The 6 Best Coffee Houses in North Beach San Francisco

Are you visiting North Beach and craving for 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 – The Travel Mug


  • Since 2019
  • TripAdvisor Restaurants in San Francisco: (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)
  • Open: 7am-11pm
  • Price:

Traveling by yourself and looking to meet new people? The Travel Mug has got you covered! The idea of The Travel Mug is to bring (international) travelers together, making this the perfect place for you to meet fellow travelers.

In addition to coffee, this coffee shop serves breakfast sandwiches, bagels, sandwiches, and charcuterie in the evening. They even have a great local beer and wine list you should try!

After chatting away with some new friends, you should do the 25-minute “the ride” tour of Lombard, Coit-Tower, North Beach and Fisherman’s Wharf together, leaving from the Travel Mug!

#2 – Hole In The Wall Coffee

North beach coffee hole in the wall


  • Since 2014
  • TripAdvisor Cafes in San Francisco: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Open: 7am-6pm
  • 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.

#3 – Caffe Trieste

Old school coffee shop


  • Since 1956
  • TripAdvisor Cafes in San Francisco: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Open: 6.30am-11pm
  • 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 – DeLise Cafe


  • Since 2008
  • TripAdvisor Cafes in San Francisco: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Open: 9am-4pm
  • Price: $

DeLise cafe is a cute little space and just a short 8-minute walk to Fisherman’s Wharf. 

Dog Bonus: The owner’s very friendly dog, Truffles guards the cafe! 

Owner Chef Eloise has her roots from the Philippines. After getting her degree, she found her true calling to be in the pastry world and specialized in baking Macarons. She loves baking so much that you can even take a baking class at the shop!

Being part cafe/part bakery, there’s a little something for everyone and every palate.

#5 – Family Cafe


  • Since 2008
  • TripAdvisor Cafes in San Francisco: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Open: 9.30am-8pm
  • Price: $

Family Cafe just opened its doors in North Beach, but already has many local fans! This two-story Japanese Café from Akiko Restaurants serves Japanese curry dishes as well as espresso coffee, matcha drinks, premium Japanese teas, and baked goods. 

Family Cafe really is a family-friendly, community-focused cafe. The cafe can also be bought out for a day for party’s and such – A real San Francisco cafe!

#6 – Graffeo Coffee Roasting Company


  • Since 20
  • TripAdvisor Cafes in San Francisco: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Open: 9am-6pm
  • 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!