For almost six decades, this historic building on Sansome Street was home to Cable Car Clothiers, a family-owned business serving the most dapper members of San Francisco society.
Founded in 1946, and named after the trolleys that crisscrossed the city’s streets, they were dedicated to providing their clientele with the highest-quality products. Though today’s Sansome Street patrons no longer wear three-piece suits, they still carry an air of unrushed refinement.
Our regular, Bob, who recently shifted his cafe preference from Mint Plaza to Sansome, epitomizes it all. He sits at the counter nearly every morning, with an extra-hot hot chocolate, his book, and a portable hat hook affixed to the window to hold his dapper, brimmed hat.
With white marble tables and floor-to-ceiling windows, this cafe is an inviting meeting place and people-watching perch tucked away in San Francisco’s busy Financial District. We serve espresso drinks, pour over coffee, and a delicious array of easy-to-grab food and pastries you could take with you as you catch a cable car, silver cane in one hand and a single origin pour over in the other.