Collected by Liv Combe, AFAR Contributor
432 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
Wander along Octavia Street in Hayes Valley and you’ll probably notice the open space at its center dotted with renovated shipping containers; though it may sound like it wouldn’t be a retail hot spot, it definitely is. Proxy is a temporary...
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
315 Linden St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
Hailed by Slate as the Apple of coffee, Blue Bottle Coffee is largely responsible for starting the oft-cited “third wave” of coffee roasters, changing the face of commercial brewing that companies like Starbucks had for so long had a...
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...
418 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
In Italian, “bulo” means attractive, cool, and new; and for the past 20 years, Bulo in Hayes Valley has been selling high-quality shoes, bags, and accessories that are just that. Bulo carries shoes for men and women from brands including Cydwoq, H...
416 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
Since 1984, Gimme Shoes has gained a San Francisco following for sourcing some of the best designer footwear at affordable prices; at Gimme Shoes, they don’t limit themselves to “luxury” products and instead focus on quality. They pride themselves...
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...
519 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
Opened in the early aughts by Tim and Tara Dale, Yoga Tree is one of the largest yoga studios in the Bay Area and boasts some of its best instructors. Students of any style of yoga—vinyasa, hatha, yin, iyengar—will find a class for them at one of...
650 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
If rum is your drink of choice and you love nothing more than a good tiki bar, head to Smuggler’s Cove in Hayes Valley. This dark, pirate-themed bar has one of the best rum selections in the city, delicious cocktails made by talented...
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