Top Cafes of 2016 - San Francisco

We’ve run the numbers! Here are the best cafes of 2016 in San Francisco, voted by real coffee lovers.

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Best cafe Sightglass (SoMa) in san-francisco for 2016

Excellent coffee and snacks. Smoked Ham and Gruyere Bun delicious. Coffee has a great taste and a good kick. Highly recommend. Will be back when next in San Fran.

This place is up there with Australian coffee! Definitely my best find since moving here!!!

This place is where my love for Black coffee commenced! I will be returning every time I come to this beautiful city & I will always bring home as much coffee as I can! So beautiful & taste!!!!!!

Best cafe Ritual Coffee Roasters (Mission) in san-francisco for 2016

Wow, what a find in SF. Very Melbourne coffee made just right with an excellent pour. Quality coffee. Thanks guys.

Really loved the coffee here. Perfect strength and very smooth espresso. Service was great.


Saint Frank

Russian Hill

Best cafe Saint Frank in san-francisco for 2016

Coffee 10 - just not impressed with the leach mentality - if you don't have a MacBook open on the table whilst solo and nursing 1 coffee for 4 hours you really don't belong here.... take away works well

beautiful clean cafe with cool staff and great coffee setup 1000% worth dragging my girlfriend here from Nob Hill when we were over from Perth excellent coffee - would rival some top places in Australia and Wellington

Best cafe Four Barrel Coffee (Valencia) in san-francisco for 2016

Quickly our daily starter. Love it love it. Just don't expect to eat it is for coffee only really but isn't that what it's all about. Definitely the one to get to for a great melbourne coffee.

**NOTICE TO ALL AUSTRALIANS** The shop is aesthetically pleasing. With a hipster vibe and a huge open space it definitely LOOKS like it could serve good coffee. But do not be fooled. The beans are horrible. Served so hot they are burnt (like the majority of all coffee made in the US). Our coffees were served in terracotta cups... an awful feeling on the mouth. How you serve your coffee is important. Horrible gritty texture actually changes the taste. We took two sips of our coffee and left the rest behind. I draw attention to fellow Aussies as I know we are famous for our coffee and I don't want you to be disappointed. We use fresh milk (none of this half and half?? What even is that?) and we take care in learning what temperature our coffee should be served at. Sorry guys, but you need to do some research!


CRO Cafe


Best cafe CRO Cafe in san-francisco for 2016

Best cafe Blue Bottle (Mint Plaza) in san-francisco for 2016

Similar to a cafe you might find in Newtown. A very unique case into the fresh brew coffee. Ordered a soy cap with an extra shot. (Don't think they have double spouts here) Coffee was smooth not as strong as what I would have though milk was smooth. Not at all a bad coffee!!

Quaint little cafe in the heart of San Fran. Good coffee


Mazarine Coffee

San Francisco

Best cafe Mazarine Coffee in san-francisco for 2016

Nice place good atmosphere coffee was fine better then the standard American coffee

Fantastic coffee, thanks guys for the comments. Day 3 here and it's the first good coffee I have had since leaving Australia. I'm a double shot flat white guy in a small cup. The Gibraltar is closest thing. Gold!

Great tasting coffee, a lot of options including various pour overs and espressos, really central location - was obviously a popular place, but 100% worth queuing for. A little on the pricey side - $5 for a flat white, BUT it's up there with some of the best I've tasted in SF

Best cafe Beanstalk Cafe in san-francisco for 2016

Tried again after some time - average would be kind

For Aussies who like a latte ask for a cappuccino and it looks like our lattes. Pretty good coffee effort in a town that's a desert for lovers of lattes :)

Nice coffee. Mild bean flavour. Good espresso and latte (similar to flat white, but in a large mug). Good seating if you can get it - quite busy when I was there on a Sat morn. Chilled out atmosphere. Bagels and stuff on the menu. Definitely recommend this spot.