Sacred Grounds Cafe San Francisco

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Sacred Grounds Cafe – Coffee house, eats & poetry

Sacred Grounds is aptly named. Not only has it been an established cafe for decades, it boasts the longest running open-mic night, with the tradition starting back in 1972. The place really is funky. Proudly featuring the most mismatched decor, the whole cafe itself is a dark, almost underground room adding to the whole poetic mystique that has come to surround this place. 

As for the food, it’s all quite good and the couple running the place are very friendly and open to conversation. They offer everything from pastries to full breakfasts to deli sandwiches with plenty of eclectic options in between. 

The real draw to this place though, and the feature which puts it on the map, is its weekly poetry nights. I’ve only stopped in for a handful, but it’s an admirable tradition that they’ve maintained for so long. Anyone is welcome to watch or participate; it’s a friendly space and everyone watching is supportive and respectful. 

I’ve pretty much grown up on Sacred Grounds, having lived my entire life right down the street. While the neighborhood has undergone substantial change in just about every way, Sacred Grounds Coffee has remained as a constant and shows no signs of changing anytime soon. 

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Details about this spot



Hayes Street 2095, San Francisco

Telephone number


Opening Times

Mon - Tue 08:00 - 17:00, Wed 08:00 - 21:30, Thu - Fri 08:00 - 17:00, Sat - Sun 09:00 - 16:00


Sandwich: US$ 10

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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)