We are so lucky to be living in a place where good coffee is not hard to find. As you can imagine, coffee is serious business in the Bay Area, with the lifestyle being so fast-paced and professionals and students putting in long hours working and studying.
Since moving here, I’ve frequented many coffee shops and my favorite thing to do on a Saturday morning is head to a cafe, sip on a cappuccino and start the weekend nice and slow.
I’ve rounded up 5 of the best places in Silicon Valley to get caffeinated. Make sure to stop by one of these places if you’re ever in the area!
Location: Santa Clara (Close to Levi Stadium and Santa Clara Convention Center)
Note: It’s a little hard to find because its located in the middle of a courtyard between office buildings.
Parking: Ample free parking
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9-2 (Saturdays until 3)
Environment: Outdoor seating only, bathrooms are clean and spacious.
Table and chairs availability: Plenty of tables and chairs as well as cushioned patio benches.
Coffee: Verve Coffee Roasters and Vertigo Coffee Roasters
Food: Pastries only and they don’t have an oven to heat it up, BUT they are sourced from Alexanders Patisserie every morning so its super yum! We got a chocolate croissant and croissant stuffed with Nutella and banana and both were amazing.
Service: Excellent. Staff is super friendly and accommodating.
Why it’s so awesome: The wide outdoor open space makes this the perfect place for big parties, and kids. The kids are able to run around and there are games for them to play. Actually, encourage your kids to bring a toy or two so they can share with other kids that are there. I found that I was able to relax more and enjoy my coffee because they were pre-occupied and playing on their own.
I plan on coming back here on my own to read, write and just chill.
Location: Downtown Palo Alto
Parking: Street parking or paid parking lot
Hours: Monday-Friday 7-7, Saturday-Sunday8-7
Environment: Large cafe. Lots of room outside. Indoor and outdoor seating
Table and chairs availability: They have a variety of work spaces that you can reserve for a fee that ranges from $3/hour for a desk and chair to $75/hour for an entire conference room. I’ve personally never reserved a work space before but at $3/hour, I think its worth it in this environment. If you just want to lounge and chill out, there are plenty of outside seating if you go when it’s not busy.
Coffee: Blue Bottle Coffee
Food: The pastries are good here. I want to try their hot breakfast/brunch items, like their avocado toast, because they looked really good. Check out their full menu here.
Service: The service is a hit or miss. I’ve come here where the service was super friendly and quick and other times, not so much. It really depends on who you get.
Why it’s so awesome: HanaHaus’ shared office space is open with offices and conference rooms along the side so its a great place to have meetings and collaborate in a office-like setting. But to me what makes it so awesome is the coffee! I love Blue Bottle coffee because it tastes like REAL coffee not the watered down, sugary ones you get at other establishments.
Location: San Pedro Market in Downtown San Jose
Parking: Street parking or parking garage
Hours: Monday-Friday 7-7, Saturday-Sunday 8-7
Environment: Large open space area, located inside the San Pedro market. Indoor seating only.
Table and chairs availability: Plenty of large tables and seating available throughout.
Coffee: They offer two roasters, Verve from Santa Cruz and Sightglass from San Francisco.
Food: They offer pastries and I tried their croissant and it was really good.
Service: Very good and efficient.
Why it’s so awesome: There is a ton of workspace and I mean a ton! Great for meeting up with peeps and having meetings. Their latte art is on point, plus there is a lot of natural light coming through so its definitely Instagram worthy.
Location: Japan Town, San Jose
Parking: Street parking
Hours: Monday-Friday 6:30-7, Saturday 7:30-7, Sunday 7:39-5
Environment: Average sized cafe. Sitting outside is more comfortable than inside. Indoor and outdoor seating.
Table and chairs availability: Good amount of tables and chairs outside.
Coffee: Verve coffee roasters, The Satori Tea Company and Teance Fine Teas
Food: Warm pastries and fruit cups were available during my visit
Service: Very friendly staff and coffee came out quickly
Why it’s so awesome: This place is so cute and has a small town vibe to it. It’s located in Japan Town so its a great place to stop by before or after eating at one of the amazing restaurants nearby. The best part though is that they have toys available for kids to play with! We got a table outside and my kids got a box of lego’s to play with while hubby and I got to relax.
Location: Cupertino’s Main Street
Parking: Parking can be tough with all the great food options in that plaza
Hours: Monday-Sunday 6-8
Wifi Availability: Free
Environment: Indoor and outdoor seating.
Table and chairs availability: It’s always difficult to get a table and chair at Philz because it’s usually crowded. But if you get lucky there is seating inside and outside. I prefer outside seating because there is an open lawn area in front where my kids can roam around and I can keep my eye on them.
Coffee: AMAZING!!!!!! My favorites are Mint Mojito, Ambrosia and Philtered Soul
Food: Pastries, bagels, yoghurt parfaits, kind of the same things you would find at a Starbucks. The food is okay but you don’t come here for the food anyway. But here’s a tip: get your pastries at 85 C Bakery or Alexanders Patisserie both in the same plaza and then head over to Philz.
Service: Super cheery staff and while the line can get very long at times, it’s kinda expected here so just relax and enjoy the people watching.
Why it’s so awesome: The atmosphere has a laid-back chill vibe and the pour over coffee is amazing. I don’t even know how to describe the coffee because its just amazing. What I like most is that the quality and taste of my drink is always consistent.