Hayes Valley is one of the city’s trendiest neighborhoods. Patricia’s Green serves as a mini town square, a small patch of grass where friends gather and dogs play. The main stretch of Hayes Street is dotted with clothing and jewelry stores, most notably Rand + Statler and Reliquary. From there, it’s a short stroll away from San Francisco’s arts district, including Davies Symphony Hall, Nourse Theater, the Asian Art Museum and the San Francisco Opera House.
Dining at A Mano feels like joining a high-energy indoor-outdoor party, where the floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto Hayes Street and sidewalk tables seat 40. Even the kitchen is open, so you can watch the chefs rolling, cutting, and shaping pasta while you wait. It’s all about wine and handmade pasta here—from spaghetti to agnolotto—expertly made by Flour & Water alum Freedom Rains.
Anina is colorful and airy, with an inviting, light-strung patio and palm decor. Even the drinks have a tropical feel, like the Lucila, made with mezcal, lime, pineapple, and pamplemousse rose.
Hayes Valley activity centers around Proxy, which offers food stands (Ritual Coffee, Smitten Ice Cream), food trucks, and pop-up markets. The space hosts a Fall Film Series on Fridays starting in September, screening indie flicks like The Big Sick and Landline. Warm up afterwards with a stein and a bratwurst at Biergarten.
This buzzy, 131-room hotel on Market Street is just a 10-minute walk to Hayes Valley’s main drag. The interior was designed by it-girl designer Kelly Wearstler, complete with lush chocolate brown and cream floral wallpaper, raw wood floors, contemporary artwork, and marble accents. Don’t miss the rooftop bar, Charmaine’s.
If you do just one thing…
Get tickets to SF Jazz, the first standalone venue in America created specifically for jazz, where no one is ever more than 45 feet from the performers.