cole-valley-guide-top Cole Valley, a tiny neighborhood just next to Haight Ashbury is all about community. It feels like a city in the city. Even if sometimes wrongly mistaken as a part of Haight Ashbury, this relaxed piece of San Francisco is a neighborhood on it’s own. And a very cute one, too. It seams time is moving slower here in Cole Valley. Even if the life is happening on only three blocks, there is no shortage on amazing restaurants and cool shops. Locals already now about the Cole Valley charm, but most tourist are only interested to see the head shops on Haight Street, so they lucky pass by Cole Valley without noticing it. I personally love to spend time there, my favorite hardware store is in Cole Valley and when guests are in town brunch at Zazie’s is a must. For all of you how need some recreation, hike the Tank Hill up for some beautiful views and treat your self with a latte and some pastries from La Boulange.

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Zazie – French brunch spot. You will get an amazing food and 2-hours-waiting-line experience on the weekends. Weekdays are easy going.

Ice Cream Bar – for the sweet tooth in you, this 50s spot has an amazing ice cream and soda menu.

Café Reverie – Great spot to enjoy some fresh salads at the hidden backyard patio.

InoVino – For breezy evenings with some wine and cheese

Pedrecito – New Mexican. I haven’t been here yet, but the always full tables seam to be promising.

BurgerMeister – Actually the cutest burger joint around. Go for a take-out and eat it at the park right next to it. Date night idea!

La Boulange de Cole – Still a good place to get some good food and coffee. cole-valley-8 cole-valley-17 cole-valley-15 SHOP

Say Cheese – This place is a local cheese supplier since 1927. Get some really good cheese and amazingly knowledgeable service.

Cole Hardware – I have spent so much time here while renovation our apartmnet. This is your hardware store from the past, before the big chain stores. Small aisles and super smart helpful stuff. They can tell you everything about home improvement.

Urban Mercantile – Everything for your home. Carefully curated home goods. It will make very hostess heart leap for joy!

Tantrum – If you have kids or you are looking for a gift for a little one, this is a paradise. Vintage games, hand made dolls, clothing, gifts… I bet you will also buy something for yourself.

Val de Cole – browse wines and spirits for you next wine party.

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– Hike the Tank Hill and enjoy some beautiful views of the city.

– Surprise your darling or bestie with a date night at the Ice Cream Bar.

– Grab some sushi from Grandeho’s Kamekyo and make an spontaneous picnic at the small park.      cole-valley-19 cole-valley-18 cole-valley-7 cole-valley-16 cole-valley-11

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8 Responses
  • Igor
    April 14, 2014

    I think it will be because of you and all your fab posts, Ana, that I will have to come back to San Francisco very soon!! Such a lovely visit to Cole Valley!! Hugs from Germany!

    • Ana Kamin
      April 15, 2014

      Thanks Igor! Yeah, if I can make you visit SF again, that would be great! :)

  • kleine Schwester
    April 15, 2014

    Die Farben, die Details… ich kann mich nicht sattsehen. Was für ein tolles Viertel !
    Grüße auch von mir aus Deutschland – wo es wieder ein bisschen geschneit hat… !!!!!!

    • Ana Kamin
      April 15, 2014

      Oh nein! Was soll das denn wieder?! Hoffentlich kommt echt bald der Frühling. Und bleibt.

  • Barbara
    April 15, 2014

    Such a nice area!

    • Ana Kamin
      April 15, 2014

      You have to go there if you haven’t been! Super relaxed.

  • Melinda DiOrio
    April 15, 2014

    This neighborhood looks so cute! What a great post…I’m bookmarking it for future travel!

    • Ana Kamin
      April 15, 2014

      When you are here, I will be your private guide for one day. :)

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