One of the most photographed locations in San Francisco, Alamo Square’s famous “postcard row” at Hayes and Steiner Streets is indeed a visual treat. A tight, escalating formation of Victorian houses is back-dropped by downtown skyscrapers, providing a stunning contrast. The grassy square itself is an ideal midday break.
On the corner of Haight and Ashbury streets sits a beacon that calls to all who visit san Francisco: a street sign marking the heart of the neighborhood where 1960s flower power blossomed. These days, colorful Victorian houses brighten the hillsides and the streets are filled with restaurants and boutiques.
Flamboyant clothing shops, piercing and tattoo parlors, and long-loved stores such as Love on Haight mix with hip restaurants and boutiques along Upper Haight. Downhill on Haight St., alternative bars, consignment stores and music shops with old vinyl records hold forth.
San Francisco’s Japantown has been the center of the Bay Area’s Japanese and Japanese American community since 1906. It continues to an exciting place to explore and find authentic Japanese culture, restaurants and shops. If you’re in San Francisco Japantown, you’re lucky as there are only three Japantown’s left in the U.S. (and San Francisco’s is the largest, and oldest)
SFJAZZ is a recognized international leader in jazz creation, presentation, and education. SFJAZZ explores the full spectrum of jazz—from the music’s origins in the African American community, to its diverse present-day expressions around the world. As a 501c3 non-profit organization, SFJAZZ works to develop the audience for jazz in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. SFJAZZ celebrates jazz as a living art form, built on a constantly evolving tradition.
A short walk along the panhandle takes you to Golden Gate Park proper and all that it has to offer whether it’s biking or strolling along winding paths, visiting the buffalo out at the Bison Paddock, feeding ducks or boating at Stow Lake or exploring one of the many other attractions within the park.
Is there anything better than a hot coffee and slab of sourdough bread on a foggy San Francisco morning? Locals flock to this artisan java shop for their daily caffeine fix, where chirpy baristas blend hand-roasted coffees in a vintage steel roaster. “Toast service” runs from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for most of the year. The molasses brown bread, slathered with a blob of jam, always hits the spot, as does the chocolate hazelnut on country bread. There are the usual coffee options — cappuccino, espresso, Americano — as well as more expensive, exotic blends from Kenya, Colombia, and Ethiopia. If you’re in the area at dusk, sample a slice of classic cheese pizza and dip it in the homemade ranch sauce. It’s a match made in heaven.
This neighborhood namesake serves Californian fare in a modern building on Divisadero St. On weekday evenings, this place bustles with workers who slurp colorful cocktails. Creative concoctions include the Stiff Upper Lip (London gin, the aperitif Bruto Americano, lemon) and the Black Mamba (scotch, lime, tonic). The food menu changes weekly, but expect fresh ingredients from farmers’ markets around the Bay Area: juicy pork chops, orange-glazed sweet potatoes, seared duck breast, roasted black cod, and more. Stop here for weekend brunch after a morning stroll in Golden Gate Park. Meat-lovers can bite into the bacon-wrapped meatloaf served with spicy pickles and gremolata, while custard french toast with seared apples and spiced butter provides a lighter alternative.
A real butcher presides over this buzzy BBQ spot, which serves homemade comfort food and stays opens late. Smoked meats are the star of the show. Thick wedges of pork, beef brisket, and chicken jostle for plate space with fries, ‘slaw, pickles, and a warm buttery parker house roll. Of course, there are veggie options — the grits and egg sandwich comes with roasted green chili peppers, stinky cheese, and a buttery, griddled bun — but, for the most part, diners devour the carnivore cuisine. This place is home to one of San Francisco’s last authentic wood-fired BBQ pits and chefs source their meats from local farmers. It’s worth the visit for that alone.
The Mighty Quinn provides the most extensive selection of smoking and vaporizing accessories from the best Artists and Companies in the Industry.
Located at 628 Divisadero Street in the NOPA district of San Francisco, The Independent continues a history of showcasing a diversity of emerging and exciting artists from a mix of genres, including hop-hop, EDM, rock-n-roll, comedy, podcasts and more. This premier venue first opened doors in February 2004 and has hosted Vampire Weekend, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Green Day, John Legend, Beck, Dave Chappelle, Arctic Monkeys and The Black Eyed Peas … to name a few. With a 500-person capacity and full bar, The Independent creates a connection between artist and audience, provides an ever-changing schedule of events and plays an important role in San Francisco’s live music scene.
With a location at 550 Divisadero Street and another at 3639 18th Street, Bi-Rite Market is a step above your neighborhood San Francisco grocery store. Here is where you find unique culinary creations, identifiable ingredients, outstanding taste and wonderful variety. This destination includes a warm welcome and an abundance of peak season produce and products from local farmers, ranchers, chefs, cheesemongers, producers and those dedicated to foods that are not only delicious but beneficial to our community and the earth. Enjoy an interactive experience, tasty samples and the first step toward more memorable meals. Locally owned and organic, Bi-Rite Market is the perfect shop for culinary inspiration.
One of the most inventive, original and exciting entertainment destinations in San Francisco, Emporium SF combines classic arcade games with an incredible bar selection. Sixteen craft beers, canned wines, an extensive whiskey menu and frozen, mixed and draft cocktails are just the beginning. Live DJs keep the beat going for anyone who feels like dancing on the full stage complete with pro lighting. Enjoy watching events on two big scenes or the 50’ projection screen. In the mood to play? There’s plenty of pool tables, foosball, pinball, skeeball, air hockey, shuffleboard and so much more. You’ll even find a photo booth!
A laid-back vibe makes The Page the perfect neighborhood bar. Open daily inside and out, there’s great music, leather booths, pool tables, foosball, jukebox and the option to dine-in or takeout. We highly suggest spending some time, hanging out and enjoying an uncrowded, relaxed space, affordable prices and friendly regulars. An impressive rotating selection of draft beers, wines and a great time are waiting for you at 298 Divisadero Street.
Your friendly, neighborhood gathering spot, Fly Bar is a tradition. 25 hours of happy hour per week, one of the most extensive craft beer selections, wine, giant salads, pizza, sandwiches and all sorts of delicious pub foods are right around the corner at 762 Divisadero Street. A San Francisco staple, Fly Bar keeps things affordable while offering a great spot to dine-in, take-out and relax with friends. Whether early in the week, Tuesday trivia night or end-of-the-night on the weekend, you can avoid the crowds and enjoy a casual, welcoming and warm atmosphere.
There’s more than inexpensive drinks at Madrone. Found at 500 Divisadero Street, this innovative San Francisco Art Bar features constantly changing exhibits from both emerging and established artists. With the theme and style of crowd changing every night, there’s local music open mic afternoons, The Dirty Rotten Dance Party on the first Friday of the month, DJs setting the beat, a compact dance floor and works of all kinds, including sculpture, painting, photography, video, film, fashion and more. Step inside a creative environment for an uplighting and enlightening experience.
Yoga Garden SF is a quintessential San Francisco experience. Situated right where NOPA and Lower Haight meet and housed in an old Victorian home, three studios and the city’s best yoga instructors welcome students of all abilities. A walk down a pretty garden path leaves behind the stress of everyday life and leads to a wonderful diversity of length, focus and style of classes. Get started with a safe and satisfying foundation. Relax or benefit from a strenuous workout. Advance your abilities, connect with fellow students, take workshops or yoga teacher training. A favorite yoga destination since 1998, Yoga Garden SF is found at 286 Divisadero St.