The Grind is energetic. During their rushes (especially on the weekends) the place gets pretty much full. It’s a horrible place to do a phone call, but great for meetings and they’re very friendly to laptop perchers. Even during the rushes you’ll see a bunch of macbooks scattered around.
The indoor area has some couch-like soft seats along the wall that are decently comfortable. The seats in the middle don’t have ready access to power. The outdoor area is a nice plus and gets sun during the right part of the day.
The food menu is very robust with everything from pancakes to steak. The staff is really friendly: they give you free refills on coffee and tea and don’t seem to mind when you hang out there for multi-hour stretches.
Flywheel is modern. The whole place has an urban loft feel to it with lots of concrete and exposed metal. The staff seem very friendly to laptop perchers, though I have yet to actually work from here.
At the moment the place feels a bit stark with large swaths of unused space and minimal decoration. They’ve only recently opened, though, and are still in the process of making changes (like putting in a roaster and adding a sign), so hopefully the starkness is temporary. For now though, despite the emptiness, this is a pretty solid work environment.
Cafe Divis is hip. So hip. Their interior is like a cross between an MTV reality show set and the inside of an urban outfitters. I mean… they have a table made out of a street sign! And did you see the bright orange couch? Plus there’s like… a tree… growing out of the wall and stuff.
They definitely get the award for swankiest environment to work from in a 10 block radius. If you’re trying to impress out-of-towners with your trendy urban life-style this is where you’re stopping for coffee in between shopping on haight street and the picnic at alamo square.
Anyway, despite the painful levels of interior design relevancy, this place is actually pretty fantastic. They do the four barrel coffee thing, which is wonderful. They have tasty paninis and small plates and the music oscillates between pretty damn good and fantastic. They even drop fresh strawberries in their water dispenser to give your free loading beverage that extra little something.
As a final added bonus, Cafe Divis moonlights as “Vinyl Wine Bar” in the evenings. The only down-side to this is that at around 6 or 7 the place starts to feel a lot less coffee shop-y and a lot more bar-like. A small price to pay for a great cafe.
Cafe Cole is a small, cozy coffee shop. (Not to be confused with it’s near-by and similarly-named neighbor “Cole Valley Cafe“)
I’ve never actually worked from here. It’s a bit too cramped to make for an effective work environment, in this werker’s opinion.
The inside area is small with only a couple of tables and some stools along the window facing out toward the street. The outside area is actually fairly spacious and is a popular spot to kick it. The sidewalk here is nice and wide and the close proximity to Haight street makes this a good spot to absorb the energy of the neighborhood.
They have strong coffee and excellent smoothies.