Cafes in South San Francisco

Chinese Tea Ceremony and Appreciation Experience for Two Plus $10 or $20 Worth of Tea at i-Tea (Up to 50% Off)

i-Tea

Millbrae

Tea expert assembles a ceremony, prepares tea, imparts knowledge of the tea’s history and benefits, and discusses methods of brewing

$20 $12

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$9 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $18 Toward Coffee and Pastries at Smackers

Smackers

San Mateo

Coffee paired with pastries to dine in or carry out

$6 $3

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Coffee, Breakfast, and Cafe Food at Caffe Roma (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Caffe Roma

North Beach

Brothers and sisters continue a family tradition at coffeehouses that serve premium roasted coffees and tasty breakfast and cafe cuisine

$20 $12

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$23 for $40 Worth of Tea and Accessories at Vital Tea Leaf

Vital Tea Leaf

Multiple Locations

Complimentary tastings help customers find their favorite from a selection of more than 400 tea blends

$40 $23

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$11 for $20 Worth of Happy-Hour Specials or Sunday Brunch with Drinks for Two at Gaslamp Cafe

Gaslamp Cafe

San Francisco

Chicken wings, shrimp tacos, Anchor Brewing Co. beer, and global wines at happy hour; veggie scrambles, burgers, and bloody marys at brunch

$20 $11

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Up to 25% Off Coffee & Tea — Grand Lake Coffee House; Valid Every Day 2 PM - 5 PM

Grand Lake Coffee House

Oakland

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$8 $6

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Sandwiches, Ethiopian Food, and Coffee at Cafe Lakeview (Up to 52% Off). Three Options Available.

Cafe Lakeview

Cleveland Heights

Smoothies, quick bites such as salads and sandwiches, and a few Ethiopian specialties at a cafe with a view of Lake Merritt

$22 $11

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$10 Worth of Cafe Sandwiches from The Depot Fremont

The Depot Fremont

Fremont

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$10 $6

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At most drinking establishments, the interaction with the customer begins and ends at ordering, save for a question about adding a vague amount of milk or sugar. Not at Raging Boba—here, the drink makers ask guests to taste their bubble tea before being served and offer suggestions. This allows the shop to tweak each serving to a visitor's particular taste for sweetness, flavor, and straw thickness. This care extends to Raging Boba's snow ice, a Taiwanese fruit concoction topped with jellies and boba pearls.

2211 Gellert Blvd.
South San Francisco,
CA
US

As Charles Kusuma was coming up in the restaurant and hotel industry, his mother?who had long hoped to own her own cafe?kept him grounded with a simple piece of advice: always treat your guest as your friend. When she passed away, Charles decided to pursue her dream in her honor. He rescued a local cafe from closing, and reopened it on his mother's birthday in 2010 as Never Too Latte, complete with a business mantra that would make her proud: "Enter as strangers, leave as friends."

From the red-velvet mochas to the boxes of macarons baked by Charles's wife, Sheila, most things at Never Too Latte have a personal touch. You can even stay well into lunch and dinnertime, as the menu features chicken-apple sausages, kettle chips, and sandwiches.

486 San Mateo Avenue
San Bruno,
CA
US

Glass jars full of traditional Chinese tea leaves line rosewood shelves. Tea accessories share space with cups and dishes. At i-Tea, everything in the shop points to a singular subject: the rich tradition of Chinese tea. Led by an expert in these aromatic leaves and the culture they create, i-Tea also hosts tea ceremonies that include tea preparation, plus an exploration of the history and significances of tea.

373 El Camino Real
Millbrae,
CA
US

Leland Tea Company offers custom-blended tea tins that guests can create themselves in store. First, choose a tea base. Add another tea or an herbal blend, then pick a canister size. Those three steps are all it takes. A loose leaf tea bar invites customers to explore and smell fragrant varieties, whether they want to craft their own blend or purchase one of the shop's pre-blended favorites for afternoon cups or particularly decadent baths. The signature Tiffany's mix features black tea leaves from Sri Lanka and China, while offerings such as Blue Eyes unite flowers with sweet fruit. Still other teas promote wellness; Argentinean Yerba mate, for instance, is renowned for its invigorating effects and healthful amino acids.

Should patrons wish to linger, they can relax over a steaming cup and a selection of handmade truffles, scones, and sandwiches in the tea room. The room also hosts regular special events such as chocolate tastings and sets from live musicians.

1223 Donnelly Avenue
Burlingame,
CA
US

After losing a sizeable amount of weight with his kitchen-made juices, Sal had the idea to open a café coupling his love of French culture with his new appreciation for the role of food in health. With the help of his son, he opened Deja Vu, where painted ivy sneaks around the edges of menus on walls the color of rich buttercream. On the menu, Sal’s original French inspiration shines through in crepes, and fruit and veggie smoothies made from organic ingredients stay true to his nutritional vision.

Low in sugar and ideal for cleansing, the drinks can also be amplified with multiple types of protein. Blenders purr, full of smoothies and juices made with kale, green apples, ginger, oranges, and even hints of parsley, all delivered fresh daily. Crepes are also a Deja Vu specialty, whether filled with bananas and chocolate-hazelnut spread, or ham, veggies, or warm chicken and pesto. Conversation about the weather or the weatherman’s constant weeping drift over warm corned-beef sandwiches, and shoots of steam blossom from fresh-brewed organic coffee.

1109 Burlingame Ave
Burlingame,
CA
US

Bay Coffee Company treats visitors to sip after luxurious sip of freshly made cappuccinos, iced lattes, and simple cups of joe. A welcome respite from mega-chain java joints and the coffee-like brown liquid found in office break rooms, the small shop sources its beans from local roasters. Guests can begin the day with piping-hot cups of flavored latte, hot chai, and Americano, or end it with an icy coffee smoothie or Italian soda.

330 Palmetto Ave
Pacifica,
CA
US