Wednesday, March 25, 2015

left my heart in san francisco {favorite coffee shops}

Dress: Eva dress from Taylor Stitch; Coat: Zara (old, similar style here); Boots: Celine; Bag: Proenza Schouler; Necklace: Jennifer Zeuner (now on sale!)
Snapped at Jane on Fillmore // Stay tuned for the full outfit post tomorrow!

As I mentioned last week, San Franciscans are pretty serious about coffee. To the point, I may or may not have seen roast preferences listed quite often as a profile snippet on several dating apps (ahem, guilty former Tinder user now hangs her head in partial shame). 

And rightfully so! We have some great local roasts right here in the Bay Area, and an even better lineup of coffee shops to serve them at. While I don't have much time during the week to set up shop in some of my favorite cafe haunts, I do love spending Sunday afternoons catching up on email, editing photos and generally gearing up for the week over a cappuccino. It's a weekly ritual that adds the right punctuation to the start of the week for me. 

In no particular order, here are a few of my favorites around San Francisco.

Jane: Perhaps my most frequently visited cafe, Jane is not only killing it in their brew department (hello, Stumpton coffee) but their cafe decor is responsible for far too many Instagram moments. Oh, and the cookies. Don't get me started on their "Accident Cookie." It's also where Mike snapped this photo of Elvis and me the other day -- stay tuned for the full outfit post tomorrow!

The Mill: This is another great spot known for their decor: airy with minimalistic, natural touches. But what I love the most about The Mill is the fact they don't have outlet plugs or wifi, which in San Francisco, is practically blasphemy, but in some instances, it's nice to be reminded to unplug and actually, I dunno, talk to that cute guy in line. 

Saint Frank: But let's be real. We all need to get a little work done (even that cute guy in line), especially with a sharp jolt of caffeine pumping through us. Saint Frank was actually recently named one of the 21 best new coffee shops in America, and I have to say, while it sounds a little pretentious, I full-heartedly agree. Lots of open seating space with skylights above, great for work sessions and people watching, with plenty of Ritual roast on tap.

Ritual Coffee Roasters: Speaking of Ritual Coffee, I'd be amiss if I left this guy off the list, mainly because it was such a mainstay in my life when I lived in Hayes Valley. If you live in San Francisco, you're no stranger to pop-up container shops. The beautiful thing about Ritual Coffee Roasters' container shop (aside from their delicious roasts, of course)? The fact that they share a container with Smitten Ice Cream. The possibilities there -- endless.

Blue Bottle: Blue Bottle admittedly has multiple locations scattered throughout the city, but their spot tucked away in Potrero Hill is probably the best kept secret. There's hardly ever a line and you can pop over to Heath Ceramics afterward for some retail therapy. 

Dynamo Donut & Coffee: UM, obviously. 

Philz: Another no brainer -- mint mojito iced coffee, anyone?

Four Barrel: Another spot that doesn't have outlet plugs or wifi, Four Barrel's spot on Valencia can get a little packed at times, but it's worth the wait. Plus, they offer some pretty awesome in-house brewing workshops and classes (check out their lineup here).

Sightglass: They have a one-size cup fits all policy, but trust me, it packs some serious PUNCH.


  1. Great selection here! San Francisco coffee is amazing. The one I'd add is The Mill on Divisidrro - have you been? Fantastic coffee and killer toast. : )

  2. so nice style!! ;-)

    i invite to me too

  3. This dog is too cute!!
    XOX, Gap.

  4. Great spots - thank you for sharing! Love your look and your dog looks so cute!
    x Fiona

  5. Love exploring coffee shops so definitely keep this in mind when I'm in SF!

  6. Thanks for the list! I'll keep it in mind the next time I visit the bay area.


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  9. Caribou Coffee is one of my personal favorites when it comes to coffee shops. The nice thing is, they also offer ground blends to take home and brew as well. In the meantime, if you're looking to pop in and order a gourmet coffee drink at Caribou (besides black coffee), here are some low cal choices.

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  10. Though San Francisco has nasty smell in some places, it has many places to travel and visit those can take your heart.


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