Vanti, Home Buyer in San Francisco, CA

Just moved to the panhandle! Any tips on must-do activities or good eats/bars in NOPA/Haight?

Asked by Vanti, San Francisco, CA Sat Jun 16, 2012

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Personally I LOVE Magnolia Pub & Brewery on Haight at Masonic for amazing locally-sourced food made from scratch, and a truly satisfying selection of great beers. Another fave is Madrone on Divisadero at Fell, an art bar with an awesome line up of entertainment every night of the week, a delicious cocktail menu, and one of the best bar staffs in the city. Try also Club Waziema for a nice mellow experience - they have Eritrean food for those nights you just don't want to bother with a fork. Little Chihuahua on Divis at Page is fantastic too -- try some plantains in your burrito! A little farther down Divis but well worth the walk is Little Star Pizza. If you like deep-dish, trust me... you will love it!

For must-do activities, we are coming up on a very unique (and FREE) event, the Bicycle Music Festival! All are welcome. It's hard to describe how happy it makes me to see a huge group of people enjoying music out in Golden Gate Park without a generator or batteries... the sound is entirely powered by a 14-bicycle set-up! See you there next Saturday 6/23!
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 16, 2012

Congratulations on your move! That is exciting news.

I'm going to assume you're completely new to San Francisco and that neighborhood and say that there are many places to visit and places to eat.

If you're a sushi fan then try Tsunami: It is a little pricey but it's a great meal and experience.

A newer restaurant that I love is called Maven: It's probably one of my favorite restaurants in the city now and is beautiful, relaxing, and offers a menu that is fresh and simply amazing!

If you like bourbon and whiskey or simply want a well made drink with the option of some tasty food, stop by The Alembic: It's on the other end of Haight Street and close to the park.

Speaking of the park, Golden Gate Park is one of the finest public city parks I've ever stepped foot into and one that you just may get hooked on. Once a barren area of sand and shrubs, GGP is incredibly diverse and offer just about everyone something they can find interesting or for a great place to walk or go for a run.

There are so many more places and things to do in your new area but I hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your new "hood"!

2 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 16, 2012
You must visit cha cha cha. Great food and great prices and a very fun atmosphere!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 28, 2012
As Fixiemama mentioned, Magnolia is fantastic. NOPA is also a great restaurant, but it helps to plan ahead, as reservations can be tough. Golden Gate Park has just gotten nicer and nicer over the years. The De Young museum and the Academy of Sciences are both really great now. You can also play tennis at the public tennis courts or run on the Kezar Stadium track or at the Polo Fields, as well as numerous trails and paths throughout the park, if you are looking for exercise. If you have kids, the remodeled playgrounds in the park are amazing. When I travel to other cities and see their public parks, I am always blown away by how nice GG Park is... -Kevin
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 31, 2012
Congratulations! Try looking in Zagat (online) for all the restaurants. Go to and for places to go and see with reviews of many of them. I am sure people are Tweeting about the area, but admittedly I do not know. My dearest friends live on Page and tell me how enjoyable it is!

You can go to my website and look on links for resources for things to do, bus schedules, etc.

Good luck,

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