Excellent. Your boss let you work from home for the day, and you’re excited to get away from the noisy office and knock out a ton of work. You sit down, open up your laptop, and realize you should probably start a quick load of laundry. On the way back to your desk (or couch), your friend texts you about this new Netflix series they’re into, and you decide to watch an episode. Five episodes later, it’s 2pm and you haven’t gotten any work done.

Sound familiar? If you’re finding it hard to focus, you’re in luck — SoMa is home to some of San Francisco’s best cafes to get work done. Whether you need a spot to finish writing the next great American novel, finalize a proposal to submit to a client, or (if you’re like me) you just need a place to finish procrastinating and get your article finished, here are some of the best SoMA working cafes to get whatever it is you need to get done, done.

Photo: Workshop Cafe

Workshop Cafe | 25 Spear Street

Workshop Cafe could not be more aptly named, as it’s an actual workspace with spaces available to rent. Located right near Market Street, it’s only a block away from the Embarcadero BART Station and all the underground Muni. It’s also a quick stroll from the Ferry Building if your work becomes frustrating and you need a quick gelato or cheese break. Large glass windows give the cafe bright, natural light.

You can book a public seat for $3 an hour or a private single space for $15. Need a bigger space? Workshop Cafe also offers two-person booths, community tables, and a variety of rooms that can fit up to 10 people — equipped with a whiteboard and big screen, of course. Plus, you can reserve these spaces ahead of time using their app, so you know you’ve got a place to work. An extensive food and coffee menu is also available.


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Red Door Coffee | 111 Minna, 505 Howard

With two locations a somersault away from each other, it’s hard not to find something to fit your get-it-done mood with Red Door Coffee. The original and larger location is at 111 Minna Street — a four-block jont from Montgomery BART and extremely close to many Muni and Golden Gate Transit bus lines. The Minna Red Door is open from 7am-5pm, and the Howard Street location, which is right on the corner of Howard Street on 2nd Street, is open from 7am-6pm.

Red Door Coffee can have a bit of bustle and noise, but it does have tables available for larger groups as well as work space for individuals. Nab your workspace when you can — you won’t be able to reserve a spot unless you want to rent the whole Red Door venue for a private event. It offers Verve Coffee and gourmet nibbles like Dynamo Donuts and Authentic Bagels to keep your creative juices flowing. The industrial decor and unique artwork makes for a creative place to work, and don’t you worry — the Minna location offers a full-service bar in the afternoon if you need a little pick-me-up, and the Howard location has select beer and wine available.

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Sightglass Coffee | 270 7th St.

Okay, so now it’s crunch time. You really need to focus and avoid all distractions. And you’re really, really tired. Sightglass Coffee, between 7th on Howard and Folsom Street, may be your best friend.

Fair warning: they don’t offer Wi-Fi, which could be a blessing or a curse. If you need to be on Slack all day, this might not be the best workspace (unless you have strong tethering power). But if you desperately need to avoid Netflix (and your coworker who talks too much) and have offline work to do, Sightglass Coffee is the place to be. Just grab a cup of their highly rated coffee (their beans are roasted in-house), make yourself comfortable upstairs, and get to work. Regular hours are 7am-7pm on weekdays, and their affogato bar is open from 11am-6pm.

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Fearless Coffee | 303 2nd St.

Fearless Coffee is a bit closer to the South Beach district, but is still close enough to downtown not to strand you. They’re known for their substantial salads and sandwiches, so it’s a great place to go if you need a hearty meal to sustain you. This is also a spot you’re gonna really want to utilize in good weather, as the outdoor seating is plentiful and there’s a nice view of some fountains. There isn’t much inside seating, but the long table often has a spot open if you’re working solo. Fearless Coffee is open 7am-6am, weekdays only.

Photo: Caffe Centro

Caffe Centro | 102 South Park St.

Just half a block away from South Park and a couple of blocks from the 2nd Street Muni station lies another hidden gem: Caffe Centro. Open for over 20 years, Caffe Centro offers plentiful outdoor seating, reasonably priced food (try the BLAT!), and even beer if you need to balance all that caffeine with a little chardonnay in the afternoon. Pro tip: it can get pretty crowded during lunch, so consider visiting in the morning or late afternoon. They’re open from 7am-7pm during the week, and 8am-3pm on Saturdays.


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