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Coffee without the cost: 4 hidden gems for a cheap, quality cup in San Francisco

Looking for a great cup of coffee — without the pretense and prices? Look no further. 

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top low-cost coffee sources in San Francisco, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce. We uncovered four cafes that win big praise from customers for their coffee and affordable eats, without any bad-attitude baristas. 

Here's where to go for an enjoyable, affordable cafe experience. 

1. Cup & Cake Cafe

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Topping the list is Cup & Cake Cafe. Located at 3500 Geary Blvd. (between Palm Avenue and Stanyan Street) in Laurel Heights, this coffee shop is the highest-rated spot to score coffee in San Francisco, boasting four stars out of 170 reviews on Yelp.

Stop in for classic espresso drinks, iced frappes and cafe snacks like pastries and bagel sandwiches.

2. Cafe La Flore Irving

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Next up is the Inner Sunset's Cafe La Flore Irving, situated at 1340 Irving St. (between 14th and 15th avenues). Open seven days a week, this casual counter-service cafe offers espresso drinks, chai lattes, blended frappés, smoothies and more.

There's also an extensive food menu featuring more than two dozen hot and cold sandwiches, including light and veggie-friendly options. Yelpers give the spot 4.5 stars out of 388 reviews.

3. Stop N Wrap

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Stop N Wrap, a breakfast and brunch spot in the Excelsior, is another go-to, with four stars out of 83 Yelp reviews. As the name suggests, Stop N Wrap specializes in wraps, as well as an espresso bar serving classic coffee drinks. Check out the pulled pork wrap with cheddar cheese or the vegetarian hummus wrap with avocado and pickled onion.

Head over to 1217 Geneva Ave. (between Naples and Vienna streets) to see for yourself.

4. Golden Bear Trading Company

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Finally, there's Golden Bear Trading Company, an Inner Sunset favorite with 4.5 stars out of 1,144 reviews. The specialty food store stocks beer, wine and nearly 20 different coffee blends, which are available to buy in bulk or to enjoy as a pour-over cup.

Try the medium-roast house blend, spiced up with a dash of cardamom. There are pastries and other snacks, too. Stop by 1401 Sixth Ave. (between Kirkham and Judah streets) to hit up the shop next time you're in the mood.


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