss into the ring:

        Revolution Cafe is my favorite people watching scene in the Mission. Decent beers and wine and some nice food too. The occasional live music. A lot of fun.

        On those seemingly rare warm, sunny afternoons down by Ocean Beach, hanging out at Java Beach can be a lot of fun. Nice destination for a bike ride, or a nice place to end a walk on Ocean Beach. The coffee and food? Not so memorable, but not bad either.

        If you happen to be anywhere nearby, Axis Cafe offers some really fine coffee and food in a comfortable, spacious, and stylish place. They also have a some nice, sheltered outdoor seating for sunny days.

        Java Beach
        1396 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94122

        Axis Cafe
        1201 8th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

        Revolution Cafe
        3248 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        1. Perhaps I'm over looking things but I don't recall any cafes with views...seems too valuable a commodity that a full restaurant wouldn't take advantage of.

          Some of my favs in the City: Atlas, Farley's, Muddy Waters, Simple Pleasures, Thinkers.

          Simple Pleasures Cafe
          3434 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

          1315 18th St, San Francisco, CA

          Atlas Cafe
          3049 20th St, San Francisco, CA

          Muddy Water's Coffee House
          78 29th St, San Francisco, CA

          Thinkers Cafe
          1631 20th St, San Francisco, CA

          1. I like Apollo Coffee in NoPa/Western Addition:
            big, open contemporary space, modern (yet comfy) furniture, organic coffees, teas - and some of the best grilled panini sandwiches in town. Wi-Fi is free and the fresh pastries rock.
            Big windows - no view though, except for onto the traffic on Divis ...

            Apollo Coffee
            1064 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA