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
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