Cole Valley Cafe

701 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117


Open Hours Mon-Fri 6:30 am - 8:30 pm Sat-Sun 6:30 am - 8 pm Seating 35 Hard Seats Wifi Free Areas 1 Indoor, 1 Outdoor Outlet Coverage Half the Seats Smoking Outside Only Website


Cole Valley Cafe is relaxing.  A shining gem of a coffee shop in the neighborhood.  (Confusingly it has a nearly identical name to it’s very close neighbor “Cafe Cole“)  The big windows fill the inside space with tons of light and look out onto a busy, but not too crazy corner of Cole street.

Benches line the long window and the outward facing seats across from them are perfect for people-watching.  The three stools along the short window are great for book-reading–the combo of chair height and window size let you stare at a book with some nice ambient visual stimulation going on in the background.  The seats in the middle are decidedly non-optimal and don’t have ready access to power.  The outside area is fairly chill, but it can feel a little too much like part of the sidewalk.

The atmosphere inside is relaxed and focused.  The music alternates between soft and loud and they’ve got a control box (attached to the pole by the cash register) that lets anyone pick something to play, free jukebox style.  That can be a blessing or a curse.  They ask people not to use their cell phones inside, which keeps things laid-back.

They serve food all day.  The menu has breakfast stuff, bagels, sandwiches, salads and smoothies.  The coffee is average but they have a great selection of little sweet treats.

Notable Nearby: Cafe Cole, Coffee to the People, Flywheel Coffee Roasters


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