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Caffe Trieste

Coffee Shop$$$$
North Beach, San Francisco
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  • Brenda M.
    "Beautifully smooth espresso and freshly squeezed OJ."(35 Tips)
    Ronald D.
    "Enjoy the local buzz and history in this corner cafe."(16 Tips)
    Contemporary Jewish Museum
    "Open since 1956, Allen Ginsberg made this his home away from home."(2 Tips)
    Helen L.
    "where Francis Ford Coppola"(2 Tips)
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  • Thomas H.
    A wonderful piece of SF. An absolut must in this city.
  • Bosie M.
    Overrated. My latte was undrinkable. Burnt. Disgusting. Thew it out. I don't know what's been going on but AVOID. Reveille is much better. Caffe Greco too.
  • Jared R.
    Jared RousselDecember 16, 2016
    Solid, but not the best coffee you can get in the neighborhood. It's more about the space & charm to me than the quality. Cash only & pricey.
    Upvoted May 1
  • Arne C.
    Arne ClaOctober 14, 2016
    Incredible apple-caramel pie & excellent coffee (we had the Italian roast drip) in a authentic atmosphere.
    Downvoted May 1
  • Ronald D.
    Ronald DLOctober 2, 2016
    Enjoy the local buzz and history in this corner cafe.
  • Rustem F.
    Rustem FeyzkhanovAugust 9, 2016
    Try africano - they make it really good
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 28, 2016
    Francis Ford Coppola wrote The Godfather in this very shop, hopped up on the same heady brew as the Beats past. It's certainly an argument for the creative mojo engendered by Trieste espresso. Read more
  • Kim O.
    Kim OswellJuly 17, 2016
    Great spot for strong coffee and a pastry. I love working from here and people watching all the "locals" who stop by.
    Downvoted May 1
  • Orsolya L.
    Orsolya LukácsJune 13, 2016
    Lovely Americano while chilling in the sunshine with all the hippies around!
  • Erkan T.
    Erkan TaşMay 9, 2016
    Awesome cappuccino!
  • Bennett W W.
    Bennett W WongApril 13, 2016
    Prompt service and good coffee - remember, it's cash only!
  • Liliana C.
    Liliana CortésMarch 28, 2016
    Espresso coffee
  • Priscilla B.
    Priscilla BulnesFebruary 23, 2016
    Great coffee, Mr. Coppola wrote The Godfather in this place, come to visit and see why!
  • Karolina T.
    Karolina TwardowskaFebruary 21, 2016
    Try white mocha, it's sweet and tasty <3
  • Kie K.
    Kie KahnFebruary 13, 2016
    Real coffee
  • Davina T.
    Davina TheriaqueJanuary 29, 2016
    wow nice wall full of pictures list like I have at home
  • Lefteris A.
    Lefteris AvramidisAugust 24, 2015
    If you are really sleepy, get the four-shot espresso called "espresso grande"
  • Eunice K.
    Eunice KimJuly 23, 2015
    Coffee is super strong and not for the faint hearted, but it has a very tourist-y crowd.
  • Christine P.
    Christine PearsJuly 16, 2015
    Coffee is excellent, pastries were equally so
  • Matt M.
    Matt McGeeJuly 4, 2015
    The Italian soda and cappuccino were great. This place has local flair and coolness to spare.
    Downvoted May 1
  • Izabella
    IzabellaMay 17, 2015
    Nice place to have coffe and hot chocolate! They have free wifi.
    Downvoted May 1
  • Krzysiek G.
    Krzysiek GalkowskiApril 28, 2015
    cafe africana!
  • Anne M.
    Anne MatthewMarch 23, 2015
    Cash only. Bring lots. Paul makes the best espresso in California.
    Downvoted May 1
  • Andreas K.
    Andreas KleinerMarch 16, 2015
    Great cappuccino! If I was into pastries I would definitely try one. They all look tasty.
    Downvoted May 1
  • Calin D.
    Calin DaianFebruary 15, 2015
    The vintage Italian cafe feel, very pleasant atmosphere, good coffee and pastries. Off the main strip so not too busy either
    Downvoted May 1
  • Karthik G.
    Karthik GurumoorthyFebruary 4, 2015
    Coffee was decent here.
  • Time Out San Francisco
    Time Out San FranciscoDecember 15, 2014
    This former hangout for Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg is one of the city's original Italian coffeehouses. It still roasts its beans in SF and arguably produces some of the best espresso in town. Read more
  • Jim W.
    Jim WyattNovember 23, 2014
    Wonderful old neighborhood coffeehouse, beat hangout.
  • N M.
    N MNovember 23, 2014
    Early morning croissants are delicious, but the coffee is better elsewhere
  • Yue P.
    Yue PanOctober 12, 2014
    Chai latte
  • Colin C.
    Colin CharlesOctober 11, 2014
    Cash only, great coffee. There is wifi and you can get power sockets if you look. In the evenings, their wine spritzers are great value for money too
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 12, 2014
    The North Beach location, opened in 1956, is a great place to sit down, enjoy a coffee, & think among the locals, many of whom have been coming to this little institution for decades. Read more
  • D O.
    D OAugust 7, 2014
    A classic in SF
  • Cassandra F.
    Cassandra FAugust 7, 2014
    Really cute cafe near China Town. Fun Fact - It's shown briefly in the movie Just Like Heaven
    Downvoted May 1
  • Signe B.
    Signe BrewsterAugust 6, 2014
    Everything is good. The iced mocha is especially good.
  • Seda özlem
    Seda özlemJuly 15, 2014
    Cafe mocha bianca is very delicious. You should try it .
  • Ben B.
    Ben BestJuly 14, 2014
    The key lime pie is excellent.
  • Rocco G.
    Rocco GeorgiMay 31, 2014
    definitely not the best cappuccino! try The Station two blocks down Columbus
  • Ludovic R.
    Ludovic RobertMay 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Cappuccino is perfect there !!
  • Ana M.
    Ana MontesMay 16, 2014
    Strong coffee without thr acidic taste.. try the iced espresso. Very good !
  • Aaron B.
    Aaron BerthMarch 31, 2014
    Fantastic cappuccino in the heart of North Beach.
  • vaclav k.
    vaclav knezMarch 20, 2014
    Great atmosphere!
  • David S.
    David SFebruary 13, 2014
    Like any hipster coffee shop, with WiFi squatters and pontificating idiots, but an older crowd.
  • Dan K.
    Dan KimFebruary 9, 2014
    Africano for all y'all espresso freaks.
  • Carl B.
    Carl BoehmJanuary 20, 2014
    ORDER THEIR FRAPUCCINO - SO GOOD.
  • Deepa
    DeepaJanuary 5, 2014
    Africano - espresso with steam milk and a cookie off the counter ... Relaxing and fun way to tourist watch
  • Brenda M.
    Brenda M.October 18, 2013
    Beautifully smooth espresso and freshly squeezed OJ. Great atmosphere and good place to people watch!
  • Petra M.
    Petra Martinez-OrlandoOctober 14, 2013
    Great slices and very Kool staff
  • Gus C.
    Gus ClassOctober 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best latte I have had in North Beach.
  • Nick I.
    Nick IssaSeptember 22, 2013
    Best Cappuccino outside of Italy- Make sure you bring cash- no cards here.
    Downvoted May 1
  • TheYumYum F.
    TheYumYum FoodieSeptember 1, 2013
    Yummy espresso
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum
    Founded in 1956, this was the Beats’ home away from home.
  • Sasha B.
    Sasha BurikJuly 15, 2013
    Excellent chai and the guy who made it was hilarious. Historical beatnik cafe
  • Giovanni Walter V.
    Nothing is Italian here + rude staff.
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum
    Open since 1956, Allen Ginsberg made this his home away from home.
  • Rodrigue B.
    Rodrigue BruggerJune 28, 2013
    Best Coffee in Town!
  • Vasili Z.
    Vasili ZolotovJune 17, 2013
    The worst coconut macaroon ever. Had to spit it out.
  • Corrie D.
    Corrie DavidsonJune 5, 2013
    Cash only. ATM in the phone booth. Open 6:30am-11pm daily. Some outdoor seating, lots of room inside.
    Downvoted May 1
  • Meg M.
    Meg MinuskinMay 22, 2013
    amazing cappuccino, love the vibe. but if you're a soy or NF milk drinker don't come here
    Downvoted May 1
  • Tony X.
    Tony XerrayMay 20, 2013
    I had my first Africano here and was not disappointed. The only thing better than the coffee is the history throughout the entire cafe. Put a dollar in the jukebox and relax to your favorite oldies.
  • Craig C.
    Craig ChanMay 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Order the Africano. You won't be disappointed.
  • Holly H.
    cappuccino amazing!
  • Fredrik S.
    Fredrik SelarpApril 22, 2013
    Password is latte2313
  • Maggie G.
    Maggie GApril 18, 2013
    Get an Americano with a splash if hot water and a choc dipped macaroon (and have them get it up, very nice)
    Downvoted May 1
  • Seth B.
    Seth BannonMarch 27, 2013
    Go for a raspberry ring. You won't be disappointed.
  • Dan D.
    Dan DiiulioJanuary 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The best place in the city for people watching.
  • Dan D.
    Dan DiiulioDecember 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Cash Only!
  • Nebojsa R.
    Nebojsa RadovicNovember 15, 2012
    One of the best espresso shots I've drunk so far in the city. Warmest recommendation.
    Downvoted May 1
  • 7x7 Magazine
    7x7 MagazineOctober 22, 2012
    Best Dishes Under $10: Any espresso drink. Less than $10 buys you a coffee and the priceless experience of immersing yourself in alternative and artistic America. More: http://bit.ly/TbwLaH
  • Kim O.
    Kim OwensOctober 19, 2012
    I tend to leave my laptop and just enjoy this space's history and the coffee. A great place for an afternoon perk and a good book.
    Downvoted May 1
  • Michael Anthony
    Michael AnthonyJune 29, 2012
    If you want soy, don't bother--they don't carry it!
  • Ariana
    ArianaJune 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Godfather was written here!!!
  • Niko D.
    Niko DeMordauntJune 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the whipped cream! It's homemade, not from a can. Thick as ice cream!
  • Amy W.
    Amy WiddowsonMay 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Old school and interesting - get an espresso and bring a good book.
  • Susan B.
    Susan BrownApril 7, 2012
    This is an old school quincential San Francisco beat generation cafe the coffee is like in Europe smooth easy to drink yummy It is Not About the food
  • Jason H.
    Jason HammoudMarch 23, 2012
    Italian Roast... in a stove top pot....better than any piece of machinery!
  • mohamed d.
    mohamed dafallaMarch 11, 2012
    Best cafe in the city
  • Nancy C.
    Nancy CrishDecember 3, 2011
    Don't sit by the door, you'll have to open it for everyone coming in
  • Nancy C.
    Nancy CrishDecember 3, 2011
    Doppio espresso is $3.15!
  • Lidia Bastianich
    Lidia BastianichOctober 31, 2011
    Trieste is a city of great coffeehouses and long-standing coffee tradition, and it was in the same spirit that Giovanni Giotta opened his café in North Beach.
    Downvoted May 1
  • Kim An B.
    Kim An BuiOctober 19, 2011
    Italian coffee shop!
  • Samantha J.
    Samantha JJuly 14, 2011
    If you're not in the mood for coffee try the hot milk toddy.
  • Jack
    JackJuly 11, 2011
    Amazing lattes... Never had a bad experience here... Staff is super friendly, just don't stand around all dumbstruck wondering what to order or chatting on your cell phone...
    Downvoted May 1
  • Choak O.
    Choak O'ConnellJuly 2, 2011
    Great espresso & vibe!
  • Shelby F.
    Shelby FinchMay 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the Africano
  • Diego R.
    Diego RufoMarch 24, 2011
    A great spot to stop and have some coffee while trolling around North Beach. Don't miss their cheesecake - divine! Read more
    Downvoted May 1
  • Amy M.
    Amy MarMarch 11, 2011
    Lattes here grant a +4 hipster-fication
  • Michael S.
    Michael ScribnerMarch 5, 2011
    No soy milk - srsly ??
  • Ou
    OuFebruary 18, 2011
    Not far away from city light bookstore, very crowded at lunch time :)
  • Mel Dog
    Mel DogJanuary 9, 2011
    My favorite home town spot. I always come in here in the mornings when I'm back home and order an Africano.
  • Erica N.
    Erica NDecember 14, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    <3 Cheesecake
  • Torrey N.
    Torrey NommesenDecember 12, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    WiFi pasdword changes at random intervals. Order something and ask for the code.
  • John W.
    John WOctober 28, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    The 1950's pop hit "Speedy Gonzales" available in Italian on the jukebox. Ya gotta love that.
  • Christopher R.
    Christopher RyanOctober 6, 2010
    Best coffee around. Cool cafe atmosphere.
  • Fatima
    FatimaAugust 16, 2010
    Good coffee. Nice atmosphere overall with all the friendly tourists. Really rude staff - wtf is up with that? Really dirty - the panini press - ew.
  • Alexander P.
    Alexander PapliJuly 29, 2010
    The best coffee I found in san fran. Friendly staff, great pizza too. Love the jukebox!
  • Esther A.
    Esther AssaadJuly 4, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Best Chai Latte in the city - yummy cookies too! 
  • Troy N.
    Troy NorcrossJune 13, 2010
    For a super intense coffee ask for an Africano!
  • Dave S.
    Dave SurganJune 12, 2010
    Grab a cappuccino and enjoy on the sidewalk. Free wifi too.
  • Michael C.
    Michael ChailleJune 1, 2010
    Still thinking of this coffee. I should have brought a thermos.
  • ZAusch R.
    ZAusch RauBerSeptember 30, 2014
    Der caffe ist super! Und die Stammgäste sind Originale! Schrullig und so sympathisch!
  • Jesús G.
    Jesús Gallent i PérezDecember 31, 2013
    Un café expresso como adiós manda :)
  • steve a.
    steve attalMay 18, 2013
    Pensez à demander la clé wifi dès que vous dépassez les 5$ avec un petit Mocha c'est du bonheur
  • Andrea V.
    Andrea ValverdeFebruary 18, 2013
    Coppola escribió el guión de El Padrino.
  • Rodolphe E.
    Rodolphe EJuly 7, 2012
    Un expresso, le bonheur !
  • GILBERTO P.
    Por supuesto el espresso de aquí es obligatorio!
  • Enrico C.
    Enrico CelliniMarch 19, 2012
    Do not take iced caffe for god sake! Italiani, non prendete l'iced caffe, è una brodaglia fatta da caffe riciclato e ghiaccio
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