While living and working in NYC last Summer, Rich and I found ourselves working out of coffee shops almost constantly. Even though we had our own studio, there was something exciting about exploring the city during the workday. It was inspiring to hear what others were working on, and discover new neighborhoods while we were at it. We ended up finding a lot of great places to work from in NYC (all with wifi I might add!).
Now that we're back in San Francisco, we've made a point to bring that inspiration home and rediscover the city through coffee shops. I have to admit, this was not as easy as it was in NYC. The main issue here is finding the trifecta of good coffee + large enough space that there will be seats available + wifi. Here's what we found!
In my opinion, this is the prettiest coffee shop in San Francisco right now. It's clean and minimal but with a few special touches like their rose gold coffee grinder and fresh flowers. They serve Ritual coffee and have a variety of tea leaves to choose from as well. If you have a larger group, or need more space to work, check out their upstairs area!
st.frank wifi - weekdays only
Ok, this place is huge. With tall ceilings and tons of tables to choose from, Flywheel gets rid of the 'will I find a table?' anxiety. They also have a covered outdoor space out back which we took advantage of on a warm day.
sign in with your Facebook or email account and get two hours of free wifi
This coffee shop is small with only a few tables to work from, but it still has a clean and modern look. What really gets me though are their coffee and tea options. They have a whole list of various tea lattes (even matcha!), and you can add tapioca to them for an extra 50 cents.
It changes daily, so you'll need to ask
Réveille Coffee Co
This is a sunny spot in North Beach, with long tables and stools lining the windows. They've got your coffee and chai covered here, as well as a selection of sandwiches and salads! It's a beautiful place to work for an afternoon, with lots of people watching to occupy you if you feel the urge to procrastinate. They are also one of the few coffee shops I've visited here in San Francisco to have no rules or hitches about using their wifi - refreshing!
Ok, so I may have lied about all of these places having wifi. But although the Mill does not offer wifi, they do offer a lovely place to work. I had to include them in this list because of their beautiful space, simple selection of freshly baked breads and toppings like cream cheese or cinnamon sugar, and of course their tasty coffee.