Guide to Hayes Valley in San Francisco
One of the best neighborhoods in San Francisco used to be covered in freeways. The Mira Loma earthquake destroyed the off ramps and rejuvenation flowed in. Take the Muni train to the Van Ess station and walk around one this revitalized gem.

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Sip on Literary Cocktails at Two Sisters in Hayes Valley

Inspired by the real-life adventures of two Northern Californian sisters in Krakow, Vienna, Paris, and Brooklyn, Two Sister Bar and Books is a coffee bar, restaurant, and community space in Hayes Valley.

The cozy interior and good food makes for an inviting cafe, one where you can order a dish and a glass of wine and linger over a good book for hours—pick one from any of the stacks around the place.

The menu changes seasonally, but expect a Californian take on American comfort food: savory bread pudding with asparagus, spring onion, and goat cheese; an English cheddar and prosciutto grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup; strawberry and arugula salad; and pan-seared fish of the day.

Be sure to try their cocktails, or, better yet, join their monthly Books and Booze club; members meet the last Wednesday of the month to talk about the book and sip on a new signature cocktail.

Two Sisters Bar and Books is open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 4 pm to 11 pm; Fridays from 4 pm to midnight; Saturdays from noon to midnight; and Sundays from noon to 10 pm.

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by Liv Combe
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