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Cafe Trieste Downtown

This is a 2-star review.

1667 Market St
(between Page St & 12th St)
San Francisco, CA 94103

There is something depressing about this café, and it’s not the bungling but cheerful baristas. It feels like a cave in here, and despite the diverse mix of patrons, I don’t quite feel at home. My pizza was tasty and served with a pleasant cucumber garnish, but my jaw started to ache halfway through it from the overly crispy thick crust that seems like it was supposed to be thin. I didn’t try the wifi, but I also didn’t see any easy-to-access electrical outlets. This place comes through for quick snacks and pick-me-ups, but I wouldn’t camp out here to write.

The Sexy Grammarian loves to work  on her own writing by writing in cafes, and when I do, I also like to write a review. This review has been cross posted on Yelp, where you can read all my reviews as well as reviews my clients have written about my services.

Caffe Trieste in North Beach

This is a 4-star review.
609 Vallejo St
(between Grant Ave & Columbus Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94133
Neighborhood: North Beach/Telegraph Hill

A classic. The baristas might sound like they are yelling at you, but suck it up. They are treating you like family. Wine, beer, coffee, great soundtrack, and the authentic old men of European descent with big personalities are always making noise. Want to feel like a beat poet or revolutionary writer from the 1960s? Spend an afternoon here. You might even meet one. They may very well have free wifi and electrical outlets here, but I’m deducting a star because I was afraid to ask.

The Sexy Grammarian loves to work  on her own writing by writing in cafes, and when I do, I also like to write a review. This review has been cross posted on Yelp, where you can read all my reviews as well as reviews my clients have written about my services.

Cavalli Cafe

This is a 5-star review.

1441 Stockton St
(at Columbus Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94133
Neighborhood: North Beach/Telegraph Hill

I am very happy with my perfect decaf cappuccino in this lovely café. I’ve passed by and lusted after the cute upstairs seating with its window over Stockton and Columbus. But Santo, the Italian barista who crafted my perfect beverage suggests I take the downstairs window seat. “Maybe too hot up there,” he offers and then nudges a plate of tiny almond cookies at me. “They’re good.” Without a second thought, I fork over another dollar and sit with my coffee and cookie. He’s right—about the cookie and the window seat. I can see the cheery crossroads of Chinatown and North Beach. I’ve got a picture-perfect view of Coit Tower, too. And the cookie is divine. My table is steady. Wifi and electrical outlets are present and accounted for. No lunch menu, but I gladly enjoyed the homemade panna cotta for lunch. I am very happy writing here.

The Sexy Grammarian loves to work  on her own writing by writing in cafes, and when I do, I also like to write a review. This review has been cross posted on Yelp, where you can read all my reviews as well as reviews my clients have written about my services.

M Cafe

This is a 3-star review.

1161 Mission St
(between 7th St & Julia St)
San Francisco, CA 94103



The M Cafe has a lot of potential. It is not even a year old, so I think they can improve with some good feedback. They keep the place impeccably clean, and service is more than courteous and efficient. The vast space and the lovely front porch drew me in, but a couple issues disappointed me.

I’ve deducted a star for serving my “for here” cappuccino in a paper cup. I deducted another star for wobbly tables. These issues may seem nitpicky, but I go to cafes to write. And a writer needs a good cup of something in a real cup and a solid writing surface. Both these issues are easy to fix, so I hope the enthusiastic owner is reading!

The Sexy Grammarian loves to work  on her own writing by writing in cafes, and when I do, I also like to write a review. This review has been cross posted on Yelp, where you can read all my reviews as well as reviews my clients have written about my services.

Progressive Grounds Cafe

This is a 5-star review.

2301 Bryant St
San Francisco, CA 94110

I spent my afternoon at PG on a sunny and balmy May day. They kept their big windows open, creating a breezy, pleasant atmosphere boosted by the rich décor: a warm amber-painted ceiling, hanging glass lanterns, jewel toned accents, and wooden tribal masks. The folks who work here offer sincere friendliness, courtesy, and efficiency. Free wifi, generous and comfortable seating, and plenty of outlets make it a fine place to sit and write awhile. The menu boasts both healthy and indulgent goodies: fresh fruit or potato chips, coffee or fresh made smoothies, homemade energy bar or ice cream cone. This is a great corner of the city and a great place to get work done.

The Sexy Grammarian has been spending a lot of time on her own writing. One of my favorite writing tricks is to go write in a cafe, and when I do, I also like to write a review. This review has been cross posted on Yelp, where you can read all my reviews as well as reviews my clients have written about my services.

Caffe Del Doge

This is a 5-star review.

Palo Alto Train Station
95 University Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Why doesn’t every Caltrain station have a café like this? Caffe Del Doge’s European café aesthetic fits well in the Palo Alto vintage train station. They serve cocciolatta, real Italian drinking chocolate—so delicious and not easy to find in the Bay Area, even in North Beach! They also have flaky pastries, those tiny bitter red drinks, and Orangina. The café tables are substantial, and the barista is both charming and patient. They’ve got free wifi, plenty of seating, and a real espresso machine. I love meeting Palo Alto clients here and always get a lot of writing done myself.

The Sexy Grammarian has been spending a lot of time on her own writing. One of my favorite writing tricks is to go write in a cafe, and when I do, I also like to write a review. This review has been cross posted on Yelp, where you can read all my reviews as well as reviews my clients have written about my services.

The Revolution Cafe

This is a 4-star review.

3248 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110

I’ve been getting work done here for years. I think of this café as the home of a younger Bohemia. Mission kids hang out here all day, drinking beer or coffee, smoking cigarettes or whatever, making art and conversation, and writing. This is a crazy corner, where you can befriend the folks hanging out or end up feeling like a rube. Do as you like. Nobody cares. The menu’s eclectic, and the wifi is free. Electrical outlets and indoor/outdoor seating make it a great place to write.

The Sexy Grammarian has been spending a lot of time on her own writing. One of my favorite writing tricks is to go write in a cafe, and when I do, I also like to write a review. This review has been cross posted on Yelp, where you can read all my reviews as well as reviews my clients have written about my services.