Haight-Ashbury San Francisco – Still A Happening Place

Locals simply call it Haight. Born of the 1960s counterculture, San Francisco's Haight Ashbury was a magnet for peace, love, and rock'n'roll seeking hippies. Today, it still has appeal for 21st-century hippies, vintage enthusiasts, lovers of colorful architecture, and those seeking organic cafes & restaurants.

This historic San Francisco neighborhood's roots date back to the 1880s when it was a peaceful suburb. Eight decades on, low rents and funky apartments appealed to Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, and The Grateful Dead. The Haight became their stomping ground and they often gave free concerts in nearby Golden Gate Park. Here we present the definite guide to where to go, where to eat, and where to stay in today's Haight Asbury.

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Iconic Places to Visit in Haight-Ashbury

Corner of Haight & Ashbury

Haight & Ashbury

This was the epicenter of the Summer of Love in 1967. Hippies and other folks looking for something different gathered at this intersection from around the globe, seeking freedom and free love. Today it's still worth a visit — for nostalgia, to experience history, and to see the beautiful Victorian houses in the neighborhood.

Buena Vista Park

Buena Vista Park

Buena Vista is one of San Francisco's oldest parks and still one of the most used by locals. 36 acres of oak, eucalyptus, and Monterey cypress parkland and secluded trails make it popular for runners, cyclists and urban hikers. It has some of the best views of the city.

The Grateful Dead House

The Grateful Dead

Back in the days of peace, love and rock'n'roll, this was HQ of the Grateful Dead and their various transient friends. Today you'll still find Deadheads (Jerry Garcia fans) gathering at the doorstep to pay homage to the man and to the memory of the Flower People.

Haight-Ashbury Street Fair

Haight-Ashbury Street Fair

In June, locals and tourists alike head to the Upper Haight for the lively and longrunning Haight Street Fair. Over the years — the first fair was in 1978, helped along by city Supervisor Harvey Milk — the fair has become a major attraction, with plenty of live music, good food, and other entertainment.

Vintage Bohemian

Vintage Bohemian

It all started in the late 60s, when hippies raided the used clothing stores. Since then, Haight-Ashbury has become the San Francisco epicenter for vintage shopping. Here's where you'll find vinyl, posters, clothes, shoes, and memorabilia of all eras.

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Best Places to Stay in Haight-Asbury

Stanyan Park Hotel

Stanyan Park Hotel

Built in 1905, the Stanyan Park is today listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

The completely restored Victorian hotel features period artwork and decor. Some of the larger suites are a spacious at up to 900 square feet! It's just across the street from the Golden Gate Park.

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Rating = Highly Rated
• 750 Stanyan Street
• Neighborhood — Haight-Ashbury

The Grove Inn

The Grove Inn

They call themselves an Italiante-Victorian style inn.

Whatever you call it, the family-owned hotel oozes old world charm and coziness. Built during the Gold Rush as a boarding house, the hotel is located close to the Haight in the Alamo Square district.

Rating = Superb
• 890 Grove St
• Neighborhood — Alamo Square

The Red Victorian Commune & Hotel

The Red Victorian Commune & Hotel

This is where the Summer of Love lives on.

In a turn-of-the-century (the 20th, that is) building, The Red Victorian Commune & Hotel sells peace T-shirts, posters, and 1960s paraphernalia. Stay in the the Flower Child room, the Sunshine room, or the Summer of Love room. There's even affordable hostel options.

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Where to Eat in Haight-Asbury

Magnolia Brewery

Magnolia Brewery

Stout for breakfast? Apparently it's de rigeur at Magnolia Brewery. Brunch favorites include beignets, a full English breakfast, or Madame Magnolia with bechamel sauce. The folks have been brewing their own beer for 20 years!

1398 Haight Street, with a second location in Dogwood at 2505 3rd Street and a third at 665 22nd Street.

Bambino's Ristorante

A 30-year-old Italian San Francisco institution. Locals head here for classics like calamari friti with lemon caper aioli, gnocchi di Ricotta and their soulful lasagna alla Bolognese. 945 Cole Street.

Zazie

Zazie

Adele — that's right, that Adele — was spotted here recently after her concert. Founder Catherine Opoix named the bistro after Zazie, the main character in Louis Malle's film Zazie dans le Métro. The eatery seems to have mastered the fun factor with PJ parties, Halloween parties, and… well, parties in general.

The Pork Store Cafe

The Pork Store Cafe

This place has history; it first opened in 1916 as a butcher shop. Today, hearty breakfasts are the star attraction with, you guessed it, plenty of pork. The house special features pork chops, eggs, biscuits and hash browns. We also like Porky's cheeseburger, made with brioche buns and aioli. 1451 Haight Street.

How to Get to Haight-Ashbury from Union Square

  • PUBLIC BUSES
    Take either bus 6 or 71 from Union Square to take you to the heart of Haight.
    SF Transportation Website
  • SAN FRANCISCO HOP-ON HOP-OFF BUS
    This fun tourist bus takes you to all the best of the city, including Haight-Asbury. You buy a one-day or two-day pass an, just like the name says, you can hop off at any stop and then hop back on again.

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