We can all agree that coffee is the best, but what’s not the best? Sad coffee shop food. No good meal ever came saran-wrapped. While a lot of coffee shops are basically one step up from the Peet’s at SFO when it comes to anything food-related, there are also a handful of places serving delicious things alongside their pour over, custom-made, speciality roasted, fair-trade, organic, ethical, local, moral coffee. You just have to know where to look, which is right here, with our guide to the best coffee shops with food in town.
Verve is a Santa Cruz-based coffee place that finally graced SF with its extremely laid-back presence. Besides having some of our favorite coffee, the food (mainly breakfast) at the Market St. outpost is on par with the caffeine. There’s very good avocado toast available for the mornings when you want that, but the real winner is the poached egg biscuit - which is a mess, but totally worth an extra napkin or two. On the sweeter side, the jam biscuit and steel cut oats (or any of the pastries out of the case) will hit the spot as well.
Andytown in the Outer Sunset is one of the rare coffee shops that also actually bakes their own stuff. Specifically, Andytown makes great Irish soda bread, which you can make into an open-faced sandwich with various seasonal spreads, as well as exceptional scones, hand pies, and cookies straight out of the oven. If you want something a bit heartier, the breakfast sandwich will do the trick and you should also definitely try a snowy plover, which is not exactly coffee, but a cream soda concoction with either matcha or espresso. It’s totally bizarre, but totally delicious.
While Le Marais is very much a bakery, they serve Verve Coffee, which in our minds qualifies them as a coffee shop because we go there sometimes just to get a latte. There are now three locations: Castro, Marina, and the made up ‘Polk Gulch,’ and all of them serve excellent breakfast and lunch with everything from scones to granola to a breakfast board with eggs, veggies, bread, and smoked salmon.
You’re going to Trouble Coffee for two things: coffee and toast. Maybe three if you need to really balance the caffeine dehydration with coconut water fresh from an actual coconut. This might be a stretch for a ‘good food’ guide since we’re limiting the food to one item, but the cinnamon toast or honey + peanut butter toast at this tiny Outer Sunset spot is so good. The toast itself is thick and slathered in butter and cinnamon and sugar, or peanut butter and honey. You can’t go wrong either way - just plan to eat standing outside, sitting at the little benches, or taking your bread to the beach.
Of the few locations around the city, the North Beach Reveille is our favorite. The triangular corner spot is pretty, bright, and has tons of counter seats around the edge for you to people watch. They also serve good coffee, croissants, avocado toast, and a breakfast sandwich we love. It’s a great option for dining solo, so no need to share your post-lunch cookie.
Now that we’ve all accepted $6 toast as a reality, we can sit back and enjoy eating it while drinking strong and delicious coffee. The Mill has both of these things in spades, as well as a bright airy interior that makes you want to quit your job and become an interior designer. Or at least pin one thing to the ‘Home Inspo’ mood board you made last year. Don’t forget about the Monday night pizza nights either - just swap coffee for beer.
We really don’t even think of this place as a coffee shop, instead it’s more of a clubhouse that also serves coffee and food. The pastries are awesome, the hot porridge will turn even a skeptic, and if you’re not in the mood for coffee, they have their own tea blends for whatever ails you. The only thing they have that we wish we could avoid is the line to get in.
Even if you have a wild sense of nationalism and choose biscuits over scones whenever possible, you’re going to want to give the scones at Mercury Cafe a shot because they’re legendary. If you want an actual meal at this place, go for the caprese sandwich or granola (along with a scone).
Perhaps the most San Francisco of all our places for coffee and good food, Stable has succulents galore and a side patio that’s large enough to be a forgotten about public park. Skip the avocado toast, and go with the huevos or chilaquiles for breakfast. If you’re a lunchtime coffee person, grab a grilled chicken sandwich, panini, or quinoa salad.
This Potrero spot has awesome coffee (especially the cold brew) and excellent food to match. All the sandwiches are good, but really you’re here for the avocado toast. The avocado portion is excessive, the bread is great, and the crispy garlic on top helps set it apart from the 4,517 other avocado toasts in the area.
There’s no wifi at Mazarine, so instead of worrying about setting up shop for an extended period of time here, you can actually stop and enjoy your coffee. Along with the caffeine though, we love Mazarine’s toast options, as well as the sandwiches and salads (get the pastrami reuben).
All of the La Capras are useful spots for caffeine and sustenance. The Soma location is a bit bigger and has a full kitchen, so your edible options expand beyond toasts, basic sandwiches, and salads to eggs, tartines, and a better-than-average Cubano. No matter the location, you can’t go wrong.
If your office just went through a hiring spree and space is getting tight, you may want to head to Workshop Cafe right in the middle of the Financial District as an escape. Aside from coffee, they have breakfast tacos all day, which is a work perk your company should’ve offered when they brought you in. Other than that, this spot has a ton of power outlets, so you may never really need to go into the office again.
This bright and airy SOMA spot serves up great coffee and a basic, but well-done breakfast and lunch menu. The yogurt parfaits are tasty, but we’re very partial to the egg frittata sandwiches at breakfast - best eaten down the street in the Yerba Buena Gardens.