As part of our “Love, SF” series, we continue this week with our search for San Francisco’s most colorful characters. 

In the old days, you’d see Thomas every day at Caffe Trieste in North Beach. Sadly, he passed away last year.

Father and son outside Farley’s in Potrero Hill. Judging by the balloon, that is one happy kid.

City Lights Bookstore on Columbus Avenue remains a portal into a different time, both in terms of its books and its browsers.

One of the many local characters blowing smoke around Caffe Trieste.

A little “American Gothic” in the Mission. Four Barrel Coffee on Valencia makes for some really unpredictable people watching.

“In sickness and in health, in poverty or in wealth, ’til death do us part.” Dedicated love, table side, at Cafe Jacqueline.