Cafe de la Presse
This is a 4-star review.
352 Grant Ave
(at Bush St)
San Francisco, CA 94108
I didn’t care for this place the first time I went, but that was because I despise an egg-centric brunch menu, we sat in the somewhat less-lovely basement, and I hadn’t gone there to write. The food’s a bit over-priced, the menu predictable, and the patrons all tourists.
But the hot cocoa! This place has become one of my absolute favorite little cafes for a romantic date with myself to write. I never look at the menu anymore—I just let the waiter know I’m alone, here for a cocoa, and would love a seat near the window. They always happily oblige.
The cocoa comes in a precious little silver pitcher. It’s served with a cup and saucer. If you say yes to whipping cream—It’s February! Have a heart!—you’ll find it in the cup, waiting to be drenched at your will. A tiny paper tube of sugar garnishes the saucer. The chocolate is that perfectly bitter that you might want to add sugar.
This is not a place for laptop writing. It’s for writing in your fine leather journal with your yummiest pen. It’s for pretending you’re in Paris or Prague or any European city you fancy and gazing out the window, daydreaming. It’s for a romantic little date with you and your inner writer.
This February, we’re romancing the writer, and one sexy way to do that is to take yourself out to a cafe to write. This review has been cross posted on Yelp, where you can read all The Sexy Grammarian’s cafe reviews as well as reviews clients have written about our services.