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Top Choice Street in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Haight Street

Was it the fall of 1966 or the winter of ’67? As the Haight saying goes, if you can remember the Summer of Love, dude, you probably weren’t there. The fog was laced with pot, sandalwood incense and burning draft car…
Top Choice Mexican in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Cala

Like discovering a long-lost twin, Cala's Mexico Norte cuisine is a revelation. San Francisco's Mexican-rancher roots are deeply honored here: silky bone-marrow salsa and fragrant heritage-corn tortillas grace a swe…
Top Choice Jazz in The Haight & Hayes Valley

SFJAZZ Center

Jazz legends and singular talents from Argentina to Yemen are showcased at North America's newest, largest jazz center. Hear fresh takes on classic jazz albums and poets riffing with jazz combos in the downstairs Jo…
Top Choice Californian in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Rich Table

Impossible cravings begin at Rich Table, inventor of porcini doughnuts, miso-marrow-stuffed pasta and fried-chicken madeleines with caviar. Married co-chefs and owners Sarah and Evan Rich playfully riff on seasonal …
Top Choice Cafe in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Blue Bottle Coffee Kiosk

Don't mock SF's coffee geekery until you've tried the elixir emerging from this back-alley garage-door kiosk. The Bay Area's Blue Bottle built its reputation with microroasted organic coffee – especially Blue Bottle…
Top Choice Bar in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Smuggler's Cove

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum…wait, make that a Dead Reckoning (Nicaraguan rum, port, pineapple and bitters), unless you'll split the flaming Scorpion Bowl? Pirates are bedeviled by choice at this Barbary Coast–shipw…
Top Choice Books in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Bound Together Anarchist Book Collective

Since 1976 this volunteer-run, nonprofit anarchist bookstore has kept free thinkers supplied with organic-permaculture manuals, prison literature and radical comics, while coordinating the annual spring Anarchist Bo…
Top Choice Live Performance in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Booksmith

Throw a stone in SF and you'll probably hit a writer (ouch) or reader (ouch again) headed to/from Booksmith. Literary figures organize Booksmith book signings, mass giveaways of George Orwell's 1984, boozy book swap…
Top Choice Fashion & Accessories in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Paloma

Like raiding a surrealist's attic, this SF maker collective yields highly unlikely, imaginatively reinvented finds. Don't be surprised to discover billiard-ball cocktail rings, hand-patched indigo scarves, or real b…
Top Choice Californian in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Jardinière

Iron Chef winner, Top Chef Masters finalist and James Beard Award–winner Traci Des Jardins champions sustainable, salacious California cuisine. She has a way with California's organic produce, sustainable meats and …