Blue Bottle Coffee
1355 Market St., SoMa
There are now ten locations strong in the bay area, with cafés in the Ferry Building, Hayes Valley, Heath Ceramics, Market Square, Mint Plaza, and on Sansome. There are two locations in Oakland, on Broadway and Webster St. Perhaps the most groundbreaking of their brews is the chicory-spiked New Orleans cold brew, which comes in a handy single-serving carton. They also make a pretty great granola in-house while the SFMOMA rooftop location is home to Chef Caitlin Freeman’s modern art desserts. Think: a loaf cake made to look like a Mondrian painting and cookies inspired by Richard Serra’s sculptures.
142 2nd. St., SoMa
The original teeny stand on Cow Hollow's main drag (and all the locations that followed) is operated by three surfer dude brothers and is home to high-quality organic, cold-pressed juice extracted using a hydraulic press and sold in cute bottom-heavy glass bottles, which you can bring back for the deposit. Stands and juice tucks are popping up all over and they now offer delivery as well.
270 7th St., SoMa
This is where legit coffee aficionados go to procure house-roasted beans to grind and brew at home. That said, the bi-level café itself is beautiful, airy, and lively—a really fun place to while away an afternoon (no Wifi, but plenty of room) and watch as the pros load sacks of beans into the massive Probat roaster. There's also a location in the Mission.
685 4th St., SoMa
The Creamery is directly across the street from the SoMa Caltrain station, so if you live in the neighborhood it's a no-brainer for coffee for your commute. With rustic décor, a wide patio, and a full menu (french toast, crêpes) that emphasizes great breakfast and brunch, it feels like a hometown spot, in the best way. The free Wifi means it's a common haunt for entrepreneurs that live in the area.
1028 Market St., SoMa
On a night you don’t want to commit to a single restaurant, or simply can't deal with an absurd wait time, have your pick of six distinct venters at temporary food and wine space, The Hall. Before hunkering down at one of the communal tables, take a lap of the massive dining area where you’ll find a Vietnamese stall, the meat-centric Whole Beast, and an Indian food spot. You’ll love having the freedom to pick and choose from several different cuisines all in one spot.
210 11th St., SoMa
This is hands down the best pizza in San Francisco—high praise considering there are only a handful of very basic whole-pie options on the Neapolitan-inspired menu (Margherita, Blanca, Filetti…). Lifelong pizza obsessive Anthony Mangieri cut his teeth slinging pies on the Jersey shore before opening a spot in NYC and then San Francisco. The set-up here is very bare bones, just tables and a big, beautiful pizza oven; pizza is served until they run out of dough.
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