Trieste is one of the city's original Italian coffeehouses, which came of age in North Beach at the center of the 1950s Beat movement. A former hangout for Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and their pals, it's also the spot where Francis Ford Coppola is said to have written the screenplay for The Godfather. Trieste still roasts its beans in San Francisco and arguably produces some of the best espresso in town—available packaged for purchase from their shop next door. Inside the café, the dark walls are plastered with photos of opera singers and famous regulars, and on select Saturdays, members of the extended Giotta family continue their longstanding tradition of performing popular Italian songs and operatic arias.
|Venue name:||Caffè Trieste||Contact:|
601 Vallejo St
|Cross street:||at Grant Ave|
|Opening hours:||Daily 6:30am–11pm|
|Transport:||Bus 10, 41|
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I love everything about Caffe Trieste. I've come here to write, to read, to be alone, to be with friends, to meet a book club, and it's a great cafe for any of those situations. The espressos are fantastic. Yes, it's kind of touristy, but everyone is here for the same thing: good coffee, palpable history and a cozy setting.