The Best Cafes In The Mission District, San Francisco

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Courtney Holcomb

San Francisco is known for great coffee, and the Mission district is a hub for some of the best spots to get it. Browse our selection of the best coffee shops around to find somewhere to enjoy a cup of joe, and perhaps a meal, while working or socializing.

1. Stanza Coffee

Bar, Cafe, American

Stanza Coffee
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Stanza Coffee is a little hole in the wall coffee shop located near the vibrant intersection of 16th and Valencia. The coffee is delicious and served alongside a variety of pastries and small bites. The cafe is small but has ample seating, with free Wi-Fi and plenty of outlets making it a popular spot for locals to work. There is seating indoors and outdoors, with a covered front patio overlooking 16th Street and a second patio out back filled with classic diner booths. Both patios are decorated with quirky murals, and the interior of the cafe is covered with local artwork. Stanza is open until 6PM every night, but sometimes you can find its doors open for late night events.

2. Ritual Coffee

Cafe, Coffee Shop, American

Ritual Coffee Roasters is one of several coffee roasting companies with a cult following in San Francisco, operating with a mission to brew coffee so good it changes lives. There are five locations around the city, with the Mission location near the intersection of 21st and Valencia. The cafe offers a variety of roasts for drip coffee, espresso drinks, as well as cold brew on tap and nitro cold brew.

3. Flying Pig Bistro

Bar, Bistro, Cafe, Pub, Pub Grub

Flying Pig Bistro
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Flying Pig Bistro is a mix between a casual cafe and a neighborhood bar. All standard coffee and espresso drinks are available here, but the menu offers a huge variety of meal options, too. This is a great spot to grab delicious bagels, sandwiches, and salads, or even a daytime drink. Set yourself up to get work done at a table or the bar, with fast, free Wi-Fi and an ample number of outlets. The atmosphere is super relaxed, and you’ll get amazing service from the staff.

5. Borderlands Cafe

Bookstore, Store

Borderlands Cafe is located on Valencia Street between 19th and 20th Streets. The cafe adjoins Borderlands Books, a bookstore specializing in new and used science fiction, fantasy, horror and mystery books. Locals praise it as a great spot for studying, made quiet and isolated from distractions thanks to limited Wi-Fi along with no music and a no cell phones preferred policy. Wi-Fi is available for free Monday through Friday and there are plenty of outlets.

6. Revolution Cafe

Cafe, Pub Grub

Revolution Cafe
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Near the intersection of Mission and 22nd Street is Revolution Cafe, a lively place with a goal to support the San Francisco music scene. The cafe offers a selection of sandwiches, salads, and sweets, along with wine, beer, and coffee. Seating is available both indoors and outdoors. Revolution Cafe supports the community with live music seven nights a week in a variety of genres, never charging a cover and the menu is affordable.

7. Coffee Bar

Cafe, Coffee Shop, American

Coffee Bar
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Coffee Bar has three locations around the city, with a Mission location near the intersection of Bryant and Florida Streets. The cafe prides itself on providing an excellent cafe experience, starting with great coffee from Mr. Espresso. Beyond coffee, it offers a modern, open space with both indoor and outdoor seating. There’s healthy, locally sourced food available for breakfast and lunch, including sandwiches, salads, and pastries. The space is available to rent out for private parties too, and there are public events hosted there, as well.
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