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Published August 16, 2023
The Best Places to Work Remotely in San Francisco
Time to break out of your boring WFH routine! 👩💻📚
by San Francisco Bucket List
Whether you’re a digital nomad looking for a place to get some work done while visiting or a San Francisco native just trying to get out of the house for a few hours, there’s no shortage of cool spots to clock in for the day.
From funky cafes to cozy libraries and unique coffee shops, we rounded up our favorite places for remote workers to enjoy some free wifi and power through their morning emails.
16 Places to Work From Home in San Francisco
This cozy cafe is the ideal spot for coffee lovers to settle in for a few hours of deep work—or casual work with a side of people-watching. Mercury Cafe makes each cup of java individually and serves an impressive selection of delicious, locally-sourced, high-quality food, so you’ll always have something delicious to munch on between Zoom calls.
Where: 201 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA
Experience SF’s first Yemeni coffee house at Delah, serving sustainably sourced Arabian coffee roasted to perfection. Their space is equal parts patterned, intricate and warm lighting, and modern black and white stone, creating an energizing, artsy space people spend hours in. Make sure to try their cinnamon and cardamom-scented Yemeni latte—the menu signature.
Where: 370 4th St., San Francisco, CA
Workshop Cafe takes the idea of working in a cafe and cranks it up a few notches. Yes, it’s a casual workspace with great food, but they also offer worker-friendly amenities like fast wifi, late hours, printing and scanning, and private rooms when you need them. There is a small fee to use the space, starting at just $3, and you can even reserve ahead of time so you don’t have to risk there being no seating available. It’s also great for groups!
25 Spear St, San Francisco, CA
180 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA
Sightglass has five locations in San Francisco alone, but its flagship SoMa location is ideal for cracking out some emails while you sip your cup of joe. With ample tables and seating in the industrial, bi-level space, you can get a few productive hours of in before taking a lap, chatting with the locals, and stretching your legs. Don't forget to reward yourself at the second-level affogato bar from Salt & Straw, where you can which pair your espresso with a flavor-complimenting ice cream.
Where: 270 7th St., San Francisco, CA
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If you’re looking for a unique and peaceful place to work, Mechanics’ Institute may be the place for you. You can snag a day pass for $15 or an annual pass for $150. When you’re done working, there are tons of books, seminars, and even chess socials to check out!
Where: 57 Post St, San Francisco, CA
Looking for a totally different vibe? Swing by Zeitgeist’s beer garden to get some networking done during happy hour. They’re known for their Bloody Marys and margs, but they also have 64 craft brews on tap and plenty of space to set up your laptop.
Where: 199 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA
SFPL Main Branch
This is the spot for you if you’re looking to bring some variety to your workspace. There are no shortages of places to hang out at the Main Library. From the Digi Center to the Art, Music, and Recreation Center to the Magazines and Newspapers Center, you could go every day for a year and never sit in the same place twice. It also boasts an iconic spiral staircase, a hanging sculpture, commissioned works of art, and more. In other words, it offers a pretty gorgeous backdrop to your Excel spreadsheet.
Where: 100 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA
With ample tables, art lining the walls, great coffee, an outdoor patio, and a comfy leather couch, Haus Coffee is somewhere you'll find yourself coming back to, both for the caffeine and the friendly atmosphere.
Where: 3086 24th St, San Francisco, CA
SFPL Bernal Heights
The Bernal Heights branch of the San Francisco Public Library has much more of a cozy, whimsical vibe than the grand main library. Whether you need access to a computer and printer, or just a quiet place with some wifi, you’ll find what you need here.
Where: 500 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA
Capital One Union Square Cafe
The Capital One Cafe in Union Square is a super convenient place to stop in and get some work done between running errands and heading out to dinner. They offer snacks and drinks, community rooms, and comfy work nooks that are open to everyone, Capital One members or not!
Where: 101 Post St, San Francisco, CA
Saint Frank Coffee
Trade your dark apartment or hotel room for a light and airy new space. The bright and beautiful Russian Hill location of Saint Frank’s offers incredible coffee and extra seating in the loft.
Where: 2340 Polk St, San Francisco, CA
This lovely Japantown coffee shop is the home of a unique sweet potato latte. Try one while lounging in their comfy living room-like space, complete with armchairs, couches, and funky lighting.
Where: 1640 Post St, 1st floor, San Francisco, CA
This craft coffee spot offers delicious coffee and a bright plant-filled space to get some work done. And when we say plant-filled, we mean literally growing on the ceiling. Pack up your laptop, grab yourself a cup, and settle in for an inspired work sesh.
Where: 2101 Market Street, San Francisco, CA
There’s no other workspace quite like The Interval. Part bar, part cafe, part mechanical museum, you can enjoy coffee or cocktails surrounded by ideas, books, and mechanical wonders. Swing by to get a few hours of work done and grab a drink and some creative inspiration while you're there.
Where: Center Building A, 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA
The Social Study
The Social Study is located in the historic Fillmore District and has an unusual bar-meets-coffee shop vibe. With free wifi, they welcome remote workers to come and enjoy sips and bites while jamming to incredible music in the lounge.
Where: 1795 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA
Müesi is a European-inspired neighborhood cafe with a menu full of nourishing food using only healthy and local ingredients, with no added sugars. Start your day with a filling breakfast sandwich or nutrient-packed Müesi bowl, then set up at one of the many individual tables throughout the space for some focus time.
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