Wow! The last week or so has been so completely insane! If you missed my last post, we made the difficult decision to leave our life in the city of San Francisco to take an amazing job opportunity back in San Diego. As much as we loved our life in the city, and all the adventures we had, it was very difficult to live that lifestyle on only one income, with a new baby and a huge dog. We had no space in our tiny 2 bedroom apartment and our pup really needed a yard. Luckily we kept our house in San Diego before we moved last year so we got to come back to our home, more space and lots of sunshine! Everything happens for a reason and we are very happy with our decision. I’m sure we will be back to SF quite often for my hubby’s job and I look forward to going back as often as we can. Who knows, we may end up back there again in the future.
One of the things I love and miss most is all the amazing coffee shops throughout the city. My hubby and I used to have coffee dates most weekends and we would try new places all the time. One of the questions I get asked the most is for suggestions for the best coffee in the city. I’ve got a list of my favorites for you below! If you’re ever in the city make sure to check them out!
1. Jane on Fillmore– One of my favorites for sure! The Pac Heights location is so adorable with little black and white checked tables and super yummy food and coffee. It’s such a cute trendy area with boutique shops near by. Make sure to go early though because it’s small and tables fill up fast. Great gluten free baked goods too!
2. The Mill– My hubby’s favorite! Located in Lower Pac Heights on Divisadero. This one is huge inside with shared tables. They make their own fresh bread and you can buy it by the loaf too. Sooo good!
3. Saint Frank’s– Located at the bottom of Russian Hill. We went here when we first moved to SF so it’s been a while since I was here. I do remember they had a ton of different kinds of coffee from around the world and the coffee house was very clean, crisp and bright inside.
4. Blue Bottle Coffee– There are several locations throughout the city. We went to the one located in the Financial District. It was absolutely beautiful with white marble tables and floors and floor to ceiling windows. It was such a fun place to sit by the window and people watch but was not one of my favorites for coffee.
5. Hearth– Located in the Castro. Such a cute little coffee shop with really good pastries. The Castro is always such a fun place to go to people watch!
6. Sightglass– Located in SOMA on 7th. There are several locations through the city but this one was our favorite and we went here quite often. It’s huge inside and looks like an old warehouse that has been renovated into a beautiful coffee shop. They roast their beans right onsight and it smells sooooo good! They have so many good pastries here too.
7. Reveille– Located in Mission Bay. This was my favorite place for coffee or hot chocolate in the winter. The pink tables are to die for and the interior is so beautiful too! Also very dog friendly and they have the best food of all the cafes on my list. I could seriously eat here every day!
8. Viva la Tarte– Located in SOMA on Howard and 8th. I went here with a girlfriend for lunch and coffee and was so impressed! It’s very big inside with just a few tables and casual seating. They serve Sightglass coffee along with a ton of pasteries, pizzas and desserts. They are well known for the avocado toast!
9. Home- Located at 1222 Noriega St. I couldn’t find a link for their website. I actually stumbled upon this place on Instagram after seeing pictures of beautiful colorful lattes! It was a little more difficult to get to so you may need a car to get to this part of town. I was amazed at all the delicious and colorful lattes they offered. The birthday cake latte was soooo pretty and so yummy too!
10. Mr. Holmes Bakehouse– I know this one is not a coffee shop but if you are ever visiting SF you have got to go to Mr Holmes! Their cruffins are out of this world! They are a mix between a croissant and a muffin and they are baked fresh daily. Make sure to get in line as early as possible to make sure you get one. They sell out fast and you must be in line early. There is a limit of 2 per person. You can check their FB or IG page for all the flavors every week. The bakehouse is located in a not-so-good part of town so I recommend getting an uber or driving here and not walking around.