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Dottie's True Blue Café

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Be prepared to wait a little to be seated for your breakfast: maybe huevos rancheros, perhaps pancakes, possibly a funky omelette or huge scramble of cheese...

522 Jones Street

Grind Café

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This casual café is populated by too-cool-for-school denizens of the Lower Haight, likely to be spending the morning leafing through Sartre or sweating off...

783 Haight Street
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Grove

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This happening place is a true outpost of café culture. As well as coffee, beer, wine and comfort food (lasagne, chicken pot pie), patrons can enjoy chess...

2250 Chestnut Street
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Java Beach Café

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Java Beach is funky and civilised, with the wetsuits and grand Pacific views making it feel a bit like LA's Hermosa Beach - minus the permatans. Surfers,...

1396 La Playa Boulevard
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Kate's Kitchen

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A buzzing spot that's an excellent choice when you've got a mountain of Sunday papers to wade through at your leisure. Ease into the day with the assistance...

471 Haight Street
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La Boulange de Polk

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In the style of a Parisian boulangerie, this café serves beautiful pastries and tasty fresh-baked bread. The best spot to watch a morning unfold is from one...

2310 Polk Street

Mabel's Just for You Café

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The popularity of the original version of this dyke-run café prompted the owners to move to these bigger quarters in Dogpatch, close to the Bay. The house...

732 22nd Street

Mama's on Washington Square

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The weekend queue is part of the fun at this wildly popular North Beach mainstay. Once seated, you'll be faced with such temptations as a giant...

1701 Stockton Street
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Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store

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Despite the name, you can't buy a cigar at Mario's, nor will you be allowed to smoke one. Instead, sip a flavoured Italian soda and watch the neighbourhood...

566 Columbus Avenue

Progressive Grounds

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Progressive Grounds offers top-notch coffee and sandwiches, and boasts a lovely back patio for fair weather refreshment.

400 Cortland Avenue
Tags: Café

Ritual Roasters

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In the Bay Area, where coffee is regarded with religious concern, it's not surprising that folks talk about this place with a zealot-like rapture. The...

1026 Valencia Street

Saigon Sandwich Café

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Still the Civic Center's best unsung spot, this tiny, dingy room is typically jammed with foodies and federal workers who file in for huge sandwiches at...

560 Larkin Street

Savor

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On the south side of the city, Noe Valley dishes up huge omelettes, crêpes, salads and sandwiches at the family-friendly Savor.

3913 24th Street

St Francis Fountain

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An almost classical link from old Mission to new, this ancient soda fountain has been given a new lease of life in recent years thanks to the attention...

2801 24th Street
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Tart to Tart

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There are few late-night options in the Inner Sunset, perhaps because residents are mainly families. No matter: at Tart to Tart you can get freshly made...

641 Irving Street