Despite its proximity to the Haight, anyone who has spent time in this small community knows Cole Valley has a distinct character all its own. “Community” is the operative word in this thin slice of San Francisco real estate, bordered on the west by Stanyan Street and the Sutro Forest, on the south by Tank Hill and on the east by Clayton Street. Residents are largely families and young professionals, though there is no trace of the snootiness that has affected other parts of the city. Most of the businesses in Cole Valley are of the mom-and-pop variety, in lieu of chain stores or franchises, and shop owners are outwardly supportive of each other. Food and coffee are the specialties in Cole Valley. In the three-block commercial strip along Cole Street and part of Carl Street, there are more than a dozen restaurants and cafés, some of which draw visitors from around the Bay Area.
Reputation: Middle-aged couples, young professionals, nice apartments.
Main Drag: Cole & Carl.
Cole Valley is a colorful and quaint San Francisco neighborhood with a distinct community feel. Unlike it’s frequently packed neighbor, the Haight, mom & pop businesses make up the majority of this neighborhood’s shopping opportunities; the main drag has cafes and restaurants, some of which are considered some of the best Bay Area dining spots. Dramatic city views are perks of living in or visiting Cole Valley, especially if you drive up to the top of Tank Hill to enjoy the panoramic vistas.