San Francisco cafes for a productive day

The ideal spaces for you to be your most productive.

Editorial Team

By Editorial Team

two girls working together in a San Francisco cafe

There is a lot to learn when you move to San Francisco for a new job or school. You have to learn about your local neighborhood, educate yourself on public transport options, find a grocery store, and more. Additionally, one very important task is finding a cafe where you can work or study. There are many coffee shops in the city to choose from. But, finding the best coffee shops in San Francisco that provide the right kind of environment can take some time. To get you started, we’ve created a list of some of the city’s best coffee shops.  

1. Verve Coffee Roasters


Located in the Castro, this cafe is aesthetically pleasing and designed with a blend of modern and old-world charm. The uniqueness of the cafe along with the menu brings in a wide spread of customers. Healthy food options, such as the coconut chia pudding, prosciutto biscuit, or avocado toast are made right in-house. Verve opened their first location in Santa Cruz, CA over 10 years ago.

Today, the coffee beans served at all Verve locations are still roasted on vintage roasters in Santa Cruz. The cafe in the Castro offers great people-watching, natural lighting, and work and study spaces. One major benefit for students and freelancers are the hours of operation. Verve is one of the few cafes open daily until 8 p.m.

2. Philz Coffee

Castro and Financial District

This coffee shop prides themselves on creating “one cup at a time.” When you order, a barista uses his or her expertise to help you find the perfect drink. Philz offers more than twenty customized blends of beverages. They consider each handcrafted drink a “cup of love.” The vibe felt at each Philz Coffee location is laid-back and friendly. The shops located in the Castro and Financial Districts offer a generous workspace, free WiFi, and bike parking. And the Castro location allows pets in their outdoor seating area.

3. St. Clare Coffee

Financial District    

This artsy coffee shop provides a generous space for working or reading a book. You can find St. Clare’s in the Financial District. The interior space provides plenty of room to spread out, which is a luxury in San Francisco. With industrial design and high ceilings, taking business calls or hosting small meetings is possible. Seating varies and includes bistro tables, large bench-style seating, and comfortable upholstered chairs. WiFi is available and on a nice sunny day, you can enjoy the shop’s outdoor space. Coffee is sustainable and sourced from the highest quality beans, which makes regulars out of many customers.

4. Another Cafe

Nob Hill

One of the few late-night cafes, Another Cafe is open every day until 8 p.m. There’s an abundance of seating downstairs, in the upstairs space, and outside. The environment is casual, relaxed, and service is friendly. What better space to get work done, or study for a midterm. And at Another Cafe, you won’t go hungry if you’re there for hours. They have delicious breakfast and lunch options and provide vegan and vegetarian options. WiFi is strong, prices are reasonable, and the coffee is organic and fair-trade.

5. Mercury Cafe

Hayes Valley

A neighborhood cafe that serves delicious coffee, fresh local organic food, including house-made soups. The atmosphere is enjoyable, with lots of seating, including outdoor tables and chairs. Free WiFi and plenty of outlets, makes it the perfect spot to study or work. The large windows bring in natural light, which is ideal when working from your laptop. Mercury Cafe is more than a great work and study environment, it’s also one of the best coffee shops in San Francisco. Additionally, they have some of the best pies and scones in the city. At two blocks over from Market/Gough F Line station, you’re never too far from the cafe.

6. Neighbor’s Corner

Castro and Noe Valley


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Neighbor’s Corner coffee shop offers much more than coffee. Located on the edge of Douglass and 21st Street, this eclectic store is a staple in the neighborhood. The three owners were formerly a chef, caterer, and pastry chef. They wanted to bring their skill sets to their coffee shop. Hence, you will find pastries, avo toasts, homemade jams, prepared foods, and beet hummus! Inside the cafe is a coffee bar serving coffee from Andytown Coffee Roasters. Many people like working here because of the natural light, lovely decor, unique ambiance location, free WiFi and wooden communal tables. Neighbor’s Corner is open for business 7 days a week.

7. Beacon Coffee and Pantry

North Beach

A little gem in the heart of North Beach, this cafe showcases beautiful decor and great service to welcome customers. There is a community vibe here with many regular customers and friendly, engaging staff. WiFi is free and very strong, there are outlets for everyone and delectable food that’s affordable. The Beacon is a good option when you need to write a paper or catch up on emails. Not to mention, the coffee is excellent and they serve some of the best chai in San Francisco.

8. Covo Cafe and Tap Lounge



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Hands down, Covo Cafe is one of the best coffee shops in San Francisco for accomplishing work-related tasks. Open Monday through Friday, this cafe accommodates business professionals and entrepreneurs. They are unique from most cafes in the city, because they offer a large co-working space. If you choose to work or study here, you can pay $4 hour for one of the many co-working spaces. Although there are many people working, it’s a quiet and inspiring environment. Coffee and loose leaf teas are available for order. Also, there is a wine and beer bar, where you can enjoy a drink later in the day.

There are some fantastic coffee shops in San Francisco that provide ideal working and studying conditions. But, cafes are not always open when you need them to be. In that case, it’s nice to have an apartment with a comfortable workspace, such as those offered by Blueground. Having your own space is a nice convenience when you’re in the mood to finish your work or study from home. Blueground’s furnished apartments come with utilities hooked up and dedicated workspaces so all that’s left after move-in is to plug and play.

Editorial Team

Editorial Team

The Blueground editorial team covers the best things to see, do, and experience in our cities around the world.