Whether you find yourself in need of a complete breakfast or just coffee-and, stop in at any of these reliable spots. Most open at around 7 a.m. Then, properly refueled, at around 10 a.m. you can head out to a morning of shopping or sightseeing.
Emporio Rulli Caffè at Union Square On Union Square/Stockton St., (415) 433-1122. Daily 7am-7pm; $. The menu is simple: hot drinks and Italian pastries in the morning, wines and beers and sandwiches in the afternoon. My favorite is a coffee au lait with a kipfen—a puff pastry confection stuffed with almond paste. Some seating is available inside, and plenty more is scattered outside on the square.
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