10 Great #CoffeeShops for #Design Fans

In our October 2014 issue, we profiled Luke Pedersen and James Lennard, the designers who run Cape Town’s Field Office, a joint coffee shop and furniture showroom. Here, we take a tour through some more great coffee shops that combine incredible interiors with excellent espresso.



Sightglass Coffee’s 20th street outpost is a must-visit San Francisco café. The interior, masterminded by local firm Boor Bridges Architecture, showcases a wealth of handcrafted details and an industrial sensibility that pays homage to the original character of the space.

Photo by Matthew Millman
Originally appeared in Coffee Break: Sightglass 20th Street, San Francisco



Pedersen + Lennard’s Field Office coffee shops in Cape Town, South Africa, were all conceived as hangout spots that could double as showrooms for the duo’s furniture.

Courtesy of Henk Hattingh
Originally appeared in In Cape Town, a Creative Duo Forges a Unique Approach to Furniture Design

A recent addition to San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood, Saint Frank Coffee serves its brews in a geometrically inclined modern space designed by local firm Openscope Studio. The Spartan, light-filled cafe is decked out with custom furniture from local craftspeople and features an extra-long counter to highlight the work of its baristas.

Courtesy of Photo by: Patricia Chang Photography
Originally appeared in Coffee Break: San Francisco’s Saint Frank

The Third Wave Kiosk, a coffee stand designed by local architect Tony Hobba, is clad in reclaimed Cor-Ten steel and references the local landscape and culture of Torquay, Australia, a beachside town about 60 miles south of Melbourne.

Originally appeared in Coffee Break: Third Wave Kiosk



Earlier this year, Bay Area-based coffee company Peet’s unveiled a new design for its San Francisco, California, flagship location. Located in an 80-year-old art deco building, the cafe features a palette of oak, steel, brick, concrete, and Carrara marble—materials the company can easily deploy on a national scale.

Originally appeared in Coffee Break: Peet’s Chestnut Street, San Francisco



Toby’s Estate, an Australian café chain that’s been around since 1998, opened their first U.S. outpost in Brooklyn in 2012. Nemaworkshop designed the coffee shop to be an inviting social space for the neighborhood.

Courtesy of Rory Gardiner
Originally appeared in Coffee Break: Toby’s Estate



San Francisco’s Coffee Bar opened a Financial District location that differs markedly from the flagship shop, a neighborhood café where people often spend their lazy Sunday afternoons. The new space, designed by architecture firm jones | haydu, is meant to function as a stage that shows off the process of making an espresso drink.

Photo by Bruce Damonte
Originally appeared in Coffee Break: San Francisco’s Coffee Bar



Located in the Östermalm neighborhood of Stockholm, Cafe Foam channels “Spanish temperament with Scandinavian cool,” according to its designers, local firm Note. Indeed, the interior features the prototypical Scandinavian blonde wood and spare detailing, but with the addition of vibrant splashes of magenta.

Originally appeared in Coffee Break: Stockholm’s Cafe Foam




On a pleasantly sleepy stretch of Solano Avenue, Berkeley-based Local 123 opened a cafe within Flowerland nursery. From a 1969 Airstream Streamline Princess trailer, proprietor Frieda Hoffman and her business partner Alex Ebel churn out lattes, macchiatos, single-drip cups, and more.

Photo by Diana Budds
Originally appeared in Coffee Break: Albany’s Local 123


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Originally posted in Dwell by Robert Gordon-Fogelson


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