October 10, 2017

San Francisco’s Most Photogenic Coffee Shops

Words + Photos : Pei Ketron

Are you in San Francisco with some free time, a hankering for a jolt of caffeine, and maybe even the appetite for a thick, satisfying piece of hipster toast? Take a peek at some of the most photogenic coffee spots in town.

These shops were selected almost entirely for their aesthetics and vibe, but they produce some damn good coffee as well.

1. Ritual Coffee

Inside of Flora Grubb Gardens
1634 Jerrold Ave. 
@ritualcoffee and @floragrubbgardens

A coffee shop inside a nursery has to be one of the most ingenious ideas ever. Sip your coffee while browsing the indoor/outdoor plant selection, or get comfy in one of the seats nestled among the greenery.

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2. Sightglass Coffee

301 Divisadero St.
@SIGHTGLASS

All of the Sightglass locations are beautiful, but this one is notable because it’s the newest location for this classic San Francisco roaster. Make sure to bring your Wide and Superfish lenses to capture the big, beautiful space.

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3. Tartine Manufactory

595 Alabama St.
@tartinemanufactory

When a single business offers top of the line coffee, pastries, sandwiches, salads, ice cream, a wine bar, and a full dinner menu – all bathed in beautiful light, what more could you ask for? We’re never leaving.

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4. Reveille Coffee Co. aka Cafe Reveille

610 Long Bridge St.
@cafereveille

Reveille’s charming aesthetic is brought to life by the floor-to-ceiling windows and pink and green tones throughout. Make sure to sit at their uber cute counter.

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5. The Mill

736 Divisadero St.
@themillsf

The tiles and shelving are to die for in this coffee shop. The Mill is known for making hipster toast a thing (though it should be noted that they weren’t the first to do hipster toast: that would be Trouble Coffee in the Outer Sunset!).

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6. Saint Frank

2340 Polk St.
@SAINTFRANKCOFFEE

They have the weakest coffee offerings of the bunch, but the shop’s clean and minimal design is accentuated by a well-positioned skylight and it’s hard not to love!

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BONUS LOCATION: Boba Guys

8 Octavia St. #308
@BOBAGUYS

If you want to expand beyond just coffee drinks but maintain that coffee shop feel, head to Boba Guys’ San Francisco flagship location, a bright corner space, watched over by their trademark anteater.

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Pei is a photographer and educator based in San Francisco. You can check out her work here and follow her on Instagram at @pketron.

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