Hayes Valley
Hayes Valley
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Judee
Livermore, CA1,397 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
What a cool neighborhood. After dining at Petit Crenn, my friend and I decided to walk around and so enjoyed this area. It is very clean (unlike some other areas in the city). There are many great food options, from restaurants to food trucks all in one central area. We saw a lot of unique clothing stores and boutiques too. The weather was perfect so lots of folks were walking around or sitting on the benches eating their food truck food and enjoying the night. We wondered through a store that sells specialty grocery and food gifts and wine. You might find flavored honey, unique salad dressings, gift items and a large wine selection. This neighborhood is worth spending some time in.
Written January 28, 2020
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ADolores
Lafayette, IN1,381 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
We sat in Patricia’s Green in Hayes Valley.the park was very busy with children, families, dogs, etc. There was plenty of seating available and we had a pleasant time. My granddaughter loved the play structure too.
Written January 12, 2020
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GlobeTrotting5086
San Francisco, CA1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
When you're in San Francisco, it's sometimes difficult to figure out what to do next. Also, feeling frazzled is not uncommon when you're running from SFMOMA to the Wharf to the Castro to the beach and back again. Hayes Valley is a quiet little neighborhood that doesn't see much tourist traffic, because it doesn't have a famous moniker like The Mission or Embarcadero. What it has instead is a quiet, quaint collection of clothing boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and vintage furniture stores collected in a three-square-block area perfect for window shopping or a nice, casual coffee (or wine) break on a Sunday afternoon. When you need a breather, think of Hayes Valley. (MUNI stop is Van Ness Station, or ask the taxi driver to take you to Hayes and Gough ["Goff"] and stroll up and down Hayes street.)
Written May 21, 2003
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wHerEinTHEworlDisWIL
Oakland, CA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Friends
I go to Hayes Valley a lot because it's my favorite neighborhood in SF. I wanted to let everyone know about the Hayes Valley Pass because it gets you discounts and offers at all the best and iconic businesses in Hayes Valley. There are over 30+ businesses participating including, Warby Parker, Miette, Upper Playground, Jardiniere and Patxi's Pizza.

It's a great way to get to know the neighborhood. Plus, some of the proceeds go towards supporting local Hayes Valley non-profits.

You can check it out at hayesvalleypass.com
Written May 6, 2015
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ZaZaPoo
San Francisco, CA11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Friends
Okay yes this has been discovered by more people now and can get a little touristy on the weekends but it is still a great neighborhood with unique shops, restaurants, bars and bakeries. Try Lers Ros Thai restaurant..totally delicious. Then stroll all the shopping streets. You don't have to have deep pockets to window shop. Also check out Nancy Boy soaps and shampoos. Everything in there smells great and looks great. Try the made to order ice cream around the corner in the little parklet. Okay I hate to use this phrase but it is TO DIE FOR.
Written December 2, 2014
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Kevin L
San Francisco, CA17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
You must try out Absinthe Restaurant. Zuni Cafe. Very elegant neighborhood, close to the symphony, opera, Herbst Theatre. Shops galore. If you are a lady and like shoes, Hayes Street is the street to check out. Clothes you cannot find elsewhere in any department store.
Written December 25, 2011
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,478 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
It's hard to believe how much this neighborhood has soared in 40 years, from a dark area under the old freeway full of ladies of the night to boutique central where you can't buy anything for less than $100. And lots of chic restaurants. Fun to explore.
Written January 2, 2020
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Stravel4
Bloomfield Hills, MI101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
This was our favorite area of San Francisco. No commercialized shops, or Restaurants. But instead offering exactly what we were looking for with cute little boutique style shopping and yummy cafes, Bakery, and authentic dining experiences to choose from.
Written July 30, 2019
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mini
Fremont, CA205,583 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Couples
Hayes Valley is the place to be if one wants to enjoy San Francisco with a local vibe. Its somewhat hidden but extremely close (a few minutes walk) to the Civic Center area and a few minutes walk the other way to the Painted Ladies homes area of San Francisco.

Hayes Valley has a good vibe. There are lots of good dining areas as well as bars. There is local charm. Its not Union Square with its corporate stores, restaurants, and hotels which is a good thing. There are walking areas and a dog park.

Interspersed in this vibrant area is also senior retirement homes but they seem to coexist just fine.

The restaurants are so good. For breakfast, Stacks has superb food. Just recently I enjoyed their meat crepe. There are good restaurants pleasing almost every appetite. For example, La Boulange for coffee and French sandwiches. There is the lively German restaurnt Suppenkuche with its large beers and lively vibe - at times people are having so much fun its difficult to hear. There is the very good Boxing Room for Cajun and Creole. For Italian, there is Il Borgo for pizza and Italian Food. There is the superb Jardiniere, pricey with a stellar but pricey tasting menu. There is Absinthe - a lively bar and a food dining room. Too many great places to name, but its an area to go.

There are good bars such as Muka (also good earlier in the day for coffee), Dobbs Ferry with pub food and sports TV, and so forth.

There are unique local shops - not the corporate generic of Union Square.

It is where one finds San Francisco locals. Yes, at night in some areas it can still be a bit "dicey" so street smarts are good to use. But overall, its a fun place to go. And for those who live there they find the local vibe during the week so nice with more "tourists" visti
Written February 13, 2015
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William M
San Francisco, CA877 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Friends
Revivalist retail opportunities, pricey food, lots and lots of tourists.

This area has been revived since the 1989 earthquake and the subsequent removal of a freeway ramp. Now the stores are upscalish, the vibe young and moneyed. The public housing is still up Hayes Street, and 'hood can get a bit dicey late at night.
Written September 12, 2014
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