Welcome to Mercury Cafe

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March 16, 2009, Mercury Cafe  opened. This photo was taken at 7 am, when we first opened our doors. Ten years later, we’re still here. No  small feat for a little local, independent cafe. We’ve seen many changes. We’ve been through many changes. So we celebrate.

Mercury Cafe offers locally roasted direct-trade coffee. Our coffees are from Four Barrel Coffee. While we like to do pour-over coffee, we also have a French press brewed in bulk for those in a hurry.

We also offer small-batch baked goods, made-to-order sandwiches, and house-made soups. Our food is as local and organic as possible. Pies and scones are our specialty and our sandwiches are made to order and come with an organic mixed green salad.  Consider having lunch with us. Plenty of light and lots of seats.

Mercury carries a selection of draft beers, mostly from Northern California, and usually some cheap red and white wine. And there are plenty of non-alcoholic drinks available as well.

We’re trying something new. The last Friday of every month will be our community night where we feature guests–might be political, might be artistic, might be activist, might be all of the above–and people can drop by, enjoy drink and food, and meet the neighbors.

New stuff at the Mercury Cafe…





  • Karen Pickett (A.C.H.) and Steve Ongerth (I.W.W.) on the legacy of the late environmental and labor activist Judi Bari
  • Michael Eisenscher, Labor Rise for Climate, Jobs, Justice & Peace
  • Neha Mathew-Shah, President, Progressive Workers Union
  • Jason Henderson, Professor of Geography & Environment at S.F. State on Street Fights in Copenhagen Bicycle and Car Politics in a Green Mobility City
  • Live music from the Rainbow Jazz Collective

Discussing Labor + The Environment=True Love

A discussion focused on the present and historical connection between the labor and environmental movements.

Friday, July 26, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Mercury Café, 201 Octavia St., San Francisco

Why: Because we’re All OneOne People, One Planet, and One Big Union! Which is why we’ll be serving homemade, organic black beans with pan-roasted green onions over basmati rice (for $5, merely), and offering Happy Hour prices on beer. Be there or be square and unaware!

Donations to benefit the Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters

The mission of the Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters (BACH) is to educate and build support in the Bay Area and other urban areas for the preservation of a biologically viable redwood forest. BACH connects local environmentalists with forest activists to preserve the old growth redwood ecosystems, with real solutions for forest workers and communities.

And Remember: 

Mercury Cafe is now open until 8pm Fridays (except Friday, July 5). Great selection of draft beers and some wine. And those tasty sandwiches. And soups. And biscuits. And scones.

And don’t forget, if you’re a SF Bike Coalition Member, you get 10 percent off food purchases at Mercury Cafe, from scones to sandwiches.

Regular Hours
Monday – Friday 7am – 5pm
Saturday – Sunday 8am – 5pm

Yes, we have take-out (415-252-7855). Save time and a little money by calling ahead.

Cafe InteriorPleasant atmosphere, good coffee, and fresh organic food. As a neighborhood café, we prefer to support local businesses by offering as much regionally grown and produced food as possible.

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