If you need a coffee break before joining our food tour, North Beach is a perfect place to stop. Outdoor cafes are abundant in the neighborhood and we encourage sitting down and getting some rest before spending three hours eating and drinking your way around the neighborhood. Here’s where to get caffeine before your North Beach food tour.

Hole in the Wall Coffee

hole in the wall coffee: Where to Get Caffeine Before Your North Beach Food Tour

The people behind Hole in the Wall call themselves coffee raconteurs, so if you want to talk coffee, these are your people. The menu is small, simple, and skips out on a lot of the fluff. The offerings have to be straightforward, as Hole in the Wall is just the size you imagine it to be.

524 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94133

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Fans of classic movies will be excited to learn that Francis Ford Coppola wrote much of the screenplay for The Godfather inside of Caffe Trieste. The walls don’t talk, but the baristas do, so ask them to tell you about some of the Beat movement histories here, including visits from Jack Kerouac, and Allen Ginsberg. Sit down with your cappuccino and see if any creative inspiration strikes.

601 Vallejo Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

Reveille Coffee Co.

Reveille Coffee: Where to Get Caffeine Before Your North Beach Food Tour


Reveille is situated on a perfect corner for looking out on North Beach’s famous Zoetrope building and the best bookstore in the neighborhood-City Lights. There are places to sit inside the bright cafe, but you can also sit outside and watch North Beach in action.

200 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

Mario’s Bohemian Cigar Store

Marios is Where to Get Caffeine Before Your North Beach Food Tour

Mario’s has been opened since 1971 and is family owned, right in the center of North Beach. Cigars aren’t for sale anymore, but food like their famous sandwiches and yes, coffee, are. Expect to see a lot of regular locals at Mario’s, which should vouch for the quality. Sit inside and enjoy the unique scene. The staff won’t hurry you and encourages patrons to treat Mario’s like their living room.

566 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
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Let us show you around San Francisco and show you where to get caffeine before your North Beach food tour. Join us for a culinary experience with an expert guide to learn more about the culinary history of the neighborhood.