It all began in 1984 when Linnaea Phillips created a gathering place for conversation, music, social events, and, of course, sharing good food and drink. With the help of many friends, her vision of a classic coffee house became a reality. Linnaea's Cafe today is still a beloved fixture of downtown San Luis Obispo and a popular place for out-of-towners to visit on their way through.
In 2008, Linnaea sold the café to her longtime manager, Marianne Orme, who's dedicated to keeping Linnaea’s the eclectic and welcoming center of San Luis Obispo’s coffee house culture. Linnaea’s remains a popular showcase for rising local artists
and host to a variety of musical performances, poetry readings, art installations, jazz jams, and other events.
Linnaea's has become a much-loved alternative to the corporate work environment. Our relaxed yet lively atmosphere is popular with businesspeople and students alike, providing a refuge and welcome respite from busy city life.
We've become a second home to numerous students and members of the community over the years. We hear it again and again. "Walking into Linnaea’s is like coming home." With such a unique and warm environment, free Wi-Fi, plenty of good food, good coffee, clean bathrooms, and free entertainment. Why go anywhere else?
There are three distinct environments to hang out in at Linnaea’s. When you first walk in there is window seating to watch the world go by. Well, the uniqueness of Garden Street anyway. Then head back to the main living room filled with tables, art, and a bookcase to peruse. Continuing further, you enter the garden
where you can sit in the sun or under the flowering arbor for some shade. The table next to the fish pond is probably the most popular.
1110 Garden Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401