The 10 Best-Designed Coffee Shops in San Francisco

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APRIL 18, 2015

The San Francisco coffee scene is as eclectic and diverse as the city itself. From modern new outcrops to adaptive reuse projects, San Franciscans celebrate the simple pleasure of drinking good coffee in interesting spaces.

Once the site of an 1859 coal, feed, and carriage barn, Piccino now makes its home in the vibrant and developing Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco. Behind the unassuming Victorian façade, affectionately known in the neighborhood as the Yellow Building, Sagan Piechota Architecture has created a warm and elegant interior that is decidedly modern. The rustic space features soaring ceilings and exposed rafters, reclaimed oak floors, and sleek communal tables flanked by Eames shell chairs. Sightglass coffee can be enjoyed from the airy main dining room, or the adjacent coffee bar, both contemporary counterparts to the historic 19th-century shell. 1001 Minnesota Street

Courtesy of Sagan Piechota Architecture

The Hayes Valley location of local favorite Ritual Coffee is housed in a repurposed shipping container bordering Patricia’s Green, an open gathering space anchoring the retail and residential corridor. The compact pod occupies less than 200 square feet, and showcases a sleek marriage of metal and wood, punctuated by Ritual’s signature glossy red accents. Designed by envelope Architecture + Design, the space is in good company with other pop-ups that make up PROXY, a temporary cluster of local restaurants and vendors that occupy a freeway-bordering lot that was previously vacant. The PROXY pods will be recycled when a long-term residential development begins construction at the site. 432B Octavia Street

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Coffee shop and bakery hybrid The Mill is the creative brainchild of Four Barrel Coffee’s Jeremy Tooker and Josey Baker Bread’s Josey Baker. The two opened their doors a block from Alamo Square along San Francisco’s booming Divisadero corridor, and lovingly craft coffee from a vintage steel roaster and toast from house-milled flour. The shop makes a beautiful impact on the block with its simple and understated brick exterior, while natural light from skylights and oversized windows draw attention to the high ceiling and exposed natural wood rafters inside. Conceptualized by Boor Bridges Architecture, The Mill’s collaborative production space was built to be open and transparent, to facilitate seamless shared use by bakers and baristas. Eye-catching geometric custom shelving by Alex Palecko adorns a full wall, serving as both functional retail display and high-impact art piece. 736 Divisadero Street

Courtesy of Boor Bridges Architecture

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