Haight Ashbury San Francisco Guide

Haight Ashbury San Francisco has many great restaurants, bars, and sights that I have come to love and continue to support! The creation of this list stemmed from thinking about where some of my best memories on Haight Street were! In no particular order, here are some of the my favorite spots in Haight-Ashbury! This will hopefully inspire you to venture to a new spot!

Where to Eat on Haight

This section covers where to eat in Haight Ashbury San Francisco:

  • Hippie Thai Street Food: Thai food is one of my favorite foods, and this Haight street spot does classic thai food very well! it has been said that this is one my Miley Cyrus’s favorite restaurants in the city! They have a balanced selection of vegetarian and meat options. Fried vegetable rolls, hippie chicken wings, shrimp in a blanket are all great appetizers here! For stir-fried noodles, pad thai will always be my go-to, but other items that i’ve loved here are Pad See Ew, Rad Nah, and the Butter Garlic noodles.
  • Cha Cha Cha: They are known for their sangria that packs a punch! I have enjoyed dining here and trying something new each time I visit! This place blends multiple Caribbean flavors into one! There are two locations, but the Haight location is the most well-known! I’ve been a fan of Cuban and Puerto Rican eats, and this place always satisfies my cravings! The jerk chicken, the plantains, the paella and the cajun shrimp are my absolute favorite items on the menu! As I said before, their house sangria is well-known and you should definitely order a pitcher!
  • Ginza Sushi: I’ve been ordering food from this Haight street spot a lot recently! I became a sushi fan in the past two years and there are definitely hit and misses that I have encountered, but I absolutely love this place. It has a large selection of rolls to choose from that I never even heard of but was excited to learn about! My go-to sushi roll is the lion king roll which is baked salmon on top of a California roll. They make the lion king so well!

What to See

This section covers sightseeing spots in Haight Ashbury San Francisco:

  • Amoeba Music: This place is a music lovers’ dream! They house thousands of old-school and traditional vinyls, CDs, and movie DVDs to browse!
  • Grateful Dead House: If you’re a fan of the infamous band, you will want to make a stop at the house! This is where the band lived during the 1960s. Located at 710 Haight Street, you can come reminisce on how significantly cheaper rent was during this area than current times.
  • The Booksmith: One of the largest bookstores in San Francisco. Come here and spend a while browsing your favorite timeless authors and titles!
  • Corner of Haight & Ashbury: The quintessential spot that makes this area known around the world! Known as the Summer of Love, people from around the city flocked here to solidify the identity of Haight & Ashbury and the hippie movement. Stop and take a picture at the intersection for our memories!

Where to Play on Haight

This section covers where to relax and drink in Haight Ashbury San Francisco:

  • Buena Vista Park: a mid-sized park at the mid-point of Haight street. It’s a great place to walk to, have a picnic, and explore!
  • Magnolia Brewing Co.: This is a great spot to grab drinks! This brewery has two locations, and the one on Haight street is the one that I have gone to mostly! They have a large selection of craft beer and they also have a decent food menu. On my most recent visit, I ordered fish and chips and the cloud cover hazy double IPA.
  • Milk Bar: This Haight street bar is a jack of all trades! It offers local bands, DJs, karaoke, trivia, stand-up comedy shows, and more! It is a nice neighborhood bar that gets crowded on the weekends! They recently partnered with a rotation of local food trucks to offer food to guests. They offer a full bar and drink specials nightly!
  • Hobson’s Choice: This Haight street bar holds the title for having the largest rum selection in the country! Ranging from all parts of the world, this bar hold rums from Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, France and more! This bar dons a cozy lounge atmosphere, and they have daily happy hour specials!
  • Thrift Shopping: Haight street is known for the center of thrift shopping in San Francisco. My favorite spots have been Wasteland, Buffalo Exchange, Held Over, and Relic Vintage. You can easily spend hours walking the street and popping into multiple shops! They have great staff who can walk you through the process and give you insight on when they usually get certain items dropped off in the store. If you have lived in SF, or are just visiting, thrifting is a strong tradition on Haight!

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1 Comment

  1. Pearci
    April 15, 2021 / 10:41 pm

    Great read! Still so many bars I need to check out with you. Down for the sushi whenever!

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