Best Laptop-Friendly Cafes In San Francisco

November 1, 2013 2:00 AM

The neighborhood coffee café sure has changed over the last few years. Not only does it need great coffee, espresso and teas, plus a selection of tasty treats to satisfy customers, but also free wireless access for laptops, tablets and smart phones has been thrown into the mix of required café perks. Café owners want to remind laptop users that cafes are for socializing too and to share the space. Here are five laptop-friendly cafes in San Francisco that have it all.

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Peet’s Coffee and Tea (credit: Melanie Graysmith)

Peet’s Coffee & Tea
5201 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 592-2200

Peet’s, a homegrown Bay Area original coffee purveyor, has some of the best coffee anywhere, hands down. Its clean, friendly cafes are comfortable and cozy with their signature warm color earthiness and relaxed ambiance. Peet’s coffee, espresso drinks hot and cold and yummy top-quality pastries get high marks from café fans. Internet access here upgraded earlier this year from a one-hour limit to unlimited free access; the number of outlets varies depending on location. Check the website for additional locations around San Francisco.

Philz Coffee
3101 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 875-9370

“Enjoy your cup of love,” is the good advice from Philz, a true San Francisco original in a city crammed full of coffee houses that aim to please its multitudes of coffee snobs. At Philz, the customer is everything. When founder Phil Jaber first began experimenting with coffee beans about 25 years ago, he was passionate about perfecting the best cup of coffee possible using the best brewing method possible, and combining that with his other passion for people and community. The result is evident as Philz coffee shops are welcoming spots for folks who truly savor their coffee. Philz provides free wifi with several outlets available too. Visit the website for additional locations.

Related: Best Coffee Shops That Go Beyond Coffee In The South Bay

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Morning Due Cafe (credit: Melanie Graysmith)

Morning Due Café
3698 17th St.
San francisco, CA 94114
(415) 621-7156

Morning Due is a neighborhood café with weekend happy hours, so you know it’s a welcoming spot. With a full restaurant menu with many healthy choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner, customers will find Morning Due a comfortable spot for laptop work beyond the morning slot highlighted in the name. The owners are friendly and the counter staff will often accommodate your dietary needs with menu changes, but it seems that depends on who is behind the counter at the time. There are plenty of tables and seats, plus several outlets too. It is open until 9:30 p.m everyday.

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Maxfield’s House of Caffeine (credit: Melanie Graysmith)

Maxfield’s House of Caffeine
398 Dolores St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 255-6859

Situated on a lovely stretch of Dolores Street not far from Dolores Park makes Maxfield’s House of Caffeine a convenient location for many. The café is in one of the city’s sunniest neighborhoods, so the outdoor seating is a welcome addition to the place. Customers give Maxfield’s thumbs-up reviews for its decent coffee and good eats, including bagels, sandwiches, pastries, vegan cookies, empanadas, quiche and burrito offerings – quite a selection, plus beer and wine are here too. To access the free wifi, ask at the counter for a password. There are ample power outlets, plus this is a pretty quiet place to work.

Progressive Grounds
400 Cortland Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 282-6233

Progressive Grounds first opened in 1996 in the heart of San Francisco’s cozy Bernal Heights neighborhood. In 2001, current owners Aziz and Marco took over the location and remodeled it into a friendly and comfy environment, and began serving an amazing menu cultivated from Aziz’ years of cooking Moroccan and other yummy dishes in Paris, Hawaii and beyond. This inviting location offers the community a comfortable gathering place with great coffee and truly delicious food, plus two indoor dining areas and an outdoor patio. Free wifi with plenty of outlets round out this close-to-perfect neighborhood spot. Visit the website to learn about the Progressive Grounds Mission District location that offers the community free cultural events.

Related: Best Bistros In East Bay

Melanie Graysmith is a writer, artist and educator based in San Francisco. She writes on adult education, art and lifestyle topics, and enjoys writing short stories and poetry. She is also a member of an independent filmmaking group. Her work can be found at

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