NOPA, or “North of the Panhandle” became a commonly used acronym for the neighborhood in the mid-2000s and was cemented with the opening of the popular Mexican restaurant called NOPA in 2006. Situated near the geographic center of the city, NOPA’s boundaries are between Divisadero, Fell, Turk and Stanyon Streets. The Panhandle is a grassy park just outside the entrance to Golden Gate Park that forms the boundary between the Haight and the Western Addition neighborhoods. Destination-worthy restaurants have continued to open in the neighborhood and live music fans can catch shows from popular bands at the Independent theater.
Hayes Valley is a fashionable neighborhood bordered by San Francisco’s beautiful City Hall, Symphony and Ballet buildings to the south and residential Alamo Square to the North. Hayes Street between Franklin and Laguna is a renowned shopping area with upscale furniture, clothing, stationary and shoe stores. Charming restaurants and coffee shops attract a variety of customers, from elegant couples enjoying fancy pre-symphony cuisine to families and young professionals dining at the more casual offerings in the neighborhood.