Rainbow Grocery San Francisco

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Rainbow Grocery – The worker owned cooperative

I was first introduced to Rainbow Grocery shortly after I moved to San Francisco and it’s become one of my favorite spots ever since.

There are so many things to like about Rainbow’s mission as a worker-owned cooperative. Not only does it provide a much-needed alternative to the large corporate owned grocery outlets, but its locally sourced products help Bay Area purveyors, workers and health conscious consumers live a better, more sustainable life.

From the moment you walk through the front door, you’ll find a fantastic array of bulk spices, teas and organic coffees. I especially like their bulk foods, cheese department and I consider their vitamin & nutrient section to be tops in the entire city for their choices and prices.

Aisle after aisle provides a cornucopia of locally sourced products, organic produce, specialty and unique items that may only be found at this particular shop.

Best of all Rainbow is worker-owned and operated. That means it’s run by knowledgeable people who are committed to providing healthy food and products without the concerns of catering to anonymous corporate shareholders.

Rainbow Grocery has been around since 1975 and will hopefully be around for many years to come. It’s slightly hidden, south of downtown on Folsom St., tucked away under a highway overpass. Keep in mind that parking can be tight, but if you like supporting healthy minded, forward thinking local businesses then a visit to Rainbow will feel like you’ve found a little pot of gold.

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Details about this spot



1745 Folsom Street, San Francisco

Telephone number


Opening Times

09:00 - 21:00 daily


Avocados per lb: US$ 3


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