by Raphael Grignani for Interaction Design Association
Whether it’s to show friends around, (window) shop, grab a bite, or have a drink, I typically visit one of these places every week.
San Francisco is the home of artisan coffee, and by artisan, I mean queue-for-15-min-pay-$5-and-wait-for-another-10-min-to-finally-get-your-coffee. I recommend a Gibraltar, which is the name of the glass it's served in. Blue Bottle, Sightglass, Ritual, Four Barrels, they're all good. You can't go wrong.
This American Life episode 520: No Place Like Home tells the incredible story behind Trouble coffee. Order toast while you wait for brunch at Outerlands.
This is my favorite pizza in town. Organic, locally sourced, and super friendly staff. It's a great spot for LARGE groups. A block away from Zeitgeist.
Delicious, beautifully prepared Izakaya-style food. Mind-blowing desserts. Order the house-made umeshu. Not great for parties larger than four people.
If you need to get some work done during the conference–gasp–the Workshop Cafe is a great option near YBCA. $2/hr for workspace area.