San Francisco won’t stop amazing me. Even after years getting to know the city as a true local, it always surprises me how much I have yet not experienced. The latest proof of that was getting down to Hayes Valley, a hot & trendy district in the city that I for some inexplicable reason never paid attention to. Because of that, I will help you, not to be like me, by sharing my 5 things to do in Hayes Valley list. These are some of the spots I fell in love with during a full day exploring along with friends. It’s safe to say you’ll be glad to enjoy a glorious day in this neighborhood as it has pretty much everything you want. From bars and food, to amazing desserts. and more.
- Biergarten: As simple as it sounds, you go to a cute & laid-back outdoor space and drink refreshing beer served in gigantic mugs the size of your head. While there is no line for entry, the beer line is long. So be aware. Still, a super relax & not crazy loud space where you can have a nice conversation with friends. Thumbs up.
- Smitten Ice Cream: A super trendy ice cream stand right next to Biergarten. Before I describe this place a quick little fact: Paul knows how much I love to be a dull human being when it comes to my ice cream. Almost always I go for plain strawberry flavor. Certainly, I don’t like to risk it with my sweets. Anyhow, every time I go to Smitten, I need to pick something out of my comfort zone as they have the most unusual, surreal, most tasteful flavors. Even more tasteful are their seasonal flavors, and this Fall I fell completely for their Crème Fraîche with Pear Caramel. In conclusion, yum.
- Chantal Guillon Macaroons: As if the ice cream was not enough, I got the bug to buy some over-the-top macaroons a block away from the ice cream stand. (I basically ate my way through Hayes). It all started as a result of my friends buying some, and consequently could not resist. We got a small box of 6 to share between P & I. Again, very original flavors, and pretty much all of them taste amazing. My favorite was their coffee flavor. Ugh, like heaven on your mouth. Also, I loved how artsy they looked. If you are into aesthetics, you”ll be happy with the pretty macaroons.
- Dobbs Ferry Bar: By now my heels were hurting therefor I needed a rest, and this was a perfect stop for a quick drink. It would be even better for game days as they have multiple screens for fans to enjoy the assortment of sports I’m most likely not into. What I was definitely into: their damn good crispy fries. Try them.
- The Grove – Hayes Valley: This american food chain does not feel like a chain at all. They have a great atmosphere & tasty american food. At this point, Paul was famished, so we ended up coming in here, and I had some chicken tortilla soup. And I am glad I did. Super good.
Hope you enjoy this quick things to do in Hayes Valley list. If you are still searching for more spots in San Francisco, I have more to cover here. Tell me, is there any place you have discovered lately? If so, tell me all about it in the comments below. I am always hunting for new spots. Follow me on social media. Love to get in touch with you my readers.