Hidden in an alley in the heart of Chinatown/Financial District, Chapel Hill proves bold aesthetics can live in small settings. The shop serves hyper-local, small batch, like-minded businesses that give a shit. A true neighborhood nook for creative coffee conscious individuals.
OUR ARTICLEBY: Travis Platt Contributing writer
San Francisco’s Chinatown is widely known for its architecture, neon signs, and steaming plates of dumplings. Off the main drag down a secluded side street is a different type of steam, the hot steam of espresso in what is the city’s finest hidden coffee spot, Chapel Hill Coffee Co. At first glance, it’s easy to overlook, as the shop’s large window reflects buildings across the street, creating a reflective camouflage. When the fog burns off and the sky is clear, a window slat opens vertically, exposing the inner prize that is Chapel Hill.
This is a space for the mind to drift before the day’s itinerary begins.
This sophisticated small space delivers the ultimate daily gift: damn good coffee for people on the move. Slinging Four Barrel beans in any kind of caffeinated form, this is a setting where the mind can take a breather to observe the shop’s cozy yet invigorating architecture and design. Smoothed natural wood panels meet concrete walls under industrial lighting. Here, they stamp your espresso shot down with a skull-knobbed tamper, delivering coffee that is rich and full bodied. This is a space for the mind to drift before the day’s itinerary begins.
Chapel Hill Coffee Co. is open from seven to three each weekday, and it’s important to note that the door is locked on the weekends. It’s a reward that is decisively preserved for your busy week. Chapel Hill gives you something to look forward to Monday morning and through the days ahead in the hustle of life. With an intricate logo that resembles a chapel, it’s easy to worship this elusive shop committed to the faithful that are willing to venture off the beaten path.
Closed SAT & SUN, open for the weekly hustle only
Good things come in small packages, there is something so simple about this shop that keeps luring its cult following back
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