The travel blogger wrote about how someone advised her to find her "neighborhood bar" while she was on her trip. What a great idea! I hope to do that in Florence.
And I immediately knew where my neighborhood cafes are in San Francisco, after only one trip (in 2009). The first one is Boulangerie du Polk on Russian Hill, where I spent a wonderful morning with a cappuchino in a bowl and a croissant, people-watching. People even brought their dogs inside. I overheard a man behind me tell someone who had called his cell phone that he could not talk, he was eating breakfast! He quickly made arrangements to call back and HUNG UP! You don't see that very often...people enjoying their food and putting down the phone.
The stream of people into this Boulangerie testifies how good it is. It's at 2300 Polk on Russian Hill.
After I left Boulangerie du Polk, I spotted some of the wild parrots having their own breakfast.
I walked a lot of hills (naturally! It's San Francisco!) until I found my next cafe' in North Beach.
Caffe' Trieste. I LOVE THIS PLACE! It has coffee, sandwiches, pastries and who knows what-all. They play opera. Supposedly Coppola wrote part of The Godfather in here. Sitting down in close quarters, people on both sides of me talked to me! It was very convivial.