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Unique Coffeehouses A platter of tranquility at Samovar Tea Lounge

Brunch & Breakfast

Weekends are for sleeping in, which explains San Francisco's love affair with an American tradition: Brunch (11am to 2pm)
  • • Step back to the 1950s at Dottie's True Blue Café (Downtown). The retro interior and large portions make it a favorite value.
  • • Beat the crowd at Pork Store Café, a popular spot for groups (Mission or Haight).
  • • Relish the luxury of stained glass and chandeliers at Garden Court (Downtown).

Nearly every neighborhood in the city has an impressive selection of tearooms and coffeehouses for your daily pick-me-up.

Tea rooms

  • • English tea in the Windsor Tea Room at the King George Hotel (Downtown).
  • • Low tea and finger sandwiches, scones and pastries in a setting filled with delightful antiques at Lovejoy's Tearoom (Noe Valley).
  • • Asian tea and small, seasonal plates are served in front of Buddha: The Samovar Tea Lounge (Castro).


  • • Italian coffee with a show at this popular family-owned business where music is a tradition: Caffe Trieste (North Beach).
  • • Excellent coffee and flavorful food from the best place to see and be seen: Café Flore (Castro/Upper Market).
  • • Unique coffee experience in a revolutionary latino coffeehouse called Cafe Macondo where the furniture is mismatched and the walls are covered by many posters (The Mission).

Dining Scene

San Francisco has more restaurants per capita than any other American city. The range of ethnic cuisine has been greatly influenced by the rich cultural heritage of its residents:

  • • The Richmond District and Chinatown are home to a large variety of Asian restaurants.
  • • North Beach offers traditional Italian fare on every block.
  • • The Mission district is the perfect place for a hefty fresh burrito, taco, or combo plate.
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