Trieste is one of those very famous café’s that has a reputation built on former clientele. Once upon a time beatnicks living in North Beach used to walk on over to Trieste and hang out there and, like, totally jive man, you dig? (Ugh, that hurt to write) There many such places in North Beach, such as Vesuvio, Tosca and City Lights that are famous because of the beatnicks, but all of the places I just mentioned easily stand up on their own. Even without the history, City Lights is a great indie bookstore and Vesuvio and Tosca are damn cool bars.

You know what though? I don’t care. I was just thinking fondly about Café Fixe in Brookline, on the opposite side of the country, and I realize that even though Fixe doesn’t have that history, it is just so much better! I have never had a good experience with Trieste, and when I’m back in San Francisco in a few weeks and hit up all my old haunts I can pretty much tell assure you that I will not be wasting my money and caffeine resistance on this place (I mean, I can only have so many caffeinated beverages before I stop sleeping altogether, might as well make them count, yeah?).

The baristas are snooty, condescending, and why in the world would I want to go to a café where I’m made to feel guilty for disturbing the baristas meditation of whatever the hell he was just thinking about. Probably how to make his Converse look more “rugged” or when his next American Spirits break will be. The pastries are terrible; if you’re stopping by this place to get a pastry don’t! I implore you, go to Brioche café down the street; it’s so much better, and less crowded.

The only thing I do like about this place is how it’s kind of a community focal point, with lots of signs about shows, readings, etc. all over the café. From what I understand there are some open microphone type performances that still occurring there? Whatever, as far as I’m concerned there are a million places in North Beach that are less grungy, friendlier and with better coffee and snack options.

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Submitted by EricBNC on
<br>Moody baristas mulling over their converse I could live with, but bad pastries? Don't walk - run!

Submitted by jbviau on
Ugh. Take out the first "e" in the name and you've got the French word for "sad."

Yeah I think I would prefer more posts just on the good ones because there are lots of bad to mediocre ones. However, this cafe has a few places around the area and is pretty well known. I've had a few experience with them at a few of their locations and just feel like it's good, but nothing to write home about. If a Starbucks was on one corner and one of these cafe's was on the other I would probably pick this one, however put a Stumptown or something of that ilk on a third corner and well you get the picture,

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Trieste is one of those very famous café’s that has a reputation built on former clientele. Once upon a time beatnicks living in North Beach used to walk on over to Trieste and hang out there and, like, totally jive man, you dig? (Ugh, that hurt to write) There many such places in North Beach, such as Vesuvio, Tosca and City Lights that are famous because of the beatnicks, but all of the places I just mentioned easily stand up on their own. Even without the history, City Lights is a great indie bookstore and Vesuvio and Tosca are damn cool bars.

You know what though? I don’t care. I was just thinking fondly about Café Fixe in Brookline, on the opposite side of the country, and I realize that even though Fixe doesn’t have that history, it is just so much better! I have never had a good experience with Trieste, and when I’m back in San Francisco in a few weeks and hit up all my old haunts I can pretty much tell assure you that I will not be wasting my money and caffeine resistance on this place (I mean, I can only have so many caffeinated beverages before I stop sleeping altogether, might as well make them count, yeah?).

The baristas are snooty, condescending, and why in the world would I want to go to a café where I’m made to feel guilty for disturbing the baristas meditation of whatever the hell he was just thinking about. Probably how to make his Converse look more “rugged” or when his next American Spirits break will be. The pastries are terrible; if you’re stopping by this place to get a pastry don’t! I implore you, go to Brioche café down the street; it’s so much better, and less crowded.

The only thing I do like about this place is how it’s kind of a community focal point, with lots of signs about shows, readings, etc. all over the café. From what I understand there are some open microphone type performances that still occurring there? Whatever, as far as I’m concerned there are a million places in North Beach that are less grungy, friendlier and with better coffee and snack options.

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Yeah I think I would prefer

October 21, 2011 | by intrepid510

Yeah I think I would prefer more posts just on the good ones because there are lots of bad to mediocre ones. However, this cafe has a few places around the area and is pretty well known. I've had a few experience with them at a few of their locations and just feel like it's good, but nothing to write home about. If a Starbucks was on one corner and one of these cafe's was on the other I would probably pick this one, however put a Stumptown or something of that ilk on a third corner and well you get the picture,

Trieste

October 21, 2011 | by jbviau

Ugh. Take out the first "e" in the name and you've got the French word for "sad."

lots of bad cafes out there

October 20, 2011 | by wakeknot

I think posts about the great ones are more interesting because there are so many bad ones - the good ones are rare.

rough joint

October 20, 2011 | by EricBNC


Moody baristas mulling over their converse I could live with, but bad pastries? Don't walk - run!

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