Once famous for hippies, Haight Ashbury has been able to keep its charm while it has been commercialized and most of the shopkeepers care more about money than love.
The neighbourhood is pleasant and there are a lot of shops selling clothes, records, generic stuff and peculiarities. You can get tattoos and piercings there, too.
The main street for the region is Haight Street and the shopping area is between Golden Gate Park in east and Buena Vista Park in west. Both of these parks are also worth of a visit.
Haight Ashbury is quite far away from the downtown and if you do not want to spend the best part of the day walking there, grab a taxi, MUNI or bus to get there.
Isn't it ironic that the Summer of Love started in the Haight? By the way, that's called a pun for those of you who don't know. By the way that's awful sarcasm. By the way that's self-deprecation. By the way, this place is still full of aging hippies. It's a bit like Camden Town in a way, all the colorful shopfronts and stuff. The best place though is Amoeba Records, a huge record shop where I saw - I can barely believe it myself - the Butcher cover version of Yesterday and Today by the Beatles! I could not believe it. I have looked for this record all my life. It was a thousand bucks. Angela thinks I'm saving for our wedding...
I love the old houses south of the Panhandle in the Haight and Cole Valley.
Walk the side streets like Page and Cole to enjoy some of imho the most beautiful houses ever built anywhere.
Haight Ashbury was one of the center's of America's counter culture movement in the 1960's. Today its a mix of counter culture tourist traps with a lot of homeless people living here.
Haight St. is the place to people watch and once you tire of that try shopping in one of the many second-hand shops.
eh eh, haight street is the funniest and the most original street. you can`t get annoyed and, as far as it seems from the pic, not even people living there do ;)
This has been the center of the "flower power" generation. You can still see some weird people left and lots of funny shops!
Definitely worth a glance!!
This park offers a fine view of San Francisco, hence the name. It also has some pleasant trails to hike. This is an excellent place to vist while touring the Haight-Ashbury district.
Go to the haight and wander the shops. The area isn't as colorful as it used to be, but it won't disappoint your senses.