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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.