It’s not so hard to inject a dose of luxury into your coffee routine! These cafes around the Bay Area are great for delicious drinks and breakfast/brunch fare, but they especially stand out for their unique, eye-catching design elements. Whether you want an over-the-top garden oasis or an upscale minimalist space, these 10 cafes around the Bay are not to be missed.
Enjoy high tea under a canopy of pink roses, gold chandeliers, and twisting vines in this show-stopping San Jose gem. The carefully curated space includes a hand-painted mural, regal goddess statues, and even a life-size metal horse in their outdoor courtyard! The space is so beautiful that they actually offer photoshoot rentals – seriously, this is the real deal.
Location: 923 S Bascom Ave, San Jose
2. Son & Garden
At Son & Garden, enjoy a traditional American brunch crossed with Asian ingredients under a stunning canopy of flowers! We’re especially loving their Secret Bar, a luxurious hidden section at their San Francisco location with swanky furniture and lovely jewel tones.
Locations: 700 Polk St, San Francisco and 1195 Merrill St, Menlo Park
3. Nirvana Soul
We can’t get enough of this beautiful cafe in San Jose, with vibrant pink ceilings and a lofted upstairs section overlooking the whole place. The fun colors and eclectic atmosphere pair perfectly with their popular churro waffle and honey lavender latte.
Location: 315 S 1st St, San Jose
This beautiful stone cottage in Berkeley is a stunning place to enjoy some delicious and high-quality coffee drinks. A large iron chandelier hangs from the tall gabled ceiling, and beautiful ornate mosaic tables decorate the outdoor patio. They serve spectacular house-roasted coffee from hand-chosen beans, and the quality of flavors comes through with every cup.
Location: 2080 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Berkeley
This vintage coffee truck hangs out at Alamo Square on the weekends, serving delicious drinks alongside the Painted Ladies for a unique and totally aesthetic cafe experience. The devil is really in the details, from their beautiful packaging, to the bright teal espresso machine, to the hand-painted logo on the side of the truck. While you’re at it, consider joining their subscription program for amazing monthly brews.
Location: Alamo Square Park, Steiner St & Hayes Street, San Francisco. See truck location updates here.
Each of Voyager Craft Coffee’s cafes is bright, sleek, and just lovely to spend time in. The colorful tile and wall designs make for a gorgeous backdrop, and the fun interior lighting and art is unique to each location. This attention to detail is evident in their vibrant rainbow lattes and massive homemade pastries, which are absolutely as good as the pictures.
Locations: 3985 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara; 2221 The Alameda, Santa Clara; and 87 N. San Pedro St, San Jose
This upscale patio cafe is so beautiful, it’s frequently rented out as a wedding venue. But lucky for us, they also host amazing luxurious brunches and afternoon teas alongside a beautiful round fountain and flowering plants. The cafe is located within a 3.5-acre garden oasis, home to Menlo Park’s Allied Arts Guild. This is the ultimate spot to treat yourself or a group to a totally unique cafe experience.
Location: 75 Arbor Rd, Menlo Park
Calling all minimalists who love a good industrial concrete wall! This unique San Jose gem serves spectacular boba drinks and clean, crisp edges with big green leafy plants and no-nonsense, modern decor. As if that weren’t enough, their artisan menu also includes creamy soft serve, fresh pastries, sparkling mimosas, and more.
Location: 77 N Almaden Ave Suite 70, San Jose
Every single one of Verve’s locations looks straight out of an architectural magazine, but we’re partial to their Pacific Ave and 1010 Fair locations in Santa Cruz and Market St. location in San Francisco. Across their locations you’ll find light and airy furniture paired with chic industrial elements, showstopping light fixtures, and plenty of plants.
10. Sextant Coffee Roasters
Sextant Coffee stands out for its rich wood paneling, concrete floors, and exposed brick wall. The hard, industrial elements contrast nicely with the bright and airy space, which is home to thriving plants and large skylights. They specialize in high-quality Ethiopian coffee roasted on site.
Location: 1415 Folsom St, San Francisco
Featured image: @sonandgarden via Instagram