2.9 out of 10

Haight St, Haight-Ashbury

Ranked 5th best street in Haight-Ashbury
37.769272002938 -122.452701501207
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Nightlife
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Eating Out
Not great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Pest Free
  • Schools
  • Cost of Living
  • Gym & Fitness
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters

Reviews

2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 1/5
May 05, 2015

"From a renter on Shrader near Haight"

Easy to enjoy this area if you are young, physically fit, a risk taker.

Very interesting neighborhood if you love popular music -- a guitar store and Amoeba Records

Fascinating neighborhood if you are interested in vintage clothing.

A difficult neighborhood if you are elderly and or mobility impaired.

A very difficult neighborhood if you dislike bad manners

Hellish neighborhood if you own a car and do not have garage space. We are vulnerable
to smash and grab robberies. Never, ever leave belongings in your car -- not for one
split second.

OK neighborhood if you managed to get in on rent control - know your tenant rights. Evictions
are up, due to escalating property values

Traffic on Haight Street is chaos -- skateboarders amid vehicle traffic, too many buses and
trucks, jaywalkers.

Sidewalks a snarl: dog droppings, slow moving tourists, skateboarders, clumps of
nomads begging, adult illegal sidewalk cyclists.

A very difficult neighborhood if you own property near Haight Street. Graffiti vandalism -- you, the
property owner pay for its removal. You the property owner are cast as automatic villain
if you protest about quality of life issues. Needles, debris in your front yard.

Nomads on your steps and sometimes in your back yard. You may have to pay extra
to install a security gate or higher walls to keep people out of your property. Police .only tell them to move along.

One of the worst areas in San Francisco for second hand smoke - tobacco, weed, auto exhaust.

Things I love: Proximity to library at UC Medical Center. A small gem of a public library on Page Street, near Cole with a nice children's program.

Interesting private schools -- Grattan Elementary and Urban School

One bookstore, (Booksmith) but mostly glossy popular books.
Cons
  • If you are wealthy, food shopping is a pleasure, though lines are long at Haight Natural Produce. If you are on a budget, you have to go outside the Haight to find a supermarket.
  • If you live on or near Haight Street, you deal with mass public events which bring enormous numbers of people into the area -- and create traffic upsets of biblical proportions. *Hardly Strictly Bluegrass * Bay to Breakers * Haight Street Fair ***420 Day
  • If you own a car, parking is hellish -- unless you own or can rent garage space. Motorcycles may be tipped over. Big uptick in car break ins and smash and grab robberies.
  • Crowded
  • Kind of dirty
  • Not for the uptight
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+

"Okay, the reviews make sense"

I've only hung out here once, and coming here, I couldn't quite grasp what this street was "about." It definitely has a bit of a gentrified, East Village feel, but I always reserved that analogy for the Mission District instead. But after taking a look and doing some research, it makes sense - it's not the gay capital, or the new gentrification neighborhood, but it IS the hippie capital of San Francisco.

That being said, today it is frequented by a far more diverse crowd - young professionals, immigrants, hipsters and rock wannabes alike populate the streets here. Toronado's is probably one of the best beer gardens in the city, and the strip of Mexican restaurants around here will provide the perfect post-drinking snack - or full meal, if desired.

Parking on this street is downright terrible, but it is literally one street of action with lots of side streets that are far more residential, so it won't be tough to find a place nearby. This isn't quite the hippie area that it once was, but it is certainly still indicative of the off-beat reputation that San Francisco gets.
Pros
  • Great nightlife
  • Great food
  • Nearby parking
Cons
  • Kind of dirty
  • Crowded
  • Not for the uptight
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5
2yrs+

"Hippie Roots"

Haight Street is one of the most famous and historic streets in San Francisco. During the 1960s and 1970s Haight Street was enriched with bohemian subculture. Today Haight Street has some of the places to eat and shop in all of San Francisco. When I visited I had heard stories of the the 18 block street and most of them seemed to be true. If you are ever in the San Francisco area this street is a must visit.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5
2yrs+

"It's Everything They Say It Is"

It's hard to park. It's a bit dirty. It's still crawling with hippie types. And Reckless Records is a distant memory. But Haight Street's still pretty cool. Running from Golden Gate Park (at Stanyan) to Market (letting out not too far southwest of Van Ness), Haight is a major artery for buses feeding the southwestern part of the city into downtown. It's also got a number of funky shops and restaurants, night clubs, and one of the best beer bars in the country (Toronado near Divisadero). Bring a cool attitude, wear your Doc Marten's, and have a good time.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5
2yrs+

"Summer of Love, Now"

Haight St. is very interesting spot in San Francisco. It was the center of the hippie movement back in the day with the Grateful Dead living off the street and performing concert there all the time. They have some really cool shops and restaurants up and down the street. It’s always a great spot to people watch, as you will see some very unique people. The downfall is there are a lot of homeless people up and down the street. Also, you will get bothered by people who are selling drugs as well. My advice is just ignoring them and enjoy what Haight Street has to offer.
Recommended for
  • Singles
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4/5
2yrs+

"A very lively street, gives you the san francisco flower power spirit"

The haight is one interesting street with multiple bars, restaurants and shops. From time to time you will see the homeless wandering around, but this is just a part of the overall vibe that this street has to offer. Prominent business on the street include Amoeba records. My favorite hangout place though is Cha-Cha-Cha
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
5/5
2yrs+

"A very popular street that is very busy."

Haight St is a street located in the Haight Ashbury. This street runs from Stanyan to Laguna. This street is a very busy street most of the time. Many people come here to get some food or to go shopping. It has some very popular stores many young people go to. It has a few very popular street wear stores, a few sneaker stores, some skate shops, and some good restaurants. It is home to the notorious Stussy and Upper Playground brands. There is the occasional druggie here or there but it is usually a pretty safe place. It is a great place to spend a day at. You could go shopping and then get some food or ice cream or whatever.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5
2yrs+

"Strange, but good"

Haight street is legendary. Everyone has heard of it. The main reason to visit would be to go shopping at all of the funky stores in the area. There are many to choose from. It is definitely a scene for couples and singles. It is worth visiting just for the rich history and funkiness!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
5/5
2yrs+

"A Friendly Parcel of Insanity ..."

This is definitely worth a visit. If you are looking for a good tattoo artist or body piercer, or a great indie clothing designer, this is the place to go. It has a lot of great restaurants and cafes as well. The street scene is fun -- you can hear a lot of street music here. And if you are into Tibetan jewelry, I have seen more stores on this one street than most of San Francisco combined. The Upper Haight has lots of retail stores, many of them fairly pricey, whereas the Lower Haight seems to have mostly trendy beauty salons and night clubs, with some terrific restaurants. To tell the truth, my favorite Haight Street restaurants are in the Lower Haight, although be careful -- after dark, it can be unpredictable, though not necessarily dangerous.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5
2yrs+

"Blast from the past... Haight-Ashbury LIVES!!"

It was pronounced 'Haightashbury' (one word) in the 60's. I was there, in the 'Summer of Love'. It was 1967, when two friends and I hitch hiked from L.A. to San Fran. Not bad for three girls from New England, branching out for the first time. It's a miracle we survived. My most recent visit was in 2007. One might say of the Haight that, "it sure has mellowed man!". It more closely resembles a living history museum than a thriving base camp for the Flower Power hippies and not as colorful as it was in its hey day. We did manage to attend the Haight Festival, which certainly brought out what's left of the 60's folks, who are probably hiding behind tie dyed curtains the rest of the year, writing their memoirs for the wannabe counter-culture of today. All in all, it's a must see for anyone visiting San Francisco. Don't forget to stop by the famous Amoeba Music Store. FYI: There were hypodermic needles on the floor of the porta potties at the festival, so wear shoes.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
3/5
2yrs+

"Be aware and stay on the better half...."

There are two distinct parts of Haight Street, divided by Divisadero Street. The Upper Haight is more touristy and we could still see some evidence of the hippy revolution of the 60’s. There are still some cute shops and head shops. The Lower Haight is not the best area. We were told to avoid it and I can see why. It didn’t look safe, especially at night when we drove through.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
5/5
2yrs+

"the former hippy hang out"

this street is a former hippy hang out, there still a hippy element out and about on the street but its mostly just shops and bars now. dont get me wrong its fun to hang out on the street tho, just to walk up and down it and meet new people and theres some cool stuff to be bought too.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
5/5
2yrs+

"Hippie Haight Never Disappoints"

San Francisco’s hippie Haight Street remains as one of the most attractive places in the city, especially for teenagers. With its collection of unique stores, you can find many one-of-a-kind items if you want to stand out from the crowd. There are many second-hand stores which sell modern clothes and ones that sell old-fashion clothes. There is also a fair number of shoe stores and jewelry stores. My favorite place for jewelry is the Tibetan store which has Tibetan jewelry. There is also Amoeba’s Music Store which sells used CDs of fairly modern music. It also has oldies and world music. This is definitely one of my favorite places to hang out.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5
2yrs+

"Very happening street with endless things to do."

Haight Street is one of my favorite streets in San Francisco. Its most popular part of it is between Stanyan and Masonic. It has the most interesting shops and people all over. Shopping on this street is amazing. However I would not recommend living on this part of the street. Lower Haight would be a much better place to live if you were single or a young couple. Families would not be advised to live on this street. Parking down here is incredible impossible during the daytime. Night life is a little scary but there are bars and it could be a really good time. Hookah Bars are very popular around this area. It is very close to Kezar Stadium and Golden Gate Park. Ameba Music is down here and is a very popular attraction. Bus lines run down and around this street. The N Muni Train line is 2 blocks away. I would definitely recommend living near this street or right off of it.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
5/5
2yrs+

"Haight St. - interesting and trendy neighborhood"

The Haight is the location of the famous Haight Ashbury which was popular in the 70’s with the hippie movement. In the present day, the Haight is still popular, with it being crowded with locals and tourists everyday. There are many unique and eccentric shops such as trendy clothing stores, pizza parlors, and rare sneaker stores. Stores such as Stussy, RVCA, and True are among the popular urban street culture shops, while Escape from New York pizza is a tasty place to grab a slice of pizza. There is also the music store, Amoeba which is filled with thousands of used and brand new cd’s and records.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
3/5
2yrs+

"of the infamous pairing with Ashbury"

I'm half disappointed half impressed that they've turned the place from "be a hippie" into "buy a hippie," but I shouldn't have . I'd say skip it and head down to fisherman's wharf. Better food down there and fewer college students pretending to be hippies. Stop by Golden Gate Park instead, or head to fisherman's wharf, which is only maybe 4 miles north of here.

Best for retirees having acid flashbacks, I think.
Recommended for
  • Retirees
3/5
2yrs+

"Infamous Street Holds on to Past"

What else can be said about Haight Street? It's the infamous hippy hangout, and funny enough, you'll still see kids in tattered scarves and military jackets begging for quarters outside the novelty shops that line this street. There are some decent aspects of Haight Street, though, such as a wonderful fabric/craft shop, lots of shoe stores and pretty good restaurants. Parking is a nightmare, though. Be prepared to walk.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5
2yrs+

"A neat and historic place"

Haight Street is the home of the old hippie culture of the 60's- though nowadays mostly commercialized, it is still an interesting and fun street to visit, and definitely one of the places you must see if you visit San Francisco. Full of interesting shops, places to eat, and also people, this part of the city has more flavor than most and begs to be seen by the tourist.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"retro hippie culture"

This street got its name after California's exchange banker Henry Haight. You will find traces of the retro hippie culture down here. It has numerous shopping avenues and tourist spots. The restaurants and Internet café’s opened in Haight have made it a commercial center in San Francisco
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
5/5
2yrs+

"Hippie Hippie Haight St."

You can't visit San Francisco without visiting the infamous haigh st. There are the famous tall buildings of san francisco, lots of knick knack shops, amoeba records, hippie dippie clothing stores, and lots of wonderful amazing ethnic food to try. This is a very popular st with the college crowd, though they just visit it as it is too expensive to live here.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"The Flagship Resturant of the Haight District"

In my opinon, the whole idea of the Haight District is to expose americans to things they are not normally exposed to. Nothing does this better than the Massawa Resturant. Massawa is named after a city in Eritrea in Eastern Africa and introduces San Fransiscans to a new food and culture. It also offers the very appealing option of allowing guests to eat their plates. The entrees are served on Injera, a spongy bread that can rapidly fill stomachs small and large so don't get carried away.

Meals are simple and can be spicy, unless you request something mild. Examples include Kelwa-Derho, chunks of chicken breasts stir-fried with butter, hot pepper, onions, and tomatoes, and Shiro, medium-mildly seasoned chick peas cooked with onions, tomato paste, and pepper.

This a place that's better for noisy groups than quiet couplets. The room is large, austere, and high-ceilinged, with round tables separated by partitions. Stark fluorescent lighting makes it far less inviting at night.

No special accommodations are made for children, though the ones we know in the neighborhood - especially those 8 and older - like to come here because it's just different enough to be fun. No alcohol is served but you can bring your own.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"The famous "weird" Haight Street is home to many stores, restaurants, and bars!"

“Keep the Haight weird.” I may always remember that quote that one hippy-like man told me when I was young and visiting the Haight district for one of the first times. And yes, the Haight is “weird”. The Haight district spells San Francisco all over it as San Francisco is known for its open mindedness.

Filled with smoke shops, record stores, and eateries, the Haight district is without a doubt a must see attraction for first time visitors and home speculators. Haight Street is home to the famous Amoeba Music store where hundreds of people visit every day. You will know when you are in the Haight district because of its different feel. People and stores around Haight Street are just different from other parts of the city. There are some good local food stores and some very good smoke/hookah bars. The night life here is good, but not great.

Housing in and near the Haight is definitely an opinionated decision. For some, living a few blocks away or on Haight Street is one of the greatest places to live. For others, such as myself, might want to avoid living near Haight at all costs. It is not that I do not like the Haight Street necessarily but it may be too “weird” and lively for me.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles

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