the mill

great local coffee and great local breads under one airy roof

The geniuses behind The Mill know exactly what they’re doing, bringing Four Barrel coffee, Josey Baker bread, and a curated selection of local bakery pastries to one place and waiting for the customers to file in. And file in they do, the sunny space is packed from day to night (aka from cafe hours to pizza hours). Welcome to San Francisco. Where even a local café is a joint venture between local entrepreneurs (in this case a roaster and a bakery).

There’s substance beneath the hype though. The place is literally called “The Mill” because they have a mill that processes the grain that goes into the bread that’s been sliced and slathered into the toast you’re eating.

Not to mention the space itself is bright and inviting in the classic, Bay Area hipster way. And the long communal table? Perfect for chatting up about your latest venture or humble-bragging about a new IPO.

the details

Address736 Divisadero St, San Francisco
Hours7am to 9pm Tuesday to Saturday
7am to 7pm Sunday
7am to 6pm Monday
Price$$ – coffees are generally $4-5, toasts are $5-8
Aestheticminimal, natural, airy & artisanal, lots of wood, lots of light and a cute brick facade

good to know

Go here for: a well-deserved coffee break a safe distance away from fidi

Order this: coffee the way you take it, and toast the way you like it 

Amount of time to spend: you can definitely comfortable spend a couple hours here, but note that they don’t have wifi, so it’s better for a social coffee than a work coffee.

When to come: mornings are probably better, as it gets packed in the afternoon. Unless you want pizza, in which case, you don’t have much of a choice. 

Parking: street parking is a hit or miss. It’s also not particularly close to any Muni station (it’s like a 15 min walk from Duboce/Noe). So it’s either bus or rideshare on that end. 

Other things to note: 

  • They sell Josey Baker bread by the loaf, fresh each day, conveniently shelved so you can pick one up on your way to the register.
  • They do “pizza service” Tuesday through Saturday from 6-9pm, sold by the slice or in whole pies.
  • Don’t be fooled by everyone using laptops, there is no wifi and there are no outlets (let’s be real, everyone in SF uses their mobile hotspot because they expense their data plan).

Last visited: October 2019

Last updated: February 2020

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