San Francisco

The phrase “But first… coffee” has grown in popularity. But for entrepreneurs, designers and engineers in San Francisco, the tech capital of the US, it’s not just a saying: it’s a lifestyle. Our Loews Regency San Francisco concierge team put me in touch with the best coffee shops in the Financial District for both techie-spotting and an awesome caffeine buzz. Check out the best spots below!

Blue Bottle

Ahh, my favorite coffee shop in San Francisco is Blue Bottle Coffee. Considered a ‘third wave’ coffee shop, this trendy cafe chain offers upscale coffee drinks & pastries, plus beans & brewing equipment. Far from the sweetened Starbucks type lattes, these coffee beverage will give you the jolt you need to create the next smart car. Their closest location is only a quick 5-minute walk from the hotel.

Photo by @valeriekishkel

Workshop Cafe FiDi

Workshop is probably your best bet if you are looking to spot the next Steve Jobs or Elon Musk in a coffee shop. They serve coffee and snacks in a cafe setting, and have a work space with hourly-rate WiFi, printers & ergonomic seating. Did I mention that they serve Stumptown Coffee? Oh, yeah. It’s a quick 10-minute walk from the hotel.

illy Caffè

This café is so close to the hotel, it’s in the same building! Illy Caffé is a modern cafe serving Italian coffee, pastries and light fare. They have a pretty cool espresso-cup chandelier that is their signature in each of their locations. Naturally, we love this one, right in the heart of the Financial District.

Philz Coffee

(photo courtesy of @matthewjzumwalk)

This is where you’ll probably spot the techs behind all of the fun gadgets. Philz is a laid-back local chain that specializes in custom-blended coffees, plus they have great teas, specialty drinks & pastries. This stop is only a 10-minute walk from the hotel, and is a really cool place to hang out and enjoy a taste drink.

Cafe Madeleine

Café Madeleine definitely has coffee, but the best treat here is definitely the cakes! This is a small counter-service café & bakery that serves coffee, muffins, pastries, sandwiches and more. It’s a super short 5-minute walk from the hotel. The techies who love cakes as much as I do (does anyone love cakes as much as I do???) can definitely be spotted around this hip little spot.

Photo courtesy of Cafe Madeleine

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