Last night between a reading at City Lights and Mardi Gras festivities, a friend and I wandered into Cafe Divine on Washington Square Park, in the old Malvina space. It was nearly closing time, and the place was empty, but the owner welcomed us and suggested the hot chocolate and kolaches, straight out of the oven.
The kolache was light and delicious without being overly sweet. (I'm not an expert--I thought it was a hot cross bun.) All the baking is done in the evening, so I also picked up a warm currant scone for breakfast. The baked goods are simple rather than fancy. The scone was fluffy with a trace of baking soda; several different varieties including one with pecans were offered.
Prices are modest. Breakfast includes biscuits and gravy, albeit a somewhat untraditional version, and various eggs. The salads looked appealing, and pizzettas and sandwiches are available.
This has always been one of my favorite sunny corners since I lived in North Beach years ago, and it's good to see them open again. The bar and espresso machine are beautiful. Graffeo coffee. Republic of Tea tea in those silly cast iron pots. I have to agree with the post below--it's a perfect spot to curl up with the newspaper and watch the world go by.
1600 Stockton St. at Union
Hours are 9-9 for now, probably later on weekends. Still waiting for their liquor license.