Things To Do in San Francisco Neighborhoods
The central location for the Summer of Love, Haight-Ashbury will forever be associated with 1960's hippie counterculture. A stay with The Metro Hotel puts you square in the middle of this historic neighborhood, just blocks from houses where the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Janis Joplin once lived.
But the neighborhood’s story didn't end there: today, "The Haight" continues to thrive as a hotspot for independent music, food and other cultural attractions. Why not enhance your next trip to San Francisco with a walk down the street (that's how close we are!) to some of the top attractions and things to do in Haight-Ashbury?
Of the many boutique stores you can visit, Amoeba Music is surely an area favorite. Boasting an enormous collection of CDs, DVDs and rare vinyl of all kinds, Amoeba features an emphasis on independent artists and knowledgeable staff to help you navigate their vaults. Check for in-store performances happening during your visit! Booksmith, also located on Haight street, has provided similar service in reading material and author appearances since the 70's. Indie fashion at Villians and Fan Clothing, or locally-made gifts at SoMe make these excellent places to shop as well.
There's no lack of outdoor places to visit, either: Haight Street is paralleled by The Panhandle, a block-wide extension of Golden Gate Park, to the north--you could easily spend hours wandering the park's network of paths past the city's Botanical Gardens and Stow Lake to the edge of the bay. Just south you'll also find Buena Vista Park, an excellent vantage point for the city's downward slopes.
The number of great bars and restaurants in the district makes it harder to narrow the list to a few recommendations. However, a few notable stops include the Horseshoe Coffee House - the nation's first Internet café, barbecue at Memphis Minnie's, and Caribbean at the highly-acclaimed Cha! Cha! Cha! Get your day started right with a large breakfast at the Pork Store Café, then finish with a specialty dish from Thep Phanom.
It only takes a short walk down Haight Street to discover how much the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood offers, from relaxed outdoor parks to a thriving nightlife. Book a room with The Metro Hotel and keep close to it all during your visit!