THE WESTERN ADDI TION neighborhood of Hayes Valley is nestled bet ween the historic districts of Alamo Square and the Civic Center. The borders are generally defined as north and south of Hayes Street between Webster and Franklin streets, though realtors stretch those boundaries a little to include the desirable moniker in listings. Architecturally, you’ll find
large new luxury buildings abutting public housing complexes, with Victorian and
Edwardian houses peppered throughout. It’s a unique blend, especially considering
the area these days is famous for high-end shopping, fine dining and proximity to concert venues, including the War Memorial Opera House, SFJAZZ Center and Louise M.
Davies Symphony Hall. Originally developed in the 1850s, Hayes Valley was named in
1856 after Colonel Thomas Hayes, a wealthy landowner and county clerk. Streets with
large houses were named for influential local citizenry; those with smaller homes bear
botanical names such as Lily, Ivy, Linden and Hickory. KASIA PAWLOWSKA
CIT Y STREETS
In Marin / CURRENTS
WHERE TO EAT
Aside from the restaurants mentioned,
other popular area
Ferry, Domo, the
Lers Ros Thai,
Petit Crenn, Rich
Souvla, and Straw.
WHERE TO PARK
The best bet is
Arts Garage at
360 Grove Street,
between Gough and
Neighborhood parking is by permit,
allowing guests two
hours max. Other
parking is metered.
LIT TLE GEM All the produce served here
is naturally raised and free of additives,
preservatives and chemicals. The bar,
shelves and ledges are made of reclaimed
American elm from a single tree in Marin.
WELCOME STRANGER This
men’s boutique sells camping
provisions, heritage brands
like Filson and Barbour,
and other wares, grooming
products and home goods.
MONSIEUR BENJAMIN The
specializes in traditional French
cooking, with ingredients like
duck confit and bone marrow.
BOXING ROOM Open
since 2011, Boxing Room
offers Cajun and Creole
dishes (including alligator) and New Orleans
cocktails like the hurricane and the Sazerac.
BLUE BOTTLE COFFEE
Expect a constant line
at this trendy cafe.
Operating out of a
garage since 2005, it’s
the chain’s first location.
ABSINTHE The menu features French-and Northern Italian–influenced
brasserie fare for lunch and dinner,
plus weekend brunch. absinthe.com
GIMME SHOES This
store is known for its
well-curated collection and wide variety of
Fiorentini + Baker shoes
for men and women.
CHANTAL GUILLON Here
you’ll find handcrafted
French macarons in classic
and unique seasonal flavors. Macaron parties and
workshops can be arranged.
RAND + STATLER This five-year-old boutique sells modern
designer clothing for men and
women and also features a full
Aesop body-care product store.