San Francisco is an interesting place. Back in San Francisco, use Google to navigate past before the rental car is returned. It's not very far from downtown San Francisco. It's about 20 minutes'drive. Parking near this street was very inconvenient. After several laps, a parking space was found two blocks away. The Hippie District, once a symbol of American freedom, has now turned into a distinctive commercial street with many strange shops selling animal specimens, medieval clothes and horror-themed items. It's fun to just look at the window decorations. Although there are not many hippies in the street as before, we can also meet a few when we walk a few steps. We even meet three men who are walking in the street. They should be frequent visitors in this street, because after a few steps, they will stop and greet the people around them happily.
Hippy Street is the birthplace of Hippie psychedelics, and now it has become a fashionable shopping street, focusing on fashion fashion clothing of various brands. In addition, there are also some distinctive punk style cultural shops, as well as some shops specializing in nostalgic antique clothing. Women's thigh models with sexy black silk and red high heels and outstretched windows are the landmarks of Hippy Street and the punch-in place that every visitor here must go through.
The second-hand clothes at the Hippie Antique Shop in San Francisco took a fancy look at the fallen leaves on the street and let them fly. Hippies'paradise is also a good scene for fashionable people to shoot, posters everywhere, graffiti everywhere, and the smell everywhere, too free, too artistic, too free.
Having grown up a 60s girl (born a few decades late), it would not be far off to say my whole life has been leading me to this side of town. The famous hippie hub of San Francisco did not disappoint. I could have walked into any shop with my eyes closed and arms outstretched, grabbed anything, and come out completely satisfied. Even if you are not a flower child, this area is home to some of the coolest spots around. I’m sure you know the kind of places I’m talking about – record stores, used book stores, vintage clothing stores, family-owned cafés, funky coffee shops. In most cities, there is just one of these gems, maybe two if you are lucky. Now imagine all those little places tucked together in harmony, and you have Haight-Ashbury.
I live in this neighborhood and am a fan. Yes, there are homeless people. No, it's not the cleanest street in the city. But there is an incredible amount of variety in terms of places to eat, drink, shop and wander. Alembic, Magnolia Brewery, and Toronado have some of the best beer selections in SF. Cha Cha Cha has food to die for. There are great legitimate thrift stores like Wasteland and Buffalo Exchange, as well as some higher end vintage thrift stores. Don't forget to wanter a block down to beautiful Page Street, tree lined and full of beautiful houses. Another block down and you can wander along the panhandle! Great area overall.
An eternal tourist destination, thanks to its famed hippie past, the Haight continues to be a favorite neighborhood for visitors and locals alike. This area always is thriving with activity: street musicians, panhandlers, shoppers on their way to one of the many head shops, clothing retailers, up- and down-scale eateries and bars, or the famous Amoeba Music flagship store. It's also close to the Panhandle and Golden Gate Park, so staying or living here makes for an easy transition between urban life and natural tranquility.
I rented an AirBnB in the area and it was within walking distance of all the shops on Haight, Buena Vista and Golden State Parks. I have really enjoyed my time in this area. There is plenty of unique shops, bars, pleasant people, and delicious eateries. I especially enjoyed the food at ChaChaCha and The Citrus Club. There are some homeless, but they're not aggressive. You may however, smell some "herbal essence" while walking on Haight Street and may be offered to buy some "Cookie" or "Purple" something. JUST SAY NO!
Fun and funky started here in 1967 with the beginning of the Peace and Love movement. Great place for Teens and hip young at heart types. Funky little shops with unique items. Unfortunately, there is quite a homeless presences but hopefully it will not taint the experience. Eat at Ploy Thai for great Thai food or Cha cha cha for amazing sangria and Cuban food. At night, there are many cool bars and clubs that have local acts performing.