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Category: Best coffee in Sf (3)

As the weekend rolls around, you may have wandered out of your San Francisco housing having slept in until 10 am, needing to refuel from your festivities the night before. We know you are not capable of whipping up Millionaire’s bacon or Dungeness Crab Benedict on your own in your student room’s itty bitty kitchenette. Besides, though your San Francisco housing may be temporary, your love of Eggs Benedict is as permanent as it gets.

In San Francisco, $6 lattes and fancy avocado toast are a serious pastime, and so your Sunday morning selection should not be taken lightly. Therefore, we have compiled a list of our top 10 oh-so-serious and oh-so-delicious brunch spots San Francisco has to offer.

Dottie’s True Blue Cafe:

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Dottie’s True Blue Cafe us truly a diamond in the rough, located in the middle of the Tenderloin at 28 6th St, San Francisco, CA 94103. But don’t let the location fool you! On your average weekend morning, this comfort food spot will have an hour-long line around the block. The baked goods are to die for, fresh and hand made each morning (try the house-made cinnamon pecan roll) and the breakfast fares are unbeatable (we recommend the pancakes or the pecan french toast). But above all, make sure you do not miss out on the grilled chili-cheddar cornbread slathered in japaneño jelly – It even has Guy Fieri’s enthusiastic stamp of approval!

Brenda’s French Soul Food

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Another Tenderloin hot-spot with a long wait, this hearty Southern-style brunch spot makes you feel as full as a tick and too big for your britches, ya’ll. The menu features a variety of mounty-watering comfort delicacies including chicory coffee, brioche French toast with pecan sauce, grits, stuffed beignets, fried chicken eggs benedict. Heavens to betsy, try the beignets. If you can’t stand the wait and need your coffee and fixins NOW, Libby Jane’s, Brenda’s coffee shop counterpart, supplies quick coffee and grab-and-go-grub.

Mama’s

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Mama mia, this North Beach brunch spot is good! The line is always a minimum of 45-minutes after 10 am, so try to get there early to avoid the wait! But even if you are stuck in line, trust us, the homey family-owned atmosphere and the descendant fares makes it well worth the wait. During the crab season, try the Dungeness Crab Benedict: A huge heaping pile of steaming Dungeness crab teeters atop a bed of gently sautéed spinach and a buttery, toasted English muffin, all topped with the pièce de résistance, a gooey poached egg and a mouthwateringly rich hollandaise sauce. If savory isn’t your style, try the french toast sampler with a trio of Swedish Cinnamon, Cranberry-Orange and Banana Nut French Toasts, served with fresh fruit and drizzled in maple syrup.

Sweet Maple and Kitchen Story.

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Two words: Millionaire’s bacon. That is, juicy bacon crisped in a generous layer of brown sugar, dusted with cayenne, red, and black pepper. Did your mouth just start watering too? But don’t stress too much vegetarians, this brunch joint also offers four different breakfast pizzas, a huge selection of benedicts and scrambles, and eight different breakfast sandwiches. Possibly best of all are the bottomless mimosas that are offered seven days a week for only $18. The line is long, but if you are a party of two, you can get in fairly quick.

Savor

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I’m talking a massive pile of potatoes and gooey nutella crepes hot and fresh from the kitchen, on your table in ten minutes. Sound good? Savor is your new go-to crepe cafe, located in Noe Valley, with a big breakfast menu full of scrambles, benedicts, omelettes, and of course, crepes. The coffee comes quick and is refilled even quicker, the staff is friendly and efficient, and the crepes are as big as your head. Need I say more?

Home Plate

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There is nothing that makes me happier than free food, so when I heard about the free fresh scones and homemade jam offered up at Home Plate, I nearly cried of joy. This unassuming and affordable spot offers an extensive menu including frittatas, omelets, scrambles, pancakes, waffles, French toast, and benedicts – and you really can’t go wrong. But, before you forget, the best part is the free scones and fresh homemade jam. Did I mention the free scones? Because they are free. Scones, that is. Free scones.

Hong Kong Lounge

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Not a pancake person? Luckily, San Francisco is home to some of the best dim sum spots in the entire US. Hong Kong Lounge is a famous Geary Boulevard dim sum spot, and the perfect place to take a big group. No haphazard roving carts here, but there is an extensive menu, featuring some of the best har gow, sticky rice, and pork buns you will have in your lifetime.

Zazie

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If you are a San Franciscan and you haven’t heard of Zazie, then you are clearly not living in one of our affordable rooms for rent, but are instead living under a rock. Zazie is quite possibly SF’s most popular brunch spot, and the line out the door proves it. This French Inspired restaurant has a beautiful ambiance, with a beautiful covered and heated outdoor patio.  The exquisite menu will make you say “ooh la la!”: The rich cream cheese coffee cake, the mouthwatering Dungeness crab eggs Benedict, decadent rotating ‘miracle’ pancake specials, all manner of benedicts and scrambles, the bacon and tomato provencales Pierre Noir, and the ever popular croque-madame. Bon appetite!

Parkside Tavern

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Football, an elegant atmosphere, and Lemon Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast – this place has got something for everyone! You can watch the game with a brewskie or relax at the leather and mahogany corner booth while sipping on a fancy cocktail (we recommend the Park Paloma is a favorite). You can snap an insta pic of your fancy lemon sea salt avocado toast or tuck into some Gorgonzola Buffalo Chicken Wings. You can keep it light with a veggie omelet or go in on a 8 oz chipotle, pepper jack cheese, and fried egg brunch burger. They even have a drool-worthy menu for the kiddies, so the whole family is covered!

 

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Post made by contributor Isabelle Kaplan.

February is almost done, and for any of you local San Franciscans you know that means the rain is upon us. As water is plummeting from the sky, we know it can be hard to find any motivation to leave your cozy, warm and DRY San Francisco furnished apartments.   As the cold returned once again, we all cozied up in our shared housing to escape the San Francisco weather…. some of you haven’t left since. But we are here to tell you that SF has a lot to offer, even in poor weather. So if you’re feeling inspired and adventurous, here is a list of rainy day must-dos. Grab your family, your friends, and your roommates, and go explore San Francisco in the rain!

Urban Putt

If you like golfing, you won’t let a little rain stop you. Urban Putt is the perfect place to get a bite to eat, maybe a drink, and putt around. Also great for a rainy-day date!

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Wine Tasting Room

Nothing warms you up quite like a few too many wine samplers! San Francisco is home to dozens of wine tasting rooms.  Find one around the corner from your furnished apartment in SF, or try one of our favorites below!

Bluxome Street Winery

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Maritime Wine Tasting Studio

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DogPatch WineWorks

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JAX Vineyard

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Exploratorium

If you and your San Francisco roommates have already binge-watched every Planet earth episode on Netflix, it may be time to get out of your student housing and explore San Francisco’s mind-opening offerings. You can head to the Exploratorium for an afternoon of science-filled fun and exploration!  Even better, checkout the Exploratorium “After Dark” on Thursday evenings for an adults-only experience that is sure to blow your mind.

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Castro Theatre

Why watch Youtube videos all alone in your San Francisco single room when you could watch movies in a beautiful old movie theater! Even better, this historic theater now hosts sing alongs and drag shows, making for the best rainy day activity.

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The 4-Star Theatre

Known for “alternative world cinema”, this theater is perfect for when you don’t feel like seeing the current Hollywood hit.

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Warm Drinks

Sometimes, the only thing that can get you to roll out of the bed in your SF furnished apartment is the idea of a soothing and delicious warm beverage. So on a rainy day like this one, head to one of the cozy cafes on our list of favorites for some hot cocoa or a cup o’ joe!

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The Ferry Building Marketplace

If you are only staying in your San Francisco apartment for a short amount of time, this one should definitely be at the top of your bucket list. All of SF’s local flavors are available in the Ferry Building, and it is a great place to spend a rainy afternoon. Try all of the free samples and be sure to make a pitstop at Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream (the “secret breakfast” flavor is a crowd favorite!)

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Head to the coast!

If you not only want to get out of your housing, but out of San Francisco altogether, head to the coast! Checkout the number of hip cafes on Ocean Beach, and cozy up for a few hours.  Maybe take a walk on the sand along the stormy seas – just prepare to get wet!

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Conservatory of Flowers

Whether you are a SF local or are renting your room for the short term, the Conservatory of Flowers is always a good idea. The Conservatory of Flowers is truly is a gem of San Francisco – and what better time to visit a giant greenhouse full of exotic greenery than on a rainy day? Read more about our experience here!

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Finally, if you want a good idea of some of the unique things happening in the city every day, check out this website for daily ideas. There are a million places to escape the rain in San Francisco, you just have to get out of the house to go find them!

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Post written by contributor Rachel Fay.

 

Welcome, you poor uncaffeinated soul. You have wandered out of your San Francisco housing and are desperately seeking coffee, but in such a big city, where do you start? (And do NOT say Starbucks.) Don’t worry fellow caffeine fiend, we have you covered. Below are the best coffee shops in SF for every type of person. So whether you are the type of fellow who just wants to grab-and-go a cup of joe to take back to your San Francisco student housing to get studying, or you feel like spending the day dilly-dallying away in an airy cafe, listed below is your dream coffee shop. Make haste, your coffee awaits.

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Sightglass Coffee: For the Wi-Fi Wanderers.

270 7th St, San Francisco, CA

Calling all college students, freelancers, iPhone aficionados, and ‘the world is my office’ free spirits. If you are uninspired by your San Francisco corporate housing, you are desperately seeking caffeination and even more desperately seeking Wi-Fi, this is the spot for you. Not only does this coffee shop offer some incredible java, this spot easily boasts the best ambiance. High ceilings? Check. Natural light? Check. Wood Floors? Check. Great People watching? Double Check. Plus, it has Wi-Fi for days. So all you tech-savvy coffee-guzzlers can settle in, get one of their incredible espresso-based drinks and a nice pastry, and zone in on your screen in peace.

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Blue Bottle: For the Minimalists.

66 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

When you go to a coffee shop and there are more food options than coffee options, the minimalist knows they have found their haven. At Blue Bottle, they do not sweeten, garnish, or shake. Blue Bottle is famous in San Francisco for its extremely high-quality coffee, yet very basic menu. Best of all, the lack of options does not speak to the lack of flavor, because this coffee surely packs a punch. The biggest choice you may have to make is whether you would like the Hayes Valley House Espresso or the Guatemala Single Origin Espresso, which is great, because you hate choices. In fact, I’ll make the choice for you: get the New Orleans iced coffee. That way, you can sit back and admire the minimalist ambiance as you sip your minimalist beverage without having to ponder too hard about anything at all.

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Elite Audio Systems Coffee & Wine Bar: For the Insta-Inclined.

966 Minnesota St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Free up some memory and head on over to the most unassuming yet rewarding coffee shop SF has to offer. Elite Audio is a teeny spot with barely four tables to its name, in the midst of an unassuming street in the middle of SoMa. Here, you will find the most beautiful and intricate latte art you could ever imagine. The barista is a verifiable artisan, and in the swirl of steamed milk her mochas become masterpieces. For the Insta-inclined, order the mocha and prepare to liven up your feed, because prettiest cup of coffee award easily goes to Elite Audio.

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Andytown Coffee Roasters: For the Espresso Extras.

3655 Lawton St, San Francisco, CA 94122

I’ve been there. When you order your “grande half-caf blonde vanilla latte with just two pumps of syrup, steamed almond milk, and one raw sugar please” and the barista looks at you like you’re from outer space. But don’t worry, if you like your coffee with 25% milk, 25% sugar, 25% espresso, and 25% extra, this is the spot for you. Andytown is known for their Snowy Plover, a must-try iced drink involving espresso, Pellegrino, and brown sugar syrup, topped with house-made whipped cream. Otherwise, they offer all of the regular accoutrements, and are more than happy to help you concoct your own coffee creation – with a smile, believe it or not. Andytown offers an excellent variety of pastries and some superb Irish soda bread, and they choose and roast their own beans, so you know your coffee is legit. But the best thing about this place is that they get it. You aren’t extra, you just know what you like … Down to every specific detail.

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Philz: For the Go-Getters.

5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA

I know, you have already heard of this coffee shop. But this one had to be listed for the jet-setters and grab-and-goers, because they know that convenience is key. Boasting over 14 locations in San Francisco alone, Philz is the spot to get your fix on wherever you may be. The Bay-native business has excellent coffee, original drinks, and great food options, set at a decent price point. My favorite libation is the Mint Mojito, but if you are more of a traditionalist, their menu boasts extensive options for a regular cuppa. All of their coffee beans are also available to purchase, just in case you might fall in love. And the best news for those of you who are one-stop shoppers? They have a wide variety of food options, ranging from pastries to some pretty delicious avocado toast! Because you have better things to do, so you can take your joe straight back to your San Francisco room rental and proceed to your day with haste  – ain’t nobody got time for lunch.

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Four Barrel Coffee: For the Hipsters.

375 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA

This place is for the true hipster coffee connoisseur. Four Barrel Coffee boats a pour over and espresso bar, in which the friendly barista will allow you to scent-test the various roasts and help you select your favorite. The coffee is phenomenal, so be sure to mention your opinion on its country of origin. There is no Wi-Fi, because assumably the clientele would prefer sketching, writing poetry, or simply observing a songbird atop a branch outside. The atmosphere is gorgeous, and will make your original latte photography even more aesthetic. Minimal food options, but that is ok, because you prefer consuming literature to food anyways.

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So there you have it folks! Next time you chose to wander out of your single room in San Francisco, be sure to stop by one of these spots and get your fix on.

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Post made by contributor Isabelle Kaplan.