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“Good coffee amidst a lot of fun, kitschy Montana stuff and other 'off the wall' items.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of General Mercantile

General Mercantile
413 North Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT 59601
406-442-6078
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Ranked #10 of 141 Restaurants in Helena
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Good coffee amidst a lot of fun, kitschy Montana stuff and other 'off the wall' items.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013 via mobile

I had a latte and my sister had an iced Amercano. My latte was good, but not super-great. My sister said her Americano was excellent. The service was super, and the atmosphere was great - lots of nooks to sit and drink coffee, and they have wifi (which I didn't try). The walls and shelves are covered with fun souvenirs and other kitschy toys and items. It's fun just to wander around and see all if the stuff!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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590 reviews 590 reviews
319 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 208 cities Reviews in 208 cities
243 helpful votes 243 helpful votes
“Okay coffee shop with some cute items.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

This was an okay coffee shop with some cute items. Unfortunately though, there was nothing unique that we hadn't seen already on our Montana road trip. Okay to skip this.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Helena, Montana
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Fun Shop to Visit!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Love spending time in this place! Such unique fun things to see. Love getting coffee and playing a game of chess with my friends. If you are visiting Helena, this is a must see and experience shop! You won't be disappointed!

Visited December 2012
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Helena, Montana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
“Call this place "Cosmic" and unique.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

You will never know who you are sitting next to at the counter. If there are aliens hiding in Helena, they get their caffeine here. The coffee brings them in but the atmosphere makes them linger. There is a feel of frozen time here, as if something in the building remains in the past of Helena. It is warm on a cold day and all of the wood feels comforting. Then there is the staff of skilled baristas; the place is a veritable barista parlor. Take an afternoon off and just hang out. You may strike up a conversation with someone who shares their thoughts on crystals, ETs, and heiroglyphs.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Helena, Montana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“A Helena Staple”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Not only is the coffee hand crafted, but my kids love their italian sodas! Lots to look at while you are waiting for your beverage....not a run in run out joint! Fish to be fed....'tree house' to be explored...and lots of cards, pottery, trinkets and the like to be poured over...I love Christmas shopping there for out of Montana family and friends!

Visited February 2013
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