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One Perfect Half Day in San Francisco: Hayes Valley

Posted By Denice Barsness, CRA, COMT, ROUB, FOPS, Saturday, March 2, 2013
Updated: Saturday, March 2, 2013

Twenty years ago, the thought of finding one of San Francisco's ultra-chic corridors in Hayes Valley would have been considered absurd. Like New York City's Times Square of old, the area, bordered by the Van Ness performing-arts district and the Western Addition around Laguna Street, was a seedy reminder for opera and symphony patrons of the city's homeless and drug problems. But over the past two decades, Hayes Valley has developed into a haven for haute couture.

For those who have tired of Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square or the Haight Ashbury, Hayes Valley is a nice change to those seeking a more "off the beaten path” experience.

Just a short 10 minutes walk from the Hotel Kabuki, this vibrant community has a hip and edgy vibe to it. Check out the Hayes Street Grill or Flippers, only two of many coffee shops and cafes that line this happening neighborhood. You will find many original shops and galleries here, with an equal number of spots to sit in the sun and watch the wide diversity of life unfold before you. Have a cocktail at Absinthe or a sublime cup of coffee at the Blue Bottle Coffee company. Even the locals head here for one of a kind shopping and eating.

If you have a half day to check out one of the truly unique neighborhoods in San Francisco, I recommend Hayes Valley!

Denice Barsness, CRA, COMT, ROUB, FOPS

General Chair, Mid-Year Program

 

Tags:  Absinthe  Fisherman's Wharf  Haight Ashbury  Hayesvalley  Union Square 

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