By Dyde Schleppi
You have visited the Golden Gate Bridge and probably wondering, “now what?!”. If you are trying to find an answer Haight Street would be a great place to start! The street once labeled as “Hashburry” by Hunter S. Thompson is a collision of thriving commerce and the bizarre. The street has historical importance in the hippie and counterculture movement. It attracted a number of psychedelic rock musicians and bands like The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, and George Harrison. It was a community that strived on hippy ideals, drugs, and music and it is now a street that tries to find footing in the modern world while clinging to its unique history.
I visited the street with some friends and here is a good list of things to see!
We started at the crossing of Haight St. and Central Ave. and walked towards the Golden Gate Park. This is a good place to start if you would like to get a good feel for the street and community, plus you get to end in the Golden Gate Park!
1419 Haight St. SF, CA
People’s Bistro is a unique Chinese restaurant that offers traditional Chinese meals within a modern restaurant. Like the street itself, it is a collision of modern and traditional, and the outcome is a great atmosphere with delicious food! The menu is full of possible options and it can seem overwhelming when selecting! I would recommend the Green Fish Soup, Orange Chicken, Pork Dumplings, and the Chow Mein!
Recommended Time To Visit: 11am-10:30pm 7 days a week, 45-60 minutes
1420 Haight St. SF
Nice Kicks is a haven for sneakerheads, and presents its large variety of sneakers in a futuristic atmosphere. The store is a great example of the street’s significance in street fashion within the city, and its embrace to modern ideals and fashions. The two stories feature shoes and fashion that is rare and interesting. If you are like me and not really a ‘sneakerhead’ I would still recommend it for the fascinating layout, and the friendly staff who are thrilled to educate visitors on the ‘shoe culture’. Nice Kicks represents the street’s contribution to the future of fashion!
Recommended Time to Visit: 10am-7pm, 15-45 minutes
1543 Haight St. SF
Held Over is renown for its large selection of unique vintage clothing! It features a corner where suits and hats from different decades are hung on meat hooks. The store also includes vintage fur coats, dresses, shirts, skirts, jackets, etc.. If you want to add a unique piece to your wardrobe Held Over is a place one must check out! Held Over showcases the history of the lively street through fashion.
Recommended Time to Visit: 10am-7pm, $-$$, 15-45 minutes
The Love of Ganesha
1573 Haight St. SF
The Love of Ganesha is a store that represents the sense of community within Haight Street. The store offers free minted water and fruits to visitors who can explore the hectic collection of incense, stones, bells, and almost everything else to help one meditate! The store also offers a meditation tent that is open to all visitors. I am not very spiritual but after spending my time in the store and attempting to meditate I felt energized and ready to take on the rest of the day! Coming here is also a learning opportunity, as the employees are insightful and eager to answer any questions about Buddhism and meditation.
Recommended Time to Visit: 11am-6pm, 30-60 minutes
1782 Haight St. SF
If the meditation was not energizing enough, dessert may be the answer! If you travel a bit more down the street you will come across Rromd which features sweet crepes, gelatos, and smoothies! The food stop features a modern and friendly atmosphere where one can enjoy delicious desserts with company! It is also a block away from the Golden Gate Park, so after replenishing one can continue to the park to discover a whole new part of San Francisco!
Recommended Time to Visit: 12:00pm-9:00pm, 10-30 minutes