Noe Valley is a cozy small neighborly SF quarter that I visited couple of times, but never really had the chance to explore it a little bit more. So when lovely Leslie of SpottedSF invited me for a tea time at LoveJoy’s Tea Room I took the opportunity to stroll the streets of Noe Valley. Leslie lived for years in Noe Valley before she moved to Pacific Height; it was fun to discover all the old and new places with her. It seams there was a lot of change in the past years, but some stores are still open even after 30 years. Cheese & Co. delicatessen store is now open for 30 years, it has everything you need to treat yourself or your guest. But also some new neighbors moved in, like the olive oil paradise, Olive This Olive That. You will get lost in the taste wonderland. Noe Valley has books and arts stores, vintage and fashion gems, all mixed with some cozy cafés and restaurants. I had the feeling that everything moves a little bit slower here in Noe Valley and that’s exactly what we need from time to time. In Noe Valley you can stay in the city but escape it’s bustle.

LoveJoy’s Tea Room – lovely old fashioned tea room from the good old days.

Savor  – You get everything here, but you should try the crepes. Nice outdoor seating.

The Little Chihuahua – good Mexican food

La Boulange  – It’s a chain bakery, but they really have good coffee and snacks. And of course french pastries.

Contigo – Delicious Spanish tapas. {this one was recommended by the Noe Valley super insider, the one and only Victoria of SF Girl By Bay}

Cheese Co. – You know the spots you immediately fell in love with? This is one of those places. Their selection on cheese, wine and other delicatessen is amazing. And the guys behind the counter are super friendly.

Olive This Olive That – New to the neighborhood with the potential to stay there for the next 30 years. This Olive and Balsamic tasting room has it all.

Mill Mercantile – very well curated assortment on women’s clothing, beauty products and independent quality magazines like KinoFolk, Frenkie, etc.

Ambiance – Woman can always find something at Ambiance.

Terra Mia Ceramics – By your plate, bowl or vase and get creative with the paint at Terra Mia.

Flowers – the name says it. 

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  • kleine Schwester
    October 2, 2013

    Gut, das setzt du bitte auf unsere Sightseeing-Tour-Liste ;-)… hehe… wenn’s dann mal mit unserem Treffen klappen sollte. Hach, das wäre herrlich.
    Liebe Grüsse

  • Charisma Moran
    October 2, 2013

    What a gorgeous place! Looks like there are so many fun places to explore!

    • Ana Kamin
      October 4, 2013

      Oh yeah! There is a lot to see and to eat. ;)

  • CaninesCouture
    October 2, 2013

    I haven’t spent much time in Noe Valley but you’re certainly giving me a reason to! I recently went to Firefly, though, and that was amazing!

    Jules of Canines & Couture

  • Claudia @ DesignClaud
    October 4, 2013

    Beautiful place! I’ve never been there but would love to go!

    • Ana Kamin
      October 29, 2013

      Yeah you should put SF on your travel list! :)

  • Leslie @ Spotted SF
    October 6, 2013

    Good job on the guide!! So many more places to explore in the city.

    • Ana Kamin
      October 29, 2013

      We have to meet up again and go exploring new neighborhood!

  • Jocelyn Casey
    October 17, 2013

    Your photos are fantastic! Love all your guides :) Jocelyn

    • Ana Kamin
      October 29, 2013

      Merci mon ami! I’m so happy that you like my pictures and the small guides. :) Many hugs from SF!

  • Janell Pekkain
    January 10, 2014

    Hi Ana – I just discovered your blog (through La Fromagerie in Dogpatch’s newsletter and that my little shop, Olive This Olive That, was included in your Noe Valley neighborhood tour. Thanks so much for checking out our neighborhood and my shop and spreading the word. Noe Valley is a very sweet corner of the city. I hope we’ll still be here in 30 years too and everyone knows and appreciates the health benefits and variety of flavors and uses of truly extra virgin olive oil. Thanks again!

    • Ana Kamin
      January 14, 2014

      Hi Janelle, you are welcome! Noe Valley is such a dreamy neighborhood and with your great products I’m sure you will be there for awhile. :)

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