The 3 Best Coffee Houses in North Beach San Francisco

Are you visiting North Beach and craving a delicious cup of coffee? Take a look at our picks for the best coffee houses in North Beach!

What makes North Beach unique is that tourists, as well as locals, love it, and we don’t blame them! Being San Francisco’s Little Italy, this neighborhood is full of restaurants and coffee shops.

After running 100% local San Francisco tours and bike rentals in North Beach for over a decade, we’ve taste-tested quite a few of these neighborhood coffee shops. And we found some favorite North Beach coffee shops along the way!

So, if you want to enjoy North Beach’s best coffee while soaking in the culture of one of San Francisco’s liveliest neighborhoods, be sure to check out our list below.

Are you feeling energized after having tasted North Beach’s best Coffee? Our bike shop is located right in North Beach, so be sure to pay us a visit for a fun and convenient activity!

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Best North Beach Coffee Houses

#1 – Hole In The Wall Coffee

North beach coffee hole in the wall


  • Since 2014
  • TripAdvisor Cafes in San Francisco: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Open: 7am-3pm
  • Price: $

Some books can be judged by their cover or at least the name. Located right down from Washington Square, this coffee shop is quite literally a hole in the wall! 

This charming and small coffee shop is famous for its pour-over coffee and staff. Just take a seat outside and chat with your barista while waiting for your freshly poured coffee. Craving for something different? Try their coconut cold brew!

And don’t worry, there may only be two seats at the bar, but Washington Square Park has plenty of benches for you to take a seat and enjoy your coffee.

#2 – Caffe Trieste

Old school coffee shop


  • Since 1956
  • TripAdvisor Cafes in San Francisco: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Open: Sunday-Wednesday, 7am-3pm
  • Thursday-Saturday, 7am-8pm
  • Price: $

This Italian-themed coffee house + retail store was the first espresso coffee house established on the West Coast. Locally known and loved for many years, this place is also internationally famous as Caffe Trieste also sells its coffee beans.

There is something special about their espresso beans and the whole place. You’ll feel like you went back after having visited this coffee shop! It is still very much untouched since it opened back in 1956.

#4 – Graffeo Coffee Roasting Company


  • Since 20
  • TripAdvisor Cafes in San Francisco: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Open: Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm
  • Saturday, 9am-5pm
  • Price: $$

Let’s get straight to the point. Graffeo Coffee Roasting Company does not serve coffee. As you can tell by the name, they sell roasted coffee beans. Not just any coffee beans, but some of the best beans you will ever have!

Graffeo was founded in 1935 in North Beach and is one of the oldest artisan coffee roasters in North America. Even today this shops remains a family-run company, passed on down through generations.

People from all over the states order their beans at Graffeo. So if you’re hotel or Airbnb allows you to make your own coffee, be sure get your coffee beans at this store!