Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco Places

Part of our San Francisco travel guide; our list of the best things to see in Haight-Ashbury, including Amoeba Music, Giant Robot and Alembic.
  • The best place in Haight-Ashbury San Francisco: Amoeba Music

    Amoeba Music

    1855 Haight Street
    M-Sa 10:30AM-10PM, Su 11AM-9PM. The best place in San Francisco to buy vinyl and cds, new and used, with an emphasis on indie music. It has one of the largest selections for an indie music store in the country.
  • Giant Robot

    Giant Robot

    618 Shrader Street
    M-Sa 11:30AM-8PM, Su 12AM-7PM. From the people behind Giant Robot magazine, which looks at cool Asian fashion / art / design / books / pop culture. The shop does the same, and sells cool T-shirts, some high-end manga and Asian graphic novels, art books and designer toys.
  • Alembic


    1725 Haight St
    Styling itself a 'Whiskey Bar', the Alembic is a place to have classic cocktails as well as original creations. The house Manhattan, made with Rye Whiskey, is phenomenal.
  • Randall Museum

    Randall Museum

    199 Museum Way
    A small but fun children's museum with several interactive exhibits, including live animals, a science exhibit, a toddler play area, and a railroad exhibit which includes a model railroad layout which is open on Saturdays. The museum is perched on a hill, offering great views of the San Francisco skyline.
    Castro-Upper Market food nearby
  • Magnolia


    1398 Haight Street
    Serves solid food and microbrews, including some excellent cask conditioned beers.
  • The Alembic

    The Alembic

    1725 Haight St
    Styling itself a 'Whiskey Bar', the Alembic is a place to have classic cocktails as well as original creations. The house Manhattan, made with Rye Whiskey, is phenomenal.
  • Roberts Hardware

    1629 Haight Street
    A non-chain hardware store with over 20,000 items in inventory and another 200,000 available by special order. The oldest family-owned store on Haight Street, celebrating 75 years in 2006. Staffed by knowledgeable, friendly workers who are willing to take the time to explain how to make your repairs without any of the condescension or attitude found in other stores.
  • Villians


    1672 Haight Street
    A trendy clothing store that is mirrored across the street by its sister store Villians Vault. While clothing is expensive, it is on the cusp of indie fashion.
  • Positively Haight Street

    1400 Haight Street
    Channel your inner hippie and peace out in this delightful hippie t-shirt shop.
  • Booksmith


    1644 Haight Street
    M-Sa 10AM-10PM, Su 10AM-8PM. An independent bookstore that's been around since the 1970s, this bookstore is best known for its events program, with many book signings from famous and honored authors.
  • Nopa


    560 Divisadero St
    A neighborhood gathering place. Serving urban-rustic woodfire cuisine.
  • Kan Zaman

    1793 Haight St
    M-Th 5PM-12AM, Sa 11:30AM-2AM, Su 11:30AM-12AM. $15-20. A popular Middle Eastern restaurant, success has made Kan Zaman a difficult place to get a table. Reservations are practically mandatory, with wait times up to 2 hours on weekends. The hazards come with a payoff: Kan Zaman has fine food at reasonable prices, of course, but the atmosphere is raucous and exciting. Belly dancers perform nightly, and a postprandial hookah pipe shared around a table is de rigueur. Definitely a night on the town.
  • Asqew Grill

    Asqew Grill

    1607 Haight St
    Serves an array of flame-grilled skewers prepared in unexpected ways.
  • Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery

    Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery

    1398 Haight St
  • Cha Cha Cha

    Cha Cha Cha

    1801 Haight St
    Lunch: daily 11:30AM-4PM. Dimmer: Su-Th 5PM-11PM, F-Sa 5PM-11:30PM. $7-$15. Popular Cuban tapas place. Good sangria. Typical wait is 1-2 hours on weekends, and they don't take reservations. Great bar, always crowded with a fun 'artsy' crowd. Be warned, the sangria packs a punch!
  • Trax


    1437 Haight St
    A gay bar for gay men and lesbians that is also very much straight-friendly. Small, divey, and a local's scene. Drinks are cheap, and on Saturday nights it offers ridiculously cheap drink specials ($1 well cocktails before 10pm).
  • Buena Vista Park

    Buena Vista Park

    Haight St & Buena Vista E
    Buena Vista Park is a park in the Haight-Ashbury and Buena Vista Heights neighborhoods of San Francisco, California, United States. It is the oldest official park in San Francisco, established in 1867 as Hill Park and renamed Buena Vista in 1894. It is bounded by Haight Street to the north, and by Buena Vista Avenue West and Buena Vista Avenue East. The park is on a steep hill that peaks at 575 feet, and covers 37 acres. The lowest section is the north end along Haight.
    Castro-Upper Market eat nearby
  • Hobson's Choice

    Hobson's Choice

    1601 Haight Street
    Offering a selection of well over 100 rums, this “Victorian punch house” themed bar is best known for it’s original alcoholic punches that you can order by the glass or by the bowl. (watch out, they’re stronger than you think!) The corner location and large windows make it a perfect spot to grab a drink and people-watch. Go on Sundays when they offer a lavish make-your-own Bloody Mary bar with plenty of fixin’s. (don’t worry, they’ll mix it for you if you’re not so inclined) A friendly staff and great jukebox brings the locals in early, more of a younger crowd late night and on weekends.
  • Mount Olympus

    Mount Olympus

    400 Upper Ter
    Mount Olympus is a 570 foot hill, located on Upper Terrace in the Ashbury Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. It was once considered to mark the geographical center of the city, and was topped off by a statue given by Adolph Sutro. Currently only the statue's pedestal remains, and the view from the top is obstructed by trees and condominiums.
    Castro-Upper Market food nearby
  • Coffee to the People

    1206 Masonic Avenue
    M-F 6AM-8PM, Sa-Su 7AM-9PM. A favorite community gathering spot, Coffee to the People serves giant sandwiches, hearty soups, and organic and fair trade coffee and tea. Their croissant breakfast sandwiches are especially popular with locals. The shop is laptop/work friendly, with free wi-fi and almost a dedicated section to people working around notepads and notebooks. The shop has an overtly political theme and decor and is a good spot for people watching.
  • Tank Hill

    Tank Hill

    2 Belgrave Ave
    Tank Hill Park is located in San Francisco near the intersection of Clayton Street and Twin Peaks Boulevard, which circumscribes the hill to the south and east. A rocky outcropping defines the north side, which falls in cliffs to houses below.
    Haight-Ashbury restaurants nearby
  • Giovanni's Pizza At Club Deluxe

    Giovanni's Pizza At Club Deluxe

    1511 Haight St
    This small, stylish bar has been around for a long time. It's all about Giovanni's Neapolitan Pizza and freshly squeezed cocktail's. Deluxe hosts free comedy on Monday nights and Jazz every other night, always by local acts. The bar-tenders are friendly and the crowd is arty and hip.
  • Burgermeister


    86 Carl St
    Since 1999 BurgerMeister has grown to be one of the most popular burger restaurants in the Bay Area, achieving international recognition and accolades from National Geographic, The Food Network, The Michelin Guide, Zagat, Yelp, and more.
  • Cha Cha Cha

    Cha Cha Cha

    1801 Haight St
    Visit Cha Cha Cha Mission or Cha Cha Cha Haight for the best restuarant experience in San Francisco, CA.
  • Bacon Bacon (Frederick St)

    Bacon Bacon (Frederick St)

    205 Frederick St
    The bacon food truck for San Francisco.
  • The Ice Cream Bar Soda Fountain

    The Ice Cream Bar Soda Fountain

    815 Cole St
    Artisanal soda fountain and ice cream drinks made to order using house-made syrups, tonics, extracts, and tinctures, per the style of the late 1800s, early 1900s. Menu includes classics such as root beer (made with real sassafras), ginger ale, cherry phosphate, and old-fashioned, hand-shaken milk shakes. There is also a build-your-own soda option with the choices of various syrups, acids, flavor extracts, and tinctures for those who are feeling a little adventurous.
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