Haight Ashbury (Upper) : San Francisco Neighborhoods

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Now: Any day of the week, the Upper Haight is filled with a potent mix of locals, tourists, and young homeless people. Many shops are geared toward luring visitors with some kind of reflection of the neighborhood's storied past. The carnival-like energy and strong vintage atmosphere comes through everywhere, from the clothing shops to the ornate Victorian architecture.

Then: Once the connection between the dense downtown area and the new Golden Gate Park was bridged by a cable car line in 1883, homes began to be built around Haight Ashbury. Although most of the neighborhood survived the 1906 earthquake and fire, it was a somewhat forlorn area through the first half of the 20th century. The 1960s brought an influx of young people and appreciation for the Haight bloomed.

How To Get There: The N-Judah Muni train passes very close to Upper Haight Street - you can get off at either Carl and Cole, or Carl and Stanyan, and walk four blocks down to Haight Street. The Haight Street buses (6, 7, 71) depart from the end of Haight, two blocks down Market Street from the Van Ness Muni station. If you're driving directly to the Upper Haight, there is an inexpensive parking lot at Stanyan Street, two blocks south of Haight (near Frederick Street).

  • The intersection of Stanyan and Haight Streets

  • Haight Street entrance to Golden Gate Park at Stanyan Street

  • Haight Street between Stanyan and Shrader

  • Stanayan Street at Waller Street, facing Golden Gate Park

  • Haight Street near Stanyan, in the morning

  • Rockin' Java Coffee House and Tea Lounge

  • Amoeba Music on Haight between Stanyan and Shrader - the city's largest palace of physical media

  • Driveway next to Amoeba Music

  • Wall of Amoeba Music building from the driveway

  • Window of Amoeba Music building

  • Stanyan Street near Waller Street, looking south

  • Sidewalk on Haight Street near Shrader

  • Cha Cha Cha - Tapas on Haight at Shrader

  • Haight Street near Shrader

  • La Rosa Vintage, on Haight Street

  • Wasteland, vintage clothing

  • Positively Haight Street

  • Kan Zaman Cafe on Haight at Shrader - Middle Eastern Cuisine and belly dancing

  • Haight Street Market

  • Zona Rosa Mexican Food

  • Massawa African cuisine

  • Magnolia Pub and Brewery on Haight at Masonic

  • The People's Cafe on Haight near Masonic

  • Earthsong - clothing and furnishings

  • Pork Store Cafe - breakfast and lunch on Haight between Masonic and Ashbury

  • Taqueria el Balazo on Haight

  • Booksmith on Haight Street

  • Haight Street at Cole

  • Aqua on Haight

  • The Red Victorian - Bed and Breakfast

  • Tibetan Gift Corner

  • Distractions

  • Haight Street near Ashbury

  • Clock at Haight and Ashbury

  • Haight Street at Belvedere Street

  • Haight Street at Clayton Street

  • Held Over, on Haight Street

  • Haight Street sign with hanging shoe

  • Haight Ashbury T-Shirts at the corner of Haight and Ashbury Streets

  • Haight Street Piercing and Tattoos

  • Love of Ganesha shop on Haight Street

  • Haight Street between Masonic and Ashbury Streets

  • Aquamarine jewelry and art

  • The Cannabis Company

  • The northern edge of Buena Vista Park, on Haight Street at Central Avenue

  • House on Central Avenue at Haight Street

  • Houses on Masonic at Waller

  • Houses on Waller at Masonic

  • Mural in the parking lot at Stanyan and Frederick Street

  • 33-Stanyan bus on Haight Street

  • 37-Corbett bus on Haight Street

  • 71-Haight bus on Haight Street at Clayton Street


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