Bernal Heights

Bernal Heights in San Francisco, California seems to have been forgotten by time. Very view visitors and local never travel here, and few busses travel here. The quiet urban village features a shopping strip with small markets, cafes and barber shops while the residential streets are a mix of diminutive bungalows and community gardens. There is a scattering of city sophistication that includes trendy boutiques and restaurants in the area.

The area is popular with the Gay and Lesbian community along with young families who are looking for a quiet, first home. There are many artists who live in the area along with many dog owners due to the single family homes with large yards and the nearby off-leash dog park, Bernal Park.

Areas to visit include Bernal Heights Park which is a grassy dome atop of Bernal Hill; this park features amazing views and is a popular off-leash dog park. Holly Park is one of the oldest green spaces in the city, it received a $2 million makeover which included a large children's play area along with basketball and tennis courts. Other attractions include the Outdoor Cinema during September and October, Fiesta on the Hill with family fun and the San Francisco Illegal Soapbox Derby.

There are many dining options at Bernal Heights from the old school diner, Al's Café Good Food, to the Farmers Markets which are held each Saturday and feature local produce. Shopping is available at the Alemany Flea Market which is held every Sunday morning, or at the pet shop Bernal Beast, purchase flowers from Blumengarten or purchase gifts from Heartfelt.

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