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Mid-Market Neighborhood Buzz: Coffee Shops

February 13, 2017

We’ve written in the past about some of our favorite coffee spots near Trinity Place, but the list goes on and on. This time around, we’re highlighting three conveniently located cafes, all found within a two-block stretch of mid-Market, from 6th to 8th Streets and just a short walk from Trinity Place at 8th and Market.

 

Equator Coffee and Teas  (7 minute walk from 33 8th at Trinity Place)

Equator Facebook

Equator Facebook

It didn’t take long for this coffee roaster from Marin—the early operation began in a garage—to take hold in mid-Market, satisfying the coffee cravings of local tech workers and nearby nonprofit leaders alike. With a socially conscious business ethos (Equator is a reregistered B Corp) at the heart of their quality offerings, the team immediately set to hire locally, providing opportunity for nearby residents while simultaneously making a global impact with a slew of international programs promoting equitable development, diversity and equality. It’s no mystery why they were named the Small Business of the year, both in California and nationally in 2016. In addition to artisanal pour over, delectable treats, Equator offers beer and wine specials in the evening. Insider tip:  don’t miss the ginormous donuts when available, well worth the calories. Sunny days call for outside seating.

 

David Rio Chai Bar (6 minute walk from 33 8th at Trinity Place)

David Rio Chai Bar Facebook

David Rio Chai Bar Facebook

So technically, this spot is not a coffee roaster per se. That’s not to say you can’t find a good coffee here, but there’s not doubt the Chai, as the name implies, is where it’s at this mid-Market gem of an establishment. Perfect for switching things up, adding a little variety, you can mix and match from a chai menu that balances between new concoctions and old time staples like their signature Tiger Spice Chai with walks the line between spice and sweet, especially when you blend with a richer macadamia nut milk (hint). This a great change of space establishment for chai novices, and it’s quickly become a favorite for city agency types on a longer stroll from City Hall as well as nearby office workers and residents. Outside seating on sunny days makes for excellent people watching. The music is always good, and the staff always friendly. What are you waiting for?

 

A.C.T. Strand Café (3 min walk from 33 8th at Trinity Place)

Strand Cafe Twitter

Strand Cafe Twitter

The Strand Theater has a café? That’s right! This little known café offers everything you’d expect, including a limited menu of bites. But what sets this café out from the rest is the serene, clean atmosphere of its interior emboldened by an 18-foot LED projection screen showcasing images from newspaper clippings, digital art, and other remnants of Market Street’s theater heyday. The under the radar café, which offers complimentary Wi-Fi, is the perfect for a more serious, yet familiar business meeting. Go there before shows and enjoy a full liquor selection. We’ve heard through the grapevine a monthly happy hour featuring local bay area artists is in the works. Stay tuned.

 

Looking for a San Francisco apartment in SoMa? Trinity Place is a brand new building just steps from tech bus stops and The Orpheum Theater on 8th and Market Street.

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