A Coffee Lover’s Guide to the Best Mission Coffee Shops
Somebody recently asked me to recommend my favorite coffee shop in the Mission. “Are you joking?” I practically scoffed, “just one?”
This ask is nothing new, and in fact, in my years since I started reviewing coffee shops as a hobby, I’ve recommended dozens — no hundreds — of coffee shops from New York to LA. But narrowing down my findings to just one? Nope, never. Can’t be done. It’s all or nothing, the whole nine yards, A to Z — shall I keep going?
But for the purpose of research, and making sure that all San Franciscans experience great coffee, I’ll break down the best of Mission cafes, right here, right now, for you to enjoy.
If ever there was a coffee shop that reflects the energy of this bustling neighborhood, it’s Coffee Mission. You can’t miss the corner unit donning bright graffiti and floor to ceiling windows — and you won’t want to miss it. Order a cold brew on tap and grab a spot at one of the counter seats to get the true local experience.
Super-small with limited outdoor seating, Linea is a solid on-the-go spot. The cafe offers a menu of coffee and espresso drinks (and hey, there’s toast too!), and roasts their Linea-brand beans to perfection. If you’re in the area, stop in and see what blend they’re brewing — the flavors are always unique and delicious.
I love a coffee spot that combines a great blend with a great experience. Enter, Four Barrel Coffee, a cafe featuring high-end espresso and drip coffees — check out the slow bar for the true experience — local artist’s works, and built-in bike parking (yes, bike parking). There’s no Wi-Fi, so if you’re looking for a work spot, check out another personal favorite…
Remember that work spot I mentioned? Stanza is one of my favorite cafes in the Mission to kick back and roll through my to-do list. With strong coffee, a cozy (and quiet) atmosphere, and fast Wi-Fi, it comes in at #1 for a workday sip spot. If I was in the business of handing out bonus points, which, I guess I could be, I’d give them a few extra points for the beautiful back patio.
Grand Coffee is one of those places you just stumble upon. You know, nestled between unsuspecting shops on a busy street, just waiting to be discovered? But with strong coffee, delicious pastries, and a laid-back vibe, you’ll be quick to make it your new weekend spot. Stroll up to the window for a coffee on the go, or grab one of the few bar stools in the tiny space (and I do mean tiny) for a quick hangout.