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Aug 12, 2009 02:18 PM

After show Coffee/Sweets in SF?

A group of us came to the City to see Wicked, and wanted to go have a cup of coffee and a nice dessert around 10:30 pm. But, we had no idea where to go. Any suggestions for future trips to the City for after-theater light dessert/coffee?

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  1. I do hope you get some replies to this -- like Vancouver, SF seems not to be big on coffee/dessert places that stay open late/latish. Are there any such hiding away somewhere in the city?

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    1. re: grayelf

      There are, but good cafes are generally in the neighborhoods, not near theaters downtown. The Orpheum area is a particular challenge, but there are options on the other side of Van Ness catering to the opera and symphony.

      High end: Absinthe, maybe the $7 nectarine at Zuni, or a cheese plate at Cav

      With a car: Nopa's open until midnight or 1.

      Near Union Square: Cafe Andree serves late. Anyone had dessert there?

      Close to BART: Revolution Cafe on 22nd is open past midnight and has coffee, sweets, wine

      North Beach cafes are open as well, but would require a considerable walk or cab.

      1. re: Windy

        Thanks, Windy -- I've noted these and will post a query about specific neighbourhoods closer to our trip in November as we often find ourselves at loose ends after a great dinner and not feeling like a bar when we visit SF...

    2. I was looking for a late night dessert recently and ended up at Bob's Donuts on Polk for fresh, warm, and completely amazing donuts. A new batch comes out around 11pm. The plain and crumb were so good that 2 of us at 5 donuts! Not the high end dessert we were looking for but we are hooked now.

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      1. re: Candice

        Bob's is the best, and parking's not hard at that hour. Don't resist the cold milk either.

      2. You'd have to drive but Max's Opera Cafe on Van Ness closes at 11:30 on weekends.

        Like this question... We usually rely on Absinthe for something like this.

        1. Aren't there some late night places in North Beach area?

          1. You might also check out Candybar, which is a dessert lounge only a few blocks away from Nopa. On Fridays and Saturdays it's open until midnight, but only ten on weeknights. Candybar is okay, it's a cute place, though I wasn't blown away or anything the one time I went. (Although I increasingly believe myself to be a jaded eater. What's the opposite of a supertaster?)

            Nopa is a great place, and it is indeed open until 1, but it's still very popular and you might need a reservation, even late -- personally I would call ahead first.

            All of Windy's suggestions were pretty good, I like the Cav recommendation. They have desserts too.

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            1. re: dunstable

              I also wasn't impressed by the desserts at candybar, and that was (I think) when Jake Goodby was still working with them.

              Has anyone been recently? We liked the space a lot, and the dessert wine selection, just thought it was too expensive and trying too hard.

              As far as North Beach, Tosca's your classic post opera cafe, although I think Greco and Trieste are both open until 1 or 2, as is Mario's. I like the cookies at Greco, and the affogado with sambuca. But it's not walking distance from any of the theaters or that easy on transit, and parking is a pain except in the winter.