Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store Cafe

Cafe in North Beach & Chinatown

A boho North Beach holdout on Washington Sq, Mario's gave up smoking in the 1970s and turned to piping-hot panini. Generations of artistic movements have been fueled by Mario's oven-baked onion-focaccia sandwiches with meatballs or eggplant. This is a prime corner for people-watching over carafes of Chianti or pints of Anchor Steam, served by art-schooled waitstaff.