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Cafe La Vie

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514 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4314
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08:00 - 18:00
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Sun 08:00 - 18:00
Mon - Sat 07:00 - 18:00
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34 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Café La Vie is a vibrant example of the dying breed of the neighborhood voyage and coffee shop. Strong coffee and espressos, local ownership, room to sit and talk. WiFi and power strips. And big cannister of chocolate powder to top off any foamy beverage. Stephanie the barista and owner is super friendly and positive. Plug in and recharge to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Very nice staff and atmosphere. I couldn't stay very long, but I felt so welcomed there. Love the place.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

This is an extremely relaxed venue. I found it quite comfort able. Mostly for locals. Thankfully quiet. Good mocha latte and friendly service.

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DallasTx
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2015

Great French coffee, and a wonderful menu. Also a great hangout feel, complete with newspapers for all to share

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2015 via mobile

I've lived in this neighborhood over 5 years and only discovered this place a few months ago. It's a little hidden off Hayes Street but worth finding where it is. It seems to have quite the contingent of local patrons who come back a lot, many people seem to know each other by name. Inside is pretty small, but it... More 

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Thank Chris M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2013

This is the place the neighborhood people go to. The coffee drinks are great, service friendly and great chilled out atmosphere.

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Boston
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2012

Stayed at nearby motel with terrible breakfast. This place had great coffee, good bagels (and I am from the east coast and have high standards). My coffee and buttered bagel cost $3.05. Woman working there was friendly and knew all the regulars. You can also make a breakfast bagel sandwich with your own choices.

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Thank gowharr32
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2011

Cheapest place to get coffee in Hayes Valley. Bring in your mug and get filled with coffee for 75 cents!

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Thank SanFrangirl23
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2011

Less cafe than coffee shop, La Vie is a dependable if unflashy place to grab a latte in Hayes. The snacks and fresh fruit seem more afterthought than anything, but with Blue Bottle and Ritual only steps away (both serving better coffee) the only advantage to La Vie is more available seating and a calm atmosphere.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2007

Cafe La Vie is an exceptional little cafe I discovered in the new hip area in San Francisco California called Hayes Valley just a short hop from downtown. Located on 514 Octavia street in the heart of the trendy hayes valley. Home made sandwiches, fresh french pastries, bagels and of course great coffee are all on the menu. Very chic... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 18:00
Monday
07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 18:00
Thursday
07:00 - 18:00
Friday
07:00 - 18:00
Saturday
07:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 514 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4314
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Hayes Valley
  • Neighbourhood: Hayes Valley

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Hayes Valley

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Hayes Valley
Chock full of designer boutiques, art galleries, funky shoe stores, and great restaurants, it’s hard to imagine Hayes Valley once languished in the shadow of a major freeway. Its removal allowed for the creation of an attractive boulevard on Octavia Street with a community park at its center and dozens of trendy businesses to satisfy visitors looking for a stylish respite.
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