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 http://www.colevalleycafe.com
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.