"quiet and quaint in Noe Valley"
Church Street runs from 30th in Noe Valley to Market in the Castro, and has a different character in each neighborhood. In Noe it's quaint and even a little bit sleepy, though spots like Toast and Pomelo are always packed (with a crowd waiting outside) for weekend brunch. There's a Martha & Bros. coffeeshop too, which features a small but loyal band of regulars hanging out. As you progress north, it's a nice mix of low-key businesses (lots of holistic health and acupuncture) and residential blocks (with many beautiful Victorians and bungalows). It's a great street to walk, but you can also catch the J very easily and head downtown.