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Hollow

Though the alarmingly bright green color of Hollow is hard to miss, this hole-in-the-wall cafe is overlooked by many walking down Irving in the Inner Sunset.

The size of Hollow – only big enough to fit a couple tables and the barista station – suggests that it is more of a grab n’ go coffee stop, with a handful of tasty pastries that can be easily eaten on the go. However, it’s never TOO crowded, and while it can be a bit tight to sit in the actual shop, stopping for a minute to enjoy a hot latte in this cozy room makes for a very warm, homey morning.

Hollow offers a small selection of scones, croissants, and cookies, (and even Dandelion chocolate!) but their big seller is the variety of drinks. Aside from the usual Cappuccino and Latte, Hollow creates a number of different flavors, ranging from Artisan Dark Chocolate Mochas to Spiced Chai Lattes.

My friend and I ordered the Butterscotch Latte and the Matcha Green Tea Latte, and the cafe was calm enough to allow us to sit for a bit and sip our drinks.

The Butterscotch Latte tasted exactly as you would think – coffee, but very sweet and creamy, like a cream soda mixed with a vanilla latte.

The Matcha Green Tea Latte had the perfect amount of creaminess and spice, and I splurged a bit by adding a homemade vanilla marshmallow (just because I wanted to try it). The submerged marshmallow slightly dissolved and made the drink sweeter, though not by much, since the softened mallow didn’t fully dissolve before I finished my drink.

While this isn’t the place to come to with a big group of people, the fun variety of drinks and flavors is worth coming to for a to-go coffee or a quick sip in the morning. The Sunset District doesn’t have many cute cafes like Hollow, but its coziness and Harry Potter’s Cupboard Under the Stairs-esque feel makes for a very warm and inviting environment.

1435 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122

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Smokestack

Smokestack is the little sister of Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery. While Magnolia is known for their beers in the Haight, Smokestack offers beer AND amazing BBQ.

Located in the Dogpatch, Smokestack has a similar vibe and design of Magnolia, but with less people. There are more food options here than at Magnolia, with a large selection of BBQ items as well as other bar food. Both bars also have an absurd amount of classy liquors, with a whole side of the menu dedicated to top-shelf bourbon, rum, tequila, mezcal, vodka, rye, gin, and cocktails. Name a type of drink, and they’ll probably have it!

Everyday, Smokestack has a Daily Special, from Brisket to Jerk Spiced Chicken Wings. Wednesdays are Dollar Rib Days – which are juicy, tender, and flavorful, and can come with various sides such as Potato Salad, Baked Mac & Cheese, Cole Slaw, and other classic BBQ dishes. The ribs are marinated in a spicy sauce, and tear off the bone smoothly when eaten. Other meat dishes can be ordered, and the sides are always available to go with the meal.

While both Smokestack and Magnolia Brewing are visited often for their large selection of liquors and beers, it’s worth it to make the trek to the Dogpatch to enjoy a beer and BBQ without the packed spaces of the Magnolia Haight St. location!

2505 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107

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Stumptown

On my trip to Portland, I had one place that I HAD to go to. Stumptown Coffee Roasters, while it is served in many cafes and sold in grocery stores, doesn’t actually have it’s own cafe in San Francisco. As this is my favorite coffee brewer,… Read More

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31st Union

31st Union is a gem among the rest of Downtown San Mateo, maintaining a farm to table menu with a San Francisco vibe. We found ourselves here for a birthday lunch during work one day – it was mostly empty during the day but is… Read More

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Hearth Coffee

Hearth Coffee Roasters, similar to Bartavelle Coffee & Wine Bar in Berkeley, is a cafe by day, wine bar by night. Tucked into a small entrance on Market and 17th in the Castro, Hearth offers fresh baked goodies, rich coffees, and a variety of wines… Read More

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Delarosa

Hot and hangry, a couple friends and I stepped into this modern looking Italian restaurant for a late lunch and relief from the heat. The place was packed with people of all ages enjoying pizzas, salads, pastas and cold drinks. At the bar sat the… Read More

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Verve

On a recent day trip to Santa Cruz, I stopped by Verve Coffee Roasters on downtown Pacific Ave for a quick caffeine fix before heading to the beach. Although I’ve been here multiple times, I never took a second to snap a few photos. The decor… Read More