Haight-Ashbury
Haight-Ashbury
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Center of the long-gone hippie culture of the 1960s, this trendy neighborhood is now a whole new scene with upscale boutiques, Internet cafes and hip restaurants.
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The area surrounding the intersection of Haight and Ashbury streets, “The Haight” still exudes vibes of the 1960s counterculture as a haven for vintage clothes, music, pop posters and body piercing shops. While the Summer of Love ended decades ago, Haight-Ashbury has turned into a melting pot of hippies, hipsters, and professionals. Walking through its streets can still feel like stepping back in time. A must-see neighborhood for most music fans, it’s easy to see why these streets attracted the likes of the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin. You’ll likely be content in The Haight day or night, just be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.
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wendy L
Evanston, IL498 contributions
Jul 2021
Something tells me you need to have been alive during the 60's to appreciate this area, and you need to share your memories with the younger generation. This was our experience. Two of us were young adults during the 60's, and our stories helped our 18 and 19 year old kids to understand and put into context what they were seeing. Despite the rather tacky nature of the shops, it is a place steeped in history, if you care enough to find it. This should never be a place for a high-brow experience, the characters who frequented the streets were there partly in protest to that kind of lifestyle. Embrace it for what it is, and get a free Welcome Guide which will point you in the direction of houses and haunts of the late and great. If the stores bother you, check out the wonderful homes on the side streets, and use your guide to see who once lived there. Or check out some of the murals, with personal images and signatures of some famous folks. The vintage clothing store is superb. To me many items looked like performers' costumes. You can also pick up some great little 60's stuff which our kids really liked. Bottom line, it is an experience if you go with the correct mindset. We parked easily, and had no problems with that. A few homeless here, but they were only sleeping, and did not bother us. Walked to GG Park.
Written July 11, 2021
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Prem Rao
Bengaluru, India169 contributions
Dec 2019
The Haight Ashbury's claim to fame in this day and age is that it was the most popular hang out of the Hippies and the original Flower People back in the '60s and '70s. There are many eateries, souvenir shops, and memorabilia of different kinds on sale. You do bump into a few modern day Hippies. The wall murals are interesting depicting the music legends of those faraway days. It's worth the walk and you can spend an hour- or much more- depending on your level of interest.
Written March 7, 2020
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LivinglifeinPA
Allentown, PA778 contributions
Aug 2022
Our tour of San Francisco took us into this part of the city.....such a funky street with colorful storefronts. We quickly drove through the area, though, so a few days later, we took an Uber to take a closer look at this interesting neighborhood.

It's like stepping back into the 60's with Jimi's house, psychedelic-painted shops, and lots of "consignment" stores selling clothes from the 60's and beyond!

Yes, there were those who were puffing away & feeling no pain as well as others who were obviously homeless, but we still felt quite safe during our visit.

A step back into history that will make you smile with all the memories it will awaken.
Written August 26, 2022
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freebiekatt
Las Vegas, Nv.31 contributions
Dec 2019
Was in San Francisco area and had to visit Haight-Ashbury district. Still has tye-dye shops and great little spots for coffee and a bite to eat. A few street musicians and just that vibe that personafied the hippy movement of the 60's.
Written January 5, 2020
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MNRLVEU
Columbus, OH271 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
The area was fun to visit especially for someone who came of age during these times, to walk in the places of some of our icons from the times was a blast from the past there are plenty of shops and plenty of sights. The area does have its eccentric folks but everyone we encountered was friendly and smiling maybe still sharing the peace and love. Go and enjoy a part of our history listen to some Jimmie, or Janis and roam around and enjoy.
Written September 6, 2021
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Aerowing
Monee, IL5,004 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
This is a great neighborhood to explore. Lots of music history happened here. Great shops, restaurants and friendly people. Cool historical houses too. Buy a guide map in one of the stores so you can easily find all the sites.
Written November 15, 2021
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Philip D
Tucson, Arizona375 contributions
Dec 2019
1967 was 50 years ago and, let's face it, this district has been going downhill ever
since. You're either gonna love it, hate it or not care whatsoever. I'm ambivalent but
my daughters were enthusiastic. The Haigh-Ashbury "painted ladies" , though, are
better than the more well-known ones near Alamo Park (and in case you're unaware
the "painted ladies" are period buildings). Lots of the buildings along the street are
architecturally notable but the street has a more shabby appearance: expect weird
clothing stores, aromatherapy joints, lots of barbers (for some reason), some cafes
and a great, asian, supermarket. A music business I walked into was entering it's
"everything must go" phase of a close down sale and I think that's likely to happen
more often with the rise in online shopping. I thought it was a safe neighborhood so
you should probably walk the streets and see it before it's gone completely.
Written January 12, 2020
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MichaelMc777
Sunnyvale, CA4,603 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Haight Street has changed over the years. It is just a shadow of its former self. It is now a more trendy street and caters to tourists.

Yet, it is enjoyable to walk. It has a good collection of shops and used clothing stores. There are restaurants, bars, and coffee shops mixed in. It is basically family friendly these days and somewhat clean.

The Whole Foods at the end of Haight Street is a good place to grab some food for a picnic in Golden Gate Park!!
Written February 14, 2020
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mini
Fremont, CA175,387 contributions
Feb 2020
We went to Haight-Ashbury and enjoyed exploring it. Its a nice area, with unique features and stores. Its where the hippie generation had a major role.

It is where one will see huge legs hanging from a window. One will see intriguing wall murals. You will see the corner road side of Haight-Ashbury. There is the former home of Jimi Hendrix. There are fun stores to go to such as Amoeba Music,

There are restaurants and cafes such as Cha Cha Cha.
Written February 8, 2020
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dave c
12 contributions
Mar 2020
Quite e difference... Still crowded with the eclectic shops but most with a millennial twist. There was still that certain residual aroma that wafts down the street from an anonymous source. Brought back memories and a smile...
Written March 11, 2020
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