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San Francisco Walking Tour: Haight/Ashbury

Go beyond the city’s counter-culture past to explore this diverse neighborhood’s new haunts.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 2.4 miles
Duration: Unknown

Overview :  Although “The Haight” is best known for being the center of ‘60’s hippy culture, there’s more to the strip between Baker and Stanyan... more »

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This throwback ice cream shop and soda fountain offers both original Prohibition-era recipes and upgrades with old ingredients. “The World’s Best Pistachio Milkshake” with raw Sicilian pistachio syrup, pistachio ice cream, milk, and egg is an essential order—and best enjoyed without a straw.

Address:
815 Cole St.
San Francisco, CA, 94117
United... More

The heavily wooded, 36-acre hill makes for a quick quiet place just off the bustle of Haight Street. The interior paths of San Francisco’s first city park curl around the 589-foot incline toward an idyllic outlook typically just enjoyed by locals.

Address:
Haight St. at Buena Vista Ave.
San Francisco, CA, 94117
United States

3. Held Over

The biggest and oldest (opened in 1978) of three linked Haight Street vintage shops, Held Over carries garments, hats, and shoes from the 40’s through the 90’s. The higher end boutique, La Rosa, which is just a few blocks west, covers turn of the century through the 40’s, and Haight Ashbury Vintage, located on the famous corner, deals older... More

Locals have been standing in line for Pork Store’s delicious diner-style breakfasts since the 1970’s. The hash browns (the second most popular item that starts with “hash” in the neighborhood) and scrambles (both veggie and meat varieties) are well worth the wait.

Address:
1451 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA
United States

Phone:
(415) 864-6981

When new owners took over this beloved independent bookstore in 2007, they added over 100 new events annually, launched a Berkeley-based lecture series, and designed a brighter and more pleasant place for books. A comic book artist (responsible for the wonderful illustrations the circle the store) and a New York Times bestselling author (often... More

Amoeba Music on Haight Street is a must for music lovers: 24,000 square feet packed with 2.5 million new and used CDs, DVDs, video games, and vinyls. This converted bowling alley houses every genre, from rock and jazz to hip-hop and Japanese pop to electronica and reggae, with an emphasis on the experimental. Collections include musicians such as ... More

The Alembic Bar is renowned for mixologist Daniel Hyatt’s cocktail program, but executive chef Ted Fleury also delivers adventurous snacks like pickled quail eggs and jerk-spiced duck hearts. Main courses include hearty options like beef tongue sliders, lamb shoulder, and arctic char with vegetables. The marquee dessert is chocolate pudding made... More

8. Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery

Beer lovers congregate at Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery in the Upper Haight neighborhood. Brewmaster-owner Dave McLean produces artisan ales in the seven-barrel brewery beneath the pub. His creations include Kalifornia Kölsch, and a variety of European beers are also available. This converted early 20th-century pharmacy has a dark wood... More

9. Wasteland

For Joe Swinney and Cheryl Cohen, the owners of the trendsetting Wasteland in Haight-Ashbury, fashion begins with the kids in the street. Wasteland takes these signals and rebroadcasts them with its own vivacious interpretation in modern, vintage, and designer styles. The formula was a hit, gaing the shop recognition is fashion magazines like ... More