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The 6 Best Sausalito Coffee Spots in 2024

Wiped after a day of sightseeing in Sausalito? Need a pick-me-up to start your day in The City? Or just want to get out of the house and wondering where the best freelancer-friendly coffee shops are in Sausalito? I’ve got you covered.

As a Sausalito local who works from home, I’m always looking for the best Sausalito coffee shops for co-working, caffeinating, and catching a breath between exploring this charming hometown.

Read on for the best Sausalito coffee spots from Old Town to the Marinship – and what each of these java shops offer in addition to good brews.

Sausalito is the traditional lands of the Graton Rancheria, Miwok, and Me-Wuk (Coast Miwok) peoples. With respect, I make a formal land acknowledgment, extending my appreciation to the past and present stewards of these lands. To learn more, I invite you to explore Native Land.

This post was originally published in January 2020, and was updated in January 2024.

Bridgeway Bagel & Coffee

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  • Best for: Morning Coffee, Coffee-to-go, Meals
  • Location: Marinship (3001 Bridgeway)

Located a bit further from Sausalito’s popular walking areas, Bridgeway Bagel & Coffee has good brews and good food. But, it’s not necessarily a place you’ll hang out all day or gather for a long breakfast or lunch meeting. If, on the other hand, you need coffee to go or something to eat while you caffeinate yourself, it’s a good spot!

Equator

Located in the former, beloved Cibo, Equator is perfect for commuters and co-workers alike. You can catch a bus into the city right outside the front doors, or sit in one of several areas to get some work done or meet with a friend or colleague.

Equator also has sandwiches and other light food fares, so it gets popular at lunch. In between the morning commute and lunch rushes though, it’s a good spot for great coffee and other hot drinks.

Firehouse Coffee & Tea

  • Best for: Meet-ups, Morning Coffee, Working
  • Location: New Town (317 Johnson St)
  • Website: firehousecoffeetea.com

Arguably Sausalito’s coziest coffee shop, Firehouse Coffee & Tea has warm lighting and cozy couches you can sink into while enjoying a cup of coffee or tea. They even have a CBD infusion on the menu if you really need to unwind.

There are also seating areas with tables and plenty of electrical plugs if you want to sit and do work, too.

Golden Gate Market

  • Best for: Meet-ups, Morning Coffee, Quick Breakfast
  • Location: Old Town/Hurricane Gulch
  • Website: ggmsausalito.com

New on the scene since I first wrote this list, Golden Gate Market is a great new addition for coffee (and to-go breakfast options) in a different part of town.

Golden Gate Market is located over in the Old Town/Hurricane Gulch neighborhood, right at the corner where 2nd Street meets Richardson Street (which becomes Bridgeway). This makes it hard to miss – and once you try their coffee and breakfast sandwiches, you won’t ever want to.

They’re open from 7:30am daily, and early arrivals are lucky to grab a spot at the open-air seating bar to watch the world go by while having an amazing start to the day.

Sausalito Bakery & Cafe

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  • Best for: Morning Coffee, Coffee-to-go, Meals
  • Location: Bridgeway Promenade (571 Bridgeway)
  • Hours: M-Su 6am to 6pm

Located along the Bridgeway Promenade, Sausalito Bakery & Cafe is an all-day destination for whatever you want to drink – and a delightful array of global dishes and desserts too.

Whether you stop by in the morning for coffee or in the afternoon for a glass of wine, you can enjoy the view out over the Bay toward San Francisco. Snag a seat out on the sidewalk for a truly epic view and very European vibe.

Taste of Rome

  • Best for: Coffee-to-go, Meals
  • Location: New Town (1000 Bridgeway)
  • Hours: Su-R 6:30am to 10pm, F-Sa 6:30am to 11pm
  • Website: tasteofrome.co

There almost always seems to be something happening at Taste of Rome, whether it’s a lunch rush of people noshing on brick oven pizza or live music in the late evenings. But Taste of Rome is also a great spot for coffee in Sausalito, with an extensive menu of classic Italian coffee drinks. This, of course, includes espresso, but you can also find more unusual options like Affogato.

Best Sausalito Coffee Shops to Work From

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If you’re visiting Sausalito (or live here) and need to get some work done, here are the best Sausalito coffee shops to work from:

  • Equator (New Town): Formerly Cibo, Equator came into transition the space as a community favorite hangout in 2019. Now you’ll find a variety of small seating areas including tall tables, regular tables, and couches, as well as outdoor seating. Plug access is limited though, so make sure you’re fully changed before sitting down to try and get work done. Free wifi.
  • Firehouse Coffee & Tea (New Town): A combination of squashy couches, armchairs, and tables dot the floor of this coffee and tea shop, but the focus is all on the bar where you can get caffeinated eight ways to Sunday. There are plenty of plugs too, which is great for those who need to get work done.

Best Sausalito Diners & Cafes with Great Coffee

If you’re looking for a spot to grab a bite to go with your coffee, Sausalito is home to several great cafes, diners, and restaurants that are known for their brew and food:

  • Bayside Cafe (Waldo Point): This marina-adjacent restaurant has tons of seating and American diner food. Coffee goes great with their breakfast options.
  • FRED’s Place (Marinship): One of the city’s famous and beloved diners, FRED’s Place serves up American dishes, especially breakfast, and great coffee.
  • Le Garage (Marinship): A waterfront marina restaurant with French food, the coffee is excellent all day long.
  • Lighthouse Cafe (New Town): Another of Sausalito’s famed diners, this diner has a great bar where you can enjoy a cup of coffee, a Danish breakfast dish, or both.

Is there a Starbucks in Sausalito?

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While there used to be a Starbucks in Sausalito, it was closed following a building fire in the summer of 2018. At this point, it’s uncertain whether Starbucks will come back into the premises in Downtown Sausalito (near the corner of Bridgeway and Princess Street) once the restoration is complete.

If you really need Starbucks while visiting Sausalito, there are two in Marin City at the Marin Gateway Shopping Center – one is a freestanding coffee shop and the other is located in the Target.

Have questions about where to enjoy a cup of coffee in Sausalito? Let us know in the comments!

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Valerie fell in love with Sausalito after her very first visit; she and her husband then moved there in 2019. It's one of her favorite places in the Bay Area and she's excited to show you the best parts of her city.

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