Guide to Hayes Valley in San Francisco
Collected by Kristin Zibell, AFAR Local Expert
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.
579 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
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...
449 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
Miette describes themselves as San Francisco’s most charming pastry shop, and it would be hard to disagree. Bright, colorful, and cheerful, these American takes on classic pastries are some of the best you’ll find in the city. Miette (which means...
525 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
201 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
The Mercury Cafe is a gem. Never too crowded. Delicious coffee. Pie and lentil soup. Near the back is a stairway. It leads to an enclosed loft where a single table overlooks the cafe. Highly recommend for both reading and people watching.
437 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
While in line at Chantal Guillon, I overheard a patron say, "There are too many." Yes, there are many macarons in pastel colors lining the glass case and cafe. And, thankfully, you can buy a box of one of each flavor: Persian rose, salted caramel,...
601 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Caffe Trieste, in the heart of North Beach just off Columbus, is an authentic San Francisco experience where little has changed since Kerouac's day. The North Beach location, which opened in 1956, is a great place to sit down, enjoy a coffee, and...
609 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
You could eat at Bar Jules every day for a week and never eat the same thing twice—not only because you want to try everything, but also because the lunch and dinner menus change daily. This colorful cafe in Hayes Valley keeps their New...
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