We promise our tours will keep you awake, but you still might need a coffee fix before spending three hours eating and drinking your way around the neighborhood. Here’s where to get caffeine before your Mission District food tour. The Mission District is filled with independent coffee and tea shops which are favorites among locals
Samovar Tea Bar
Follow the smell of chai tea on Valencia Street to find Samovar, home of the Mission’s best chai. (Local tip: It also houses one of the Mission’s funkiest bathrooms!) Samovar is intended to be a place to take a break and slow down. If chai isn’t your flavor, there are lots of other organic, single origin and direct import teas, and herbal hot and iced teas to choose from. Want something quirky? Try the Tumeric Coconut Latte.
411 Valencia Street, San Francisco, 94103
Four Barrel Coffee
Four Barrel is so intent on teaching people about coffee that they host classes like Espresso & Milk Preparation and Brewing Better Coffee at Home. If you have coffee questions, ask anyone at the cafe. And if you’re just looking to grab a cup of high-quality coffee that is grown sustainably you can do that there, too.
375 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Ritual Coffee Roasters
If caffeine is a part of your daily ritual, the people at Ritual Roasters can take care of you. There are five locations in the SF and one in Napa, so their huge growth since 2005 shows ritual can brew a mean cup of coffee. And if you want to make their coffee a part of your ritual, you can order a coffee subscription online.
1026 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Linea has been celebrated in publications such as Thrillist, Easter, and Food & Wine. It’s a small but mighty presence in the Mission. The cafe sits on a corner of 18th street with not much room to linger, but luckily the neighborhood is great for walking. There are outdoor seats on the sidewalk, too.
3417 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Fayes Video and Espresso Bar
Come to Faye’s looking for a good cup of coffee, but don’t come here looking for a bathroom. When you walk in you’ll probably see a sign that reads, “No Bathroom. Never ever. Nope. No.” Luckily you can walk down the street to the bathrooms at Dolores Park if you need and enjoy your coffee on the grass. Or you can walk around Faye’s quirky attached store with artsy offerings, and yes, video rentals.
3614 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
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