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Blue Bottle

Restaurants, Cafés Downtown
5 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
Blue Bottle Cafe
Photograph: Barry J. Holmes Blue Bottle Cafe

The brainchild of freelance musician and coffee obsessive James Freeman, Blue Bottle began in Oakland in the early 2000s. Today, the iconic blue logo is symbolic of a coffee empire, with outposts in New York, LA, Boston, Miami, Washington D.C., and Japan. Freeman named his burgeoning coffee company after Central Europe’s first-ever coffee house, The Blue Bottle, opened in Vienna in the 1600s. Blue Bottle’s stark, white-and-natural-light aesthetic has since been mimicked by dozens of haughty copycat cafes. But the look is perhaps best captured by its FiDi location, marked by white marble tables, floor-to-ceiling windows, and soaring ceilings. But the emphasis here has always been on the coffee: responsibly sourced and served less than 48 hours from the Loring roaster.


Venue name: Blue Bottle
Address: 115 Sansome St
San Francisco
Cross street: at Bush St
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 6am-7pm; Sat-Sun 7am-4pm
Transport: BART & Metro to Powell/streetcar F/bus 5, 14, 27 & Market Street routes.
Price: $$
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Average User Rating

4.8 / 5

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A friend of mine recommended it. A bit hidden from the main streets it is a real gem. Best coffee I had in my week in CA - and the wafel - yum - plus very excellent service. Nice an friendly - applies to the vibe in general

The Best.  Blue Bottle is so unique and addicting.  Having used only Peets for years, switched to Blue Bottle a few years ago.  I can't say enough about it except that it is very addicting.  And in the East Bay we have little access to buying Blue Bottle.  So I stock up when I can.  

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I was thrilled to see Blue Bottle being offered in the Castro at the EUREKA! cafe.... nice to get a cup near home