Hayes Valley


The city of San Francisco empties out over 4th of July weekend. But since we just moved to the city and Ian's been traveling a lot for work, we opted to stay in town and explore and I'm so happy we did. One neighborhood on our list to check out was Hayes Valley, which is just a mile or so away from our neighborhood. Here are a few of the spots we visited or have plans to next time we venture down past Alamo Square to Hayes Valley.


Lavish is a well-curated clothing-meets-gift shop selling Rifle Paper, Joanthan Adler, and a few of my other favorite brands. I made a mental note to come back whenever I need a gift for a girlfriend.

I can see Azalea becoming a go-to when I want to pick up a new shirt for a night out or my go-to booties need replacing (which will happen soon with all of the walking I am doing!). I thought it would be really pricey but there are affordable items mixed in which was refreshing.

Cary Lane
Ian was with me so I didn't spend nearly as much time here as I could have, but Cary Lane sells designer samples at a good price point. I'll definitely be back when I have more time to browse.

Formerly only in Berkeley, the owners just opened a location in SF. Definitely higher-end, but they carry a good mixture of well-known brands (think: Rebecca Taylor) and up-and-comers.


Dobbs Bar (the bar next door to Dobbs Ferry Restaurant)
Cute little watering hole. We got beers and some snacks (affordable bar menu) to tide us over before dinner.

Smuggler's Cove
So bummed we missed this place because a coworker just recommended it for mai tais. Next time.

Absinthe Brasserie & Bar
I want to pop in here for a cocktail on our next visit.

Two Sisters Bar and Books
Does it get any better than a bar with books?


The quaintest little restaurant. The menu changes daily but we ordered the duck (me) and salmon (Ian) and both were delicious. Come early or make a reservation. It's pricey but worth it both for the food and atmosphere.

Ian and his brother ate here without me and he says it rivals Little Star (in our neck of the woods). I'm dying to go back to do my own comparison. 

German food next to bar JULES. We've heard good things.

Photos by Short & Sweet Blog.


Jillian Manesh said...

looks like such a fun neighborhood! xo jillian - cornflake dreams