Since the 1960s, the Haight has been known as sacred ground for hippies. While there are still plenty of smoke shops, tie dye and panhandlers to be found, the neighborhood also offers charming organic restaurants, lively bars and coffee shops and extraordinary vintage boutiques that will make you the hit of any costume party. Walking through the Haight is a quintessentially San Francisco experience: beautifully crafted “Painted lady” Victorians, the former Grateful Dead House at 710Ashbury, colorful Haight Street, Buena Vista Park to the east and San Francisco’s gem, 1,017 acre Golden Gate Park, which is the Haight’s western border.
Cole Valley is a small community close to Haight Ashbury and the Inner Sunset. Bordered by Sutro Forest, a dense oasis of cypress, eucalyptus and pine trees, Stanyon Street, Clayton Street and Tank Hill, a small hilltop park with outstanding views of the city, Cole Valley is home to many families and young professionals. Cole Street is the most commercial in the neighborhood, with many independently owned mom & pop stores and a wide variety of restaurants and coffee shops that make it a destination dining spot in the city.