Caffé Roma

Although lacking the historical tradition of other North Beach cafes, Cafe Roma attracts a core of loyal coffee drinkers who don't miss an early morning without stopping by; plus Roma gets a lot of foot traffic from people passing by. It is one of the few cafes where beans are roasted and ground at the same location, and coffee/espresso is available by the pound. The cappucinos are especially good and Washington Square park is also right down the street, 1/2 block away.