I lived in San Francisco for four years and in that time I couldn't get over what an iconic place I called home. It's only 7 by 7 square miles (ever heard of it referred to as the 7x7?), but it's jam packed with sights: The Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39, The Ferry Building, Fisherman's Wharf, The Painted Ladies, Alcatraz, Cable Cars, Haight-Ashbury, and frankly, that list barely scratches the surface. It seems like there are a billion things to do in SF - I'll tell you all of my favorites soon :). In the mean time, check out my favorite spots San Francisco Coffee spots (and maybe a pastry or two). Multiple Locations:
- Philz - With pour over coffee by the cup, Philz is a San Francisco coffee institution. Don't try to order a latte, but feel free to ask the friendly baristas for a recommendation. Choose from one of 20+ blends and have it made Philz way (with cream and sugar) or with your own variation of milk, soy, cream, sugar, splenda, honey... My favorite: Estatic iced coffee with cream only.
- Ritual Coffee Roasters - I recommend hanging out at the original spot on Valencia, or if it's a nice morning, the outdoor-only spot in Hayes Valley.
- Four Barrel Coffee - Choose from a variety of coffee or espresso blends and feel free to nerd out with the baristas about the science of the perfect cup.
- Blue Bottle - Super fresh coffee from a shop that's expanded internationally. You can now get Blue Bottle coffee in SF, NY, LA, and even Tokyo, but that doesn't mean it's not still delicious.
One of a Kind:
- Java Beach Cafe or Beachside Coffee Bar & Kitchen [The Outer Sunset] - Solid coffee in cozy cafes. These two spots have the same owner and only slightly different menus. They're down the street from one another, so check out both, then make your pick. This is also one of your best bets for seeing Karl the Fog or if you're really lucky, an awesome ocean view.
- B Patisserie [Pac Heights] - The best pastries you may have ever eaten. You are welcome to get whatever you want, but make sure you also get the chocolate banana almond croissant. Kill two birds with one stone and get Four Barrel Coffee here as well.
- Neighbor Bakehouse [Dogpatch] -Also amazing pastries and great local San Francisco coffee (nitro iced-coffee anyone?). Lucky for you they also distribute their pastries to places like The Mill.
- The Mill [Nopa] - They proudly serve Four Barrel Coffee and you can pick up pastries made by Neighbor Bakehouse or $4 slices of the most expensive toast you've ever eaten - but it's good.
- Tartine [Mission] - True story: In 4 years in SF I never made it to Tartine. I went by it a lot, but the line seemed to always be present. I trust my friends and yelp (6k reviews for a bakery...). Worth the wait it you're okay waiting :).
Now that I sufficiently miss home and familiar coffee and pastries, I'm off to explore the coffee scene in Barcelona. More on that later :).