A small, suburban neighborhood tucked in between the vibrant Haight and Castro districts, Cole Valley is the perfect spot to recover the morning after a night out on the town. Check out our favorite spots in the area to grab a mid-morning bite to eat.
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Zazie has been a Cole Valley mainstay since 1992, serving up classic American brunches. The restaurant not only offers incredible food, but ethical business practices. Unlike most non-union restaurants, Zazie offers all employees a comprehensive benefits package, and even helped spearhead the Tip Free movement to ensure living wages and revenue shares. Whatever transgressions you may have committed at night, you can make up for them by dining at Zazie in the morning.
If you are a fan of the classic bacon-filled breakfast, Bacon Bacon is the perfect spot for you. This restaurant serves up incredible espresso drinks, hearty breakfast sandwiches, delicious burgers, and – you guessed it – an amazing amount of bacon. Enjoy a fun morning meal here surrounded by friendly, old-fashioned cooks.
Cole Valley Cafe is located just south of Haight Street at the corner of Cole and Waller. The menu is creative and the atmosphere is homey and welcoming. There is free wifi, so you are welcome to bring your laptop and get some work done while you sip on high quality coffee. Just out of reach of the hectic Haigh-Ashbury neighborhood, this place is still quaint and quiet.
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The Alembic is a quiet, comfortable restaurant offering local foods and great drinks. The menu is simple but tasty, offering such creative options as duck hearts, fried tendon, and deviled duck eggs. The food is all of the highest quality possible, and you can enjoy it alongside a variety of fun cocktails and other breakfast-time drinks like mimosas.
Lava Java is a laid back establishment, filled with a friendly staff and some calm respite from the hustle and bustle of the Haight. This is a classic, cozy joint, offering no wifi and accepting no credit cards, giving you refreshing relief from the many other tech-heavy cafés around town. Enjoy a yummy sandwich accompanied by a piping hot cup of coffee.
Cafe Reverie offers a mix of American and Mediterranean food, with a diverse menu for you to choose from. The atmosphere is gorgeous, with a hilly backyard terrace where you can enjoy your meal, as well. Enjoy a large meal here along with a cup of joe that is praised by coffee lovers all around the city.