A Missionite can’t walk far down the street without running into a café. The sheer fact that they spring up like mushrooms on corners and tucked away off in numbered streets, has often fascinated me. Who are these people who open these cafes and what are they looking to bring to the neighborhood?
On a walk up the Mission, a person can find a café that specializes in tea, some that are full service bistro-types and others that serve a more holistic approach. There are cafes that people go to read a book and to hear poets read their works. They are filled with people who live outside of their homes, though unfortunately many are still tethered to their laptops.
But the beauty of the café remains the same in that they become a place where people gather to get news, often in this case about where you can learn yoga or how to play guitar. No matter what they do, the café in the Mission continues to change and evolve the landscape, offering a service of their own in this town. A newer café in the area is Borderlands Cafe right next to the sci-fi bookstore of the same name. They offer the typical cafe fare, but the offerings of various types of magazines for sale in the location as well as comfortable seating and friendly service can’t be beat. In an area where service can indeed be lackluster and tortuous, Borderlands deserves a look for a comfortable place to rest while strolling the Mission.