Noe Valley


Noe Valley is one of San Francisco's most interesting neighborhood because it is considered by many to be a study in opposites. It is home to people with both liberal and conservative political leanings, working class and technology millionaires, has served as home to film crews, and in the 1970's, even had residents who joined a cult. The town is filled with upscale dining establishments, chic boutiques, and high-end home décor shops, but has occasionally seen storefront vandalism, offering yet another sharp contrast in its existence. The area is prosperous and usually busy and attracts people with its coffee shops, bookstores, and ample parking. The biggest complain residents usually have is the uber-trendy feeling of the neighborhood leaves them at a loss for acquiring practical items beyond coffee and rare books. Noe Valley is usually crammed with foot traffic and people on their way to popular restaurants like Alice's, Barney's, Amberjack Sushi, Firefly, Belgano, Eric's, Incanto, Fresca, and Le Zinc. Shopping in the neighborhood is a popular tourist pastime and shops include Cover to Cover, Astrid's Rabat Shoes for Men and Women, Elisa's Beauty and Health Spa, the 24th Street Cheese Company, Guys and Dolls, the Global Exchange, and the Noe Valley Farmers' Market. If you plan to stick around town after dark, consider heading to the Noe Valley Ministry for Irish dance classes or Feldenkrais sessions, or hit up the Bliss Bar or The Dubliner, two of the more popular watering holes in town.

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