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Hayes Valley
Hayes Valley

Hayes Valley

Hayes Street, between Laguna and Franklin, San Francisco, California, USA

The basics

With its central location near other popular neighborhoods like Haight-Ashbury, it’s easy to visit Hayes Valley during a day of sightseeing. Bigger city coach tours don’t visit the neighborhood, so opt for a small-group guided activity like a bike tour, food tour, or walking tour to get to know the area. There’s no major landmark to see; visiting Hayes Valley is mostly about eating, drinking, shopping, and enjoying the hip yet relaxed vibe.

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Things to know before you go

  • Hayes Valley is ideal for those looking to get off the tourist track and get a feel for local life in the city.
  • The main drag is Hayes Street from Laguna to Franklin.
  • The corner of Hayes and Octavia is home to a small green space popular with kids and dogs.
  • Metered and non-metered street parking is available throughout the neighborhood; read the street signs to check time limits and street-cleaning days.
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How to get there

Hayes Valley is bordered by Webster, Franklin, Fulton, Market, and Hermann streets. It is accessible via MUNI bus lines, such as the #7, as well as the light rail via the Market and Gough stop.

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When to get there

For shopping and lunching, go in the late morning to give yourself time to stroll past the shops before settling on a location. The evening scene is also lively, with many early dinner options for those taking in a performance at the nearby War Memorial Opera House, Davies Symphony Hall, or SFJAZZ.

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Painted Ladies

Walk just half a mile (750 kilometers) west along Hayes Street to reach Alamo Square and the Painted Ladies. Made famous in the late 1980s by the opening credits of Full House, this candy-colored stretch of Victorian homes, also known as Postcard Row, is one of the city’s top photo ops. The houses stretch uphill, fronting a view of the downtown skyline beyond.

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