Saturday, 10:00 am

It’s Saturday morning in San Francisco, and I’m on the hunt for the perfect breakfast spot slightly outside the city. Up pops Cafe Réveille. Pink tables? How could I possibly resist!? A breakfast date was set for 10:00 am.

Cafe Réveille is nestled in Mission Bay, which is just past SOMA and close to AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. I Ubered in from the east bay to meet up with a friend for breakfast and a coffee.

The cafe was absolutely adorable. It’s the perfect stop for anyone looking to get some shots for the gram. You cannot resist the pink tables, and we couldn’t either. We chose to sit outside as the day was quite lovely and our eyes only saw millennial pink.

Cafe Réveille

Cafe Réveille

I ordered some avocado toast and a latte. I will admit, my latte wasn’t the absolute best I’ve ever had (that title goes to Kaffeine in London). It was middle-of-the-road which I didn’t mind, though still slightly less on par with SF standards. When I lived in SF, Réveille owned a little coffee truck just outside my office. So to see them grow into a mini-chain of SF coffee shops, is quite remarkable. They always had a fantastic pour over.

But people definitely don’t come here for the food. The ambiance at Cafe Réveille is everything.

Cafe Réveille

Cafe Réveille

A Parisian Affair

The ambiance outside is reminiscent of a little coffee shop in Paris. You sit close to your neighbors, and neighbor’s dogs (which really is the best part), and sip your cappuccino and eat your morning eggs. The chairs were not the most comfortable thing in the world, but damn were they cute.

Réveille in French actually means ‘to wake’. The pronunciation is slightly difficult as well if you aren’t familiar with French. While most Americans would pronounce it as two syllables like ‘rev-eye’, the ending is much more beautiful sounding in French, though kind of arduous to be saying every five seconds.

Cafe Réveille

Cafe Réveille

Cafe Réveille

Modern Interior

The inside of the coffee shop was also super charming, though slightly disconnected from the outside seating. You get a more modern touch inside, which I had no problem with at all. It was definitely gorgeous. The bar had beautifully patterned tiles reminiscent of Moroccan or Portuguese tiles. Something you wouldn’t really see in Paris. Their large windows allowed a lot of light in, which I found charming.

There were loads of people inside, and it was much more lively. Inside, it seemed as if people were *gasp* actually there to eat and drink coffee. While outside, there were mini photoshoots going on everywhere. I took part, naturally…

Cafe Réveille

Cafe Réveille

Overall, we had a really nice experience here. Their food and coffee don’t really mimic the perfection of the space itself, but it’s a decent meal with a lovely experience, especially on a nice day.

After all, who doesn’t need a pink-table-rendezvous in their life?

What did you love most about this coffee shop? Would you stop by?

 

43 Comments

  1. You went, you went! Cafe Réveille is on my running list of places to visit when we are up in the Bay Area but I haven’t made it there yet. Clearly I need to, it’s SO CUTE!

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    1. Haha yes! It’s been named several times one of the most Instagrammable places in SF. Crazy right? It’s like, all you need is a pink table and BOOM. Kind of makes me hate me haha.

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    1. Haha makes sense! Food is important for me too. I went here knowing that I was all about the decor though, and I had lots of other goodies throughout the day. 😉

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  2. You had me at pink tables! It’s crazy how social media has changed how I look at restaurants and cafes now. Before I went purely for the food and now I’m also asking “how instagrammable is this place?” Seriously though the decor for this cafe was made for IG, down to that perfect millennial pink table as a backdrop for our food photos!

    Jenny // Geeky Posh

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  3. Oh man. Now I want to go to San Fran again! Didn’t I say that last time??
    This looks like my type of place.
    I actually canceled a breakfast date this morning because I wasn’t super well yesterday and that toast has got me wanting to go again.
    I love their coffee packaging too!
    Kiri
    Set to Glow
    http://www.settoglow.com.au

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  4. Ok so I love your travel photography but man, I might just love your food photography even more! Just looking at these photos of the delicious breakfast and frothy coffee makes my stomach rumble! I’m also very jealous we don’t have access to such gorgeous cafes!

    Musings & More

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    1. Haha thanks Em! My camera makes it so easy to take food shots, I love it! I wish I had (regular) access to cafes like this one as well. SIGH.

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  5. I don’t know how you managed to turn writing about a cafe into this, I swear! I’ve bookmarked it, because I’m in love with everything about it. I’m mesmerised by the photographs, what did you edit them with? And this cafe sounds amazing, pink tables?! Shame about the coffee not being as great as usual standards, but the atmosphere and deco would sell me! I’m honestly so in love with both this place and the post!

    https://coatandcoffee.com/cafe-reveille/

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  6. This cafe reminds me of a brick and mortar version of Glossier! The iconic “millenial pink” is everywhere – I don’t hate it. After all, going out to cafes and restaurants is for the ambiance mostly. The food does look good though!

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