The neighborhood was centered around the intersection of Haight St and Ashbury St, the neighborhood was the epicenter (and in some ways the beginning) of the hippy movement in 1960's San Francisco. Today it is home to people of all types-- hipsters, hippies, recent college grads, and the different. While the neighborhood has retained much of its former glory, commercialization has made its mark. Along with the authentic establishments, you will find a few more upmarket bars, restaurants, and stores.
Having grown up a 60s girl (born a few decades late), it would not be far off to say my whole life has been leading me to this side of town. The famous hippie hub of San Francisco did not disappoint. I could have walked into any shop with my eyes closed and arms outstretched, grabbed anything, and come out completely satisfied. Even if you are not a flower child, this area is home to some of the coolest spots around. I’m sure you know the kind of places I’m talking about – record stores, used book stores, vintage clothing stores, family-owned cafés, funky coffee shops. In most cities, there is just one of these gems, maybe two if you are lucky. Now imagine all those little places tucked together in harmony, and you have Haight-Ashbury.
Hait-Ashburg District is a famous street town in San Francisco. The children will like it very much. It's worth visiting. Maybe I've been to a few places. It brings me a unique experience and is very satisfying both physically and mentally.
I live in this neighborhood and am a fan. Yes, there are homeless people. No, it's not the cleanest street in the city. But there is an incredible amount of variety in terms of places to eat, drink, shop and wander. Alembic, Magnolia Brewery, and Toronado have some of the best beer selections in SF. Cha Cha Cha has food to die for. There are great legitimate thrift stores like Wasteland and Buffalo Exchange, as well as some higher end vintage thrift stores. Don't forget to wanter a block down to beautiful Page Street, tree lined and full of beautiful houses. Another block down and you can wander along the panhandle! Great area overall.
An eternal tourist destination, thanks to its famed hippie past, the Haight continues to be a favorite neighborhood for visitors and locals alike. This area always is thriving with activity: street musicians, panhandlers, shoppers on their way to one of the many head shops, clothing retailers, up- and down-scale eateries and bars, or the famous Amoeba Music flagship store. It's also close to the Panhandle and Golden Gate Park, so staying or living here makes for an easy transition between urban life and natural tranquility.
Fun and funky started here in 1967 with the beginning of the Peace and Love movement. Great place for Teens and hip young at heart types. Funky little shops with unique items. Unfortunately, there is quite a homeless presences but hopefully it will not taint the experience. Eat at Ploy Thai for great Thai food or Cha cha cha for amazing sangria and Cuban food. At night, there are many cool bars and clubs that have local acts performing.
The start of the cultural revoulation in the 1960's started here where bay area bands such as the jefferson airplance, big brother and the holding company, and Hendrix did a free concert in the pan handle in 1969 the shops there was cute and golden gate park was within walking distaance the pubs and bars were cool and the people were friendly.
Not for everyone, but... If you have a taste for the alternative, let the shops (and unique people) along Haight Street captivate your imagination! Steampunk apparel at Distractions? Herbs for whatever ails you at The Happy High Herb Shop? Galleries, interesting shoes, Ben and Jerry's, LOTS of great vintage shopping!
Haight street has roots back to the hippie movement of San Francisco. You will find many unique sights here such as an anarchist bookshops and curious shops. Please do see it, the atmosphere here is friendly and inviting.
The Haight is such a fun neighborhood to explore. There are boutique shops, a handful of good restaurants, and a lot of local flavor.
Haight-Ashbury is an awesome neighborhood. There are tons of cool and quirky shops. It's a great place to take an afternoon stroll.