The Best Coffee and Coffee Shops in Marin

The Best Coffee and Coffee Shops in Marin

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Everyday over 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed world wide, you could say as a species we’ve got a bit of an obsession. As more coffee shops than ever are popping up, new styles, types, blends and coffee innovations are taking our morning crutch to new levels of taste, strength, and quality. Check out the local favorites below:



Sausalito, Tam Junction, downtown Mill Valley, Larkspur, Oakland, Marina

Female-owned and LGBTQ proud coffee shop with over five locations in Marin. This certified B Corporation’s mission and tasty coffee has been sustainably harvesting and consciously producing coffee since 1995. And they’ve earned the attention, love and popularity from the community. Order a house-made pastry, breakfast or lunch item (varies by location), sit outside and enjoy the well-crafted atmosphere they provide.

1201 Bridgeway A, Sausalito, 415.729.9656


Firehouse Coffee


Located next to the Sausalito firehouse, this aptly-named cafe is frequented by Marin firefighters and police officers just before the start of their shifts. Whether it’s a cup of coffee, one of their 11 local blends of tea or a specialty latte — honey lavender, anyone? — this is a cozy community spot to try.

317 Johnson St, Sausalito, 415.729.9159


Caffe Acri


A short stroll from the Tiburon and Angel Island ferries, this cafe serves coffee and espresso beverages as well as breakfast, lunch and pastries that are made fresh in house daily. Pastries are individually wrapped, perfect to take on a walk by the waterfront. Affogato-mention: try their espresso over house-made gelato for a little treat.

1 Main St, Belvedere Tiburon, 415.435.8515


Philz Coffee

Corte Madera

A bay area favorite, Philz started in 1978 out of a convenience store in the Mission District in San Francisco. Once perfecting his style, Phil opened his first shop in 2003, and now has shops all over the country. Serving up unique blends carefully crafted for each customer, stop by for a mint macchiato (favorite of many), black cup of joe or mocha.

403 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera, 415.496.2024


Emporio Rulli


Interested in classic Italian espresso, pastries or cakes? All of them? Rulli, located in historic downtown Larkspur, has been providing this and more to the Marin community since 1988. Coffee is roasted bi-weekly by Chef Rulli himself and all pastries are made in house.

464 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, 415.924.7478


San Anselmo

Two years ago out of Ocean Beach in San Francisco, the Longway team opened a cafe centered around a small, crafted, woman-owned coffee brand, Lady Falcon Coffee. Born from a simple love of roasting beans and a community that supports them, their shop in San Anselmo pours high-quality coffee and local goods from Cibo Bakery, Johnny’s Doughnuts and Urban Remedy.

641 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo, 415.306.7657

Marin Coffee Roasters

San Anselmo

Marin-based and obsessed with quality, Marin Coffee Roasters brews specialty coffee and serves fresh food every day.

546 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo, 415.258.9549

Fox + Kit

San Rafael

A unique coffee shop catering to both children and parents, the beautiful interior and sophisticated atmosphere provide an interactive play space for kids and exceptional coffee and treats for adults.

1031 C St, San Rafael, 415.991.5061

Pink Owl Coffee

San Rafael

Choose from hand-selected teas and coffees, light meals, baked goods (including mochi doughnuts from local @thirdculturebakery). Feeling experimental? Try one of their specialty lattes or a coffee flight. A portion of their annual revenue goes to breast cancer research and supporting women, so you know your money is not only going to a worthy local business but also a good cause.

Red Whale Coffee

San Rafael

Known for its cult-like following, this coffee shop located in San Rafael is geared toward to-go orders, but also has a retail nook (for swag and make-at-home coffee goodies) and a lounge in the back equipped with vintage arcade games. Started back in 2013 by 5th generation Californian Sean Boyd, Red Whale guarantees high quality coffee and flavor profiles that will keep you coming back — the Chocolate Cold Brew is a must. They are also a staple at the Sunday San Rafael Farmers Markets and have converted an antique car into a “Red Whale Coffee to the Rescue” mobile coffee shop. 

169 Paul Dr., San Rafael,  415.906.6277


Dr. Insomniac’s


From blended coffees to fitness shakes to scuffins (what happens when “the best part of a scone and the best part of a muffin” are combined), find almost anything you could want for breakfast, lunch or snack time pick me up at this downtown Novato cafe. Their patio seating overlooks Grant Avenue is shaded and great for people watching.

800 Grant Ave, Novato, 415.246.7347

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