Kate’s San Francisco Guidebook

Kate
Kate’s San Francisco Guidebook

Neighborhoods

Noe is like a small town in the big city. Comfortable and quaint, easy to get around. This is the neighborhood you're staying in :)
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Noe Valley
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Noe is like a small town in the big city. Comfortable and quaint, easy to get around. This is the neighborhood you're staying in :)
The Mission District is an exuberant, evolving neighborhood with Latino roots and a hipster vibe. Old-school taquerias and eclectic live-music clubs mix with chef-driven eateries and craft cocktail lounges. There are also tattoo parlors, gourmet ice cream shops and Dolores Park, a popular weekend hangout with skyline views. Make sure to look up as you walk around so you don't miss the vibrant murals that line the streets.
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Mission District
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The Mission District is an exuberant, evolving neighborhood with Latino roots and a hipster vibe. Old-school taquerias and eclectic live-music clubs mix with chef-driven eateries and craft cocktail lounges. There are also tattoo parlors, gourmet ice cream shops and Dolores Park, a popular weekend hangout with skyline views. Make sure to look up as you walk around so you don't miss the vibrant murals that line the streets.
The Castro District, in Eureka Valley, is synonymous with gay culture. The lavish Castro Theatre and the GLBT Historic Museum are found here, as are homey restaurants and adult shops. On Market Street, 19th-century F-line streetcars head to Fisherman’s Wharf
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The Castro
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The Castro District, in Eureka Valley, is synonymous with gay culture. The lavish Castro Theatre and the GLBT Historic Museum are found here, as are homey restaurants and adult shops. On Market Street, 19th-century F-line streetcars head to Fisherman’s Wharf
Birthplace of the 1960s counterculture movement, Haight-Ashbury draws a lively, diverse crowd looking to soak up the historic hippie vibe. Upper Haight Street is a hodgepodge of vintage clothing boutiques, record shops, bookstores, dive bars and casual, eclectic restaurants. Bordering Golden Gate Park, the neighborhood features many colorful, well-preserved Victorian homes, including the storied Grateful Dead House.
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Haight-Ashbury
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Birthplace of the 1960s counterculture movement, Haight-Ashbury draws a lively, diverse crowd looking to soak up the historic hippie vibe. Upper Haight Street is a hodgepodge of vintage clothing boutiques, record shops, bookstores, dive bars and casual, eclectic restaurants. Bordering Golden Gate Park, the neighborhood features many colorful, well-preserved Victorian homes, including the storied Grateful Dead House.
Hayes Valley is a cool, revitalized neighborhood in the Western Addition. The main commercial stretch, Hayes Street, teems with upscale boutiques for designer fashions and home decor, plus dessert shops, chill watering holes and a wide array of on-trend restaurants. The close-knit neighborhood features a community garden, a pocket park with art installations, and access to music and theater near the Civic Center
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Hayes Valley
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Hayes Valley is a cool, revitalized neighborhood in the Western Addition. The main commercial stretch, Hayes Street, teems with upscale boutiques for designer fashions and home decor, plus dessert shops, chill watering holes and a wide array of on-trend restaurants. The close-knit neighborhood features a community garden, a pocket park with art installations, and access to music and theater near the Civic Center
The scenic Marina District, on the city’s northern shore, is known for its upbeat bars and restaurants. Fort Mason, a former military base, is a multifaceted arts complex and event space. A connected grassy park, called Marina Green, has a running and bike path and expansive views of Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and yachts on the water. The Palace of Fine Arts, dating back to 1915, is a neoclassical landmark
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Marina District
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The scenic Marina District, on the city’s northern shore, is known for its upbeat bars and restaurants. Fort Mason, a former military base, is a multifaceted arts complex and event space. A connected grassy park, called Marina Green, has a running and bike path and expansive views of Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and yachts on the water. The Palace of Fine Arts, dating back to 1915, is a neoclassical landmark

Food scene

Noe Valley. Firefly is an contemporary American Restaurant serving healthy, seasonal heartfelt comfort cuisine; the menu is farm-to-table hippie in the best way possible.
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Firefly
4288 24th Street
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Noe Valley. Firefly is an contemporary American Restaurant serving healthy, seasonal heartfelt comfort cuisine; the menu is farm-to-table hippie in the best way possible.
Noe Valley. Not to compete with the Mission, but if a craving hits closer to home, Little Chihuahua rolls a mean burrito. Located a 10 min walk from the house
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The Little Chihuahua
292 Divisadero St
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Noe Valley. Not to compete with the Mission, but if a craving hits closer to home, Little Chihuahua rolls a mean burrito. Located a 10 min walk from the house
Noe Valley. Hamano has been a reliable neighborhood sushi spot for years, but a former Saison chef took the keys in 2016, and quietly and meticulously, everything only got better. Located around the corner on Castro Street.
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Hamano Sushi
1332 Castro St
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Noe Valley. Hamano has been a reliable neighborhood sushi spot for years, but a former Saison chef took the keys in 2016, and quietly and meticulously, everything only got better. Located around the corner on Castro Street.
Noe Valley. Right around the corner, everything on the menu is amazing!
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Noe Valley Bakery
4073 24th St
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Noe Valley. Right around the corner, everything on the menu is amazing!
Noe Valley. Around the corner from the house, this is the best coffee in the neighborhood! The friendly service and outdoor seating only adds to the morning pick me up
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Noe Cafe
1299 Sanchez St
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Noe Valley. Around the corner from the house, this is the best coffee in the neighborhood! The friendly service and outdoor seating only adds to the morning pick me up
The Mission. Been around forever, ranked as one of the best in the city for years.
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Taqueria El Farolito
2950 24th St
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The Mission. Been around forever, ranked as one of the best in the city for years.
The Mission. Great vegetarian options, amazing burrito
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Papalote Mexican Grill
1777 Fulton St
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The Mission. Great vegetarian options, amazing burrito
The Mission. Amazing pastry. Nothing else to say... except it's worth the wait.
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Tartine Bakery
600 Guerrero St
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The Mission. Amazing pastry. Nothing else to say... except it's worth the wait.
Fillmore District. One of the few restaurants that accommodate walk-ins, this place will not disappoint your taste buds. Urban-rustic storefront setting for a changing menu of American small plates served dim-sum style.
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State Bird Provisions
1529 Fillmore St
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Fillmore District. One of the few restaurants that accommodate walk-ins, this place will not disappoint your taste buds. Urban-rustic storefront setting for a changing menu of American small plates served dim-sum style.
Hayes Valley. No matter how many times you go, you will always be surprised in the best way possible. Menu changes daily and your stomach will thank you profusely.
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Rich Table
199 Gough St
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Hayes Valley. No matter how many times you go, you will always be surprised in the best way possible. Menu changes daily and your stomach will thank you profusely.
The Mission. Great, inexpensive Thai.
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Chili Cha Cha 2
3166 24th St
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The Mission. Great, inexpensive Thai.
The Mission. Great breakfast.
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Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen
3150 24th St
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The Mission. Great breakfast.
The Mission. There are several locations all over the city, but this is the first location, opened in 1978. Loved by locals and visitors alike, if you're lucky you might run into Phil himself on Saturday mornings.
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Philz Coffee
3101 24th St
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The Mission. There are several locations all over the city, but this is the first location, opened in 1978. Loved by locals and visitors alike, if you're lucky you might run into Phil himself on Saturday mornings.
The Mission. If you love ice cream, this is your spot.
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Bi-Rite Creamery
3692 18th St
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The Mission. If you love ice cream, this is your spot.
Nopa is a San Francisco gathering place north of the Panhandle, serving urban rustic food and specializing in organic wood-fired cuisine.
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Nopa
560 Divisadero St
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Nopa is a San Francisco gathering place north of the Panhandle, serving urban rustic food and specializing in organic wood-fired cuisine.

Sightseeing

Explore this iconic park’s 1,017 acres, from bucolic lakes and meadows to vibrant activity destinations. Don't miss the Japanese Tea Garden, the San Francisco Botanical Garden, the de Young Museum, and the California Academy of Sciences. More infor here: https://sfrecpark.org/770/Golden-Gate-Park
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Golden Gate Park
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Explore this iconic park’s 1,017 acres, from bucolic lakes and meadows to vibrant activity destinations. Don't miss the Japanese Tea Garden, the San Francisco Botanical Garden, the de Young Museum, and the California Academy of Sciences. More infor here: https://sfrecpark.org/770/Golden-Gate-Park
With its breathtaking San Francisco Bay views, easy hiking, welcoming beaches and picnic areas, Crissy Field is a recreational paradise that has long loved by locals.
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Crissy Field
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With its breathtaking San Francisco Bay views, easy hiking, welcoming beaches and picnic areas, Crissy Field is a recreational paradise that has long loved by locals.
The Presidio, a 1,500-acre park on a former military post, is a major outdoor recreation hub. It has forested areas, miles of trails, a golf course and scenic overlooks. Other highlights include grassy Crissy Field with Golden Gate Bridge views, Civil War–era Fort Point and sandy Baker Beach. Historic buildings house the Walt Disney Family Museum, eateries, homes and businesses like Lucasfilm, with its Yoda Fountain.
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Presidio of San Francisco
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The Presidio, a 1,500-acre park on a former military post, is a major outdoor recreation hub. It has forested areas, miles of trails, a golf course and scenic overlooks. Other highlights include grassy Crissy Field with Golden Gate Bridge views, Civil War–era Fort Point and sandy Baker Beach. Historic buildings house the Walt Disney Family Museum, eateries, homes and businesses like Lucasfilm, with its Yoda Fountain.