by Fernanda DeSouza
posted on February 23, 2019
We would kill for a time machine just to frolic through Haight-Ashbury in the 1960s. Sure, it’s physically impossible to do that in 2017 (someone please figure this out, stat!), so we’ll count ourselves lucky that Haight has maintained most of its hippie roots, enough to get a sense of the flower power that made it so famous.
Put your sneakers on and traverse the oldest park in the Bay Area for stunning city views. Trails and centuries-old oak groves wind through this space, and you'll find old gravestones from the Gold Rush era re-used as gutter linings.
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Savor a cup of cold brew as you take in the views of Buena Vista Park at this artisanal coffee chain's newest location on Haight. The airy space boasts high ceilings and large windows, making this a go-to spot for your morning caffeine fix.
Checkout: Sweet Tooth espresso, Duromina, El Alto, Guchienda Estate
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If you had to choose one vintage shop out of the entire cluster colonizing this area, we'd recommend this one. But be careful: the well-stocked, whimsical store makes it easy to lose track of time trying on 80's prom dresses and other retro outfits.
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Designer duds? Check. Vintage finds? Check. Browse through a multitude of shirts, dresses, and more at this iconic vintage shop that continues to dress future rock stars. An awesome Haight-Ashbury destination since the '80s, it's worth the visit.
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You don't have to feel guilty about eating a giant meal here. At Sparrow, all the veggies and even the booze are local while the meat is humanely raised. So relax on the patio with a cocktail, some baked brie, and a smile. It's dinnertime.
Checkout: Baked brie, Grass-fed burger, Mussels, Burrata, Kale Caesar
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From best-sellers to biographies, this readers' paradise has it all. Whether you like the classics or how-to's on crafts, browse through a variety of titles packed between bright green walls, and pick up some tongue-in-cheek stationery.
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Odd and charming in a dark yet enlightening way, you are bound to find items you didn't think you would stumble upon. Upscale antiques, jewelry, home decor, and yes, taxidermy, make this store a favorite among those looking for something off-beat.
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Catch a free show, browse the endless record collection, and soak in some of San Francisco's music history at this grungy underground Indie music lover's hangout in the middle of the hippiest neighborhood in the city.
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If you're lucky enough to snag one of the ten seats at tiny Parada 22, you'll be instantly transported to Old San Juan. Between the brightly colored setting and the classic Puerto Rican menu (order the pastelon), this is a meal you'll remember.
Checkout: Chicharron, Plantains, Pollo Encebollado, Habichuelas Colorados, Mofongo, Sampler
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Alembic's motto is "good friends & great enemies," but there's nothing hostile about this casual bar. Slide into a leather booth and get up close and personal with subtle craft cocktails and surprisingly bold dishes like jerk-spiced duck hearts.
Checkout: Bone marrow, duck hearts, lentil croquettes
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