The 5 Best Coffee Shops 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 shops in North Beach!
What makes North Beach unique is that tourists, as well as locals, love it. 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 shops while soaking in the culture of one of San Francisco’s liveliest neighborhoods, be sure to check out our list below.
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Best North Beach Coffee Shops
#1 – Hole In The Wall Coffee
This North Beach coffee shop surpasses its unassuming name. Located right down the street from Washington Square, Hole In the Wall coffee shop is quite literally a hole in the wall, serving excellent pour overs since 2014! Just take a seat outside and chat with your friendly barista while waiting for that freshly poured coffee. Regulars and visitors alike are commonly seen gathered around handful of tables outside the store, having great conversations with delicious drinks! And if you’re craving something different, you’ll have to try the local-favorite Coco Cold Brew. This gem of an idea comes with a full coconut (yes!) and a 16 oz. cup of cold brew. It attracts lots of visitors, so you’ll want to try to get there early before they sell out of coconuts! And don’t worry, there may only be few seating options available, but Washington Square Park has plenty of benches for you to take a seat and enjoy your coffee. Be sure to check out the other nearby attractions like Coit Tower, or if you’re feeling adventurous, an e-bike tour of North Beach and San Francisco’s other top neighborhoods!
This North Beach coffee shop is open 7 days a week, from 8:00 am – 3:oo pm at 524 Union Street. They accepts cards and offer free wifi to customers.
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#2 – Caffe Trieste
This Italian-themed North Beach coffee shop, or “coffee house” is an artist den and retail store named Caffe Trieste. It was the first espresso coffee shop established on the West Coast. They’re locally known and loved since 1956, and internationally famous for their coffee beans sold around the world. “Papa Gianni” Giotta and his family single-handedly launched the Espresso movement as we know it. The Caffe has become famous across the world for its combination of essences. Old Italy, Bohemian poets, art and music, and excellent Espresso!
Caffe Trieste has served as comfortable respite for actors such as Michael Douglas and a movie set for many feature films and television shows. And it has been the subject of many articles, news stories and documentaries across the globe! The walls are adorned with pictures of famous celebrities who have visited the Caffe. As well as of the hundreds of musical events in which the various members of the Giotta family have participated. It’s safe to say that this is a historic and must-see space to grab a traditional Italian bite paired with strong espresso and some good conversation!
Note that this is a cash-only establishment, therefore you’ll want to stop by an ATM beforehand. They’re open 7 days a week, from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm at 601 Vallejo Street. They also serve beer and wine, with outdoor and indoor seating available. Wifi is available for customers.
#3– Caffe Greco
Looking for a spot to grab a cup of coffee paired with somethings sweet, like a slice of homemade tiramisu or a creamy cannoli? look no further than Caffe Greco. This North Beach coffee shop was opened in 1988, and is widely recognized by many for their friendly staff and gigantic cappuccinos of world-renowned Illy caffe. With plenty of indoor and sidewalk table-seating, it’s the perfect place to read a book and people watch with your coffee! Sometimes it can get a little busy and have a small line to wait in, but that only goes to show that this place is fantastic. You’ll love the feeling of being transported to a European Cafe right in the middle of San Francisco.
Caffe Greco is cash only, therefore, you’ll want come prepared with some cash on hand. They are located at 423 Columbus Avenue, and are open from 7:00 am – 11:00 pm Monday – Thursday and Sunday. On Fridays and Saturdays, they’re open from 7:00 am – 12:00 am(next day). They offer beer & wine and free wifi to customers.
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#4– Réveille Coffee Co.
What started as a single coffee truck in Jackson Square, Réveille Coffee Company has multiple locations in the Bay Area, including this North Beach coffee shop. They claim that their approach to making coffee is obsessively meticulous, starting at farm level. Their strong relationships with value-aligned importers offers a unique opportunity to access some of the most traceable and high-quality coffees in the world! People rave about their matcha lattes, iced mochas and vegetarian bowls. Paired with nice natural lighting and indoor/outdoor seating, you can’t go wrong with setting up your laptop and getting some work done here.
This North Beach coffee shop accepts credit cards and tap-payments. They offer free wifi to customers, and their hours are 7:30 am – 4:00 pm everyday. They’re located at 200 Columbus Avenue.
#5 – Graffeo Coffee Roasting Company
Okay, Let’s get straight to the point. We added this one as a bonus. Graffeo Coffee Roasting Company does not serve coffee; as you can tell by the name, they sell roasted coffee beans. Most importantly, they’re 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 shop remains a family-run company, passed on down through generations. People from all over the states order their beans online. That is to say, if your hotel or Airbnb in San Francisco allows you to make your own coffee, be sure get your coffee beans at this store! They will even grind them up for you, which is incredibly convenient. “Graffeo Coffee. You know it when you taste it. Once you have, no other coffee will do.” That’s the simple premise on which they built Graffeo Coffee. And why, more than 55 years later, they’re still winning the hearts of coffee lovers from coast to coast!
This establishment offers delivery and takeout. They also accept credit cards. As said before, they are a pick up your coffee beans & go kind of place. So, plan to grab a cup of coffee elsewhere. We also recommend checking out Mario’s Bohemian Cigar Store Cafe, who sell freshly made Graffeo coffee in a historic space with delicious Italian fare. Graffeo Coffee Roasting Company is located at 735 Columbus Avenue, and their hours are Monday-Saturday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Come enjoy San Francisco’s Famous North Beach Coffee!
North Beach, San Francisco is truly a must-see district. With plenty of parks, delicious food, historic landmarks, and best of all, coffee to enjoy, you’re bound to have a great time! We hope this guide to the top 5 coffee shops in North Beach has inspired you to visit and support your local barista.
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