Caffe Trieste143 Votes Currently Open [Closes at 10:00 pm]
- Address: 601 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94133, United States
- Timings: 06:30 am - 11:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1415-9822605
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Cafe, Coffee House, Entertainment
The vivacious Giovanni Giotta opened the first Cafe Trieste here in 1956, and claimed to be the first espresso house on the West Coast. The European style coffee-house then became famous among the youth of the Beat era. As a hangout, it’s excellent enough. But the place’s true charms are the patrons. Completely at random, they’ll burst with vigourous energy into song and dance. The music won't be millennial. It will be practically operatic. Ballads, swing, 50s pop, Frank Sinatra - this place is for the classics.
Trivia: Francis Ford Coppola worked on the script for the Godfather in this cafe.
How to Reach Caffe Trieste
- Buses 8, 30, 45, 91 stop Columbus Ave & Green St
- Buses 10 and 12 stop Broadway & Stockton St
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0.69% of people who visit San Francisco include Caffe Trieste in their plan
50% of people start their Caffe Trieste visit around 4 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Caffe Trieste
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Caffe Trieste
Caffe Trieste Reviews & Ratings
It's historic. That alone says it all. Great feel to just being there to relax and feel the 1950s+ vibes. Of course the coffee is impeccable. And I am quite satisfied with the square pizza slice I had for my light lunch. Bonus is that the jukebox has Italian opera available.
An older man recommended this place to me as I was visiting for fleet week in the navy. I must say that I am glad he did. The espresso drinks here are very good and exactly what I expect when I think of a caffe with this much history. I recommend it to all who enjoy espresso and lattes. Way better than big chain coffee shops.
This is a fantastic place, the food and service was amazing. The corned beef hash and the hangover special are must haves. We walked and missed the parking issue and late morning only waited 5 minutes.
Dealing with an 8 hour time adjustment following our previous days flight found us out and about exploring the streets of San Francisco at 5.45am. Around 7am and a few miles later we were ready for a coffee and some breakfast and fortunately we stumbled across Caffe Trieste... this was a great find. Not the most attractive looking from the outside nor a natural draw for tourists however once inside we were very pleased. Seemingly a place for the locals it was peaceful and full of character and characters!! Prompt welcoming service, great coffee and food. If you want simple but great, and away from the tourist traps go here. We would love to go back.
Finally I got the chance to visit this historic cafe. The environment is so nice and friendly. You can tell right away it's frecuented by locals, mostly artists and poets, besides tourists. It really has bohemian and beat vibes all around. Coffee is really good but pastries are amazing. Either you want to have a nice italian breakfast or are following the steps of the Beat Generation in Frisco this tiny spot is a must see. No take out coffee, just grab a table and enjoy.